Driving Directions to Monarch Mountain

Comprehensive and detailed driving directions so you can spend less time driving and more time skiing at Monarch Mountain.

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Monarch Mountain

Monarch Mountain is an authentic Colorado ski resort with high elevations, abundant snowfall, gorgeous scenery and excellent terrain. The ski area is situated high along the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range within the San Isabel National Forest near the towns of Salida, Buena Vista and Gunnison. The resort features amazing tree skiing, wide open alpine bowls and long intermediate trails.

Monarch Mountain is a perfect getaway for skiers and riders looking to avoid the crowds of the I-70 mega-resorts. Located about 150 miles southwest of Denver, Monarch Mountain is worth the trip to experience great natural terrain combined with short lift lines.


By Car:

From Denver: From the junction of E-470 and US Hwy. 285, travel South on Hwy.285 for 123.3 miles
to US Hwy. 50. Travel West on Hwy. 50 for 13.5 miles to a right into
Monarch Mountain.

From Colorado Springs: From the junction of I-25 and CO 115 (Nevada Ave.), travel South on CO-115 for 31.2 miles to US Hwy. 50. Travel West on Hwy. 50 for 86.1 miles to a right into Monarch Mountain.

Ground Transportation:

From Salida: The Salida Recreation Department offers a Ski Bus to Monarch Mountain on Saturdays between November 29th and March 4th for only $5 round trip. Bus leaves the Hot Springs Pool at 8:30 am sharp and then leaves Monarch at 3:30pm. Only children 10 years and older can ride without parental supervision. More information


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