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Telluride
Nestled in the towering San Juans, Telluride offers visitors abundant trout fishing and hiking opportunities in summer, plus downhill and cross country skiing in winter. One of the world's most beautiful ski resorts, this former gold rush town has been popular with skiers since the '70s. Walk, catch free shuttles or soar to 9500 feet on the Mountain Village gondola. Appreciate the area's history and beauty at Telluride Historical Museum and Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado's longest free falling falls.

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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
Owner description: Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that transports residents and visitors from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, the first and only free... more Owner description: Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that transports residents and visitors from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States, officially opened December 20, 1996, and was originally built to help improve air quality while expanding the ski area. Grab a front row seat with Mother Nature at 10,500 feet and access biking, hiking and skiing trails as well as shops, restaurants and watering holes. Fun Facts: Approximately 2.61 million passengers ride the gondola annually - and safely - and over 39 million riders have been transported since opening day. The gondola operates roughly 287 days each year with routine maintenance scheduled during our shoulder season months. It takes about 13 minutes to get from the Town of Telluride to the Town of Mountain Village. A cabin travels 11 miles per hour at full speed, which means each cabin travels over 52,000 miles per year. Approximately 50 percent of our cabins are pet accessible. We also have wheelchair accessible cabins. The trip between the two towns is eight miles long whereas the gondola travels three miles between the two towns. If we relied on rubber transportation, it would take 18 50-passenger buses to maintain a 900-people per hour capacity. This would translate to more people on the road and more pollutants in the air. The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association purchases renewable energy credits from San Miguel Power Association, which funds the development and operation of regional renewable energy resources. The cost to build the gondola is $16 million, and revenues to support the operational cost, which exceeds $3.5 million annually and requires over 82,000 man-hours, are realized from a number of sources with the majority of funding from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride make a monetary contribution, and the Telluride Ski Resort contributes one percent of lift ticket sales. less
Attraction type: Tramways
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Bear Creek Falls
Bear Creek Falls
Scenic waterfalls that tumble down into Telluride's box canyon in the San Juan Mountains.
Attraction type: Hiking Trails; Waterfalls
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Main Street
Main Street
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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New Sheridan Hotel
New Sheridan Hotel
Owner description: In 1896, presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan condemned the gold standard, famously forecasting that it would “crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” He delivered that... more Owner description: In 1896, presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan condemned the gold standard, famously forecasting that it would “crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” He delivered that speech at the New Sheridan Hotel. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Town Park
Town Park
Attraction type: Neighborhoods; Parks

All places to eat » Places to eat

Brown Dog Pizza
Brown Dog Pizza
Ranked #1 of 67 Restaurants in Telluride
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Smugglers Brew Pub
Smugglers Brew Pub
Ranked #2 of 67 Restaurants in Telluride
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chop House Restaurant
Chop House Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 67 Restaurants in Telluride
Price:
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Baked in Telluride
Baked in Telluride
Ranked #4 of 67 Restaurants in Telluride
Price: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican, Pizza
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan
Ranked #5 of 67 Restaurants in Telluride
Price: $31 - $70
Cuisines: American, Sushi
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

The Hotel Telluride
4.0 of 5
The Hotel Telluride
$177 - $713
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
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New Sheridan Hotel
3.5 of 5
New Sheridan Hotel
$160 - $313
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
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Camel's Garden Hotel & Condominiums
3.5 of 5
Camel's Garden Hotel & Condominiums
$173 - $547
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hotel Columbia
3.5 of 5
Hotel Columbia
$266 - $484
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
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The River Club Condos
4.5 of 5
The River Club Condos
$243 - $1,037
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Ice House Lodge
4.0 of 5
Ice House Lodge
$245 - $546
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Telluride
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Auberge Residences at Element 52
4.0 of 5
Auberge Residences at Element 52
$596 - $2,637
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Raintree at the River Club
4.0 of 5
Raintree at the River Club
$262 - $1,100
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in Telluride

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Madeline Hotel and Residences
4.5 of 5
Madeline Hotel and Residences
$186 - $1,598
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