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The Telluride Ski Resort announced dates for the 2020-21 ski season with an opening date of November 26, 2020 and closing date of April 4, 2021. We’re looking forward to a season of skiing and hope you are too!

While planning your visit, it’s important to note that advance lift ticket purchases are required for the 2020-21 winter season in Telluride. If arrive in Telluride without securing a lift ticket, then there may be no remaining tickets for that day. Same day ticket purchase will be ONLY available online, when inventory is available.

Here are some basics about the passes being offered by Telluride Ski Resort at this time. 

Multi-Day Passes are Available from $125 – $995:

  • No blackouts, no restrictions, days do not have to be consecutive
  • 6 and 10 Day Passes get FREE access November 26 – December 15, 2020
  • Age based on opening day
  • 20% off single day adult ticket rate for additional days, Direct-To-Lift Access

Unlimited Season Passes are available starting at $25 and maxing out at $770 for kids up at 18, and $1200 to $1750 for adults.

  • Unlimited Access Season Pass.
  • No Restrictions.
  • Age based on Opening Day November 26, 2020.

There is a season pass loyalty discount applicable only to 2019-2020 season pass guests. Discount codes are subject to change and the deadline to redeem is September 20, 2020. You must have an account already and log in to receive these discounts.

To purchase your season pass, or multi day ticket, call (970) 728-7517 or visit the Telluride Ski Resort website.

Since things are a little different this year, here is a link to the resort’s frequently asked questions.

To book your accommodation, visit our Lodging In Telluride website, or call us on 888-998-6471. Locally owned & operated since 2006, we are your friendly & knowledgable help for all things Telluride!

Telluride is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. With a plethora of activities to enjoy year-round, there’s truly something for everyone in our charming mountain oasis—especially for adventure seekers.

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Snowmobiling, in particular, is a popular activity because it’s not quite as intense as other winter sports (like skiing or snowboarding) but it still provides a thrilling ride.

If you’re curious about snowmobiling in Telluride, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our quick and easy guide and add this exciting winter activity to your bucket list!

Telluride Snowmobile Rentals

If you’re looking for a true snowmobile rental, you’ll have to venture about an hour and a half outside of Telluride—but trust us when we say the experience is worth the trek!

Middleton Motorsports Snowmobile Rentals


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Address: 315 Greene St, Silverton, CO 81433

Phone: (970) 387-8774

Hours: 9 am – 6 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.co-atv.rentals/

Based on Molas Pass, where the Silverton Snowmobile Club maintains dozens of miles of pristine trails, Middleton Motorsports is the San Juan Mountains. These avid snowmobile experts offer a variety of vehicles for any budget or group size, and all rentals are available on a full-day or half-day basis. They also offer a ‘family package’, which includes two single snowmobiles and two 2-up trail sleds. Helmets and goggles are included in the price of your rental, and additional items (like beacons, probes, and shovels) are available for an additional fee. After you’ve secured your rentals, riders are free to explore the mountain’s wide-open trails, stop for pictures, and even enjoy a little friendly competition. If you’re not sure where to go, the friendly folks at Middleton Motorsports can certainly point you in the right direction.

Telluride Snowmobile Tours

If a guided tour is more your speed—fret not. Telluride offers several great options when it comes to local tour guides. Here are three of our favorite snowmobile experts we recommend.

Telluride Outfitters


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Address: 456 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 728-4475

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutfitters.com/

Variety is the spice of life at Telluride Outfitters. This full-service outdoor recreation provider offers several unique snowmobile tours in different areas of Telluride, each of which provides a unique and memorable experience. Current tours include: Alta ‘Ghost Town’, which is 2 hours and great for families and groups; Dunton Hot Springs, which is 8 hours and includes a sit-down gourmet lunch and a relaxing soak at Dunton Hot Springs Resort (best for adults and beginners, 16+); Barlow Creek Backcountry, which is 8 hours and best suited for experienced and advanced riders.

Telluride Outside


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Address: 121 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (800) 831-6230

Hours: 7 am – 7 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutside.com/

As the name suggests, Telluride Outside is your one-stop-shop for outdoor adventure. The locally owned and operated shop offers several guided tours for snowmobilers of every level. Hit the trails and take in soaring mountain views and popular landmarks like Wilson Range, Little Cone, Sneffels Range, Dolores Peaks, and the La Sal Mountain Range in eastern Utah—to name just a few. Some of the most popular snowmobile tours include the “family-friendly” ride, which is a half-day tour on bunny slopes. If you’re an avid rider, check out the full or half-day advanced terrain course, or the Dunton Hot Springs full-day ride.

Ice Pirates


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Address: Molas Lake/Molas Trailhead Molas Pass, Silverton, CO 81433

Phone: (970) 247-3706

Hours: 7 am – 6 pm, Daily

Website: https://www.dgoicepirates.com/

If a ‘no-frills, no fuss’ snowmobile tour is what you’re looking for—look no farther than Ice Pirates. Located about an hour and a half outside of downtown Telluride, Ice Pirates offers single and double seat guided tours around the Molas Pass area. Tours are offered in 2-hour, 3-hour, or 8-hour packages, and all tours are great for riders of any level. Their simple packages, well-maintained trails, and local team of experts make Ice Pirates a favorite among beginners and families.

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Telluride Snowmobiling FAQs

Still have a few questions about snowmobiling in Telluride? We’ve got you covered. Check out our FAQs below!

What should I wear snowmobiling?

We typically tell people to dress like they’re going skiing or participating in any other outdoor winter activity—dress warmly! A snowsuit or snow pants and parka are the best options to keep you warm and toasty during your ride. Snow boots, warm socks, goggles, a warm hat, and insulated gloves are also recommended.

How much does snowmobiling cost?

Just like anything else, this depends on where you go and if you book a rental versus a guided tour. Typically, you can expect to pay $200+ for a half-day and $400+ for a full day with a guided tour. Snowmobile rentals start at $150+ for a 2-hour rental and $250+ for a 6-hour rental.

How long is a snowmobile tour?

Snowmobile tours are typically offered in ‘half-day’ (4-hour) and ‘full day’ (8-hour) increments.

Are there age restrictions for driving or riding a snowmobile?

This varies from company to company—so be sure to call in advance and check on specific requirements. In general, most companies require riders to be at least 14-16 years old for a single rider snowmobile and 18-21 for a double rider snowmobile. The general rule of thumb for riders is that they are able to hold on and safely enjoy the ride.

