Nestled in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado and surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks or “fourteeners” in Colorado, Telluride is a hidden gem in the Rockies.
Founded as a mining town in the late 1800s, Telluride is steeped in history with stunning scenery that is undeniably some of the most beautiful in Colorado. Its blend of historic architecture, world-class hotels, spas and independent restaurants make any visit unforgettable. Linked by a free gondola, the historic Town of Telluride and neighboring Mountain Village effortlessly blend luxury and sophistication with historic charm and mountain sprit.
With more than 2,000 acres of incredible terrain, Telluride lives up to its reputation as the most beautiful place you’ll ever ski. The Plunge, Gold Hill and Palmyra Peak offer plenty of steeps and incredible hike-to terrain for experts. See Forever and Prospect Bowl provide the ideal terrain for intermediates, and the wide open, gentle slopes of Ute Park and The Meadows get beginners off to the right start. And with a majority of lodging ski-in/ski-out or within walking distance of the slopes, a car-free experience can easily be had.
A wide variety of other winter activities in addition to skiing are also available, including showshoe and snowbike tours, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides and more.
In addition to outdoor activities, Telluride offers visitors a top-notch culinary experience – both on and off the mountain. Skiers and riders can enjoy gourmet dishes and fine wines at on-mountain restaurants like Bon Vivant and Alpino Vino, then head to one of the many lively après ski spots when the day winds down. For dinner, restaurant choices range from classic steaks and chops to rustic Italian, Pan Asian and inventive dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients.
Telluride, many locals will tell you, is a place where people come for the winter, then stay for the summer. Few places rival Telluride’s scenery, outdoor activities and unique spirit, and its designation as “Festival Capital of the Southwest” means there is never a shortage of activity. Nearly every summer weekend, visitors and locals have the chance to celebrate everything from music to independent films, craft beer, yoga and more. Year after year, Telluride's festival line-up brings first-class entertainers, artists, culinary experts and more to the mountains where they share the love of their craft in an intimate atmosphere. From the kick-off to summer at Mountainfilm over Memorial Day weekend to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the lauded Telluride Film Festival, an amazing experience is never far away. Summer guests can also enjoy a variety of outdoor adventure including hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding, jeep tours and much more.
And getting to Telluride is as easy as getting around Telluride. The Telluride (TEX) and Montrose (MTJ) regional airports are conveniently served by five commercial carriers with non-stop flights available from eight major U.S. hub cities.