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While the winter and summer seasons are the prime times here in Telluride all other times of year are a great option too. The Telluride off season continues to offer plenty of exciting activities that will make for a memorable stay. Take a look at some options for you during Telluride’s off-season: 

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What to Do During Telluride’s Off Season

Many locals here in Telluride often depart for the off-season in preparation for a busy winter season. However, that does not mean all local restaurants are closed for the off-season. Many local favorites at The Village will be open during the season. This includes local favorites such as Altezza, Crazy Elk, and Silver Pick Coffee. Many restaurants in Downtown Telluride will also be open. These locations include Caravan, Brown Dog, Cosmopolitan, Esperanza’s Tequila, and High Pie. Some restaurants may have restricted hours or days but you will still be able to enjoy their delicious menus during your off-season stay. 

Outdoor Activities 

During the off-season, local outdoor activities never shut down. This means you can enjoy outdoor adventures with a smaller crowd. Head off into the hills with a 4×4 off-roading adventure. The Arches National Park is just a short drive away and is a Utah favorite. The mountain biking trails will be open; if you don’t have your own bike stop by a rental shop in town to rent one out for the day. See incredible water-based attractions such as Blue Lake and Bridal Veil Falls up close for lovely views. There is no shortage of fun around Telluride. 


The Thanksgiving Holiday marks the end of the off-season and this year Accommodations in Telluride is offering a very special Thanksgiving promotion! When you book three nights you’ll get the fourth night for free! And you’ll also get a free turkey for you to cook in your fully equipped kitchen located inside your private and luxurious vacation rental! Book your vacation rental today using coupon code THANKU22. 

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Situated in Southwest Colorado, Telluride is a renowned historic mining town sitting in an impressive box canyon. Enclosed by a forested peak, tourists flock to this charming town to taste its breathtaking panorama and explore its outdoor recreational opportunities like playing disc golf. But are you wondering if Telluride is an excellent place for kids to have a fun-filled Halloween? Well, it boasts as one of Colorado’s best Halloween towns that attract vacationers across the globe. Here are the best activities young travelers can engage in and have a fantastic time. Your kids will have a great Halloween in Telluride.

Best Kid-Friendly Activities for Halloween in Telluride

Are you a history enthusiast or looking for a spooky experience to enjoy with the kids?

Then joining the Lamplight Cemetery Tour is an incredible thing to do here. The magnificent Telluride Historical Museum offers this eerie yet family-friendly activity that explores the exemplary Lone Tree Cemetery. A tour guide comes along to ensure you have a terrific excursion and that all your questions get answered. Amid the expedition, you will listen to the tales of the rugged residents who, throughout the years, lived, worked, and are now buried in this local cemetery that lures sightseers from all walks of life. In addition, you will be able to learn about all the mysterious events that took place throughout Telluride’s past.

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Go Hiking

Hiking is another fabulous way for families with youngsters to connect and experience this enchanting town’s cooler weather and Halloween. Luckily, whether you are a resident or a tourist, you don’t have to go far to find a local trail. The impressive San Miguel River Trail begins at the core of Telluride and offers spectacular scenery. Besides taking in the cool fresh air during the hike, you can capture some family selfies for future recollections. Other trails that provide its guests with outstanding views can be located at Jud Wiebe and Via Ferrata.

Stroll the Main Street

If your family is not into the bizarre Halloween events, taking a stroll on the main street is another great way to spend this favored season in this gorgeous town. Recognized for its cute shops and remarkable sceneries of the Rocky Mountains, you can be sure to have a wonderful time with the little ones. With the main street located in the town’s center, you will find an array of galleries, inviting restaurants, and local shops begging exploration. Whether you buy Halloween souvenirs for your loved ones or want to learn more about this haven’s culture, there is something for everyone. Also, you can take beautiful family photos besides learning about the lively history of this majestic place as you interact with the locals.

Relish a Savory Local Dish

Is your family not into watching horror shows or engaging in bizarre activities and events? Don’t worry. A delicious meal is another great way for your household to enjoy and pass Halloween in this splendid town. From outdoor patios and casual restaurants to hip cafes, just to mention a few, you will find something to cater to your needs. Boasting mouth-watering plates of pasta and steaks to doughnuts, among other delectable meals, Telluride will ensure your bellies are delighted. In addition, this foodie paradise has something even for the pickiest of eaters, so don’t fret if your child is one.

