The Colorado Department of Transportation announced it has expanded its statewide Bustang bus service to include Salida as well as daily service to Monarch Mountain from Dec. 14 to April 5.

The Salida and Monarch stops are on the Bustang route that travels between Denver and Gunnison with additional stops in Buena Vista, Fairplay and Pine Junction.

Bus service between Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center and Monarch also is available on Fridays and Saturdays during ski season in partnership with the city of Salida.

With this expansion, Bustang now serves mountain towns near several Colorado ski areas, including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, Purgatory Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort, according to a press release.

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