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Looking for more mountain vacation inspiration? Check our official Telluride blog for insider tips on local dining, events, things to do, and more.

When planning a trip to Durango, you may want to consider going on a small road trip to visit Telluride, Colorado. While traveling to Telluride may be considered a short trip, there are many options you can take to get from Durango to Telluride. The following tips will help you identify the best form of transportation, as well as some, can’t miss sightseeing spots.

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Transportation From Durango to Telluride

There are a few options to get to Telluride from Durango. You could fly, drive, or take a bus. Each carries its benefits and perks, however, it is up to you to decide what works best with your schedule. If you want to take a more scenic route, driving may be the best option. If you want to get there quickly and get back quickly, flying may be the best option. If you would like to take a somewhat scenic route and not worry about the actual driving aspect, taking a bus may be the best option for you.

Flying to Telluride


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When considering flying to Telluride, remember there are two options. You could either fly commercial or private. When flying commercial, it is important to be aware of the time you will need to get in and out of the airport, board planes, and picking up baggage. Commercial flights from Durango to Telluride Ski Resort, Colorado (TEX) range from $300-500 depending on the time of year. Private flights range from $800-900 depending on the plane, time of year, and time of flight. The flight itself takes around 35 minutes if it is a nonstop flight, but could be longer if there are any layovers.

Taking a Bus to Telluride

If you want to see the scenery but do not necessarily want to stop at each destination, or you do not have a car, taking the bus is a perfect option. The Durango Co, Transit Center has a bus running from the center, to Telluride, Co – Lawson Hill. The bus leaves once a day at 6:40 am and you arrive at the destination at 9:10 AM The bus has 4 stops, Mancos, Cortex, Dolores, Rico, and then Telluride, Co. Bus tickets range anywhere from $18-45. Once arrived at the station in Lawson Hill, you will need to get a taxi from Telluride, Co -Lawson Hill to Telluride, which will take approximately 7 minutes. The taxi could cost anywhere from $30-45 depending on the time of day. You can also catch the free Galloping Goose bus to town.

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Taking a Car to Telluride

When driving to Telluride there are several different ways you could go, if you wanted to make a whole day of the trip, you could stop by neighboring towns to check them out. The most direct route to Telluride from Durango is to take US-160 W to Mancos. Then follow Co-184 to Dolores. Next, turn right onto CO-145 N/Railroad Ave and follow this road for 61.0 Miles. Continue on Co-145 S. Drive to W Colorado Ave in Telluride for 2.5 miles. At the traffic circle take the first exit onto CO-145 S for 2.9 miles. At the traffic circle continue straight onto W Colorado Ave for 0.6 miles. Alas, you have reached your destination. The total trip without any stops will take about 2.5 hours if there are no major accidents or road closures, and cost about $11-15 in fuel.

Local Tips When Visiting Telluride


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If you’re traveling by car and want to make it a day trip to other towns here is a basic itinerary you could follow. Starting in Durango, if you drive for about 1.5 hours you will reach Mesa Verde National Park. Here you could visit the Spruce Tree House, the Mesa Top Loop Road, and of course the National Park. From there, drive for about an hour and stop in Cortez. Here, you could experience the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Hovenweep National Park. Finally, after stopping in all of the beautiful cities on the way you will end in Telluride. Once arrived in Telluride, you can experience things like rafting, biking, gondola, skiing, and the San Juan Mountains. Taking a day trip to Telluride allows you to experience many different spectacular cities in the United States in one day.

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Remember Weather and Driving Safety

While driving is nice for sightseeing it is important to be prepared for whatever road and weather conditions that may occur during the duration of your trip. Checking the weather the day before and the day of could be beneficial, and always bring extra layers in case the temperature drops. Be cautious in the winter for road closures for icy, snowy conditions. Having a roadside assistance service or kit is recommended in case of an emergency.

No matter how you arrive in Telluride, or how long you stay, you will be glad that you gave it a visit. There are many things to do along the way and tons to do once you arrive. We hope you have a fun and safe trip!

Telluride’s premier ski resort, Telluride Ski & Golf, has announced an exciting new partnership with Epic Pass. The long-term agreement began during the winter 2018 season and provides guests access to more than 45 prominent resorts and attractions across the globe.

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Designed for avid skiers of any level, the Epic Pass allows snow-loving adventurers to access a variety of resorts over the course of several days for a set price. This unique and economical travel pass is revolutionizing the way skiers and snowboarders vacation and is quickly growing in popularity. Telluride is excited to join the program, which includes several other stunning Colorado ski destinations like Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and several pristine destinations abroad.

Update: The Epic Pass pricing is live on their website. Search flexible day passes here.

Epic Pass Telluride Packages


So, what does the Epic Pass mean for Telluride visitors? Well, participants will have access to a variety of area resorts and resort attractions for a fraction of regular resort pricing. Epic Pass offers four ticket options to suit trips of any length:

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Epic Pass

The most lucrative package, the ‘Epic Pass’ grants visitors seven full days of skiing or snowboarding with no blackout dates at over 20 resorts, including destinations in Colorado, Utah, Vermont, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and more. This, in addition to limited days at exclusive international destinations like Tignes-Val D’Isere in France and 4 Vallées in Switzerland. And, Epic Pass holders will enjoy other premium perks, like bypassing ticket windows with direct access to lifts, and additional 50% off lift tickets after the seven-day window has passed. The Epic Pass is ideal for serious skiers looking for a top-of-the-line experience.

Epic Day Passes

Ideal for a flexible ski schedule, the Day Epic Passes grant visitors between 4 to 7 total days of skiing or snowboarding in Telluride with no blackout dates and direct lift access (no waiting at the ticket window). Visitors can choose between the 4 Day Pass, 5 Day Pass, 6 Day Pass, or 7 Day Pass—all of which offer the same flexibility and perks. After the day pass expires, cardholders will receive 20% off additional lift tickets at Telluride. This package includes week-long access to a total of 17 area resorts across Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and more plus seven additional free days at Afton Alps, Mount Brighton, or Wilmot Mountain.

Epic Season Pass for Telluride Passholders & Members

Already have full winter benefits at Telluride Ski & Golf Resort? Telluride Passholders and Members holding an Epic Pass enjoy 50% off all lift tickets at any Vail Resorts-owned mountain resort.