Visit the Telluride Historical Museum

What better time to visit the prominent Telluride Historical Museum than during this spooky season? Whether a history fanatic or just seeking to learn, touring this precious museum is a must. Even better, this activity is relaxing for the entire family and equally informative regardless of age. Formerly a local hospital, this spot is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of past patients who may have met their unlucky ends in this quaint facility. Packed with exciting exhibits, the whole family can have an adventurous time here. You will also walk down the history line and understand this region’s 19th-century mining era and culture.

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Book Your Halloween Getaway in Telluride

Anticipate a family-friendly Halloween when you add Telluride to your itinerary. After a joyous day with the kids, getting a good rest is a must. Reserve a one-of-a-kind stay in any of our luxurious holiday rentals in this adorable town and unwind in style. Contact us today to learn more about our accommodation options.

Telluride is a great destination at any time of year, with hiking and more in the summer and plenty of snow sports available in the winter. Fall is also a great time to visit, as it is the off-season here, and you can experience much of the excitement of summer while enjoying fewer crowds at the most popular destinations. Some restaurants do change their hours in the fall off-season, and we’ve listed them below to help ensure you have up-to-date information on your favorite Telluride eatery!

Restaurant Location Off-Season Schedule
Cindybread Lawson Hill Closing early Nov. (Date TBD)
Counter Culture  Lawson Hill Closed 10/24 – Week of 11/22 TBD 
Allred’s Mountain Village    Closed 10/17 – 11/24
Altezza Mountain Village Closed 10/24 – 11/23 
The Bean Cafe @ The Peaks  Mountain Village Closed 10/24-11/25
Black Iron Kitchen Mountain Village Closed 10/18-11/21
Crazy Elk Mountain Village Closed 10/30 – 11/14
La Piazza del Villagio Mountain Village Closed 10/17-11/23
La Pizzeria Mountain Village Closed 10/17 – TBD
Mountain Village Market Mountain Village Open
Poacher’s Mountain Village Open thru 10/17 then TBD.
Shake N Dog Grub Shack Mountain Village Open
Starbucks Mountain Village Closed 10/18-11/19
Talay Mountain Village Closed 10/18-11/25
Telluride Coffee Co. Mountain Village Open
Telluride Distillery Mountain Village Open
The Pick Mountain Village Open (weekdays after 10/18)
The View Bar & Grill Mountain Village Closed 10/18-11/21
Timber Room Mountain Village Closed 10/18-11/21
Tracks Café & Bar Mountain Village Closed 10/17 – 11/19
Village Table Mountain Village Closed 10/7-12/7
221 South Oak Telluride Closed 10/24 – 12/16
Alpinist & the Goat Telluride Open
Baked in Telluride Telluride Closed 10/18-11/1
Brown Dog Telluride Open
Butcher & The Baker Telluride Open
Caravan Telluride Closed 11/22-11/28
Cocina de Luz Telluride Open
Coffee Cowboy Telluride Open
Cornerhouse Grille Telluride Open
Cosmopolitan Telluride Open (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays until Dec. 8)
Esperanza’s Tequilas Telluride Open
Floradora Saloon Telluride Closed 11/16 – 11/25 
High Alpine Coffee Telluride Open
High Pie Telluride Closed 11/20-12/3
La Marmotte Telluride Closed 10/3-12/13
Last Dollar Saloon Telluride Closed 11/1-11/22
Lunch Money Telluride Open
Liberty Bar Telluride Closed 10/17 – 11/19
Little House Telluride Closed 10/31-12/4
New Sheridan Bar Telluride Closed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Chop House Telluride Closed 10/18 – 11/26
New Sheridan Roof Top Telluride Closed 10/18 
O’Bannon’s Irish Pub Telluride Open
Oak Telluride Closed 10/18-TBD
Over the Moon Telluride Closed end of Oct. – early Dec. 
Pescado Telluride Closed 10/1 – Early December 
Rustico Telluride Open
Siam Telluride Closed 10/24-12/9
Sidework Telluride Closed 10/10-12/13
Smugglers Telluride Closed 10/31-11/20
Steamies Burger Bar Telluride Open
Telluride Truffle Telluride Open 
The National Telluride Closed 10/21-12/8
The Phoenix Bean Telluride Closed 10/18 – 11/26
The Tunnel Telluride TBA
The West End Bistro Telluride Closed 10/24 – Late Nov. 
There Telluride TBA
Tomboy Tavern Telluride Closed 10/16 – 11/21
Wok of Joy Telluride Closed 11/1-12/1
Wood Ear Telluride Closed 11/23-12/1
Stronghouse Brew Pub Telluride Closed 11/15 – 11/25
Historical Museum Telluride Closed 10/16 – 12/17 

