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How Do We Love You, Telluride?

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The poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once wrote, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” They’re beautiful words and here, when we count the ways we love Telluride, we do it by describing what this place is not, by describing what we don’t have. 

It’s uncrowded. The only traffic jams we have are the odd car stopped to let the resident elk herd cross the road into town. We don’t have traffic lights – the nearest one is 35 miles away – because we don’t need them. In summertime, finding an uncongested biking or hiking trail, a secluded fishing spot or a quiet place for a picnic is easy. Come winter, there’s not a lift line or overcrowded slope in sight.

It’s unpretentious. Dress up, dress down. Grab a cold beer or an on-trend craft cocktail. Go glam or go grunge. A night out in Telluride can be whatever you want it to be, but mostly it’s laid back and revolves around the important things: good friends, good food, good conversation, good music, good times. Social climbers make way for rock climbers and mountain bikers, paddlers and festivarians who just want to chat about the day’s adventures and make plans for tomorrow’s.

It’s untamed. The town of Telluride can be pretty sophisticated when it wants to be. Award-winning fine dining? Check. Exciting arts scene? Double check. Head out of town, though, on any of a number of trails or old mining roads and you will find wild, untouched places in the basins and on the slopes and peaks high above our tiny town. Wildflowers and wildlife abound in the San Juans where the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America are just waiting to be explored.

It’s unplugged. Ready to rediscover the important things in life? They’re here waiting for you. Park your car, leave the laptops and tablets behind and get outside. Amble down Main Street. Grab a ride on the free Gondola. Take an inner tube and float on the San Miguel River. Bag a fourteener. Climb the Via Ferrata. Whether you are looking for a bucket-list adventure or a quiet afternoon in the sunshine, Telluride has got it.

Don’t just take our word for it, however. This summer, check out our little corner of Colorado and discover that, in Telluride, you won’t miss what we don’t have.

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