|Telluride Colorado Real Estate: Area Activities|
Ooooh! That’s what most people say when they enter this town wedged in a picturesque glacial canyon at the base of the dramatic San Juan Mountains. Once a remote mining area, today Telluride has become a destination (and home) for artists, skiers, celebrities, second homeowners, hippies, and just about any other human type you could imagine. But that’s what makes it so special.
A restored Victorian main street is delightful for shopping, munching, and people-watching; you can sign up for a walking tour at Historic Tours of Telluride, or guide yourself with a map available from the visitor’s center. Make sure you include a visit to the 1895 New Sheridan Hotel, which in its refurbished state, accepts overnight guests. The Telluride Historical Museum is also a good resource for a quick history lesson ¯ on mining to the ski boom trivia.
Almost any outdoor adventure is at your fingertips here, although because of the rugged and steep terrain, many opt for popular jeep rides rather than mountain bike spins. One hair-raising route is Imogene Pass to Ouray where you’ll pass an old mine and fort. A hike every visitor should consider is the one straight out of town to 425-foot Bridal Veil Falls (Colorado’s largest). Stream fishing is good along the Dolores or San Miguel Rivers. Of course, world-class skiing is available “up the road” or via a connected gondola at the Mountain Village and ski area; lifts run in the summer, too.
Telluride has been coined the “City of Festivals,” but the mocking title at least guarantees that any summer weekend you’re likely to stumble on some happening. This mountain community’s most famous fest is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which draws national acts to the outdoor amphitheater each June.
Bush Publication's - 970-728-3422
300 S. Mahoney C-8, P.O. BOX 577, Telluride, CO 81435
Telluride and Mountain Village Visitor Services, Inc. - 970-728-3041
PO Box 1009, Telluride, CO 81435
Tellurideofficialguide.com - 970-728-3422
P.O. Box 577, Telluride, CO 81435
TellurideStyle Magazine - 970-728-3422
300 S. Mahoney C-13, P.O. BOX 577, Telluride, CO 81435
Town of Mountain Village - (970) 728-8000
113 Lost Creek Lane, Telluride, CO 81435
SUMMER FESTIVAL Links — 2003 Courtesy of www.telluridegateway.com
Mountain Film - www.mountainfilm.org
Telluride Bluegrass Festival - www.bluegrass.com
Wild West Fest - www.sheridanoperahouse.com
Telluride Jazz Festival - www.telluridejazz.com
Telluride Chamber Music Festival - www.telluride.com/chamber.html
Telluride Tech Festival
Telluride Mushroom Festival - www.telluride.com/mushroom.html
Telluride Brews and Blues Festival - www.tellurideblues.com
Fall Colors Fly In - www.tellurideairport.com
Independent Film Fest - www.tellurideindiefest.com
Telluride Fim Festival - www.telluridefilmfestival.com
Telluride Wine Festival - www.telluridewinefestival.com
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - www.tellurideblues.com
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
San Miguel River Trail
A gentle, relatively flat trail along the San Miguel River is perfect for beginners, kids, and those who want to acclimate to the altitude. Beginning at Town Park, the trail continues to the valley floor. The river is lined with willows that serve as habitat for beavers, muskrats, fish and birds. The trail has access to side streets as it passes through town. Approximately 2.5 miles one way.
Ilium Road/Ames Historic Site
Look for the "Ilium Road" turnoff five miles west of Telluride on Hwy. 145. This road (primarily gravel) parallels the San Miguel River (south fork) to the historic site of the Ames power plant. The former town of Ames, which boasted a school house and a few buildings in 1890, was the site of the first alternating current power plant in the world. Built by Telluride's ingenious inventor, L.L. Nunn, with a donation from George Westinghouse, the hydroelectric plant was the first of many brilliant ideas engineered by this famous citizen, culminating in the giant Niagara Falls project in Ontario, Canada. Approximately 8 miles one way.
Twelve miles west of Telluride on Hwy. 145, several river roads offer beautiful scenery and easy to intermediate terrain. The frontage road along the San Miguel River is an easy dirt stretch that meanders down the canyon between the Silver Pick and Fall Creek Roads. Fall Creek Road climbs gradually for four miles along Elk Creek to Woods Lake campsite. Silver Pick Road is a challenging climb to the top of Wilson Mesa.
The San Juan Skyway, one of the most scenic drives in the country, is also popular with road cyclists. Hwy. 145 south out of Telluride is uphill and strenuous. Preconditioning is advised before undertaking any lengthy bike trips from town.
Escape to an undisturbed box canyon, surrounded by 14,000 foot peaks where you'll discover miles of uncrowded slopes and diverse terrain. When you're ready to get away from it all, visit Telluride.... The perfect place to plan your escape!
Telluride offers the best of all worlds with 22 percent beginner terrain, 38 percent intermediate, as well as the best black diamonds in the country. And thanks to the Grand Opening of Prospect Bowl, there are now over 1,700 acres of "must ski" terrain for every type of skier from beginner to extreme.
A scenic setting so dramatic it is unparalleled in all of ski country. Flanked by jagged and dramatic peaks on all sides, skiers and riders who enter Prospect Bowl experience the sensation of being in the Alps, with peaks close enough to reach out and touch. This inspirational setting has a hypnotic effect, encouraging guests to leave the realities of the everyday world behind and simply enjoy the breathtaking serenity of the mountains. The soothing atmosphere provokes a renewed sense of discovery, simplicity and balance.
More Telluride Skiing Info >>
Sources: www.colorado.com and www.telluride.com