Telluride—Endless Adventure in the Southwest Corner of Colorado

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A picturesque Victorian town set against dramatic backdrops, Telluride is home to a world-class ski resort and a wealth of activities that are alluring to skiers and non-skiers alike. Nestled deep in a box canyon in the San Juan Mountains, the town connects by way of a free high-speed gondola to neighboring Mountain Village, which is comprised of the ski mountain and many upscale amenities. Achieving the highest overall score for a ski resort by Condé Nast Traveler in 2010, Telluride provides residents and visitors with a serene, stunning escape and an endless adventure in the southwest corner of Colorado.

The pristinely preserved Western town, dwarfed by 13,000-foot peaks and Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall, retains its old-west charm paired with sophisticated dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities. Originally a mining town until the ski resort was built in 1972, Telluride remains chain-store free and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. From elegant multi-starred restaurants to rustic bakeries and pizzerias, Telluride and Mountain Village will satisfy the most discerning appetite.  Wandering through the historic town or cobblestone plazas of Mountain Village, one can browse through the many shops that offer wilderness gear, fine art and jewelry, clothing boutiques for the city and country dweller, and many one-of-kind emporiums including stores devoted entirely to cashmere or fine leathers. Nightlife seekers can catch live music at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon, view a film at the historic Nugget Theatre, share wine at the upscale New Sheridan Hotel’s historic bar, or just sink into an oversized sofa by the fire in the modern Peaks Resort and Spa in Mountain Village.

In addition to its stellar skiing terrain—from long winding groomers to steep mogul runs and untouched powder—Telluride offers winter and off-ski-season activities for all outdoor enthusiasts. From dog sledding, ice-skating in Town Park, helicopter skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, those seeking traditional skiing alternatives will not be idle. When the snow melts, breathtaking hikes, adventurous mountain-biking, rafting, boating, and fly-fishing on the San Miguel River all await.

Also in the summer, Telluride plays host to a number of outdoor concerts and celebrated annual festivals including: the world-renowned Telluride Film FestivalBluegrass FestivalTelluride Wine FestivalJazz Celebration, and even a Mushroom Festival, among many more. The Ah Hana School for the Arts also offers adult and youth short- and long-term workshops for individual exploration and development of creativity.

Because it is off the beaten track, Telluride’s remoteness contributes to its magic and discourages the crowds. Telluride and Mountain Village are truly unique, exciting, and wonderful sanctuaries.