About Telluride

Welcome to Telluride, Colorado!

Telluride, ColoradoRenowned for its rich heritage, culture and remote mountain beauty, the Telluride region is the top destination for Colorado ski vacations. Nestled high in the magnificent San Juan Mountains - part of Colorado's legendary Rocky Mountain range - Telluride and Mountain Village offer guests a full range of accommodations to choose from plus exhilarating activities and delectable shops and restaurants. Home to the world-class Telluride Ski Resort, a hidden treasure among Colorado ski resorts, the resort is known for its powder-filled bowls, family-friendly ski school programs, and awe-inspiring mountain views.New for this winter - the opening of Revelation Bowl and addition of a high-speed quad chairlift, which translates into an even greater Telluride skiing experience.

If you are looking for the perfect Colorado ski vacation in one of the most charming and distinct destinations in the world, we invite you to venture out and experience Telluride for yourself. VisitTelluride.com is the official website of the Telluride Tourism Board, a non-profit community organization dedicated to promoting tourism to the Telluride region.

The Telluride Tourism Board is your official source for year-round visitor information from air travel, Telluride lodging, dining, events, outdoor activities, and more. The Tourism Board produces the Summer and Winter Official Telluride/Mountain Village Visitor Guides, to request a copy click here.


A Brief History of Telluride

Telluride Historical MusuemUsed as a summer camp for centuries by Ute Indians and named by Spanish explorers in the 1700's, the San Juan Mountains lured fortune seekers to Colorado with visions of silver and gold. By the mid-1870's, the Sheridan Mine was the first in a string of local claims and a tent camp was established in the valley below. Originally called Columbia, the rowdy mining camp became a town in 1878, and changed its name to Telluride, Colorado.

With the coming of the railroad in 1890, the remote boomtown flourished. A melting pot of immigrants seeking their fortunes turned Telluride into a thriving community of 5,000. Prosperity abounded, and Telluride was full of thrilling possibilities. But when silver prices crashed in 1893, followed by the First World War, the mining boom collapsed. Miners moved on and the town’s population gradually dwindled from thousands to hundreds. 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. It was again a time of thrilling possibilities.

The Telluride Ski Resort is renowned for its world-class slopes and a stunning mountain ambience. Born of the same adventurous spirit that birthed the Telluride ski community, many cultural events, festivals, music, and performing arts were also founded during the Telluride renaissance of the 1970s. One of the most famous of all Telluride events is the Telluride Film Festival. For over 30 years, it has helped bring attention to classic, obscure, and experimental films and filmmakers from around the world. If you prefer environmental and mountain-themed movies, the Mountainfilm in Telluride is America's oldest mountain film genre festival.

Telluride, CO is where you can find beauty in both art and nature. 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 even 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.

For more information about the history of Telluride, we recommend a visit to the Telluride Historical Museum.

For more information, please visit www.visittelluride.com