Epic Pass Telluride Perks

In addition to deep discounts on ski resort access and lift tickets, Epic Pass holders will also enjoy the following perks:

Epic Pass Club

Season pass holders are automatically enrolled in the Epic Pass Club, a private email list for exclusive deals, discounts, events, and resort news. Be the first to know about Epic Pass programs and get first dibs on bookings!

PEAKS Rewards Program

A special perk for repeat offenders, the PEAKS Rewards Program allows members to earn points from purchases on lift tickets, ski school, lodging, and dining at qualifying resorts. These points can be redeemed for rewards like additional lift tickets, discounts, and more.

Pass Insurance

Protect your Epic Pass investment by purchasing pass insurance for only $32 / person ($22 / children). This insurance will ensure a full refund in the event of a trip cancellation.

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Ski-With-A-Friend (SWAF) Tickets

Hit the slopes with a friend by using your SWAF tickets, which are automatically loaded onto your Epic Pass card. To use, simply visit the lift ticket window to use your discount. You’ll get six friend passes per season.

Why Telluride?

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado, Telluride is a true hidden gem. Known for amazing hiking during the summer and impressive, uncrowded skiing during the winter, Telluride is located off-the-beaten-path and offers a charming, small-town feel. With a variety of mountaintop and ski-in/ski-out vacation rentals and a plethora of locally owned shops and restaurants, you’re sure to feel right at home in Telluride. This small mountain town is just a short trip from other regional resorts, making the Epic Pass a great fit for the avid skier or snowboarder.

You can learn more about Epic Pass or purchase your personal pass at https://www.epicpass.com/. And, don’t forget to search our inventory of Telluride vacation rentals to start planning your epic mountain retreat!

The towns of Telluride and Mountain Village offer a bevy of unique shopping experiences where you’re sure to find everything you need to enhance your stay – or an original Colorado creation to take home with you. The assortment of locally-owned boutique shops, outfitters, art galleries, and more line the streets of these historic villages, making for refreshing, strollable afternoons as you sip and shop against the backdrop of the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, taking in the sights, and even a little bit of history, along the way.

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Telluride Shops

Alpen Schatz Boutique


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100 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81320

Alpen Schatz (translated as Alpine Treasure) carries exclusive alpine handicrafts from the Swiss, Italian, and Austrian Alps, including their signature handcrafted dog collars, selection of German Dirndls and Lederhosen, and branded Austrian home furnishings.


Overland Sheepskin & Leather


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100 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Overland Sheepskin and Leather carries more than 1,500 styles of premium leather apparel for men and women, as well as home goods. 

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Society Telluride


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126 E. Colorado Ave. Unit A

Meet a friend for coffee or a glass of champagne then shop a curated collection of both brands you know and love and other unique brands from all over the world. Society Telluride is about the experience…whether in person or virtual. Somewhere to meet friends, enjoy good company and conversation and find unique items to wear or give as a gift. Society Telluride – a place where everyone feels welcome…a shopping and lifestyle experience.






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126 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435


Sublime is an apparel and accessories boutique on Main Street in downtown Telluride, CO. Our styles cater to the woman who wants to stay on trend with unique and edgy fashion.

We offer a wide range of merchandise for women and girls, at accessible price points. Come visit our store and browse our products: cashmere, outerwear, graphic tees, loungewear, denim, shoes, accessories, jewelry, and more

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Shirtworks of Telluride


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126 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Shirtworks of Telluride is where to find your Telluride gifts, gear, and memorabilia. One of the oldest souvenir shops in Telluride – located downtown, on Main Street.


Over the Moon


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223 South Pine Street, Telluride, CO 81435

Over the Moon is a fine foods and gift shop that also sells eclectic home decor. They offer high-end beauty essentials and antiques alongside gourmet cheeses, meats, and gift baskets.




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200 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Patagonia carries an exclusive line of Patagonia-brand outerwear and sportswear and ski apparel for both men and women. 


Elinoff & Company


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204 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Elinoff & Company is a gem of a find on Main Street in downtown Telluride. Carrying only the most exclusive designer jewelry lines, estate jewelry, custom jewelry, and fine art.




Between the Covers Bookstore


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224 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Between the Covers has been Telluride’s premier independent bookstore since 1974. More than 10,000 volumes of books, magazines, maps, and greeting cards for all ages. The High Alpine Coffee Bar tucked in the back of the store provides an cozy reading nook.




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226 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Hook is a home goods store locally-known for an unusual display of hundreds of wall hooks. They also have a wide selection of end furnishings, decor, and gifts and personal beauty products for everyday mountain living that lasts long after your visit ends.


Black Bear Trading Company


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226 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Black Bear Trading Company carries a variety of Western attire and housewares, as well as outdoor goods and rare Native American jewelry. Rare, handmade, and custom items.




Telluride Music Company


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333 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Telluride Music is southwestern Colorado’s source for fine acoustic and electric instruments, products. Musician owned and operated since 1992


T. Karn Imports


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T.Karn Imports is a company fit to accommodate artisanal needs for the home and body. Founded in 2007 out of owner, Tesha Karn’s, insatiable passion for travel and traditional handicrafts, the company continually carries rare and unique items for the home and body. Although Karn’s home base is in one of the most exquisite locales on this planet, Telluride, CO, she continues to frequent the ends of the earth on a regular basis, finding amazing items that can be viewed and purchased online at tkarn.com or at the storefront on 394 W Colorado Ave (main street), Telluride, CO.

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394 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

  1. Karn Imports offered a thoughtfully curated collection of rare imports for the home and body, handcrafted by global artisans.


Telluride Trappings & Toggery


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109 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Trappings & Toggery is the town’s longest standing store. The Toggery carries men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel (including Retrobrand Telluride gear) as well as housewares, shoes, and accessories.


Slate Gray Gallery


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209 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Slate Gray is a modern space and contemporary art gallery exhibiting fine art, artisan jewelry, and home goods from regional and global artists.


Hell Bent Leather & Silver

215 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Hell Bent Leather & Silver features fine products and Native American crafts, including Zuni fetishes, handbags, wallets, belts, and hats, as well as an assortment of sterling silver and 14K gold jewelry. 






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221 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

CashmereRED is a unique boutique specializing in genuine Scottish cashmere for men and women in custom-designed styles. Accessories, jewelry, and handbags are also available to complete the perfect look.


