Hiking along the Blue Lakes Trail in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness area
Adventurous off-roading in the mountains
Fly-fishing on the Western Slope
West Colorado Avenue in downtown at dusk
West Colorado Avenue aglow during the Telluride Balloon Festival
Street-side dining along East Colorado Avenue
Hundreds of people enjoying live music at a festival
Horseback riding through rugged mountain terrain
- Major Airports:
- Telluride (TEX)
- Montrose (MTJ)
Legendary winter sports and summer fun
Winter on and off the Slopes
With more than 809 hectares 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 gentle, wide-open slopes of Ute Park and The Meadows get beginners off to the right start. 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 variety of other winter activities in addition to skiing are also available and include showshoe and snowbike tours, snowmobiling, Nordic skiing and sleigh rides.
In addition to outdoor activities, Telluride offers visitors a top-notch culinary experience 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.
Festivities Throughout the Summer
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 lineup brings first-class entertainers, artists, culinary experts and others to the mountains to share the love of their craft in an intimate atmosphere. From the kickoff 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 adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding, tours in sport utility vehicles and much more.
Getting to Telluride is as easy as getting around the city. 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.
Telluride was the first city in the world to have alternating current power and was once called the "City of Lights."