Destination guide

Explore Telluride from vacation home rentals

Telluride is many different things to many different people: A sublime ski resort, a history-steeped mining town, a treasure trove of natural wonders, and a year-long festival heaven. In fact, it's less a destination and more of a happening. Beautifully tucked into a Colorado Box canyon, it lies at a dizzying 8,750 feet up. So those on the look-out for Telluride vacation rentals are certain to find their own personal Rocky Mountain high up. You might not want to come down.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Telluride vacation rentals

There are some sights that can't be missed here, with Bridalveil Fall—famously frozen in winter—being one of them. Many cabins near Telluride offer views of the Falls' 365-foot-high magnificence. But man-made wonders can give you the chills, too. Downtown boasts many historic highlights for you to ogle, including the twin redbrick beauties of the New Sheridan Hotel and Sheridan Opera House. Connecting Main Street to the mountains is the Telluride Gondola. Not only does it offer stupendous views, it provides a launchpad for all sorts of exciting activities. Even better it's free.

Activities

Things to do near Telluride vacation homes

There's an activity to suit every month in Telluride, whether you're after a mountain rush or a cultural brush. But it's winter sports that really kicked off this city's boom after the gold rush. So, many Telluride vacation rentals offer a gateway to its fabled ski resort, where the powder gathers deep. In summer, you can get your adrenaline fix flying downslope on 2 wheels. Or by thrashing a raft through roaring whitewater walls of the canyons. The canyon walls also echo to musical diversity throughout the year, while indie films flicker at either end of summer.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Telluride getaway cabins

This being big-mountain country, those booking Telluride vacation rentals should expect a mixture of weather during their stay, including a good sprinkling of snow, which is exactly what you want if your Telluride cabin is high up in the ski resort. Snowfall can easily top 3 feet here in January, February, and March. But if you prefer things a little warmer, spring quickly rolls around with drier and warmer weather around May-June. This is also when Telluride’s festival season kicks off. Peak season is toward fall, where Telluride becomes full of fun, friendly faces, and family-friendly activities aplenty.

Natural features

Wildlife drama unfolds in Telluride

The town of Telluride is famed for being strung along the floor of a soaring 3-sided box canyon. Only the west side isn't backdropped by snow-tipped ridges. This is the direction that the San Miguel River heads, as it rushes away from the 14,000-foot-high Mt. Sneffels. One of the most photographed mountains in Colorado, Mt. Sneffels dominates the snow-swept woods of the Uncompahgre National Forest. Head along the dirt tracks of the Million Dollar Highway here and you might just glimpse elk, moose, and bighorn sheep—or the endangered Canada lynx stalking them.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Telluride

Fly into Telluride, CO (TEX-Telluride Regional), the closest airport, located 5 mi (8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Montrose, CO (MTJ-Montrose Regional), which is 39.1 mi (63 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Telluride vacation homes

Kids can enjoy an array of outdoor and indoor excursions in Telluride. Vacation homes are available near places like Town Park, a scenic gathering place with camping and sports facilities, a pool, ice skating, and a playground, and the Telluride Historical Museum, a museum with themed rooms of exhibits dedicated to history and culture. Kids will also like Elks Park, a grass-covered park with food cart vendors and family-friendly community events.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Telluride vacation rentals

Telluride is an alpine wonderland for a couple’s retreat. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Red Mountain Pass, a winding, cliffside pass with scenic views of the landscape, and Cornet Falls, a creekside waterfall with hiking trails along Cornet Creek. You'll also like San Sophia Overlook, a mountain station with a restaurant and sweeping views of the ridge and valley.

Where to stay around Telluride?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,389 vacation rentals near Telluride. From 614 Houses to 31 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Telluride for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Telluride?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Telluride:

  • Telluride Ski Resort: 1,087 vacation rentals
  • Purgatory Resort: 165 vacation rentals
  • Columbine Lake (Purgatory Lake Drive): 193 vacation rentals
  • Idlewild Estates: 16 vacation rentals
  • Solar Ranch: 18 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Telluride?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Telluride. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Coonskin Ski Lift: 1,384 vacation rentals
  • Mountain Village Gondola: 1,444 vacation rentals
  • Town Park: 1,382 vacation rentals
  • Sneffels Highline Trail: 1,384 vacation rentals
  • San Miguel County Courthouse: 1,395 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Telluride listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Telluride?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 614 Houses in Telluride. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Telluride include:

  • Cabins: 31 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 609 rentals available
  • Cottages: 31 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Telluride?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 380 vacation rentals with pool available in Telluride. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.