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Top 5 Under the Radar Attractions in Telluride

So, you’ve done all the usual touristy things in Telluride, and now you’re looking for something a little out-of-the-way, something under the radar. Telluride has plenty of attractions that not everyone knows about. We’ve tried to select a variety of under-the-radar Telluride attractions for you to try while you’re here in the historic area.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

About an hour-and-a-half from Telluride at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, you can help archaeologists search for Anasazi artifacts in their current excavations. The Center offers a variety of archaeology research and lab programs to choose from, for various age groups. If you love archaeology and Native American history, and love getting dirty, this is the adventure for you.

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
23390 Road K, Cortez CO
800-422-8975

Ouray Ice Park

Every season, starting in February, a local non-profit organization and volunteers turn the spectacular Uncompahgre Gorge into an ice climbers dream. There are over 100 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 11 distinct climbing areas, a kids’ wall, and over three miles of vertical terrain. If you’re an ice climber or even thought about ice climbing, you’ve got to give this a try. Even if you don’t climb yourself, you can watch the action, and the frozen falls are pretty spectacular. There are several waterfalls in the Uncompahgre Gorge that are worth the trip, no matter the season. For ice climbers, or anyone who loves the thrill, this is one of the most memorable attractions in Telluride!

280 Country Road 361, Ouray CO
970-325-4288

Fort Peabody

In 1904, Fort Peabody was built to keep union members and other activists from returning to Telluride through Imogene Pass during a miners strike, and was the highest sentry post built in the country. The Colorado Governor at the time, James Peabody, sent National Guard Troops to help local miners with the strike. The fort wasn’t used after 1908, and became basically a tourist attraction. It was restored in 2010, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A short trail leads from Imogene Pass to the fort. The wooden structure is hardly what we think of as a fort. It is truly a sentry and sniper post sitting amid stacked stone, high on the mountain slope. The site is desolate and beautiful at the same time, and the view from the fort is truly amazing.

Fort Peabody
Imogene Pass, Telluride CO

Telluride Historical Museum

The Telluride Historical Museum is located in an old miner’s hospital in downtown Telluride. Their exhibits include the Telluride Blanket (the only fully intact example of a brown/red/white twill fabric from the Anasazi), the Origins Room where you can explore how the earth’s forced formed the San Juan Mountain range, and many other exhibits on the life of the miners, the hospital, the Nuchu Creation Story, Harriet Backus (one of the town’s most famous residents), and more. The museum offers plenty of activities too, including gold-panning, and a Lone Tree Cemetery Tour. You can also book a historical walking tour of this historic town too.

Telluride Historical Museum
201 West Gregory Ave., Telluride CO
970-728-3344
Seasonal hours

Lose Yourself in a Ghost Town

The area around Telluride, like many places out west, has its share of abandoned towns and mines. During the mining boom things were hopping, but once that went bust, so did a lot of towns. We’ve narrowed it down to two worth the visit. You can explore these towns on your own, or let someone else worry about the driving and book a tour. The hikes to both towns are worth the effort, because the scenery is amazing.

Start your visit to the Alta Ghost Town by car or take a hike up the backside of the Telluride Ski Resort. There are only a few buildings (sort of) still standing, but the scenery is amazing on the trip up and once you get to the town. Once home to a few hundred people, it’s pretty easy to imagine ghosts roaming there now. The remaining buildings make a great photo opportunity with the snowy mountains in the background. Make a day out of it, and visit Alta Lake while you’re here.

If you’re brave and confident of your mountain driving skills, head up through Imogene Pass to Tomboy Ghost Town. This is a great trip for ATVs, or you can take a hard hike up from Telluride with views of Bridal Veil Falls along the way. Or, better yet, book a tour and let experienced drivers get you there. You’ll pass the Liberty Bell Mine on your way up from Telluride and the Social Tunnel (where miners would meet single ladies none of which were allowed in Tomboy). It’s a day long adventure either way. Originally known as the Savage Basin Camp, and located near the Tomboy Mine, Tomboy closed down in 1927 when the ore in the mine ran dry.

Amazing Attractions in Telluride

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