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Driving from Montrose to Crested Butte, Colorado

After checking out the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (highly recommended!), we drove along Colorado Highways 50 and 135 to get to Crested Butte.

This route isn’t uber pretty like the Million Dollar Highway with its steep canyon walls or the San Juan Skyway, but it’s not too shabby.

Colorado Highway 50 from Montrose to Crested Butte, Colorado

I particularly liked driving through the Curecanti National Recreation Area because the Blue Mesa Reservoir is nice to look at.

Curecanti Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

 

Love the sun peeking through the clouds to highlight the cliff wall.

Curecanti Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

 

Curecanti Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

After we hit Gunnison, we headed north on Colorado Highway 135 to get to Crested Butte. Here’s a photo not too far from Crested Butte – the butte is finally coming into view on the right side.

Colorado Highway 135 to Crested Butte, Colorado

The wide open space is misleading because once you hit town the mountains are all around. And just over the mountains to the northeast (as the crow flies) is Aspen.

Colorado Highway 135 to Crested Butte, Colorado

In Summary

Ok, so it’s not the prettiest drive in Colorado, but if you have to get from Point A (in our case the Black Canyon of the Gunnison) to Point B (Crested Butte), then it’s better than a totally flat, uninteresting landscape.

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Map from Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Crested Butte

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3 Responses to Driving from Montrose to Crested Butte, Colorado

  1. Robin D'Ursis August 17, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    How long is the trip?? How long did it take you??

    • Kim August 20, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Hi, Robin- I think it took us just under 2 hours, and that’s about what Google maps says. This was without really stopping along the way. Hope that helps!

      • Robin D'Ursis August 21, 2014 at 12:59 am #

        Yes Kim..thank you. Im “plotting” a nice late vacation and would enjoy seeing Black Canyon while Im there. I understand its very close to Montrose. Thankx again.

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