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Telluride Welcomes 'Gold Season' with Fall festivals and Foliage




BBQ, Music, Film, Art and More Await Visitors


TELLURIDE, Colo. (Sept. 20, 2012) – Autumn is just around the corner, which means Telluride’s fresh, mountain air will soon become cooler and crisper and the lush landscape of the San Juan Mountains will turn rich shades of orange and red. Luckily for travelers, as summer wraps up, Telluride shows no signs of winding down during its “Gold Season.” 


Known as the “Festival Capital of the Southwest,” Telluride carries its incredible lineup of summer festivals into the fall. On the heels of the ever-popular Blues & Brews festival, which celebrated its 19th anniversary September 14 - 16, the mountain town is gearing up to welcome the first ever Telluride Barbeque Festival, Sept. 22 - 23. Johnny Trigg, the star of TLC's “BBQ Pitmasters” will descend on Mountain Village to take on 14 other nationally ranked teams at the highest elevation barbeque competition in the country. The festival, sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, will also feature dueling live music stages, whiskey tastings, local brews and mechanical bull rides. 


Telluride Art + Architecture Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 4 – 7, will grant participants a lookinside the Telluride Creative District. Sponsored by Telluride Arts, the weekend will include tours of the homes and studios of local architects, artists and designers as well as samplings of wines and hors d’oeuvres prepared by some of Telluride’s renowned local chefs. To register for the event or for more information visit:

  The celebrations continue into Halloween with a three-day horror film festival, October 12 – 14. The 3rd Annual Telluride Horror Show allows fans to experience the latest fright, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 18 feature films and more than 20 short films. Other Halloween treats in Telluride include the KOTO Halloween Bash on Oct. 27. The 37th annual event will showcase live music, costumes and entertainment. For tickets or more information visit:


Visitors to Telluride can also absorb and capture the surrounding beauty with new adventure photo tours from Telluride Outside. Throughout the fall, tours are offered from downtown Telluride to the highest mountain passes in America, the most famous historic mining camps in Colorado and through the picturesque autumn forests. 


To help visitors experience Telluride to its fullest this fall, gondola operation from the Town of Telluride to the Mountain Village core has been extended through October 28. Gondola service from Mountain Village Core to Mountain Village Town Hall will run through October 21. 


Gold Season lodging starts at $109 per room, per night. For a complete selection of fall vacation packages and to book, visit or call 888.355.8743.



About Telluride 

Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride, Colorado, (elevation: 8,750 ft.) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant summer festival season. The former mining town lies in a box canyon, surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks, which provides the ideal environment for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and other outdoor activities. Telluride is linked to the neighboring Mountain Village (elevation: 9,540) by afree, scenic gondola – the only transportation system of its kind in North America. For more information or to book a Telluride vacation, visit



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