Jagged Edge

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223 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride Co 81435

Jagged Edge is an independent, family-owned outdoor retail store that offers top technical mountain gear and outdoor apparel from the most respected global manufacturers and an expert local team. 


MiXX Projects + Atelier


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307 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

MiXX Projects + Atelier is an art gallery, boutique, and collaborative space for emerging artists and those who appreciate their works. 


Lustre Gallery


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Enter through ETHOS, 101 W. Colorado, Telluride CO 81435

Lustre Gallery is filled with art inspired by a love for nature. Featuring fine home furnishings, jewelry and artworks. Lustre is most noticeable at night when dozens of hand painted glass chandeliers by Ulla Darni illuminate the store.




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250 East Pacific Avenue, Telluride, CO 81435

Mountain chic store that began as a shoe boutique and now stands as a full-service family boutique. Personalized customer service is available to find the perfect timeless pieces for men, women, and children.


Telluride Farmers’ Market


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South Oak Street between Elk’s Park and Gondola Plaza, Telluride, CO 81435

The Telluride Farmers’ Market is an organic market featuring farm-fresh produce, meat, and dairy, as well as prepared food, and artisan crafts, produced within 100 miles of Telluride. The market is open during the summer months through October on Fridays.


Mountain Village Shops

Telluride Naturals


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565 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Naturals carries a mix of quirky products, including jewelry, clothing, candles, bath and body goods, and home decor. Telluride Naturals is the best place for local and regional gifts. 




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650 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, CO 81435

Bootdoctors is a complete outdoor retail store, full ski/snowboard rental and service, custom boot fitting, summer bike rentals, repairs and sales, biking gear, and guided trips.

Burton Telluride


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Demo boards for sale!!! Give us a holler, we only have a few left. And somebody better not beat me to the Phish Fish! #burtonsnowboards #telluride #snowboarding #smokingdeals

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670 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, CO 81435

Burton is the town’s only full-service, top-to-bottom all-snowboard store, offering snowboards, equipment, clothing, and accessories for the whole family. 


Christy Sports


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119 Lost Creek Lane Telluride, CO, 81435

Christy Sports is a ski and snowboard rental shop chain with delivery service. Three Mountain Village locations offer snowboard and ski rentals and sales, as well as men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel.

Telluride Resort Store

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Gondola Plaza, 697 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, CO 81435

Apparel, souvenirs and gifts with the Telluride logo can be found at the Telluride Resort Store, located at the base of the Gondola in Mountain Village.

Whether you’re planning a romantic honeymoon or just an intimate weekend getaway, the town of Telluride offers no shortage of activities that will get the sparks flying.

From scenic tours of the mountainside via a horse-drawn carriage to cozy fireside dining, love is most certainly in the air in Telluride.

If you’re looking for guidance on planning a romantic couples’ escape, we’ve got 10 activities to add to your bucket list.

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Romantic Telluride Attractions & Activities

Spend a little quality time with that special someone at a few of these romantic Telluride activities and attractions.

Sleigh Ride


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Looking for a way to cozy up in Telluride? If so, a sleigh ride is just what the (love) doctor ordered. More than just an activity enjoyed in Christmas movies, a sleigh ride is a magical and memorable winter activity. Excursions typically last 30 minutes or an hour and might also include blankets, hot chocolate, and snacks. Sit back and enjoy the pristine mountain views as the horse-drawn carriage takes you through a scenic ride in the countryside.

Here are a few top-rated sleigh ride providers:

Telluride Gondola Ride

Address: W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

Hours: Seasonal

The famous Telluride Gondola Ride is an absolute must for any visitor, but especially couples seeking an intimate and scenic ride. Begin your journey at the Telluride Station and enjoy sweeping views of the valley as you ascend and descend the mountain. The gondola travels to the summit of 10,540 feet and stops at the San Sophia Station. Hop off here for a spectacular view of town or keep riding over the mountain and do a little exploring in Mountain Village. The best part is—the gondola is free to ride!

Sheridan Opera House


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Address: 110 N Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 728-6363

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday

Website: http://www.sheridanoperahouse.com/

Enjoy live entertainment in just about any form at the Sheridan Opera House, Telluride’s premier theater. The lavish venue hosts a wide array of concerts, performances, recitals, movies, and more throughout the year and is the ideal spot for a romantic date night. Visit the opera house website for a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets.

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Stroll Main Street


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Situated in the heart of downtown Telluride, Main Street is a natural place for couples to explore. Start the morning off right with brunch and shopping or hit Main Street after hours for dinner and drinks. No matter the time of day, Main Street is a prime spot for people watching, restaurant hopping, or simply soaking up the surroundings.

A few noteworthy spots to mention along Main Street:

Waterfall Hunting


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Couples that enjoy a good adventure will feel right at home in Telluride. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride offers easy access to well over 100 mountain trails. Though exploring local trails by hiking or biking is adventure enough, explorers can add a little romantic flare by hunting for hidden waterfalls. Bridal Veil Falls are the most famous falls in the region, and it’s not hard to figure out why! The trek clocks in at an easy four miles (round trip) with an elevation gain of just over 9,000 feet. The falls drop 365-feet and provide a stunning backdrop for pictures and mountain exploration.

Tip: Check out this guide to Telluride waterfalls for more scenic inspiration!

San Juan Balloon Adventures


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Address: US-550, Ridgway, CO 81432

Phone: (970) 626-5495

Hours: Seasonal

Website: https://www.sanjuanballoon.com/

What could be more romantic than a private hot air balloon tour of Telluride? You can enjoy just that with San Juan Balloon Adventures. Locally owned and operated, Gary and Carolyn Woods offer more than 30 years of experience. Their service is unmatched and they go above and beyond to provide a personalized experience. The flight experience includes a safety lesson, a one-hour flight above the Ridgeway Valley, a champagne brunch during flight, and a post-flight celebration.

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Snow Activities


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Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Colorado mountains without indulging in a few snow activities. Telluride is famous for skiing and snowboarding, though there’s truly an activity for every skill level and budget. Snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and sledding are also readily available. And of course, the best part of hitting the slopes is the fireside drinks after!

Tip: Check out these popular snow activities in Telluride.

Romantic Telluride Restaurants

Top off your romantic day exploring Telluride with a romantic evening of wining and dining. If you’re wondering where you can go to really set the mood, we’ve got you covered.



