Deep in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, Telluride features some of the state’s most breathtaking scenery. The longstanding town — a former Old West mining hub — is surrounded by a stark box canyon and towering peaks on all sides. Today, it’s one of the country’s premier skiing destinations and a mecca for culture lovers who flock to its renowned annual events, such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival or Telluride Film Festival.
Inspirato Members love Telluride for its incredible slopes, adventure activities, and excellent restaurants. They also love the club’s accommodations, which include spacious 7,000-plus-square-foot residences and chic condos at the award-winning Lumière property, located next to the slopes in neighboring Mountain Village.
The residence couldn't have been any nicer. The entire staff was so friendly and accommodating. The views of the mountain were amazing. First time to Telluride and the entire family fell in love. Will absolutely visit again.Kyle H.Inspirato Member
Check out some of our favorite things to do, see, and eat in Telluride and the surrounding area, and get inspired for your own perfect itinerary in one of Inspirato’s hundreds of destinations around the globe.
Things to Do
Hit the Slopes
With more than 2,000 skiable acres, 148 trails, and 309 inches of average annual snowfall, Telluride is a world-class skiing and snowboarding destination. The vertical drop is 4,425 feet and the longest run is Galloping Goose, at 4.6 miles. The ski terrain is incredibly varied, ranging from accessible to expert, and there are rarely long lift lines.
Ride the Gondola
Telluride is connected via gondola to Mountain Village. The gondola is free; it takes only 13 spectacular minutes end to end and is the only transportation between two towns of this kind in the United States. Ride it again and again for breathtaking 360-degree views, especially when the sunset alpenglow makes the mountains appear to be radiating hues of orange and red.
Take a Hike
Almost as many people come to hike the San Juan Mountains as do to ski. No matter the season, there’s something for everyone, so grab a trail map (or get directions from your concierge) and get to exploring. Bridal Veil Falls, Ajax Peak, Alta Lake, Ballard Boardinghouse and Basin Trail are nearby hikes varying in both length and ability.
Have an Adventure
Telluride is teeming with plenty of activities that will get your adrenaline pumping. Soar above town in a glider, see native wildlife on a snowmobile or dog sled tour, try some of the country’s best fly fishing, or visit Southwest Colorado’s famous ghost towns on a four-wheeling excursion.
Brown Dog Pizza – This is the world’s best pizza – at least according to the judges at the 2015 Pizza World Championships in Italy. The restaurant serves various varieties, ranging from thick to thin and square to round.
La Marmotte – Twinkling lights and a rustic ambiance surround diners at this cozy outpost, where the menu of fine French dishes changes nightly based on which ingredients are the most fresh and seasonal. The restaurant is housed in a former ice house constructed 125 years ago.
Allred’s Restaurant – Perched high up on a mountain, this restaurant treats you to fine food and views. Feast on modern American fare that highlights Colorado-sourced ingredients, including lamb, elk and pork. To get to Allred’s, take the free gondola to St. Sophia Station and then follow the signs pointing you to the restaurant.
Floradora Saloon – A Telluride staple for more than 40 years, this is a local landmark. The menu is full of hearty, classic American dishes prepared with a creative flair. In the summer, try to nab a seat on the small patio in the front for great people watching and views of the mountains.
Things to Know
Winter offers conditions that are ideal for snow sports, with temperatures that average between the teens and mid-30s. During summer expect pleasant temperatures that peak in the upper 70s.
Telluride may seem difficult to access but there are several options for flying in. Great Lakes Airlines offers year-round service from Denver into Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), located right in town. Other options include Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport (MTJ; about 75 minutes away), with year-round service from several major cities across the country. There are also airports with commercial service in Durango (DRO) and Grand Junction (GJT), both about 2.5 hours away. Note that airlines and flights vary throughout the year.
In summer, a rental car is the best option for exploring Telluride and the surrounding area. In winter, when snow makes driving more challenging, private transportation is recommended. Additionally, Mountain Village has a complimentary, on-demand Dial-A-Ride shuttle available.