Durango to Telluride: Trip Length & Local Tips

When planning a trip to Durango, you may want to consider going on a small road trip to visit Telluride, Colorado. While traveling to Telluride may be considered a short trip, there are many options you can take to get from Durango to Telluride. The following tips will help you identify the best form of transportation, as well as some, can’t miss sightseeing spots.

Transportation From Durango to Telluride

There are a few options to get to Telluride from Durango. You could fly, drive, or take a bus. Each carries its benefits and perks, however, it is up to you to decide what works best with your schedule. If you want to take a more scenic route, driving may be the best option. If you want to get there quickly and get back quickly, flying may be the best option. If you would like to take a somewhat scenic route and not worry about the actual driving aspect, taking a bus may be the best option for you.

Flying to Telluride

 

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When considering flying to Telluride, remember there are two options. You could either fly commercial or private. When flying commercial, it is important to be aware of the time you will need to get in and out of the airport, board planes, and picking up baggage. Commercial flights from Durango to Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado (TEX) range from $300-500 depending on the time of year. Private flights range from $800-900 depending on the plane, time of year, and time of flight. The flight itself takes around 35 minutes if it is a nonstop flight, but could be longer if there are any layovers.

Taking a Bus to Telluride

If you want to see the scenery but do not necessarily want to stop at each destination, or you do not have a car, taking the bus is a perfect option. The Durango Co, Transit Center has a bus running from the center, to Telluride, Co – Lawson Hill. The bus leaves once a day at 6:40 am and you arrive at the destination at 9:10 AM The bus has 4 stops, Mancos, Cortex, Dolores, Rico, and then Telluride, Co. Bus tickets range anywhere from $18-45. Once arrived at the station in Lawson Hill, you will need to get a taxi from Telluride, Co -Lawson Hill to Telluride, which will take approximately 7 minutes. The taxi could cost anywhere from $30-45 depending on the time of day. You can also catch the free Galloping Goose bus to town.

Taking a Car to Telluride

When driving to Telluride there are several different ways you could go, if you wanted to make a whole day of the trip, you could stop by neighboring towns to check them out. The most direct route to Telluride from Durango is to take US-160 W to Mancos. Then follow Co-184 to Dolores. Next, turn right onto CO-145 N/Railroad Ave and follow this road for 61.0 Miles. Continue on Co-145 S. Drive to W Colorado Ave in Telluride for 2.5 miles. At the traffic circle take the first exit onto CO-145 S for 2.9 miles. At the traffic circle continue straight onto W Colorado Ave for 0.6 miles. Alas, you have reached your destination. The total trip without any stops will take about 2.5 hours if there are no major accidents or road closures, and cost about $11-15 in fuel.

Local Tips When Visiting Telluride

 

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If you’re traveling by car and want to make it a day trip to other towns here is a basic itinerary you could follow. Starting in Durango, if you drive for about 1.5 hours you will reach Mesa Verde National Park. Here you could visit the Spruce Tree House, the Mesa Top Loop Road, and of course the National Park. From there, drive for about an hour and stop in Cortez. Here, you could experience the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Hovenweep National Park. Finally, after stopping in all of the beautiful cities on the way you will end in Telluride. Once arrived in Telluride, you can experience things like rafting, biking, gondola, skiing, and the San Juan Mountains. Taking a day trip to Telluride allows you to experience many different spectacular cities in the United States in one day.

Remember Weather and Driving Safety

While driving is nice for sightseeing it is important to be prepared for whatever road and weather conditions that may occur during the duration of your trip. Checking the weather the day before and the day of could be beneficial, and always bring extra layers in case the temperature drops. Be cautious in the winter for road closures for icy, snowy conditions. Having a roadside assistance service or kit is recommended in case of an emergency.

No matter how you arrive in Telluride, or how long you stay, you will be glad that you gave it a visit. There are many things to do along the way and tons to do once you arrive. We hope you have a fun and safe trip!