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Part of the fun of getting to Ouray is enjoying the beautiful scenery en route. There are few areas in America that are more beautiful to drive around. Therefore, many people decide to drive no matter how far their original destination. Keep in mind that it's much better to make longer drives in the summer as the mountainous roads during the snow-filled winters can pose some dangers and slow driving.
If you want to save your time for the town itself, fly into the Montrose Airport which is the closest at 37 miles away. Upon arriving at Montrose there are many rental car agencies available for you to use and finish the journey:
Flying into Durango Airport is also an easy option as it is just 70 miles from Ouray. The Durango Airport has the same rental car options minus Thrifty and Enterprise.
The Denver International Airport is significantly farther at 334 miles away but, if you want to benefit from that scenic drive it is a great option. The Salt Lake City International Airport is about the same distance as Denver.