Funky With Old Colorado Charm!
Snugly tucked into Colorado’s southwestern corner, Telluride is one of those mountain towns that still has its cowboy charm.
So it has a slightly funkier, more authentic feel that many of the upscale resorts farther north in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
The town was relatively inaccessible and undiscovered by skiers and tourists for a long time because of the tough mountain roads that had to be traveled to get there.
Especially in the winter, these roads were often impassible by anyone but the most intrepid four-wheel drivers.
From the west, Colorado Route 145 was the most common way into Telluride. However, there were two alternate routes into the town as well:
Imogene Pass is the more forgiving of the two passes, although it still requires 4×4 experience and should not be taken lightly.
Black Bear Pass is probably Colorado’s most dangerous pass. It is passable only in one direction because of a treacherous stair step section.
Finally, in the late 1980s, the Telluride Regional Airport was completed and more visitors began coming into the area.
The airport is the highest altitude commercial airport in the United States. Pilots consider it very challenging because of frequent bad weather, high altitude and the very rugged mountain terrain in which it sits.
As a result, today many tourists and skiers arrive through Montrose Regional Airport, which is located 67 miles to the north.
The town has come into its own as a trendy ski destination and a spectacular summer vacation spot. Today it is a fun mix of cowboy chic and movie-star glamour. Many well-known stars live here part of the year and lend their own special brand of glitz to the town.
Located at the end of a highway in a magnificent box canyon, Telluride has so far retained its small-town charm, including Victorian architecture and quaint bed-and-breakfasts. It also offers full-service lodging, boutiques, restaurants and apres-ski amenities.
The Peaks Resort and Spa is one of the top spas in the United States.
This mountain town is much more than a ski area. It was a town well before the first ski lift opened in 1972 and still is today. Other attractions include a downtown historic district where restored buildings have been converted into shops and restaurants.
Not far from town, Bridal Veil Falls, the longest in Colorado, is absolutely gorgeous.
There is also a free gondola system which provides an exciting, scenic way to get between Telluride and its newer, European-styled sister city, Telluride Mountain Village.
In the summer, there are festivals almost every weekend, including the Telluride Film Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Mushroom Festival, Nothing Day Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
Vacationing in Telluride can be an old ski-bum experience or an upscale resort vacation.
It’s what you want to make of it.