Frequently Asked Questions
Summer in Telluride
At 365 feet, Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado's longest free-falling waterfall. Located at the east end of Telluride, it's a quick two-mile drive through town on Colorado Avenue toward the back (east end) of the valley to the old Pandora Mill site, where there is a parking area. With a high-clearance and/or four-wheel drive vehicle, however, you can continue up the rugged road to the base of the waterfall or even farther up to the power plant at the top of the falls.
Note: The house at the top of the waterfall is a private residence. Please respect their privacy and property.
Winter in Telluride
The dates of operation for the 2011/12 season are: November 24, 2011 - April 8, 2012
Telluride Ski Resort is recognized internationally as a top ski destination. Telluride’s terrain is legendary and has been revered as the best in Colorado. The region receives more than 300 inches of snow each year and offers more than 2,000 skiable acres for all ability levels. With 300 days of sunshine annually and no lift lines, the skiing and snowboarding is an epic experience. The resort opened the new Revelation Bowl in 2008. This spectacular European-style terrain is situated above tree line and offers advanced and expert skiing in an unbelievably scenic setting. All told, the resort has expanded by nearly 400 acres, offering the most stunning skiing and riding on the continent.
Planning your trip
The Telluride Medical Center is a full-service, 24-hour medical facility with emergency ambulance and helicopter service to neighboring hospitals. A certified Level V Trauma Center, the medical center is the first stand-alone clinic not associated with a hospital to receive this designation in the state of Colorado.
At 8,750 feet in Telluride and 9,500 feet in Mountain Village, the air pressure is 40 percent lower than at sea level. Regardless of physical fitness, Acute Mountain Sickness can strike anyone not acclimated to the elevation. For tips to mitigate altitude sickness, click here.
Telluride's unique location provides for amazing weather conditions. Bordered on the south and west by desert and on the north and east by alpine mountains, Telluride boasts over 300 days of sunshine per year. Winters are mild in comparison to other mountain resorts in Colorado and states farther north. Summers are an alpine delight with comfortable days and cool nights. The average humidity in Telluride is 10 percent—nature’s air conditioning.
- January 35 / 15
- February 37 / 18
- March 44 / 24
- April 52 / 30
- May 62 / 38
- June 72 / 45
- July 77 / 52
- August 74 / 50
- September 68 / 44
- October 57 / 34
- November 43 / 24
- December 35 / 15
*(Degrees listed in Fahrenheit)
Mountain Village is a neighboring town and connected to Telluride by a free gondola. Located 9,500 feet above sea level, the year-round alpine community was incorporated in 1995 and is home to the Telluride Ski Resort. The community also hosts a championship golf course and hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer. Known for its wide selection of luxurious accommodations and spas, Mountain Village is home to a variety of top amenities, including dining, shopping and a world-class conference facility,.
Telluride is a National Historic Landmark District with Victorian-era architecture and a charming downtown. Set in a box canyon, Telluride is surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks. The Town of Telluride is roughly 8 block wide and 12 blocks long, a pedestrian-friendly place. There is a free bus system, the Galloping Goose, which makes convenient stops throughout town. The neighboring town of Mountain Village can be accessed via the free, scenic gondola that runs daily from 7 a.m. to midnight. Mountain Village is the main base for the Telluride Ski Resort. Click here to learn more about Telluride.
Located on the scenic San Juan Skyway in southwest Colorado, the greater Telluride region is comprised of the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, which are a part of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Telluride is 67 miles south of Montrose, 125 miles northwest of Durango and 127 miles south of Grand Junction. For our long distance travelers, Telluride is located 6 hours from Albuquerque, NM; 7 hours from Denver, CO; and 9 hours from Phoenix, AZ. Click here for details about traveling to Telluride.
Your dog will love Telluride. Well-behaved dogs will find that many places and services are canine friendly. On a leash, dogs are welcome to ride in pet-designated cabins on the gondola or hang out at a puppy parking spot. Plus, there are unique speciality pet shops.
The gondola is free to pedestrians who want to travel between Telluride and Mountain Village. The ride between the two towns takes 13 minutes. There is an additional shorter gondola that transports riders from Mountain Village to Mountain Village Town Hall, market and parking garage.
In the summer, mountain bikers and hikers can ride the gondola to access trails that start at Station San Sophia—the midway point. Select gondolas are outfitted with bike racks. In the winter, gondolas have exterior ski and snowboard racks for equipment. In addition, there are handicap-accessible cars, as well as cabins designated for pets. Learn more about the gondola system.