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Telluride: A Colorado Gem

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Created: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:32 pmUpdated: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4:24 pm
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The iconic Wilson Peak sits at 14,017 feet, making it the 48th tallest mountain in the state.

From luxurious hotels to outdoor adventures, Telluride has a little something for everyone.

Words by Tiona Eversole

Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado, Telluride is the perfect town for those looking to escape in search of clear alpine lakes, waterfalls and jagged peaks. Spend your time getting out to explore this corner of the state and you might not want to leave; but a few days to a week is just the right amount of time to visit this stunning mountain town and the surrounding area.

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Bring your pup with you! Both The Hotel Telluride and Town Park Campground are dog friendly.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for a hotel that offers a true mountain town vibe, check out The Hotel Telluride. This quaint, 59-room luxury hotel is located right downtown, and is dog friendly! They also offer several packages that will make planning your trip much easier, including their “Best in Show” Pet Package and “Crack a Coors on Wilson Peak” Package.

For those that prefer a tent to a hotel room, Telluride’s Town Park campground is conveniently located in the heart of downtown and puts you minutes away from all of the action. Sites are on a first-come, first-served basis and might be reserved for special events on the weekends, but you can give them a call ahead of time to get an idea of whether you will be able to get a spot or not. Otherwise, there are plenty of options for camping just outside of town.

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Take the free Gondola up to Allred’s Restaurant and enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Where to Eat

When was the last time you took a gondola to dinner?

The free gondola travels from downtown Telluride to Mountain Village, a town in itself that sits just above Telluride. Get off on the first stop and make your way to Allred’s for dinner, where you will be greeted with stunning mountain views framed by aspen trees. We suggest getting there in time to watch the sunset.

If you’re looking for a quick lunch spot, Taco Del Gnar, aka Gnarly Tacos, is just off the main drag in Telluride and offers a unique variety of taco options for both the meat-eater and vegetarian at an affordable price. We like the Drippy Mitch and Avo.

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Making the final ascent to the top of Wilson Peak. Photo: Erik Hoffman

What to Do

In the summer and heading right into fall, Telluride has something going on every weekend. From the infamous Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June to Blues & Brews in September, Telluride stays busy with events for music lovers, film fanatics, outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and much more.

For those looking to add a little more adventure to their vacation, check out a couple of the guide companies in town such as San Juan Mountain Guides, San Juan Outdoor Adventures or Telluride Outside for guided mountain ascents up the nearby 14,000-foot peaks, fly-fishing outings or trips up the infamous Via Ferrata.

If you choose to stay at The Hotel Telluride, you have the option to book their “Crack a Coors on Wilson Peak” package. The package includes a guided trip to the top of Wilson Peak, the 14,017-foot peak iconic for its appearance on Coors beer cans and bottles. Upon completion, you will be rewarded with your choice of an ice cold Coors Banquet or Coors Light and two 60-minute spa services. This is the perfect option for the thrill-seeker wanting to see the area around Telluride from a higher perspective.  For more information or to book this package, call The Hotel Telluride at (970) 369-1188.

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