Majestic Mountains, Historic Surroundings
Named for the 90-mile-long San Miguel River, San Miguel County is home to some of southwest Colorado’s most amazing natural sites, including Bridal Veil Falls—the longest free-falling waterfall in Colorado—and the Old Spanish Trail—a 1,200-mile historic route that started in Santa Fe, touched the Telluride region and continued on to Los Angeles.
Encompassing a diverse geographic region ranging from rugged mountain plateaus to arid ranching communities, San Miguel County is a rich combination of scenic beauty, colorful heritage and modern development. Over 20 unique towns call San Miguel County home, as well as portions of the Uncompahgre National Forest and the recreational havens of Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels Wildernesses. Two scenic byways meander through the county—the San Juan Skyway and Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.
At the heart of San Miguel County are two unique communities: Telluride and Mountain Village. Each with its own charms, the two towns are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America. Rooted in history, Telluride is both a bustling ski town and historic jewel. Clapboard storefronts house independent art galleries, old-time bars and delectable eateries. Neighboring Mountain Village offers a modern take on nature and features expansive views and world-class accommodations. During winter, Mountain Village features convenient access to the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort.