Local Transportation and Rental Cars- Do you need a rental car?
In the winter, you definitely don’t. Free buses run by the Gunnison Valley RTA and Mountain Express get you pretty much anywhere you could need to go. The one exception to that rule is for airport shuttles. You’ll want to reserve transportation from there to our offices. You’ll be able to register and then the driver will take you to your accommodations if they are off-site.
In the spring, summer, and fall months, you don’t need a car, but you will probably want one. We have pretty good free public transportation year round. But that transportation only gets you so far out of town. If you’re looking to hike or mountain bike trails other than the ones right near town, you will want to rent a car. The same is true if you’re planning to do much sightseeing or go on any of our scenic drives.
The Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) is serviced by Hertz, Avis, and Budget car rentals. In addition several other companies specifically rent 4x4s and Jeeps for adventures that require a high-clearance vehicle. We recommend making advance arrangements to rent a car prior to arrival.