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Nestled on the high desert lands of the Uncompahgre Valley at about 5,700 feet above sea level, Montrose Regional Airport is an airport serving the county of Montrose in the southwest part of Colorado. The airport is a convenient gateway for winter holidaymakers who head to the ski slopes and lodges of this high-altitude state. Given the stunning landscapes of this region, driving is highly recommended. A car is perfect for taking in the stunning mountain scenery of Montrose County, which features vast expanses of barren land, snow-capped mountains and valleys carved by rivers. Check rates before your trip to secure the best deals.
Who to Book With
Though Montrose is a small airport, the terminal building is home to a number of car hire firms. Within the terminal, you will find National/Alamo, Budget, Avis and Hertz. Within the town of Montrose, you will find Enterprise.
Need to Know Essentials
When picking up the vehicle you have rented, the car rental company will want to see the following:
- Credit card of renter
- Confirmation of the booking
- Driver's licence (or International Driving Permit)
- Identity documentation (such as passport)
In the US, speed limits tend to vary state to state. For built-up areas in Colorado, make sure to keep driving speed at 25mph to 30mph only. For interstate highways, the limit is 65mph to 70mph. When driving along open mountain roads, keep to speeds of up to 40mph. Seatbelts are required for those in front of the vehicle and for children in the vehicle. Colorado's mountainous roads in winter can make for some challenging drives. Plan your route ahead of time and factor in the weather. When roads are slick, it is recommended that you slow down. If driving in the thick of winter, make sure your tyres can handle snowy conditions.
See the Guide to the US for more information on driving here.
Montrose Airport is an easy two-mile distance from the town it services—Montrose. The town itself is small enough to navigate on foot. For destinations and attractions outside of town, the best thing to do is to rent a vehicle from any of the car rental firms in town or at Montrose Regional. The airport is connected to the town via US Route 50, which for this section of the highway is called North Townsend Avenue. From here, US Route 550 continues south to Telluride, 68 miles away. Montrose is not served by any railway line.
Taxi cabs and shuttle services are available at the airport taking passengers not only to Montrose town but also to other areas within the Uncompahgre Valley region. Private and shared vehicles can be hired prior to arrival or at the airport. Some of the companies operating here include Alpine Express, Alpine Luxury Limo, Mountain Limo, TelluRides and Telluride Express.
Montrose Regional Airport to Telluride in a shared taxi is around £32
Montrose Regional Airport to Telluride in a private taxi is around £178
Greyhound buses operate to this corner of southwest Colorado. The bus line has an office in town at 1360 North Townsend Avenue.
Montrose Regional is a small airport, mostly handling seasonal flights. Most of the arrivals come during winter time as visitors use the airport to access the ski slopes of southwest Colorado. The airport has one terminal building where all of its facilities are located. Two airlines operate all year: United Express to Denver and Allegiant Air to Oakland and Phoenix. Seasonal airlines include American Airlines which flies to Dallas, Delta Air Lines to Atlanta and United to Denver, Houston-Intercontinental and Newark.
Short-term parking and long-term parking are available at the airport car park. The shortest term is day parking which costs around £5. Weekly parking costs £27, while a month of using the car park costs £52.
Wi-Fi and internet access facilities are not available at the airport.
The office of the airport's administration can be found in the terminal building. The airport is equipped with a flight information display system.
Airport Administration Office: +1 970 249 3203
There is no information on the accessibility facilities of Montrose Regional at the moment.
Restaurants and Bars
The terminal building has a couple of cafés and bars. There is Jetway Café, which serves coffee and some small snacks. There is also a vending machine here.
There are no VIP lounges at the airport, but it does have a family area where visitors are welcome to lounge.
Money and ATMs
An ATM is present in the terminal building of Montrose Regional.
Shopping choices are limited in Montrose Regional. There is a gift shop which offers some souvenir items and a few sundries. In addition, there is a kiosk for newspapers and magazines.