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Telluride Institute

No matter the time of year you need a getaway, the four-seasons location of Telluride is waiting to welcome you. From winter activities like skiing and snow tubing to warm-weather activities like hiking and water sports, there’s something for everyone to fill the time. If you hoped to pack in a little education and culture into your plans, make sure participation in events and programs at Telluride Institute is part of your itinerary.

Environmental Programs

The Telluride Institute prides itself on being good stewards to the environment and training the next generation to carry on that stewardship. There is a myriad of other programs with many and varied activities and focuses to choose from. The Watershed Education program provides K-12 students with hands-on educational experiences in the San Miguel and Dolores rivers. Their TIES program provides opportunities and resources for scientists, STEM educators, schools, students, and even local citizens.

Indigenous Peoples

The Telluride Institute is working toward reconciliation with the Ute, the local Native American tribe from whom the Euro-Americans stole land and killed. Along with celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day, Telluride Institute has brought together many groups including San Miguel County and many private businesses to celebrate the area’s indigenous peoples and spread knowledge through workshops and other events.


Every year the Telluride Institute hosts cultural events. The Talking Gourds Poetry Program hosts many poetry projects in San Miguel County and on Colorado’s Western Slope. Awards, shows, “Guest Gourds,” poet laureates, and others come together as they create some of the best poetry in the area. The Telluride Mushroom Festival is observing its 40th anniversary of mycological celebration this year. The festival heralds the newest advancements in mushroom science, along with a wild foods dinner demo and more activities centered around the mushroom.

Taking Care of Telluride

You came to Telluride for its outdoor fun and resort town feel without the big crowds. Telluride Institute does its best to make sure the beautiful landscape you came to enjoy is around for many years to come. When planning to do your part to help Colorado’s environment, make sure you book a vacation rental provided by Vacation Telluride. For a single person or small family making a difference, choose a cozy one-bedroom. For larger groups, there are units up to five bedrooms. Spend more time outdoors in private outdoor patios and balconies. After a long day of enjoying and preserving the environment, prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then stretch out and relax in an open living area or private bedroom.

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