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Travel time from Colorado Springs to Taos

Colorado Springs to Taos airports and flights

How long does it really take to fly from Colorado Springs to Taos? Here's a sample itinerary for a commercial flight plan. If you want to know the total travel time to reach Taos, you need to include time at the airports. Eventually, you'll be able to customize this itinerary to select other nearby airports and choose your preferred airline.

Thursday, 8:04 am:  start in Colorado Springs
drive for about 20 minutes
most airlines recommend you get to the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight, so arrive by 9:19 am at the latest

8:24 am:  City of Colorado Springs Municipal (COS)
if you need to check luggage, make sure you do it at least 30-60 minutes before departure, or in this case, by 9:49 am

8:54 am:  get your boarding pass and go through TSA security
allow enough time for long security lines during busy travel seasons or holidays, and prepare for the wait time

9:54 am:  arrive at the gate
once you're ready to board, you can get something to eat in the airport or just relax near the gate

10:24 am:  prepare for boarding
check your boarding pass for your group number or listen to the gate agent as they announce boarding, some airlines require you to be in the boarding area 10-15 minutes before departure or risk losing your seat

10:39 am:  board American Airlines Inc. flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

10:49 am:  this is your scheduled departure time
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 9 minutes

10:58 am:  so this is your actual departure time
it takes the plane an average of 16 minutes to taxi to the runway

11:14 am:  wheels up! take-off from COS
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

1:34 pm (local time):  Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX is 1 hour ahead of Colorado Springs, CO
so the time in Colorado Springs is actually 12:34 pm
land at the connecting airport
taxi on the runway for an average of 10 minutes to the gate

1:44 pm (local time):  arrive at the connecting airport
make sure you schedule enough time for your layover
there may be a minimum connection time for your flight

2:25 pm (local time):  get to your connection gate
with the average delay, you have about 41 minutes
if your incoming flight was delayed, you may need to run

2:40 pm (local time):  board ExpressJet Airlines Inc. connecting flight
you can scroll down to view other airlines that fly this route

2:50 pm (local time):  scheduled departure time for connecting flight
but this flight is usually delayed by an average of 16 minutes

3:06 pm (local time):  actual departure time for connecting flight
it takes the plane an average of 22 minutes to taxi to the runway

3:28 pm (local time):  wheels up again! take-off from
fly for about 1.5 hours in the air

3:51 pm (local time):  Santa Fe Municipal (SAF)
Taos is 1 hour behind Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
and the same time as Colorado Springs
taxi on the runway for an average of 4 minutes to the gate

3:55 pm (local time):  arrive at the gate at SAF
deboard the plane, and claim any baggage
if you're renting a car, check if you need to take a shuttle to car rental agency, otherwise you can ride in a cab, limo, or Uber for about 3 hours to your destination

7:01 pm (local time):  arrive in Taos

Now finally, let's look at an example flight from COS to LAM and figure out how long it would take to fly including take-off and landing, and time to taxi on the runway.

So now we can finally get an idea of the total travel time from Colorado Springs to Taos including time spent getting to/from the airports, an estimated wait time of 2 hours at the airport for TSA security lines and waiting at the gate, and the actual flight itself.

Total travel time: 6 hours

Flying non-stop from Colorado Springs to Taos

How far is Taos from Colorado Springs? Here's the quick answer if you have a private jet and you can fly in the fastest possible straight line.

Flight distance: 172 miles or 277 km

Flight time: 51 minutes

Compare this to a whole day of commercial travel with the airports and waiting in line for security, which ends up taking a total of 10 hours, 57 minutes.

Flying private is roughly 13x faster, and saves you about 10 hours in your total travel time.

Because of the curvature of the Earth, the shortest distance is actually the "great circle" distance, or "as the crow flies" which is calculated using an iterative Vincenty formula.

This is a relatively short flight in a private plane, but you might be planning to book a commercial flight. In that case, your travel time would really need to include how many minutes to get to your local airport, wait for security, board and taxi on the runway, land at the other airport, and get to your destination. The flight itinerary at the top of the page takes into account all these factors to get a more accurate estimate of your actual flight time.

Best day of the week to fly to Taos

Looking at flights on American Airlines Inc. from COS to DFW, and connecting flights on ExpressJet Airlines Inc. from DFW to SAF, here's a breakdown of the number of flights available each day:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Based on these statistical results, we chose Thursday for the flight itinerary above.

Alternate flights from Colorado Springs to Taos

The most common route is COS to DFW, then connecting to SAF, so that's what we used in the sample itinerary. However, you may want to explore travel alternatives, you could try one of these routes:

  1. COS to DFW to SAF
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Dallas/Fort Worth International to Santa Fe Municipal
  2. COS to PHX to SAF
    City of Colorado Springs Municipal to Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Santa Fe Municipal

Airlines that fly to Taos

We picked American Airlines Inc. for your main flight, and ExpressJet Airlines Inc. for your connecting flight, but there are other airlines that you should check if you're looking for the cheapest flight, or you need a different schedule. Check the websites of these airlines:

  1. American Airlines Inc. (AA)
  2. ExpressJet Airlines Inc. (EV)
  3. Envoy Air (MQ)

Plan a trip to Taos

Trippy has a ton of information that can help you plan your trip to Taos, New Mexico. Start by reading the Trippy page on where to stay in Taos. If you're looking for a place to stay, you might want to check out El Monte Sagrado Resort. Trippy members can suggest things to do in Taos like Taos Pueblo. Click the button below to explore Taos in detail.

What about the return flight?

The distance is the same either way if you're flying a straight line. But for a real trip, there can be plenty of differences so go ahead and check the reverse flight itinerary to fly from Taos to Colorado Springs, or go to the main page to calculate other flight times.

You can also compare the travel time if you were to drive instead. Get the full itinerary for a Colorado Springs to Taos road trip. Or if you're more interested in the distance, How far is it from Colorado Springs to Taos?

If you happen to know Colorado Springs, don't forget to help other travelers and answer some questions about Colorado Springs!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
flight distance is 172 miles
flight time of 51 minutes
45 Colorado Springs travel answers
26 Taos travel answers


Taos Airports
  1. Los Alamos County Airport
  2. Santa Fe Municipal Airport
  3. San Luis Valley Regional Airport

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