Now that fall has officially begun, we can start looking forward to some thrilling events, especially with Halloween just around the corner. Halloween is best enjoyed with a variety of spooky yet family-friendly events. Telluride has plenty in store for the Halloween holiday this year, making sure families of all ages can join in on the fun. Take a look at some of the exciting Halloween events and activities you can enjoy right here in Telluride this year:

Telluride Horror Show

One of our favorite parts of Halloween each year is having the perfect chance to get caught up on some of our favorite scary movies. Telluride loves a good scary movie and has hosted the Telluride Horror Show for 11 consecutive years now. The 12th annual Telluride Horror Show is just around the corner and will be one of the best events yet. This horror film festival brings in attendees from all over the world to screen the latest and greatest horror films. This three-day festival features many movies that are being shown for the first time to the public. This year’s events include plenty of film screenings, special programs, special guests, and horror events that will keep you on the edge of your seats. This year’s Telluride Horror Show is scheduled to take place on October 15th through 17th for a spooky time that only telluride can provide.

Lamplight Cemetery Tour

Another spooky yet family-friendly activity that is perfect for any Telluride visitor to join in is the upcoming Lamplight Cemetery Tour offered by the Telluride Historical Museum. This spooky tour takes place at the Lone Tree Cemetery right here in town for a lamplight tour of the area. Your tour guide will provide a thorough history of some of the spooky events that have occurred throughout Telluride’s history. Many of the rugged locals who lived and worked in Telluride have been buried at this local cemetery. The Lamplight Cemetery Tour is scheduled to take place on October 16th, October 22nd, and October 30th at 6:00 PM for an hour-long tour. Guests need to register in advance for the tour by calling 970-728-3344. Guests are recommended to bring a flashlight for safety and also dress warmly for the occasion as the Telluride fall season can be chilly at night.

Ride the Gondola

The Halloween season is just not reserved for spooky events and activities. Make sure to take the time during your fall trip to see all of the wonderful colors of the leaves. Telluride is known for its incredible fall foliage that changes colors as the weather gets cooler. One of the best ways in the area to do just that is by riding the gondola. A ride aboard the gondola should be on your itinerary no matter the time of the year you visit. It is a free ride up to Mountain Village that takes you high above the treetops. This is the best way to see all of the trees and their changing colors. It even has handicap accessible and pet-friendly cars that allow for everyone to make the journey with you. The gondola is currently scheduled to operate daily from 7:00 AM to midnight (until 2:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays) up until October 17th. Don’t miss out on this must-see Telluride experience!

Go Hiking

Another incredible way to experience all of the changing colors of the leaves and the cooler temperature around Halloween is by going for a hike. Visitors of Telluride do not even have to go far to find a local trail. The San Miguel River Trail starts right in the heart of Telluride and provides some incredible views. Additional trails that result in even better views of the canyon can be found at Jud Wiebe. More adventurous hiking can be found at Via Ferrata if you are ready for the journey.

Go Mountain Biking

Add a little speed to your fall and Halloween trip by enjoying some mountain biking out on the trails. Prospect Trail is perfect for the average rider and will take you all the way down to Mountain Village. Those who are more experienced will have a thrill when they head to Mountain Village Downhill Park and pick up speed. Telluride features plenty of local bike shops that offer daily rentals, so you do not have to bring yours from home.

