Telluride is a breathtaking destination that celebrates the culture and natural beauty of Southwest Colorado, from majestic ski slopes to national monuments to scenic byways.
Enjoy annual summer festivals featuring film, art, music, food, wine, and the outdoor amenities of hiking, biking, fishing, and golf in the scenic San Juan Mountains' only steps from our walkable resort.
Discover majestic waterfalls, historic sites, acres of magnificent scenery, restaurants, shops, and family attractions.
Attractions & landmarks
The Pekkarine Building
Lone Tree Cemetery
Butch Cassidy Robbery Site
Old Town Jail
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Old Waggoner House
Telluride Historical Museum
North Oak House
L.L. Nunn House
Telluride Convention Center
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
San Juan Skyway
Black Canyon National Monument
San Miguel County Courthouse
New Sheridan Hotel & Opera House
Telluride and Mountain Village offer a unique shopping experience laced with alpine charm. Sidestepping retail chains, Telluride's merchants provide original and unique goods that you'll only find here from art galleries, antiques, bookstores, boutiques, pottery shops, home furnishings, as well as groceries and sporting goods.
Regional National Parks
Arches National Park - Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. You will also see unique geological resources and formations.
San Juan Skyway - Traveling through the magnificent San Juan Mountains and making stops at historic towns like Durango and Telluride, Colorado's San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway is an essential journey for road trippers, with jaw-dropping views.
Established as a gold mining town after it was first discovered in 1858, the town was named after the element Tellurium, which was never actually found in Telluride's mountains. Telluride began slowly because of its isolated location, until in 1890 when the railroad reached the town, which brought in more mines and brought out more ore.
In June 1889, Butch Cassidy, before becoming associated with his gang, "The Wild Bunch," robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride of $24,580 and later became famous as a bank robber.
Mining was Telluride's only industry until 1972 when the first ski lift was installed by Telluride Ski Resort founder Joseph T. Zoline and his Telluride Ski Corporation (Telco). Zoline bought the land for the future resort in 1969 and began to craft the slopes. Along with his mountain manager, Telluride native Bill "Sr." Mahoney slowly and thoughtfully put together a plan for the sustained development of Telluride and the region.
As mining phased out and a new service industry phased in, the local population changed sharply. Mining families fled Telluride to settle in places like Moab, Utah, where uranium mining offered hope of continued employment. Mining families were replaced by locals referred to as "hippies," young people with a 1960s worldview that frequently clashed with Telluride's old-timers' values. These newcomers were characterized as idle trust funders drawn to the town for a casual life style and outdoor excitements such as hang gliding, mountain climbing, and kayaking.
As the final ore carts were rolling out of the Pandora mine, tourists began to seriously discover Telluride for its magnificent views, expert skiing, and famous autumn color changes. In 1978 a stake of the ski area was purchased by Ron Allred and his partner Jim Wells to form the Telluride Company. The new owners expanded the infrastructure which Zoline had put into place by adding a gondola connecting the Town of Telluride with the Mountain Village.
During the 1980s, Telluride developed a reputation for being "Colorado's best-kept secret," which paradoxically made it one of the more well-known resort communities. In 2003, Prospect Bowl, an extension to the ski area, provided the resort with many new trails and runs.
In 2007-08, the ski area opened some of the most extreme, in-bound, hike-to terrain in the country. Most lifts in the area are high-speed quad chairs capable of holding four passengers. The highest lift on the mountain reaches an altitude of 12,255 feet.