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A Postcard-Perfect Trip to Telluride

A Postcard-Perfect Trip to Telluride
3 days
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!
Day 1
Activity

Telluride Historical Museum

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The building itself was built in 1896 as a hospital for the miners and townspeople of Telluride and the surrounding areas. See an amazing collection of photographs and artifacts reconstructs the... Read More

Lunch

The Butcher & Baker Cafe

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Our bakery and cafe specializes in handcrafted, fresh and local cuisine. We feature handmade breads and artisan pastries, fresh salads composed of local greens, fruit and vegetables, locally... Read More
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Telluride Adventure Center

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From mountain biking to rafting, rock climbing to horseback riding, Telluride offers a copious playground for all types of adventurers. 4x4 tours will take you through historic mining towns or... Read More

Dinner

221 South Oak

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221 South Oak is a restaurant set in a tastefully refurbished historic home, just steps from the Gondola in Telluride Colorado. Chef Eliza Gavin offers an Appetizer and Wine Pairing Class. Chef... Read More

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Sheridan Opera House

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The historic Sheridan Opera House has been providing quality programming and entertainment to Telluride for more than 100 years. With past performers such as Mumford & Sons, Jewel, Chubby... Read More

Lodging

The Hotel Telluride

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The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride hotel for the foremost in hospitality and comfort. Nestled in the heart of historic Telluride, Colorado, The Hotel Telluride offers our guests the best... Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Telluride Coffee Company

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Located in the core of Mountain Village, Telluride Coffee Company offers gourmet coffee and espresso, pastries and more before you head up the mountain for a day of hiking or skiing. In a rush?... Read More
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Hike to Bridal Veil Falls

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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

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Enjoy creative local cuisine and jaw-dropping vistas at The View Bar & Grill at Mountain Lodge Telluride. Named for its spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of the San Juan Mountains, our Telluride... Read More
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San Miguel Anglers

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The San Miguel River begins above the historic town of Telluride and continues through the southwest until it converges with the Dolores River and ultimately flows into the mighty Colorado River... Read More

Dinner

Allred's Restaurant

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Telluride's flagship restaurant at the top of the gondola offers an incredibly unique mountain top dining experience. Read More
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Telluride Art Walk

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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

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The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride hotel for the foremost in hospitality and comfort. Nestled in the heart of historic Telluride, Colorado, The Hotel Telluride offers our guests the best... Read More
Day 3
Breakfast

Floradora Saloon

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The Floradora Saloon is a family-owned and operated restaurant and bar. The menu features fresh, crisp flavors using natural and organic ingredients from the region. Arguably, one of the best... Read More

Activity

Mountain Village Gondola Ride

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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's Brewpub

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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 restaurant. Led by our brewer Thomas Daly, the... Read More

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Telluride Old Town Jail

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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, was built in 1878 and is now located in... Read More

Dinner

The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Tasting Cellar

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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 unforgettable meal. 

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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.
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Orvis Hot Springs

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Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing optional natural hot springs resort that does not heat or treat our water in any way. We offer seven soaking areas that range in temperature from 98-112 degrees.... Read More

Lodging

Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites

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Quite possibly the best two-diamond property in Colorado. The four seasons offer a variety of activities for our guests. The lodge is well situated at the intersection of highways 550 "the San... Read More