Telluride is probably our second favorite town in Colorado, and might rank in that same position for the entire United States! Fortunately, our favorite place is only a short distance away (more on that to come), so whenever we make the southwestern journey, a stop in Telluride is a must.
The drive, which takes about 6 hours from Denver, can be either beautiful (and slightly more treacherous) or more dull (and less snow-packed). Feeling adventurous – and forgetting that Denver’s foot of snowfall would have melted less at higher elevations and lower temperatures – we white-knuckled our way through vast meadows and past the Collegiate Peaks toward Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where the scenery is a nice warmup for the ultimate beauty of Telluride.
A good place to stop and stretch your legs as you watch the fog lift off the water and the clouds hug the tops of low peaks.
As you start to lose feeling in your picture taking hand, you’ll know it’s time to move on…eager to reach your destination.
Telluride was founded in 1878, shortly after discovery of the Smuggler gold vein above Telluride and placer gold in the San Miguel River.
Nestled at the base of a box canyon and flanked on one side by some of our state’s steepest slopes (we met a member of the Telluride ski patrol who explained the intensive work they do to keep the ski runs safe from avalanche danger), the Telluride Historic District is the dreamiest place to apres ski.
Or to just see one of the prettiest little towns in America. Known for its iconic main street, Colorado Avenue,
Its delightful Victorian houses,
And the gondola that takes you from one side of the mountain to the other. Trust us, this is not a ride to be missed at night. Unless you hate star filled skies, of course. (You monster!)
As with any heaven on earth, there are amazing places to eat, like Gnar Tacos for a casual lunch and There for a romantic dinner (plus endless fun with the name).
At the end of Colorado Avenue, past the large open fields that hold the town’s many summer festivals, you’ll find Bridal Veil Falls, a 365-foot waterfall that is equally spectacular whether frozen or gushing at full volume.
Truly a place for standing in awe.