Getting Here

Whether you choose to fly into a regional airport or take a scenic drive from Denver or Salt Lake City, now is the time to consider your journey. Still piecing together the puzzle? We're here to help. Let's work together to begin your Original Thinkers experience today.



Flights into the Telluride area are limited and we strongly advise you book immediately. Boutique Air now has two flights per day going between Denver and Telluride. We also recommend flying into Montrose Regional Airport for its proximity to Telluride and easy ground transportation. Alternative airports include Durango, Cortez, Grand Junction and Gunnison. All of the drives are spectacular as is driving from bigger, international airports such as Denver, Albuquerque and Salt Lake City. Please click here to see a map of Colorado.

For questions regarding travel, please contact travel expert Sara Silton Spencer at

Airport codes and approximate drive times: 

Telluride, TEX, 15 minutes. 

Montrose, MTJ, 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

Cortez, CEZ, 1 hour and 30 minutes. 

Durango, DRO, 2 hours and 20 minutes. 

Grand Junction, GJT, 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Gunnison, GUC, 2 hours and 30 minutes. 

Denver, DIA, 6 hours and 30 minutes. 

Albuquerque, ABQ, 5 hours and 30 minutes. 

Salt Lake City, SLC, 6 hours and 30 minutes.


Airport Shuttles

Telluride Express (888-212-8294) offers ground transportation services from these airports to Telluride/Mountain Village and is Original Thinkers’ preferred transportation provider. They recommend booking 72 hours in advance. While their office is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., there is a dispatcher on call 24 hours/day for any travel emergencies.

Mountain Limo (888-546-6894) is also available and has similar policies.


Where to Stay

Original Thinkers is proud to partner with our wonderful lodging sponsors to offer discounted rates to stellar accommodations offering comfort and convenience in the heart of Mountain Village. Enjoy one of four nights free at the Mountain Lodge, 25% off at the Lumiere Hotel, 20% off at the Madeline Hotel and Residencies, or 10% off at The Peaks Resort and Spa. Reserve over the phone or online to secure your deal by using the promo-code: OTF18. These are each within a short distance from all Original Thinkers’ venues.

For those who want to stay in Telluride, we are happy to provide deals with our other lodging sponsors. At the New Sheridan Hotel, enjoy 20% off for a stay of 2 or more nights (available October 4th through 8th by calling 970 728 4351 directly and mentioning Original Thinkers – book by September 15th). Or enjoy one of four nights free, or 10% off three nights, through Accommodations in Telluride by calling 970-728-4831 and mentioning Original Thinkers.

For questions regarding these specials and other lodging opportunities please contact lodging guru Patti Duax at


Getting Around

The Gondola and the Goose

The Big Idea and all other festival venues are just a short walk away from any Mountain Village hotel.  The gondola runs between Mountain Village and Telluride from 7 a.m. until midnight. On Friday and Saturday during the festival, gondola hours will be extended.  Telluride’s public bus, the Galloping Goose, runs a loop through Telluride every 20 minutes. In Mountain Village, dial 970-728-8888 during gondola hours for Dial-A-Ride services within Mountain Village.

All of these transportation options are free of charge.


Angel Delivery’s Taxi (970-778-8777) is typically available 24 hours/day and recommends you call 20 minutes before desired pickup time. (Their pricing is fixed at $7 within Telluride and $35 for one person between Mountain Village and Telluride, $47 for two people, and an additional $2 per additional person).

Mountain Limo (888-546-6894) is available to schedule rides from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. (their pricing varies by time of ride, distance and number of riders).

ADA Services

The Galloping Goose offers point to point paratransit service privately upon request by calling (970) 729-0045 or every 20 minutes on the regular fixed route.