Town of Telluride

Altitude: 8,750 feet
Population: 2,500
Annual Snowfall: 200-plus inches

The town of Telluride is like a small urban environment living in the body of a charming
alpine village. Nestled below striking vertical peaks, the magnificent valley is comprised
of a quaint 16-block-long by six-block-wide grid where streets are typically buzzing with activity. Children walk to and from school, dogs accompany owners to the bank and post office, friends bump into each other on virtually every corner, and anything can be tackled on foot or by bicycle. In Telluride, a cup of coffee and the morning paper are never more than a five-minute
jaunt away; and neither is the ski resort, as two lifts and the Gondola — the innovative people-mover connecting Telluride and Mountain Village — rise up right from town. Additionally, whether one needs an ATM, the internet, a quick snack, or a birthday card, just about everything is available on, or adjacent to, town’s lively main street epicenter.

Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964 and takes its architectural standards very seriously
— old structures are meticulously preserved, while new construction is monitored by strict and careful guidelines. As a result, Telluride’s residential homes all share a Victorian trend that’s traditional for some and contemporary for others, and its commercial district is a colorful display of restored and recreated western storefronts. And through this thoughtfully laid out floor plan, Telluride captures the bustling energy of any city neighborhood, yet pads it in a safe, and neatly packaged, friendly little town. In fact, some might even go as far as to say that the cozy Telluride valley resembles a large family as homes are lined closely together, neighbors chat across balconies and the mountains above serve as a communal backyard enjoyed by everyone.

Some of the amenities the town of Telluride has to offer include:

  • San Miguel County Courthouse
  • U.S. Post Office
  • Telluride Elementary School
  • Telluride Middle/High School
  • Wilkinson Public Library
  • Michael D. Palm Performing Arts Center
  • Historic Sheridan Opera House
  • Nugget Movie Theater
  • Telluride Elks Club
  • Two Full-Service Grocery Stores
  • Telluride Historical Museum
  • Town Park Pavilion
  • Hockey Arena / Ice Rink
  • Elks Park
  • Gondola Base
  • Lift 7 and Lift 8 Bases
  • River Trail
  • Paved Bike Path
  • Bear Creek Trailhead
  • Jud Wiebe Trailhead

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