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If you're looking for an authentic 19th century western mountain mining town vacation experience, updated for the demanding tastes of the 21st century outdoor enthusiast, put Telluride on your “must do list.” Although it was once a well-kept secret, Telluride is now playing in the major resort league. Yet, the twelve-block-long town, with stunning Victorian homes, opera house, and lively saloons, still maintains a special old west small town character.

Nestled in the Canyon

Nestled in a canyon at the base of the Telluride Ski Mountain (8,750'), surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, lies a National Historic Landmark District with Victorian-era architecture. You'll have a  choice of a quaint bed & breakfast inn, an elegant full-service hotel, amd a fully-equipped opulent slope-side condominium or private home. The town is less than one-mile long and the Main Street shops and restaurants are a short walking distance from most lodging and accommodations. The free year-round gondola runs 17 hours a day, seven days a week, and takes visitors from town up to the Mountain Village, where there is more options for shopping, dinning, activities, spa treatments, and lodging.

This European-style Mountain Village overlooks some of the most magnificent peaks in the San Juan Mountains. This is a world-class summer resort boasting an 18-hole championship golf course and 3,000 acres of National Forest for hiking and biking. At the Mountain Village, guests enjoy a traditional ski resort village with tantalizing restaurants and shops galore.

Things to Do

Telluride captivates those with a desire for adventure. Explore the dramatic beauty of the alpine environment on hiking, biking, and old mining jeep trails. Enjoy horseback riding, ghost towns, fly fishing, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, rafting, skateboarding, and mountain biking, among other activities. For a more relaxing day, visit the relaxing hot springs or browse boutiques and gift shops. For a more exhilarating experience, try a hike to an authentic mining ghost town.

From May through September, Telluride hosts a number of festivals ranging from arts, wine and mushrooms to Blues & Brews and the Jazz Festival. Don’t miss the Telluride Mountain Film Festival and the famous Telluride Film Festival. The Telluride Film Festival is a 30-plus year traditional favorite held every Labor Day weekend.

Situated in a river valley, about one hour from Telluride on the Million Dollar Highway, lies the  town of Ouray. Known as the Switzerland of America, Ouray is in the heart of the San Juan Skyway—a spectacular road that has been designated as one of the most scenic drives in America.

Getting Here

Major airlines fly into the Telluride Airport or nearby Montrose. From the airports, reasonably priced transportation and shuttle services are available to whisk you to your accommodations.

Summer Travel Discounts

Let yourself experience a summer vacation in the Rockies with the deals and discounts on this site. We've gather information on things to do and see, as well as provided you with lodging deals, tours and activity discounts, and general savings all around.

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