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Top 5 Tourist Hot Spots in Telluride

The entire town of Telluride is a National Historic Landmark and should be considered a hot spot! This historic mining town with its Victorian architecture and old west feel sits in a box canyon, surrounded by steep cliffs and mountains, and is worth taking the time to wander around. Here are a few other Telluride tourist attractions for you to hit, then head back to historic Telluride for a nice cool brew at the Telluride Brewing Co.

Mesa Verde National Park

A little over two hours from Telluride, but well worth the trip, is the Mesa Verde National Park, one of the important Telluride tourist attractions. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is well known for the well-preserved cliff dwellings built from sandstone in alcoves or under overhangs in the canyons. While you’re at the park, explore Spruce Tree House, whose overlook offers amazing views of cliff dwellings, and drive the Cliff Palace Loop or Mesa Top Loop to view the impressive Cliff Palace (the largest cliff dwelling in the country) at one of the many overlooks. Hikers taking a short walk along Park Point will be rewarded with amazing views of the entire Four Corners Region, and then hike along a short paved trail to Step House offers a chance to explore a cliff dwelling.

Mesa Verde National Park, CO
Highway 160 between Mancos and Cortez
970-529-4465

Bear Creek Preserve

The 325-acre Bear Creek Preserve is well known for its aspen groves and waterfalls, but each inch of this preserve is beautiful! Lower Bear Creek Falls is about two miles in on the Bear Creek Trail, and the 80-foot Upper Bear Creek Falls is a little further up the trail. You can hike or bike to the falls, or just stop at the overlook on the Million Dollar Highway for an amazing view down toward the falls. Bear Creek Trail, a popular trail in Uncompahgre National Forest, is easy to access from Telluride. This popular, multi-use trail (rated moderate) is used by hikers, bikers and horseback riders almost year round, and is an out-and-back hike, +/- 2.3 miles each way.

Bear Creek Preserve
South Pine Street, Telluride CO

Bridal Veil Falls

The highest free-falling waterfall in Colorado, Bridal Veil Falls is a two-pronged waterfall at the end of the town’s box canyon. This picturesque fall is on the National Register of Historic Places and can be reached by a short (moderately rated) hike (less than two miles each way). Past the falls, the trail continues on to wind through meadows and past icy mountain lakes for amazing views. Famous both for its frozen, icy beauty in the winter and its lacey looking water falls during spring and summer, this is a must-do hike and one of the most gorgeous places to visit in Telluride, for anyone visiting. It’s one of the more picturesque, photographed water falls in the country.

Bridal Veil Falls
East Colorado Avenue, Telluride

Telluride Ski Resort

Skiing brought Telluride back to life after the mining bust and the Telluride Ski Resort deserves most of the credit for turning this sleepy old mining town into a popular, cool destination hot spot. Telluride Ski Resort is located up in Mountain Village in the San Juan Mountain Range and is one of the country’s top hot spots too. The Resort opened in 1972 and has over 2,000 skiable acres. But there’s a lot more to do than just ski! The Resort is a year-round destination now. Explore an old mining camp town and Mountain Village, with its alpine styling, has plenty of great spots to eat, drink and shop. If you like to feel the wind in your hair, you’ll love Canopy Adventure with its five ziplines, two aerial bridges and two rappels. The Bike Park has biking trails specifically designed just for bikers. Take the chairlift or gondola up then speed downhill! Bikers can also use many of the multi-use cross-country trails too. There are plenty of multi-use trails, dog-friendly hiking trails that wind their way around the mountain. Spend the day at the Telluride Adventure Center, with Kids Camps, fun for all ages Spider Jump, and the Mining Sluice.

Telluride Ski Resort
565 Mountain Village Boulevard, Telluride CO
970-728-7414

Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

The Telluride Mountain Village Gondola – or the “G” – isn’t just a gondola ride offering amazing views of the mountains, it’s actually part of the area’s public transportation system. The “G” connects historic Telluride with the nearby Town of Mountain Village, turning what can sometimes be a tedious little drive into an enjoyable, scenic journey. Not only is it pet-friendly, but it’s also fully accessible and free! The trip takes a little over ten minutes, during which riders are treated to an incredible panoramic view of the western snowcapped San Juan Mountain Range, forests, waterfalls, and aerial views of both towns. Visitors can ride the gondola from May through October, and again from November through April, and the “G” has equipment racks for all your skis, bikes and snowboards. As you can imagine, the ride in the fall when the trees are turning is stunning.

Telluride Mountain Gondola
Telluride/Mountain Village
7 am – midnight Sunday through Thursday, 7 am – 2 am Friday and Saturday

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