San Miguel County: Telluride
"The most beautiful place you'll ever see," Telluride is hidden in a box canyon that is surrounded by the 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains. As a National Historic Landmark District
, Victorian architecture and extensive mining history are also a part of this spectacular town. Telluride
draws people from around the globe for . world-class skiing and snowboarding
in winter. In summer, visitors flock to the mountains for numerous festivals that include Mountainfilm in Telluride
, Telluride Bluegrass Festival
, Telluride Jazz Celebration
, Telluride Film Festival
and many more
. Shopping, spas, biking, hiking, river rafting and many other activites
also attract visitors. A free gondola
—the first and only free public transportation system of its kind—is popular with locals and visitors alike. Fall is also an exceptional time to visit and enjoy the changing colors of the aspen trees.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Located on the scenic San Juan Skyway
and near the Unaweep/Tabegauche Scenic Byway
in southwest Colorado, the greater Telluride region hosts two magnificent drives. The San Juan Skyway is a 233-mile loop and takes you back in time and offers views of the towering 14,000-foot San Juan Mountains. This scenic and historic byway is one of six All-American Roads recognized for outstanding scenic, geologic and historic sites. The Unaweep/Tagegauche Scenic Byway is the scenic route between Grand Junction and Telluride and is 133 miles in length, following Unaweep Canyon’s red sandstone walls down a historic path that dates back to Precambrian times and has hosted everything from dinosaurs to miners.
Telluride is recognized for its unrivaled recreational opportunities. In the winter, world-class Telluride Ski Resort boasts powder-filled bowls in which to ski, snowboard and enjoy awe-inspiring mountain views. Come summer, the resort transforms into a North American icon of music and events—home to world-famous—in addition to hiking, biking, flyfishing, rafting, golfing, Jeeping and more.
- skiing and snowboarding
- helicopter skiing
- Nordic skiing
- ice climbing
- dog sledding
- mountain biking
- rafting and kayaking
- rock climbing
What Makes Telluride Distinct
Telluride is known for its quirky charm. Not only is Telluride a designated National Historic Landmark District, it's also known for its quirky charms:
- Telluride has the only free gondola public transportation system of its kind in North America.
- The nearest stoplight is 45 miles away.
- At 9,078 feet above sea level, the Telluride Regional Airport is the highest commercial airport in North America.
- At the east end of Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado's tallest free-falling waterfall at 365 feet.
- Ski magazine rates Telluride Ski Resort in the Top 10 ski resorts in North America.
- Telluride Helitrax was Colorado's first helicopter ski company and has been in operation since 1982.
- Telluride was the first city in the world to have electric streetlights. Once called the “City of Lights,” the world's first alternating current (AC) power plant was built here.
- Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889, walking away with over $24,000.
- The Galloping Goose's oldest bus, #101, runs on non-toxic, biodegradable, vegetable oil-based biodiesel fuel.
- There are no chain restaurants or retail outlets in Telluride.
Local Heritage, Arts & Culture
Telluride is proud of its colorful past and celebrates each June with Heritage Fest, where it's easy to venture back in time and walk along historic main street where Butch Cassidy once roamed, mingle with weathered cowboys and gold-hungry prospectors and all others who answered the call of the San Juan Mountains, and discover Telluride's true colors as story-tellers weave tall tales from the past. The art scene in Telluride is also vibrant and sets this region apart from almost every other ski resort in the country. From gallery walks to performing arts productions from around the world, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Festivals & Events
Telluride packs a full festival schedule each summer. For over 30 years, the name "Telluride" has been synonymous with its signature events—whether musical, cultural, culinary, scientific, athletic or unusual.
- Mountainfilm in Telluride
- Balloon Rally
- Heritage Fest
- Telluride Bluegrass Festival
- Telluride Musicfest
- Telluride Plein-Air
- Telluride Yoga Festival
- Telluride Tech Fest
- Telluride Jazz Celebration
- Telluride Chamber Music Festival
- Telluride Festival of the Arts
- Telluride Mushroom Festival
- Telluride Film Festival
- Telluride Blues & Brews