Halloween Is Almost Here in Telluride

As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a little Halloween getaway right here in Telluride. Make the most of your trip by reserving one of our vacation rentals right here in town. Expect a spooky yet family-friendly time when you pick Telluride!

Telluride is known for its winter excitement as people from all over the world flock to play on our slopes and experience the cool beauty of the Colorado landscape covered in snow, but we aren’t just a one season vacation destination. In the spring, the promise of nature shines through in the budding trees, the flowers pushing their way through fertile soil, and the warmer temperatures lead us to the doorstep of summer, when hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities are popular things to do in Telluride in the fall. Fall holds a spot in our hearts, as the weather cools, the trees turn to shades of gold, and if you find us indoors, well, it must be late at night, because we can’t help but spend all our free time enjoying the beauty of the great Telluride outdoors! This guide to the good times you can have during your unforgettable visit to Colorado and your stay in our Lodging In Telluride seasonal sanctuaries will ensure that every minute of your getaway will be the best ones you have had in a very long time.

The Telluride Gondola

You will notice that the Gondola is not just a way of transportation; it is also the perfect way to experience a hint of the beauty of the Colorado landscape. Closing in October, but re-opening around Thanksgiving for the ski season and costing absolutely nothing to ride, it takes approximately 13 minutes to complete your “tour.” As you sit in the glass car, you can’t help but twist, turn, and snap pictures as you try to take in every angle of the scene unfolding around you! The mountains standing guard may already be snowcapped, and the valley below you will look as if it is on fire, alight with the colors of the trees dressed in their most colorful autumn “gear.” On cloudy days you may feel as if you can actually touch the clouds, and the views may be limited, but the joy you feel when the sun breaks through those clouds will be limitless! This is definitely one of the best things to do in Telluride in the fall!

Telluride Brewing Company, 156 Society Drive

The flavors of fall are our second favorite part of the season, and although pumpkin spice coffee is a top contender for best taste, a pumpkin porter always wins in the end! Telluride Brewing Company is known for its craft beers, adding new ones with the change of the season, and even if pumpkin porter isn’t on the menu, there is sure to be a fall flavored brew you will fall in love with! As we write this right now, the summer flavors are on tap, but their Face Down Brown, an American Brown Ale with 5.7 % ABV, is definitely looking promising for the cooler months!

Take a Hike

As we discussed earlier, fall is definitely a season we all want to be outside experiencing, and the simplest way to do so is by taking a hike. The trails that run through the region are numerous and can be difficult, such as the 2.5-mile hike up to Ajax Peak, (and another 2.5 miles back down) the more moderate hike to Bridal Veil Falls—this one is 2.2 miles one way, has a lower elevation, and ends with the breathtaking sight of the falls—or the easier hike through Bear Creek Canyon. It doesn’t matter which hike you take, however, as you will still be amazed at the idyllic landscape that surrounds you!

Telluride Autumn Classic (Cars & Colors), September 23 – 26

As the pandemic continues to waylay long made plans, the local festivals and events are slowly starting to make a comeback, much to our relief, and the Telluride Autumn Classic is one of those fall events making its presence known. Offering an incredible opportunity for celebrating all forms of transportation, including cars, motorcycles, and aircraft, this show is a favorite of everyone who comes to play. Featuring cars, motorcycles, and planes that are old, new, vintage, and restored, you will enjoy the contrast between high-tech vehicles with speedy engines and vibrant paint jobs and the natural beauty of the golf course on which most of the festival is held as you listen to live music, sample a taste of the town, and sip your new favorite wines. Tickets can be purchased for the entire event, or for as many days as you want to attend and come in VIP versions and general admission. Depending on which ticket you purchase, events can include a poker walk, admission to the closing Alpenglow celebration (hot air balloons that glow in the night sky!), photo contests, and so much more!

Play at Home

Simple moments can make all the difference, so why not stay home and play in your Lodging in Telluride fall escape? Sit by a roaring fire on a chilly fall day, sip Irish coffee on the balcony at sunset, and soak in hot tubs under the stars. All of these quiet moments can be experienced when you choose Lodging in Telluride. Reserve your favorite property and contact us today!