The Town of Telluride is an authentic western gold and silver mining town and one of a few National Historic Landmark District’s in America. The closest traffic light is 40 miles away and the closest major cities are a six+ hour drive yet there are several nonstop commercial jet flights into the nearby Montrose airport from around the country. It is consistently rated as one of the best small towns and top ski resorts in North America by several media rankings. Telluride is the epitome of a small-town setting, which eliminates the need for a car in any season, just six blocks wide by 15 blocks long with a year-round population of 2,444 people (2016), at an elevation of 8,750 and connected by an innovative gondola transportation system to its sister town of Mountain Village. Telluride is the county seat for San Miguel County, one of the least populated counties in Colorado.
Because of the topography and box canyon surrounded by National Forest along with forever open space along the valley floor west of this Victorian-era town, there will never be a sprawl of cookie cutter malls and buildings. The quaint nature, bolstered by a ski area descending into the town, is preserved forever and national chains are non-existent.
Telluride is blessed to be amid a vast array of amazing natural activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting on one of the West’s last undammed rivers – the San Miguel, climbing, ice skating, horseback riding, four wheeling, camping and more. The area is also within a day’s drive to several National Parks and Monuments including Black Canyon, Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon De Chelly, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Hovenweep and Dinosaur. Telluride is located on the San Juan Scenic Skyway, often recognized as one of the top 10 scenic drives in the entire country. This 236-mile loop joins the towns of Telluride, Durango, Ouray, Silverton, Dolores and Ridgway.
Telluride’s festivals are second to none and have been around longer than most others in the Rocky Mountains. They include three film festivals (different genres), several music festivals (Bluegrass, Jazz, Rock, Blues) and several other top-notch festivals that keep the calendar of events overflowing with options throughout the year.
The Telluride School District has consistently been rated a top school district in Colorado for several years and personnel from the school system have earned top state honors for best Teacher, Librarian, Athletic Director and Superintendent of the Year.
Colorado is a state surrounded by beautiful backdrops yet Telluride is perched in the top echelon of incredible scenery, set in a rare one-way in and one-way out box canyon and surrounded by the largest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot mountains in North America, and framed by several waterfalls including Colorado’s longest freefalling waterfall at 365 feet.
If the Telluride valley was discovered today in its natural state it would immediately be designated a National Park.