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Phone: 970-728-7474


Website: http://www.allredsrestaurant.com/

Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Station San Sophia and then a scenic meal at Telluride’s premier mountain top dining experience. Enjoy a drink and hors d’oeuvres in Allred’s cozy bar and then settle in for an exceptional five-star dinner. Allred’s menu features locally sourced, seasonal ingredients with favorites including the porcini mushroom soup, bourbon marinated elk, and 12-ounce wagyu strip steak—to name just a few mouthwatering selections. Aside from the intimate atmosphere, Allred’s is known as a romantic destination for their unbeatable mountain sunsets, known as ‘Alpenglow’.


Address: 700 W Colorado Ave #242, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 708-3663

Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Wednesday – Friday (seasonal)

Website: https://thetunneltelluride.com/

A true fine dining experience, Tunnel is an homage to the 1920’s prohibition era. This intimate dining experience seats up to 12 guests, and guests will need a password to enter the hidden trap front door. Once inside, visitors are treated to a themed cocktail and then an exquisite 6-course chef’s tasting menu. Tunnel is truly one of the most unique and sought after dining experience in Telluride, so be sure to reserve your spot well in advance!

Alpino Vino


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Address: 12100 Camels’ Garden Rd, Colorado 81320

Phone: (970) 728-7560

Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., On Mountain Dining, Winter Only

Website: https://www.tellurideskiresort.com/events-activities/dining/alpino-vino/

Another unique Telluride dining option, Alpino Vino boasts the crown of the highest elevation fine-dining restaurant in North America, sitting at an impressive 11,966 feet. The warm, welcoming atmosphere offers an upscale casual dining experience with a European hutte flair. The menu changes seasonally, but guests can count on an antipasti course, a handmade pasta dish, a few high-quality and locally sourced protein options, and plenty of mouthwatering desserts. Alpino Vino is the perfect spot to end your romantic evening on a high note—literally!

Check out our Telluride Dining Guide for more culinary inspiration.

Of course, you’ll need a romantic cabin to host your romantic getaway, and we’re here to help.

Whether you’re looking for a cozy mountainside condo in the heart of town or a secluded vacation home with a private hot tub, we’ve got you covered.

Peruse our expansive inventory of romantic vacation rentals and start planning your Telluride escape!

Telluride is an outdoor lover’s dream, with four full seasons of outdoor adventure just waiting to be explored.

As a Colorado mountain town, Telluride offers robust winter activities, including skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and more. But don’t think that Telluride is only good for a winter visit; quite the opposite, actually.

True outdoor enthusiasts visit the mountains in the summer when the snow has melted and revealed a beautiful hidden wonderland. Colorado in the summer is prime time to explore via a hike or mountain biking or to enjoy the sights and sounds of the San Miguel River.

While kayaking and paddleboarding are great for more casual and relaxing water exploration, thrill-seekers won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy white water rafting—an exciting and challenging watersport.

Learn more about white water rafting near Telluride, and check out our top recommendations on rafting guides.

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What is White Water Rafting?

White water rafting involves traveling down a river or moving body of water in an inflatable raft. Riders control the boat and navigate obstacles with paddles. The roughness of the water determines the level of difficulty and is rated on a scale of I to VI with I being the easiest and VI being the most challenging.

Where to go White Water Rafting Near Telluride?

Telluride offers no shortage of options for rafting enthusiasts and beginners alike. The San Miguel River provides ample routes and courses for rafters of all experience levels. The fast-moving river navigates through red rock walls and stunning mountain forestry for a thrilling and scenic journey. The river also supports a diverse ecosystem of animals including hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles, mammals, and more—many of which you can see during a raft tour.

The river near Telluride offers moderate-level rafting, averaging a Class II – Class III rating. If you’re looking for more of a challenge, though, select sections do offer Class III and IV rated adventures. The Class IV rapids at Upper Piedra are a fan favorite!

Telluride White Water Rafting Companies

Wondering where to book a white water rafting trip? Check out these top-rated Telluride companies.

4 Corners Whitewater—Telluride

Address: 223 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 259-4608

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Website: https://raftingdurango.com/telluride-rafting/

4 Corners is the premier rafting purveyor for trips down the San Miguel River in Telluride, Colorado. Locally owned and operated, 4 Corners provides the complete white water rafting experience. Trips plunge down the mountain and weave through the scenic Norwood canyons with an average Class III rating—making these trips best for moderate rides. The small rafts offered are best-in-class and designed for maximum maneuverability. Trips include all equipment needed, a safety orientation and launch assistance, and a tour through the biggest rapids of Three Wise Men and Sawpit. Rates start at $89/person for half-day trips and $200/person for full-day trips.

Telluride Outside


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Address: 121 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (800) 831-6230

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutside.com/

Variety is the spice of life at Telluride Outside, a premier white water rafting company with a wide array of travel options for riders of any experience or budget. Explore either the San Miguel River or the Dolores River for a half-day or full-day river adventure. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, book a multiple-day trip and explore the vast Colorado wilderness. Pricing for the single-day trips starts at $100/person for the easier ‘lower river’ trip (class II-III) and $125/person for the more advanced ‘upper river’ (class III+). All-day trips with Telluride Outside include transportation, splash water suits, river shoes, snacks, and beverages.

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Address: 650 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 728-8954

Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Daily

Website: https://bootdoctors.com/whitewater-rafting-adventures/

Conveniently headquartered in the heart of Mountain Village, Bootdoctors is your one-stop-shop for outdoor activities and equipment—including white water rafting. They offer several rafting options suitable for everyone from beginners to experts—and everyone in between. The “all-day historical float” is a great, casual rafting option for beginners and riders looking for a fun and easy adventure, while the “San Miguel Action Deep Creek” ride features III and IV-level currents and challenges for experienced adventurers. Pricing varies greatly by rafting trip length and group size, please call or check the website for reservations and updated pricing.

Telluride Outfitters


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Address: 456 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435

Phone: (970) 728-4475

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

Website: https://www.tellurideoutfitters.com/

Explore Colorado’s wilderness with a certified rafting expert when you book with Telluride Outfitters. This outdoor adventure agency specializes in guided tours through remote areas of the San Juan Mountains and ensures a fun and safe adventure for all participants. The river rafting trip takes between 2-3 hours depending on weather and river conditions and includes splash gear, PFD, and river booties. Pricing starts at $145 per person plus taxes and fees. Private rafting charters are also available.

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White Water Rafting FAQs

New to white water rafting? Check out our roundup of frequently asked questions.

