Telluride Colorado Tourism Attractions

Area Attractions

Telluride is a destination for all seasons with an impressive ski resort and summer access to some of the most inspiring mountain terrain in the world.

Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls

  • Bridal Veil Falls
    This is Colorado’s highest free-falling waterfall at 365 feet, and standing underneath the two-pronged downfall is exhilarating. A truly breathtaking Telluride attraction. 
  • San Miguel River
    The San Miguel exits the mountains above Telluride and flows through town on its way down valley to the Dolores. Go swimming in Town Park or give your best shot at the trout anywhere along the river.
  • Alta Lakes
    These stunning high-alpine lakes are only a half-hour drive from Telluride and are worth a visit in summer or winter.

Scenic Drives

  • San Juan Skyway
    This 236-mile loop through the San Juans passes through Telluride, Durango and Silverton while traversing high-alpine passes and stunning mountain landscapes. The most impressive stretch may be the Million Dollar Highway connecting Ouray to Silverton.
  • Ophir Pass
    The pass is known as one of the easiest non-paved mountain roads in the region, but is just tough enough to keep away vehicles with low clearance. The 10-mile pass links Telluride and Silverton and has great views of Lizard Head and the red drenched peaks of Red Mountain Pass.
  • Black Bear Pass
    Black Bear Pass is one-way four-wheel drive road zigzagging through high-alpine meadows, narrow switchbacks and some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the lower 48. The famous sign at the trailhead says it all: “YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE CRAZY TO DRIVE THIS ROAD - BUT IT HELPS.”

Nature & Outdoors

  • Lizard Head Wilderness
    The Lizard Head Wilderness is comprised of 41,500 acres of land mostly above 9,000 feet, with three peaks reaching their summits at more than 14,000 feet. Only one major highway is in the vicinity, but the area is home to more than 40 miles of trails. This is pristine San Juan territory.
  • Uncompahgre National Forest
    The Uncompahgre National Forest encompasses the northern San Juan Mountains, the Uncompahgre Plateau and three alpine wilderness areas, making it an expansive hub for outdoor recreation.
  • Mount Sneffels Wilderness
    The Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area encompasses 16,565 acres of land surrounding the iconic peak of its namesake. Skirting Telluride to south and Ridgway to the north, the area has fifteen miles of designated hiking trails, and many view the scramble up the 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels as one of the most rewarding summits in Colorado.

San Juan Hut System

Inspired by the hut systems of Europe and Canada, the San Juan Hut System is a unique and exciting way to experience the backcountry with the aid of touring skis or mountain bikes. Winter huts run across the Uncompahgre Range and the two summer sets connect from either Telluride or Durango to Moab, Utah.

Ouray

Self-labeled the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray is nestled in a tightly-wound canyon with sheer cliffs raised to the sky in every direction. The town has a hot spring pool and is home the world’s first ice climbing park.

History & Museums

  • Durango & Silverton Railroad
    Originally constructed in 1879 to haul silver and gold ore out of the mining-rich San Juans, the train now shuffles passengers 45 miles through narrow canyons, stunning peaks and wild mountain vistas. Several trains leave Durango in the morning and return from Silverton in the evening.
  • Historic Downtown District
    Telluride’s Victorian-era architecture and eclectic local crowd add color and flavor to downtown’s picturesque setting. The history is rich too – Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank here.

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride has always been known as one of the most beautiful places to ski in the world. What people didn’t know was that the resort offers one of the highest vertical drops in North America, averages more than 300 inches of fluffy powder every year, and has unrivaled lift-accessed backcountry. The resort is the staple of Telluride tourism.

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