The historic town of Telluride is a breathtaking, majestic and awe-inspiring town that is the essence of Colorado mountain beauty.  As part of the Four Corners region of Southwest Colorado, Telluride sits on the western slope of the Continental Divide. Telluride is surrounded by San Juan Mountain peaks on all sides and is centered around the idyllic Bridal Veil falls, offering visitors outdoor adventures, world-class skiing and unmatched scenic beauty.

Telluride sits at the foot of the ski mountain and still represents the character of a 19th century mining town. While the town is only 13 blocks long and five blocks wide, it is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The town offers relaxed, mountain charm and views of 14,000 foot peaks and beautiful, clear blue skies.

As part of the Four Corners region of Southwest Colorado, Telluride sits on the Western slope of the Continental Divide. The mountainous terrain of San Juan Mountains offer visitors outdoor adventures, world-class skiing and unmatched scenic beauty.

Telluride Lifestyle & Recreational Activities

There is both the historic town of Telluride and Mountain Village, the more refined community located at the ski resort. While the 19th century mining area of downtown is more historical, both areas of Telluride are united by an authentic local feel. Telluride’s most distinctive quality is its beauty, followed by its lack of pretension, representing a comfortable and casual understated affluence. The gondola connects the ski resort with the historic town, and besides being quite convenient, it’s a spectacular ride.

Telluride Ski Resort offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels, thanks to a mix of quality terrain at all levels on the mountain. From refined groomed runs to challenging bumps, there truly is something for everyone. Even beginners and intermediate skiers can ride to the highest peaks and enjoy terrain and views typically reserved for the experts.

Whether you’re looking for a slope-side luxury condominium or a clean, affordable room in town, Gateway Reservations has many options from which to choose. Check out our ski packages or call a Travel Consultant today at 800-828-4228.

Telluride, Colorado History

Gold was first discovered in Telluride in 1858, and John Fallon made the first claim in Marshal Basin above Telluride in 1875; early settlement of Telluride followed. The town was founded in 1878 and, after 9 years as “Columbia,” the town was renamed after “tellurium,” an element associated with deposits of gold and silver which, ironically, was never actually found. Mining remained Telluride’s only industry until 1972, when the first ski lift was installed.

As mining phased out and the new, service industry phased in, the local population changed sharply. Mining families fled in hopes of continued employment elsewhere. This shift in the 60’s brought in the “hippies” that were attracted by a casual life style and outdoor adventures.

The 70’s brought massive change for Telluride as the ski resort was founded and the town’s famed festivals sprouted up, exposing hundreds of thousands to the majestic beauty of the valley for the first time. By the 90’s, Telluride had established itself as a premier resort town with a rich western history and booming modern culture – making it a favorite destination for families from around the world.

Telluride Quick Facts

8,793′ feet above sea level

300 days of sunshine, 169.3 inches of snow in town and 311 inches of snow at the resort per year.


Approximately 4,905 in Town

National Forest
Telluride traverses two box canyons and sits in the Uncompahgre Natl forest but is quite close to borders of the San Juan National Forest
Mountain Range
The Western San Juan Mountains

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