Is white water rafting safe?

Yes, white water rafting can be a very safe activity, though riders should be aware of the potential risk involved. The good news is that outdoor companies are required to provide full safety training and instructions to all participants, so you will be well versed in how to operate all equipment and how to respond should an incident occur. All riders are also required to wear a provided personal flotation device (PFD) and a helmet. Feel free to reach out to your prospective company in advance to inquire about specific safety concerns.

Is there a minimum age to white water raft?

The minimum age varies per company and is often based on the level of difficulty for each particular course. Some trips can be navigated by rafters as young as 7-8 while others are more appropriate for children 12 and up. Rafting is family-friendly, just be sure to call in advance or check the website if you have children in your group to ensure they are eligible for the adventure.

When is white water rafting season?

In Telluride specifically, visitors can raft the river from May through August, though the conditions are best (water level highest) between Memorial Day and July 4th.

How many people are in a raft at once?

In general, rafts can accommodate between 4-6 riders plus the guide.

Are rafting trips guided?

Yes, white water rafting trips in Telluride include a guide for the adventure.

How long is a rafting trip?

Typically, white water rafting trips are offered in half-day or full-day increments. Times vary per provider, so call or check the website in advance if you have a specific length in mind. Some providers also offer overnight rafting trips.

How much does white water rafting cost in Telluride?

The cost for a white water rafting trip varies per company and is based on trip length and difficulty. In general, expect to pay around $100 per person for a half-day rafting trip.

What should I wear rafting?

You’ll be on the water, so water-safe clothing (like a bathing suit) is highly recommended. Quick-dry shirts, shorts, hats, and water-safe shoes are also great to have on over your bathing suit (cotton not recommended). Sunscreen, SPF lip balm, and bug spray are also great to have on-hand. Do not expensive jewelry or anything of value that cannot get wet.

Do I need to know how to swim?

No, riders are not required to know how to swim. However, this skill is highly recommended for safety and comfort during the trip. Each rafter will wear a personal flotation device (PFD) that is designed to keep afloat in the water.

What do rapid ratings mean?

White water rapids are rated on a scale from Class I through Class VI. This scale communicates the difficulty of a particular course. The scale is as follows:

• Class I: No significant waves or obstacles

• Class II: Rapids with regular waves, clear passages and wide channels.

• Class III: Irregular waves and narrow channels. Maneuvering to avoid obstacles is required.

• Class IV: Intense, but predictable rapids requiring precise maneuvering, with some unavoidable waves and tight passages.

• Class V: Long, and or violent rapids with large drops, unavoidable waves, and tight channels requiring precise maneuvering.

• Class VI: Virtually non-navigable, or navigable only at particularly favorable river levels.

What should I bring rafting?

Aside from your raft-safe clothing, plan on bringing sunscreen, bug spray, SPF lip balm, and bottled water. Expensive or sentimental items (including your cell phone) should be left behind.

Are life vests provided/required?

Yes—life vests are provided and required for the duration of the rafting trip.

Are reservations required to go white water rafting?

While reservations are not required, we highly recommend booking your trip well in advance. White water rafting is a popular summer activity, and spots tend to fill quickly.

There you have it—our quick and easy guide to white water rafting in Telluride.

The Colorado mountains are calling your name—what are you waiting for?

Visit our Telluride Blog and full Things To Do Guide for more vacation inspiration.

Adventure enthusiasts love the thrill of racing down the mountain. It’s just one of the things that make Telluride, Colorado a top ski destination year after year. And while we understand and share this same sentiment—safety is always our top concern for guests.

To help you get a feel for the lay of the land and the local laws and regulations, we’ve put together this quick mountain safety guide. Please review these guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable mountain adventure!

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First, it’s important to know what items are and are not allowed on the mountain. These lists briefly summarize what you are allowed to bring and what items are banned.

The following vehicles and devices are allowed on the mountain for the 2020 season:

The following vehicles and devices are allowed on detachable lifts only for the 2020 season:

The following vehicles and devices are NOT ALLOWED on the trails or lifts at any time:

Wildlife Safety Tips

Thousands of species call the San Juan Mountains their home, and it’s important to keep that in mind and respect their space as you enjoy and explore the mountain backcountry. Here are a few specific tips for species you might encounter on the mountain.

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There are four specific things to keep in mind if you happen to cross paths with a bear:

Rest assured that bear attacks are very rare. It’s always important to be mindful of your surroundings and be aware that bears do live on the mountain.


A pesky Rocky Mountain resident, a bad experience with a skunk won’t harm you but could linger for quite some time—literally. Here are a few tips to avoid crossing paths with these little stinkers:

Prevention is the best method for avoiding contact with skunks, so do due diligence to avoid any unnecessary encounters.


Though coyotes do call the mountains their home, their presence is rarely a concern for adventurers. Be careful not to leave any food around while enjoying the mountain, and keep an eye on your furry friends. Coyotes are more prevalent at night time and are rarely, if ever, a nuisance during the peak mountain hours.

These are just a few of the most common critters you might encounter during your time on the mountain. As always, be aware of your surroundings and call the Marshal’s Office at (970) 728-3818 if you run into any issues.

Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips

Whether you are a seasoned skier or this is your first time strapping on skis—take these tips to ensure a fun and safe experience in the ski area.

1. Always wear a helmet

This tip is pretty self-explanatory, but you can never be too careful! No matter how experienced you are, mountain conditions can change at a moment’s notice, and accidents happen. We recommend always wearing a helmet during rides.

2. Adventure with a group, and pick a meeting place

There’s safety in numbers, so we recommend skiing with a friend or friends—especially if you plan to go exploring off the beaten path. Pick a meeting place in advance and schedule regular check-points to ensure everyone is accounted for. Getting separated on the mountain can be dangerous, so be mindful of your fellow group members and help everyone stay together as a group.

3. Observe all posted warnings and signs

Ropes, signs, and other posted warnings are often related to dangerous or off-limits areas on the mountain. Take these warnings seriously! It is prohibited for any visitor to be in an area that is clearly marked with a warning.

4. Downhill riders have the right of way

When you’re skiing, snowboarding, etc. it is important to remember the ‘rules of the road’—just like if you were driving on a real road! Downhill riders have the right of way. Be aware of your surroundings and take blind curves and rollers slowly as you won’t have visibility to see what’s ahead. It is the responsibility of a passing skier to pass with care.

