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Telluride Heritage Festival

Celebrate Telluride's colorful and storied past. Venture back in time and walk along historic main street where Butch Cassidy once roamed. Mingle with weathered cowboys and gold-hungry prospectors and all others who answered the call of the San Juan Mountains. From the era of the mining boom through the rise of alpine skiing, Telluride’s roots have greatly influenced its rich character. Discover Telluride's true colors as storytellers weave tall tales from the past.

        To book a lodging package for Heritage Fest, call Telluride Central Reservations at 888.605.2578. 



    • Stagecoach rides
    • Ute dancers and drummers
    • SquidShow Theater
    • Face Painting
    • Old-fashioned nickel grab, tug-o-war and pie-eating contest
    • Sheep shearing
    • Gold panning
    • Historic walking tours
    • Double and single jack demonstrations
    • Blacksmithing demonstrations
    • Period costumes
    • Sunday at Schmid Ranch
    • And more... 
 Telluride Tourism Board with special thanks to Telluride Rotary and Just for Kids for additional sponsorship.

Collaborators & Sponsors Ah Haa School for the Arts, Andrea Benda of Explore Telluride, Appaloosa Trading Company, Bartel's Mancos Valley Stageline, Black Horse Essentials, Cattlewomen's Association, Charles Denny Hoop Dancer, Colorado Yurt Company, Jerry O’Rourke, John Wontrobski, Michael Gibson, Mrs. Camp's Town Ladies and Gents, Museum of Mountain West, Pargeet Family, Placerville Fire Department, Red Creek Drum Group, Roland McCook, Schmid Ranch, Senior Mahoney, Sheridan Chop House, SquidShow Theatre, SWIRL, Telluride Academy, Telluride Council for the Arts and Humanities, Telluride Fire Department, Telluride Wilkinson Public Library, The New Community Coalition, The Sweet Life, Ute Indian Museum of Montrose, Fall Line Condominiums, Hotel Columbia, Wildwood Canyon Inn, Hotel Madeline Telluride, Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge, Wildwood Canyon Inn, New Sheridan Hotel, Victorian Inn, Alpine Lodging, The Peaks Resort & Spa, Hotel Telluride

2011 Event Schedule:

Saturday, June 11:

Noon-3:30 p.m.

All day- Free, family, fun celebration of telluride's history. Main street and Elk's Park activities include live cowboy music, horse-drawn carriage rides, mining, Ute and ranching demos, pie-eating contests, regional artisan and museum booths and more! 

High Noon- Wild West Variety Show and traditional Ute dancing in Elk's Park.

1:30 p.m.- Wild West Variety Show and the Children's Pie Eating Contest in Elk's Park.

2 p.m.- Nickel Grab on Main Street

2:30 p.m.- Wild West Variety Show and the Adult Pie Eating Contest in Elk's Park.

Sunday, June 12:

12-3 p.m.- Open House at Schmid Ranch. Centennial Ranch on Wilson Mesa. Take in, either on foot or horse drawn carriage, the 23 historic structures and turn of the century ranching equipment that four generations of Schmids have worked to preserve. Pack a picnic and make a day of it! 

3:45 p.m.- "Law Enforcement Tour." with Detective John Wontrobski. Explore the dramas, heroes and heritage of Telluride's past. Rendezvous at 3:45 p.m. at the Telluride Historical museum. FREE!