I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t like Telluride, Colorado. If I had to recommend one Colorado mountain town to visit, it would definitely be Telluride. There’s a little something for everyone to enjoy and how could anyone resist a place where there’s usually a herd of elk in a meadow on the edge of town welcoming visitors to the area?
We’ve had the pleasure of visiting this charming mountain town a few times over the past three years and each visit was truly a joy. First off, Telluride is beautiful. It sits in a canyon surrounded by steep forested mountains and cliffs with the stunning 365 foot Bridal Veil Falls seen at the far end of the canyon.
Telluride was founded in 1878 as a mining settlement. By the 1970’s, the extensive mining in the area was replaced by ski tourism. By the mid 1990’s, Colorado’s best kept secret was discovered by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, and Oliver Stone.
Although Telluride is well-known for outstanding ski slopes, the summer months have actually become more popular with tourists as the town hosts a variety of festivals (including film festivals) and endurance events all summer long. The outdoor recreation is fantastic and even offers extreme hiking: Via Ferrata.
The architecture is a beautiful
blend of old and new that always
captivates my attention.
There’s a hiking trail that allows one to wander from town all the way out toward Bridal Veil Falls.
The houses passed along the way are unique and delightful.
This charming Rocky Mountain town located in southwestern Colorado is most definitely worth a visit and goes to the top of my list; Top 5 Colorado mountain towns. The town boasts a population of less than 3,000 and sits at an elevation of 8,750 feet.
We’ve enjoyed hikes to Bridal Veil Falls, shopped the Friday morning Farmer’s Market, and loved the free Gondola rides; a bonus not to be missed. Previously we’ve taken a back country 4×4 road to get to Telluride. You can read about that excursion here. We’ve eaten at several tasty restaurants, met fellow blog followers for a brew, and generally savored the vibe and beauty that is quintessential Telluride. I can’t wait to return!
Camping: Whenever we’ve visited Telluride, we’ve camped at Ridgway State Park, about an hours drive away. The park offers sites accommodating tents and large RV’s alike. Ridgway State Park is one of our favorite campgrounds. I did a post on the area a while ago and you can find it here.
Much closer to Telluride is a delightful National Forest Campground; Sunshine Campground. We would love to stay here due to its stunning views and near proximity to Telluride. It’s super close to Mountain Village where one can park and catch the free gondola taking you up and over the mountain into Telluride. Unfortunately, we might only fit into a couple of sites and the turning radius to navigate into and around this campground is tighter than our comfort level allows.
Further down the road is the Matterhorn Campground, also a National Forest Campground and this place can accommodate just about anyone.
For those traveling with tents, vans, or small RV’s, the perfect place to camp to really immerse oneself into the Telluride lifestyle is the Telluride Town Park Campground. Nestled in a grove of pine trees along a creek, it’s within walking distance to festival venues, restaurants, and shops. Obviously where there are trees, there are low branches and tight turning radius’. Thus, not an option for us. Once again, small RV’s have the advantage. Note; during festivals this campground is jam-packed making it difficult for even a Honda Civic to navigate.
And when it comes to other types of lodging, Telluride has it all. Click here for more info and enjoy your own Rocky Mountain getaway. I promise, you won’t be disappointed 🙂