Visit Telluride/Crested Butte, CO.

Traveling to the Telluride area is easy when you fly into Montrose Regional Airport. You’ll also be greeted with small mountain town charm—the terminal was redesigned in 1988 to include a fireplace centerpiece and a knotty-pine ceiling. You’ll feel as if you’re in a ski lodge when you deplane, echoing what many visitors are headed toward when they deplane in Montrose. Grab your rental car and get going—you’ll want to start your Rocky Mountain adventure immediately.

Montrose may be small, but its importance as a hub for snow-bound tourists during the winter months and sport enthusiasts in the summer makes it a mighty little western Colorado burg. Visitors are welcome to explore the Montrose County Historical Museum to learn more about the town and the Museum of the Mountain West to discover how it fits into the rugged history of the western U.S. The area’s indigenous people are honored at the Ute Indian Museum; make sure to stop in to learn about Colorado’s earliest and longest consistent residents.

Mountain town charm is on full display in downtown Montrose. Modern construction intermingles with historic Victorian buildings. Artisan boutiques, antique shops, and eclectic art galleries dot the streets. Outdoor art installations are brought into town annually on loan and invite visitors to bundle up and take an exploratory stroll—stop by the visitor center for a map of which pieces are on display during your visit. Prefer to hit the road? There are a number of scenic drives to take around Montrose County, weather permitting.

Whether you plan to stay in Montrose or rent a car to drive the hour-and-a-half to Telluride, your outdoor adventure awaits. World-class skiing is one reason many people find themselves in the Montrose area. Other winter sports options include fat-tire mountain biking, ice climbing, and snowmobiling. Visiting during the warmer months? Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hike the Ute Trail, check out Chipeta Lake State Wildlife Area, and catch a glimpse of Colorado’s iconic wild horses.

Book a flight on Southwest to start planning your next getaway. Southwest Airlines flies directly to Telluride/Crested Butte, CO, which makes it easy to plan your next adventure. Of course, having a memorable trip is about more than finding low fares on flights to Montrose Regional Airport. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight to Telluride/Crested Butte, CO.

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Things to do in Telluride/Crested Butte, CO.

Natural sites
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Gunnison Tunnel canal
  • San Juan Mountains
Winter adventure activities
  • Backcountry skiing
  • Horseback and sleigh rides
  • Ice climbing
Enriching outings
  • Historic Sheridan Opera House
  • Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • Telluride Town Park