5. Always ski in control, and be a defensive skier or rider

Our final safety tip related to being in control the entire time of your ride. Always keep your eyes open and remain alert to your surroundings and other riders. Remember to use speed control techniques (edging and turning) to ensure that you are never surprised by treacherous terrain or by other riders. Additionally, anticipate the movement of the riders around you and be a defensive skier—versus a reactive skier.

Skier safety is a top concern for everyone, so slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and be courteous to other riders and spectators.

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Snow Conditions

It’s also important to stay abreast of current snow conditions on the mountains. As noted earlier, conditions can change quickly, so always check the forecast to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey up and down the mountain.

What are good snow conditions? Colorado is known for dry snow, which has more air pockets, making it lighter with less moisture and more powder. Dry snow is typically easier to ski on and provides a softer cushion for falls. In general, “fresh” snow (a recent snowfall) is the most desirable condition for skiing and snowboarding.

In Telluride specifically, ski conditions are most ideal in late-January through early March, though the ski season is a bit longer and you can certainly ski earlier or later (pending weather).

You can check Snow-Forecast.com for up-to-date snow and weather reports.

Mountain Assistance

Save these numbers in your phone for immediate assistance:

For Ski Patrol assistance, call (970) 728-7585 or contact the nearest lift operator.

To report reckless or unsafe skiers or riders, call (970) 728-7569.

After your ride, be sure to check out all the Town of Telluride has to offer—including a trip to the charming mountain village. The village is packed with dining and shopping options and is the perfect place to scope out a little apres-ski treat.

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Like it or not, the Christmas & New Year holiday season is quickly approaching! Despite all of the chaos & stress, once it arrives it’s hard to deny that Christmas in Telluride is truly magical. Once December 25 rolls around, it’s hard not to feel the warm, fuzzy glow of the festive winter season – the smell of the Christmas tree, excited kids anticipating Santa’s arrival, and spending quality time with family & friends.

Telluride Victorian home decorated with Christmas Lights

Christmas lights adorn this cute Victorian house on Colorado Avenue in Telluride.




There are some Christmas events in Telluride to make your holiday season extra special. If you’re visiting Telluride during the month of December, there’s sure to be a Christmas celebration going on somewhere. Below is a list of 12 signature Telluride Christmas events. Whether you’re a new Telluride resident or visiting for the holidays, these events are a fabulous chance to get your kids outside, meet new people, and revel in the Christmas spirit. 

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1. Telluride Fire Festival – December 2-4, 2022

Location: Telluride and  Mountain Village

Expect over-the-top fiery art that shoots flames high into the night sky. The goal, bringing  a little piece of Burning Man to the mountains of Telluride.  Come see, interact with, and watch as artists from all over the world create visual magic. For more information contact: Rocky Mountain Arts : 970-708-1059

2. Holiday Arts Bazaar – December 2, 2022 – 4-7 pm

Location: Aha Haa School for Arts, 155 W. Pacific Ave.

From the Telluride Arts District website: One-of-a-kind, handmade goods from artists and artisans. The Telluride Holiday Arts Bazaar is a lively holiday tradition hosted by Telluride Arts that features a wide variety of fine art, crafts, and artisan foods, all made by hand.

3. Noel Night – December 7, 2022 5-9 pm

Location: Town of Telluride

This is a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done, as well as immerse yourself in Telluride’s festive holiday ambiance. Local retailers and restaurants offer treats, snack, and discounts of up to 40% off. Shop locally for your holiday gifts, and participate in the holiday cheer!


Sleigh Ride during Telluride holiday event at Schmid Ranch

Make the drive out to Schmid Ranch for the annual Christmas Celebration.


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4. Old Fashioned Christmas at Schmid Ranch 

Location: Schmid Ranch (approximately 25 minutes from Telluride)

I’m ashamed to say it took me 6 years to make the pilgrimage to Schmid Ranch for their Christmas Celebration. Once our daughter was born, it was suddenly on the radar & I have to say it is my absolute favorite part of Christmas. I wouldn’t miss it for anything. The event is FREE to attend. You can cut down a beautiful, fresh Christmas tree for about $20 (a bargain compared to Telluride prices). From the Visit Telluride website:

Bring the kids and step into Christmases past. Find your Christmas tree from the Schmid Family Ranch forest, make a wreath, enjoy homemade hot cocoa and more! The Schmid Family Ranch is a Centennial farm on Wilson Mesa, about ten miles West of Telluride, Colorado. The ranch has been in operation since the family homesteaded in 1882. The family worked with the Nature Conservancy to preserve the entire ranch through a conservation easement now held by the San Miguel Conservation Foundation. Today the family’s wish is to share this unique property with the community while maintaining a way of life that honors the land. This event is FREE and open to the public. 12-4pm.

Telluride Colorado Christmas Ski Tree

The Ski Tree lighting & burning in Elks Park is a truly unique Telluride Christmas event.








5. Christmas Ski Tree Lighting – December 7th, 2022

Location: Town of Telluride, Elks Park @ 5 pm

This special event marks the beginning of the holiday season which also coincides with a fun local tradition, Noel Night. The festivities kick off at Elks Park with the traditional lighting of the ski tree, sponsored by the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club.  The Telluride Ski Tree is a 17-foot tall holiday tree made out of old community skis.  The evening would not be complete without a bonfire — typically fueled by skis in an attempt to appease Ullr so he blesses us with a white winter — and hot chocolate, which is for everyone.


6. Mountain Village Holiday Prelude – December 10-11, 2022

Location: Mountain Village Core

Mountain Village transforms into the North Pole for the Holiday Prelude celebration which promises holiday movies, train rides, Santa and his workshop,  ice skating and holiday surprises around every corner. Children can share a Christmas list with Santa, make holiday crafts with the elves, and enjoy holiday movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. In addition, free ice skating will be available from noon to 4 on both days. Train rides through Mountain Village’s twinkling lights will also delight children of all ages. Merchants around Mountain Village also extend discounts and specials to customers, along with raffles, giveaways, food and drink specials, and more. Saturday, 1-9pm. Sunday, 1-4pm. Visit townofmountainvillage.com for this year’s schedule of events.

7. Santa’s Workshop: Holiday Crafts -December 11-12,  2022

Location: Mountain Village, Heritage Plaza

Another awesome FREE holiday event. Santa’s Workshop will be open in Heritage Plaza. Help Santa’s elves make Christmas ornaments or a holiday decoration.

