Telluride is an isolated town nestled in a box canyon of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. This intimate-yet-vibrant community had a census count of 2,325 residents in 2005. While Telluride is most prominently celebrated as an enchanting ski resort with a more casual ambiance than Aspen, community members and tourists keep this town buzzing all year long with a series of exciting summer festivals and more.
You can reside in a private home, condo, townhome, lodge, or cabin downtown, near the golf course, or in a secluded mountain location, and there is even an estate, cottage, and a villa with lakeside waterfront views. Wherever you rest for the night, you'll be surrounded by pristine nature and majestic snow peaked mountains.
The soaring mountains of Telluride have established the town as a premier skiing location with soft powder snow and inspiring views.
The Telluride Mountain Village Gondola provides a free ride from Mountain Village to Telluride and back, granting breathtaking views along the way. It is praised for having indoor boarding stations and being comfortable, quiet, and well maintained. Guests are even provided warm cozy blankets for their trip.
Mountain biking is popular for sightseeing and sport in Telluride. The Hardrock 100 event is held in July, and the 40-mile Telluride Mountain Run in August encircles the town providing some of the most challenging trails and scenic views of the area. The Fall Tilt 12-hour downhill mountain biking event is held in Mountain Village each September.
Telluride is transformed into an outdoor recreational hot spot during the warm months of summer through early autumn. Tourists migrate from around the world to enjoy river rafting, kayaking, and a series of music, wine, and art festivals that begin in June. The renowned Telluride Film Festival starts in September and concludes with a horror film fest in October.
The trail to Bear Creek Falls is generally considered an easy trek with glorious views. This short hike is popular for families with kids. There's even a little clearing along the way to partake in a local tradition and build your own little stone pagoda.
Hike to spectacular Bridal Veil Falls on a moderately strenuous trail that leads 1.2 miles up to the base of the falls. The top of the falls is an additional 0.6 miles, and the trail extends beyond the top of the falls if you want to keep going.
The Telluride Ski and Golf Resort has a comprehensive spa with exercise machines, fitness classes, and an assortment of saunas, Jacuzzis, and salons. The resort also offers:
Telluride has an Alpine climate that experiences approximately 242 days of sun, 23 inches of rain, and 170 inches of snow each year. In July, the temperatures rise to about 77 degrees, and in January, they plunge to about 5 degrees. A variety of seasonal activities make this town a popular destination year-round.
The Telluride Regional Airport offers limited scheduled service, depending on weather conditions. The Montrose Regional Airport, 67 miles to the north, offers more consistent transport, so most tourists arrive at Montrose and rent a car to complete their journey. State highway 145 connects Telluride to Cortez, Naturita, and grants access to state highway 62, which is the main route to Montrose, Denver, and more. Once you're settled in, try the free Galloping Goose public bus system that encircles the town and connects Telluride to Mountain Village, Lawson Hill, and Norwood.