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About Telluride Colorado


Telluride is tucked into a box canyon surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks. The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long. Because of its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic status available from the United States Secretary of the Interior. These sites are so special that they are eligible for consideration to become national parks. With the town’s colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings and more, Telluride is a delight to explore. Our citizens are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, traditional design elements and, most of all, Telluride’s small-town mountain lifestyle.


For over 30 years, the name “Telluride” has been synonymous with its signature events—whether musical, cultural, culinary, scientific, athletic or unusual. With many festival offerings heading into their third decade, Telluride’s festivals have evolved and grown, and continue to inspire the loyal fans who make the annual journey to this beautiful canyon. With variety ranging from arts and music to outdoor pursuits, there’s an event to match every passion. Long-standing offerings—such as the Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Bluegrass Festival and Jazz Festival—are known among film and music aficionados for attracting the best filmmakers and musicians in the world. Some locals claim that Blues & Brews, scheduled the third weekend of September, is the favorite because it signifies the start of fall colors and the coming of ski season. Mushroom Festival and the Imogene Pass Run further exemplify the eclectic offerings of Telluride.


Some of the country’s most celebrated chefs, many who now call Telluride home.  Truth is, you sort of work up an appetite here, and whether you’re looking for a fresh pizza, foie gras, or free-range steak, we’ve got a collection of restaurants that get our mouths watering just talking about them.

Condé Nast readers ranked Telluride in their Top 20 List of Best American Cities for Foodies. And Fodor’s ranked us in the Top 10. Imagine how far up the list we’d be if you took the actual “cities” off that list.   We’re also a town known for playing hard, and that doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. In fact, USA Today ranked us Top 5 Ski Resorts for Nightlife. Wander Main Street for some saloon hopping, catch some live music, or tuck into a wine bar and enjoy our friendly, festive atmosphere for yourself.


The arts are alive in Telluride. The town has received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award and the Telluride Arts District, which follows the boundaries of town, is a “Certified Colorado Creative District.” 

The Telluride Arts District is both a geographic area and an organization that provides a vibrant voice and resource for the local arts community, supporting artists, sponsoring events, and connecting the public to the area’s wonderfully vast array of art and culture. One such organization, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, offers classes in everything from pottery to dance to book-binding. There’s even a monthly art walk for locals and visitors alike get out to stroll downtown, enjoy a glass of wine and admiring all the latest exhibits.

For the 6th time in the past 7 years the readers of Conde Nast Traveler have rated Telluride Ski Resort the #1 Ski Resort in the U.S. and Canada. Read the entire article: America’s Best Ski Resorts: Readers’ Choice Awards , CNTraveler.comFirst time guests can also discover Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town,


USA Today

THE TOP 11 SKI RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA: EXCLUSIVE RANKINGS USA Today ranks Telluride Ski Resort as the #1 ski resort in North America.“The combination of charming old buildings, striking scenery and proximity to skiing make Telluride the best ski town in North America.”Read more



Perennially a Top 5 resort in the Forbes resort rankings, Telluride jumped to #2 in Chris Steiner’s list due in part to reviews such as this:“There is a group of top tier ski resort towns in North America—and this pack has an alpha. That alpha is Telluride. First-time visitors marvel at the seemingly vertical canyon walls rising on three sides next to town and wonder, “Why didn’t I come here earlier?”

Vogue Magazine


Vogue Magazine has featured a flattering article on Telluride as one of the most decadent travel destinations. They highlight their picks on the best places to stay, eat, and drink while in town. Read more

Wine Enthusiast


Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently included Allred’s on its annual list of the “100 Best Wine Restaurants in America”. This is a first time Allred’s has received this honor from Wine Enthusiast, which looks at restaurants with “stellar cuisine as a given” and focuses on those with innovative and unique wine programs. Read more

SKI Magazine

In SKI Magazine’s Resort Survey, readers ranked Telluride as the #5 ski resort in the West. Here are some other highlights:Character – #1Terrain – #3Lodging – #5Dining – #6Challenge – #7Trail Variety – #10


Since 1992 SnowPak has been ranking the best ski resorts across the world and in 2017-18 they named Telluride the #1 ski resort in Colorado“Telluride makes our top ski resorts list – with elegance and ease. Epic terrain, elegant lodging and dining, extraordinary views of the San Juan mountains, swift lifts, oh and great snow!”


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Travel + Leisure

5th Overall for all mountain towns #1 for music, Christmas lights, and family friendly hotels # 2 for Parades #4 Friendliness Top 10 for hip/coolness #13 America’s Best Towns for Halloween

U.S. News & World Report

#2 Best Ski Destinations in the World #15 Best Winter Vacations

USA Today

#5 out of top 10 ski resorts for nightlife Top 10 most scenic ski resorts in the world

Additional Publications

#1 top ski resort – Sunset MagazineBest ski town for year-round mountain fans – Huffington Post#8 of 10 Best Ski Towns for Foodies –, One of the Coolest Winter Guy Getaways – Men’s HealthTop 5 family-friendly ski resorts in Colorado – Dallas Morning News Brown Dog Pizza included Larry Olmstead’s list of “15 Most Memorable Restaurant Meals” – One of the Best Ski Resorts for Athletes – Yahoo BeautyBetween the Covers included in list of great independent bookstores – Wall Street Journal #2 Best for all-round family activities – Ski and Snowboard with Kids (Australia)#1 Best town to wander around – Ski and Snowboard with Kids (Australia)

In the 1970’s, Telluride reinvented itself. Legendary powder – a different sort of gold – was being mined. When the Telluride Ski Resort opened in 1973, the character of the community changed, and the town spun back into high gear. Born of the same spirit as skiing, cultural events, festivals, music, and performing arts were founded, and flowed through the seasons. It was again a time of thrilling possibilities. Telluride now has a reputation for world-class skiing and a stunning ambience.Due to its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic status available to sites designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior. Telluride is one of only four other Colorado communities with this honor. The sites are so special that, in theory, they are eligible for consideration as National Parks. Citizens are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, and traditional design elements, and most of all, Telluride’s small town mountain lifestyle. Public Library