A Postcard-Perfect Trip to Telluride

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Telluride is tucked into a box canyon surrounded by towering peaks, and is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long, which is plenty of room for history, adventure and fine dining experiences.

Sustainability Activity
Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

Insider's Tip
Back & Forth

For this itinerary, you'll be traveling back and forth between the historic town of Telluride and the modern resort area of Mountain Village. Luckily, they're separated by a free and incredibly scenic 12-minute gondola ride!

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Telluride Historical Museum Photo
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Telluride Historical Museum

The building itself was built in 1896 as a hospital for the miners and townspeople of Telluride and the surrounding areas. See an amazing…

Lunch
The Butcher & Baker Cafe
Our bakery and cafe specializes in handcrafted, fresh and local cuisine. We feature handmade breads and artisan pastries, fresh salads composed of…
Activity
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP) provides individuals of all abilities an unparalleled outdoor experience in one of Colorado’s most scenic…
Dinner
221 South Oak

221 South Oak is set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado.  Chef Eliza produces eclectic…

Activity
Sheridan Opera House

The historic Sheridan Opera House has been providing quality programming and entertainment to Telluride for more than 100 years. With past…

Lodging
The Hotel Telluride
The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride hotel for the foremost in hospitality and comfort. Nestled in the heart of historic Telluride, Colorado,…
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2
Breakfast
Telluride Coffee Company
Located in the core of Mountain Village, Telluride Coffee Company offers gourmet coffee and espresso, pastries and more before you head up the…
Activity
Hike to Bridal Veil Falls

These stunning waterfalls, at 365 feet in length, are the tallest free falling falls in Colorado, and they entice many people to hike, bike or four-wheel drive up the road.

Lunch
The View Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy creative local cuisine and jaw-dropping vistas at The View Bar & Grill at Mountain Lodge Telluride. Named for its spectacular floor-to-ceiling…
Insider's Tip
The Reel Deal

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Activity
Telluride Angler

Telluride Angler is a specialty fly-fishing shop and guide outfitter on Telluride's main drag.

Dinner
Allred's Restaurant
Telluride's flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola offers an incredibly unique mountain top dining experience.
Activity
Telluride Art Walk

Nineteen venues host receptions from 5–8pm on first Thursdays to introduce their new exhibitions and artists. A free Gallery Guide offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days. Gallery Guides are available at participating venues.

Lodging
The Hotel Telluride
The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride hotel for the foremost in hospitality and comfort. Nestled in the heart of historic Telluride, Colorado,…
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Breakfast
Floradora Saloon

The Floradora Saloon is a family-owned and operated restaurant and bar. The menu features fresh, crisp flavors using natural and organic…

Activity
Mountain Village Gondola Ride

If you haven't yet, don't miss the chance to ride the gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village. Telluride's gondola system provides free transportation year-round. It's the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States.

Lunch
Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery

Boasting many medals and awards from beer competitions and festivals such as the Great American Beer Festival the brewery is pride and joy of our…

Activity
Telluride Old Town Jail

This stone jail is thought to have been built in 1885 and was once occupied by the public library. The community's first jail, a wooden structure,…

Dinner
The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Tasting Cellar

With its rustic "Old World" wine cellar ambience, it is the perfect place for you and your family, friends or business associates to gather for an…

Insider's Tip
Make the Scenic Drive to Ridgway

In less than an hour, passing spectacular views of the Dallas Divide, find yourself in the delightful Wild West town of Ridgway for the evening.

Activity
Orvis Hot Springs

Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing-optional natural hot springs resort. Our natural lithium water, never heated nor treated in any way, enhances …

Lodging
Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites

Quite possibly the best two-diamond property in Colorado. The four seasons offer a variety of activities for our guests. The lodge is well…