Why Telluride?

7 Reasons to Choose Telluride, Colorado

1. Dramatic Scenery

Rock climber with a Telluride waterfall and hydro electric power station in the background.

Telluride is situated in a remarkable and unusual natural setting, surrounded by the largest concentration of 14,000-foot mountains in North America and numerous waterfalls including Colorado’s longest waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, at 365 feet.

2. Strong School System

Student with backpack skateboards to schoolbus in summer.

The Telluride School District has consistently been rated a top school district in the state of Colorado and personnel from the school system have been bestowed top state honors. In addition, the town’s library has been voted a five-star quality designation – just one of three in Colorado by a national library association.

3. The Festivals

Balloons ascending in the early morning with mountains and waterfall in background.
Telluride’s festivals are second to none and have been around far longer than most others in the Rocky Mountains and beyond. 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.

4. Natural Attractions

Smiling woman and child mountain biking through Telluride forest.
Telluride is blessed to be amid a vast array of amazing natural activities such as skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, 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 Cranyon, Bryce, Zion, Hovenweep and Dinosaur. There are also several other natural attractions and towns nearby including Silverton, Durango and Santa Fe.

5. Elbow Room

Summer view of Telluride area landscape with wooded lake on foreground and Mt. Wilson with snowfields in background at dusk.

About 66% of all land in San Miguel County is open space and the remaining 34% is in a handful of subdivisions with some of the development forever limited through land conservation easements which eliminate or significantly reduce density. This creates strong demand and limited supply for Telluride Real Estate.

Because of the topography and box canyon surrounded by National Forest along with the creation of open space along the valley floor west of the Town of Telluride, there will never be a sprawl of cookie cutter malls and buildings. The quaint nature is preserved forever.

6. Small Town Setting

Low angle view of cruiser bike being ridden down Telluride's main street during a summer sunset.
Telluride is six blocks wide by about 15 blocks long with a year-round population of about 2,500 people. The county population is about 8,500 people and San Miguel County is one of the least populated in the state of Colorado.

The closest traffic light is 40 miles away and the closest major cities are 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours away. Yet, there are nonstop flights from 11 major hubs during the winter months, and nonstop service from 5 hubs during summer.

7. A Unique Gem in southwestern Colorado

Gondola in autumn with the town of elluride in the background.
Telluride is an authentic western gold & silver mining town largely intact and one of just a few National Historic Landmark Districts in the US.
An innovative gondola transportation system connects the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village and the ski mountain. It takes less time to ride the gondola than to drive between the two towns.
The world-class ski resort has been operating since 1972 and offers a variety of beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert terrain with rarely any lift lines. Telluride consistently rates as one of the top if not the best ski town and resort in America by various readers and publications.

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