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Driving Directions

For those of you living along the Denver Front Range, a drive from the C-470/Hwy 285 interchange to our doorstep is only about 4 hours away. And for all of you who are tired of sitting in I-70 traffic, you are in for a scenic treat as you make your way to us!

From Denver, take highway 285 off C-470 South through Fairplay and past Buena Vista. Before entering Poncha Springs, you will take highway 50 West to Gunnison. In Gunnison, turn North on highway 135 to Crested Butte. Total trip time from C-470 and highway 285 is approximately 4 hours.

From Denver International Airport, take Pena Blvd to I-70 West. Take C-470 South to highway 285. Follow the direction above from Denver. Total trip time is 4 hours 30 minutes depending on Denver traffic.

From Colorado Springs, take highway 24 West to highway 285 South toward Poncha Springs. Before entering Poncha Springs, you will take highway 50 West to Gunnison. In Gunnison, turn North on highway 135 to Crested Butte. Total trip time is 3 hours 30 minutes.

From Aspen, take highway 82 West toward Carbondale. Head south on highway 133 South toward Paonia. Before entering Paonia, you will take Kebler Pass Road (County Hwy 12) East to Crested Butte. Please note: This route is not drivable in the winter. Total trip time is 3 hours 30 minutes.

From Dallas, take highway 287 North to I-25 in New Mexico. Head north on I-25 to Walsenburg, where you will head West on highway 160 to Alamosa, Colorado. From Alamosa, take highway 285 North to Saguache and highway 114 North to highway 50. Head West on highway 50 to Gunnison. In Gunnison, take highway 135 North to Crested Butte. Total trip time is approximately 14 hours 15 minutes.

Highway Conditions

Check with the Colorado Department of Transportation for current road conditions. The routes you will be interested in are:
  • US 285 from Denver to Poncha Springs
  • US 50 over Monarch Pass and through Gunnison
  • SR 135 from Gunnison to Crested Butte

Winter Road Closures

If you are planning on taking a different route to Crested Butte than those recomended above, please note that following the first big snow in the fall, many roads, such as Kebler Pass Road (County Hwy 12) are officially closed into Crested Butte. Cottonwood Pass Road (CR 306), from Buena Vista to the Taylor Park area, will also close. These roads reopen with the spring thaw, usually in mid-May. For the rest of the winter, our only highway access is via highway 50 (east-west through Gunnison), and then highway 135 north 30 miles to the end of the road in Crested Butte.


The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC), the closest local airport, provides frequent and convenient jet service with United and American Airlines. Daily commuter flights from Denver are available year-round from United Express Regional Jets. For more information, visit Gunnison Valley RTA.

Located less than one hundred miles from Crested Butte, the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is also a convenient option. The airport is served year round by several major airlines.

Ground Transportation

Dolly's Mountain Shuttle and Alpine Express provide private ground transportation between The Ruby and regional airports, Aspen, and most local trailheads. Car rentals are available from Hertz, Avis, and Budget at both airports. Once you are at The Ruby, FREE shuttle buses run regularly through town and between town and the ski area. A bus stop is located just a block from The Ruby. Our FREE Valleywide bus system also runs on a regular basis in winter between Gunnison and Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte, but luggage is not allowed on this route.

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