Places to Visit: Telluride Colorado

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Telluride Colorado

Tucked into a picturesque box canyon, Telluride is a resort town favored by the rich and glamorous as well as hardcore skiers and mountain  mountain bikers.

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  • Telluride is located off Highway 145 about 3 hours south of Crested Butte.
  • Telluride caters to upscale travelers and has very limited services. Groceries and gas are extremely expensive.
  • The skiing and mountain biking are legendary.
  • Telluride hosts many summer festivals, including its famous bluegrass festival and multiple film festivals.

Overview

Telluride is an idyllic upscale resort town with an adjacent ski resort and annual music and film festivals.

Location

Telluride is located on the only road into town, Colorado Avenue off Highway 145, in southern Colorado.

Services/Amenities

Telluride is a small town with resort prices. It's recommended to get groceries and other necessities in Montrose. Once in Telluride, you'll have no problem tracking down an organic bagel or designer jewelry.

Activities

Telluride offers a nice balance between outdoor recreation and culture. It has excellent dining, high-end shopping and loads of public land.

The skiing is phenomenal – diverse terrain includes steep hike-to chutes and bowls. In summer, the mountain biking is some of the best in the West.

Colorado Avenue, Telluride's main street, is a chain-store-free zone with excellent, albeit extremely pricey, shops and restaurants.

Attractions

Telluride's major attractions are its summer festivals. These include the world-famous Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the burgeoning Mountainfilm in Telluride and the venerable Telluride Film Festival.

The gondola that links downtown to the ski resort runs year-round.

Getting Here

From Crested Butte, go into Gunnison and take 50 west into Montrose. Go south on 550, hang a right on 62, then left on 145 until it intersects with Colorado Avenue.

Highway 145 is a scenic mountain highway that runs through several old mining towns. Enjoy the drive, make several stops and keep the camera accessible.