About the Town of Telluride
A historic mining town that now boasts a world-class ski resort and is known as the summer festival capital of the Rockies, Telluride is truly a one-of-a-kind destination.
Nature lovers are drawn to the waterfalls, national forest lands, and one of the largest concentrations of 14,000-foot peaks in North America. The landscape and active lifestyle attract mountain bikers, campers, boaters, hikers and fly fishermen in the summer, while skiers and snowboarders call it "the most beautiful place you'll ever ski" in the winter.
Tucked in a box canyon high in the San Juan Mountain Range, Telluride is seven hours from Denver, five from Albuquerque and sixty-five miles from the next "major" town, Montrose, where many visitors will fly into in order to get to Telluride. At over 9,000 feet above sea level, Telluride's own private airport is the second highest in the world (for more information about getting to Telluride, see our Services & Resources page).
The area is renowned for its two distinct towns: The Town of Telluride, a National Historic Landmark District, and Mountain Village. The Town of Telluride is a 125-year-old former mining town, filled with charm and character. Enjoy a variety of hotels that range in style from renovated historic to contemporary accommodations in addition to low key inns. The area is acclaimed for award-winning dining plus eclectic shopping. Because Historic Telluride is only one square mile, with downtown just two blocks from the ski slopes, getting around town is a breeze.
Just over the ridge, Mountain Village is a full-service pedestrian town located right in the heart of ski country. It is home to a variety of hotels, a thriving retail center, gourmet restaurants, plenty of ski-in/ski-out accommodations, as well as the Telluride Golf Club. Mountain Village offers a sprawling plaza with ice skating rink, fire pits and affords a great setting for apres-ski, music and events. The summer season is distinguished for the Sunset Concert Series which features up-and-coming artists as well as tried and true performers.
Telluride and Mountain Village are linked by a free 13-minute gondola ride, which as been called "one of the most beautiful commutes in the world," completely unique to North America.