Our wedding will be in the town of Mt. Crested Butte, CO, which is adjacent to the town of Crested Butte. Mt. Crested Butte is located in southwestern colorado about 4 hours from Denver.
There are a couple of options for getting to Mt. Crested Butte depending on how much flying/driving you want to do. You can fly into the closest airport which is Crested Butte-Gunnison Regional Airport (30 minutes drive/shuttle ride to CB). You can also fly into Montrose Regional Airport and drive (or take a shuttle) the 2 hours to Mt. Crested Butte. Or you can fly into Denver, probably the most economical flight, and drive to Mt. Crested Butte. It is a scenic 4 hour drive from Denver. From Salt Lake City, the drive should take 6 1/2 to 7 hours and is also a pleasant drive.
Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (SW colorado) and Montrose Regional Airport (on the western slope) are the two airports that service the area. Prices vary at both airports depending on the origin of your flight, so it is wise to check both airports for price and flight availability before booking a flight.
There are flights into Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport on United, American & Delta. Direct flights are available from both Salt Lake City and Denver. Most other cities will probably require a transfer.
Below are the Mapquest directions from Gunnison to Mt. Crested Butte:
Another option is to fly into Montrose, CO. There are several airlines and non-stop service from both Denver & Salt Lake City. Montrose is 92 Miles and about two hours from Mt Crested Butte. A stop along the way worth considering is a visit to The Black Canyon of the Gunnison!
Below are Mapquest directions from Montrose to Mt. Crested Butte:
There is shuttle service to Crested Butte from both airports on Alpine Express. Please get more information at www.alpineexpressshuttle.com
There are two ways to get to Mt. Crested Butte from Denver. The quickest route is to take I-70 West to Exit #260 onto C-470 South. Drive about 6 miles and exit onto US 285 South towards Fairplay. Continue for about 100 miles. There is a "T" intersection near the town of Buena Vista. Turn left at the "T" and the road becomes HWY 285/24 to the town of Poncha Springs. On this road you will see the spectacular collegiate peaks (Mt. Harvard, Yale, & Princeton- 14,000 ft mountains)! Turn right onto Hwy 50 to Gunnison, CO. From there turn right onto State Hwy 135. Immediately after you turn onto Hwy 135 is a fun pit stop of The Bean coffee house! Mt. Crested Butte is 32 miles NW from Gunnison.
Mapquest directions: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/1-p4T1A0h8
A second option uses more freeway but takes slightly longer. Take I-70 west(detour to see Mt. Evans in Idaho Springs, you can drive to the top of a 14,000 ft mountain! And most likely see mountain goats! Take a lunch break at Beaujo's Pizza in Idaho Springs.) to exit #195 at Copper Mountain. Go south on Hwy 91 S to Leadville (Hwy 91 becomes US-24). In Leadville, be sure to stop at the Provin' Grounds Bakery for a cup of coffee (508 Harrison Ave, you pass right by it)! Continue on Hwy 24 to the town of Poncha Springs (this road becomes Hwy 24/285 at the town of Buena Vista). Along this road you will see the spectacular collegiate peaks (many 14,000 ft mountains like Mt. Harvard, Mt. Princeton, & Mt. Yale)! At Poncha Springs, turn Right onto Hwy 50 to Gunnison, CO. From there turn right onto State Hwy 135. Immediately after your turn on Hwy 135, there is another Kara and Daren favorite stop: The Bean coffee house! Mt. Crested Butte is 32 miles NW from Gunnison.
Google Map directions are below. PLEASE COPY & PASTE THE ENTIRE LINK.
From Salt Lake City:
Take I-15 South to Spanish Fork. Take exit #257 onto Hwy 6 East for 212 miles. Merge onto I-70 Eastbound. Go east on I-70 about 100 miles to Grand Junction, CO. (A good side trip would be to take exit 182 at Crescent Jct, UT onto Hwy 191 to Moab, Arches and Canyon Lands National Parks). Take Exit #26 onto the I-70 Business Loop. Turn right on US 50 to Gunnison, CO. Turn left onto No. Main St./State Hwy 135. Mt. Crested Butte is 32 Miles from Gunnison on Hwy 135.
Mapquest directions: http://www.mapquest.com/mq/9-aErYVo73NBXYXG4oMJqx
Note that the Bean http://www.thebeancoffeehouseandeatery.com/ makes a convenient pit stop when leaving Gunnison for Crested Butte.