Telluride

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.

Our suggestion – The Liberty

Or to just see one of the prettiest little towns in America. Known for its iconic main street, Colorado Avenue,

Its delightful Victorian houses,

It will become apparent later why Dunton Town House is our absolute favorite.

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.

41 thoughts on “Telluride

  1. Sold! It’s gone on my list of “must visit” places in USA. It looks absolutely charming in your wonderful photos.

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    1. Charming is the perfect word to describe it, and it definitely deserves a spot on your “must visit” list!

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  2. Great post on the place and amazing views!!! I love snow-capped mountains and hills too!!

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    1. We can’t beat snow-capped mountains, bright blue skies, and golden meadows! Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Just love your blog posts and photos and commentary. It’s a total delight to follow you. Thank you! 😎

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s a real treat for us to put our posts together, and we’re so grateful for everyone who follows along!

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  4. what a wonderful view of this charming town

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    1. Thanks! We’re always charmed by it!

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  5. A very interesting place! I love your posts! You’ve a great blog!

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    1. Thanks as always! We enjoy putting it together! Have a great weekend!

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      1. You are welcome! And thank you! You too, have a great weekend!

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  6. Favorite travelogue thus far – best.

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    1. Thanks Rufus!! Have a great weekend!

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  7. As many times as I have been to Colorado I still have not been to Telluride!!! Maybe this summer!!! Great post!!!

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    1. You should DEFINITELY make it happen! It is essentially a perfect place! Have a great weekend!

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  8. I’ve only visited Telluride once and that was a brief visit but I loved it and can’t wait to go back!

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    1. We feel the same way every time we have to leave! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Amazing place. I would love to visit there someday.

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    1. It is certainly worth the trip! Have a great weekend!

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  10. Telluride is the best! curious to know what your number 1 is 🙂

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    1. It will all be revealed very soon…:-)

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      1. Hopefully not Pueblo. haha. Looking forward to the unveiling.

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  11. Very nice Guys! Take care and thank you for visiting and following my blog.

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  12. Telluride looks like a lot of fun and so beautiful. Fantastic piece!

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    1. When you two come back to this part of the country, it is definitely worth it to check out southwestern Colorado! Thanks for reading!

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  13. What a beautiful place and a wonderful story. Did you end up doing any skiing or just apres? It looks like an absolute playground. Thank you for taking the time to write about this special place.

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    1. We did not ski…the snow wasn’t quite ready for that yet. Even without skiing, Telluride is indeed an absolute playground! Thanks for reading!

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  14. We have just been back from a 2-month road trip through the USA and totally missed out on this charming town! Thanks for the share and the inspiration, your photos are stunning and it is definitely on the list for our next trip! Marcella

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    1. Thanks for reading Marcella! You won’t be disappointed by Telluride! I’m sure you saw some amazing things on your trip though!!

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      1. Thank you for publishing. Just discovering your website and really like it 🙂 We did indeed, one of the highlights was rafting the Cataract Canyon through Canyonlands. Very memorable.

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      2. Wow!! I’m sure that was so stunning!

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  15. Can’t wait to be there in January!

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    1. You guys will love it! It’s the most special mountain town! Let us know if you need any suggestions for food, drinks, etc.!

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  16. Great pics…have always wanted to go to Telluride. Can’t believe we lived in Denver for 13 years and traveled to SW Colorado often, but never got over to Telluride. On the list!!

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    1. When you visit, you may not want to leave!!

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    Wonderful post, description and pictures. As always ! Now, i’m jealous, and i want to visit the place ! Thanks to you ! Liked, and shared to my social, and flipped to the “Travel MaG”. Thank you.

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