8. Trip to the North Pole & Visit with Santa – December 11-12, 2022

Location: Starts at gondola station @ Oak in Telluride and ends in Mountain Village (1-4 pm)

The magic starts at the Oak Street gondola station where the free gondola is transformed into a Trip to the North Pole. Children of all ages will delight in the decorations and lights galore as our elves send you on your way to visit Santa in his workshop. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas and make an ornament with one of his elves!

9. Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa – December 11, 2022 6-6:15 pm

Location: Mountain Village. Heritage Plaza

Santa and some merry carolers lead the countdown the the ceremonial lighting of the Mountain Village Christmas tree. 

10. Holiday Movies in Mountain Village – December 11-12, 2022

Location: Mountain Village, Heritage Plaza (During Holiday Prelude)

Children can share their Christmas List with Santa, make holiday crafts with the elves and enjoy holiday movies with free hot chocolate and popcorn. This year’s holiday films include “The Year Without Santa Clause,” “Polar Express” and “Elf.” A parents’ lounge and cash bar will be available for parents who want to put their feet up.

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11. Telluride Sleighs and Wagons – all winter long

Telluride Sleighs and Wagons offers a trip back to a simpler time with horse-drawn sleigh ride dinners at the historic Aldasoro Ranch. The great grandchildren of pioneering sheep rancher Joaquin Aldasoro serve Farm to Table style cuisine with Basque family recipes. Set in a canvas-sided tent deep in the heart of a spectacular 740-acre family ranch that is otherwise off-limits to the general public. See more detailed information at Telluride Sleighs and Wagons


12. Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade – December 24, 2022

Location: Town of Telluride

Join Telluride Ski Resort for a favorite tradition among locals and visitors alike. At 6:30 pm, gather in the Town of Telluride and watch as skiers and boarders meander down Coonskin and Telluride Trail with blazing red torchlights. Can only be seen from the town of Telluride.

Telluride Christmas Letters to Santa

Pssst! Santa’s post box is located at the Telluride Post Office. Be sure that letter gets to the North Pole in time.

I hope you find this list of events useful for the upcoming holiday season! For additional information on events in the Telluride area please click on Visit Telluride.  For your Telluride lodging needs, call our team at 888-998-6471. Here at Lodging in Telluride, we have a selection of vacation rental condos that are affordable and conveniently located in the town of Telluride. Friendly and attentive service is our hallmark.


Telluride’s 36-acre Town Park is a community recreation space and the center of many activities and events in the Town of Telluride, especially during the summer and fall months. In the summertime, the park hosts popular annual festivals, including the local volunteer firefighters Independence Day fireworks display as well as music festivals and craft fairs. Located on the east end of the box canyon along the San Miguel River, Telluride Town Park is one of the area’s most beautiful places, and the ideal setting for mountain village recreation and family fun year-round.

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Top Festivals At Telluride Town Park

The expansive open spaces of Telluride Town Park at the base of the San Juan Mountains provide a scenic, natural environment for community gatherings and family-friendly events, including the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, and The Ride Festival. Telluride Town Park is also the site where dozens of hot air balloons launch each year in June for the Telluride Balloon Festival.

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

This multi-stage celebration of music and craft beer takes place in September each year. The all-ages event also features kids activities, a 5k fundraiser race, free morning yoga sessions, regional food and craft vendors, and more. Past performers include The Allman Brothers Band, Lou Reed, BB King, Robert Plant, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, The B-52’s, and other legendary acts. Many of the nation’s top craft brewers travel to Telluride for the event, sharing more than 170 styles of beer and cider.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival

This annual, weekend-long celebration of Americana features musical performances, collaborations, and workshops related to bluegrass music, as well as sounds that blur the genre line. Notable performers at past festivals have included Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson, Steve Martin, Norah Jones, and Lyle Lovett. The festival often coincides with the summer solstice in June, kicking off the summer season in Telluride.

Telluride Jazz Festival


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This annual music and cultural event has been a fixture in southwestern Colorado since 1977, as one of the “most scenic music events in the country”. The three day (and night) event is held in August each year, welcoming festival-goers to enjoy craft food and beverage offerings, set to the soundtrack of jazz newcomers and Grammy Award-winning legends alike. The weekend culminates in a New Orleans-style parade down Main Street. Artists gracing the festival stages include Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, Herbie Hancock, Macy Gray, and Bruce Hornsby.

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The Ride Festival


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The Ride Festival is a relative newcomer to the Telluride scene. The annual event debuted in 2012, and has since become a popular weekend retreat for audiophiles visiting Telluride in July, with daytime and nighttime performances by some of the edgiest names in rock n roll. Past events have featured talented artists like Pearl Jam, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Cage the Elephant, Widespread Panic, Los Lobos, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.

Telluride Town Park Features

Managed by the Town of Telluride, the Town Park is a fabulous place for the whole family to let loose and release some energy. Enjoy a variety of sports courts at Telluride Town Park, including multiple baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and tennis courts. If you’re seeking more fast-paced adventures, the park’s skateboarding park and bicycle pump tracks are both open daily, year-round.

The little ones will love the toddler playground featuring a climbing element for children ages 5 and up, and the Imagination Station playground offering areas for creative play along with slides, climbing features, and swings. The Kid’s Fishing Pond is stocked with small trout for children under 12 to catch.

In the summer months, the park offers public swimming (and lessons) in the on-site swimming pool, kept heated to approximately 82 degrees. There is a lap swimming pool as well as a shallower pool for kids, including a zero entry play area complete with fountains and waterfalls and a small slide. Locker rooms, showers, and heated bathrooms are also available for guest use. Telluride Town Park Campground offers just over 30 campsites – some with vehicle/RV site space, but no hookups provided.

During the winter season, take advantage of two ice rinks for hockey and ice skating, and a Nordic ski trail. The indoor Hanley Rink is a regulation size ice hockey rink. The outdoor rink has a warming hut and bathrooms. The Nordic Center ski area offers cross country ski lessons, ice skating, and equipment rentals for use on the rinks and courses. Town Park is also home to the only sledding hill in town – Firecracker Hill.

Equipment For Public Use At No Charge

The following items are available to be used by park guests during their visit. Stop by the park’s Information Center to check out equipment.

Telluride Town Park Location And Hours

500 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435 – map

Phone: (970) 728-2173

Info Center Open May – October