I have visited Telluride a handful of times in each season, so this is by no means a definitive guide for all there is to do but a list of things I have personally enjoyed or strive to accomplish during future visits to Telluride.
Before diving into the list, there are a few things to note:
Telluride is EXPENSIVE! It is probably one of the more expensive places to visit in all of Colorado. Skiing day passes start at over $200, and hotel rooms can be $300+ even in the “off-season”. If you are traveling on a budget, Telluride might not be the most ideal town to visit.
Secondly, Telluride is very far from Denver. It is nearly a 7-hour drive from The Denver International Airport, and weather conditions can make this drive even longer. (You can fly directly into Telluride or make it a shorter trip from Grand Junction or Durango’s regional airports.) It is a mountain town, so please make sure you have a proper car if visiting in the winter and obey Colorado’s traction laws before embarking on your journey. Read those 4WD and chain laws here!
Where to stay:
As mentioned before, Telluride is pretty expensive. I have both a “boujee” and a cheap option for places to stay near town, and camping is always an option as well. There are plenty of campgrounds in the national forests. You can find campsites online here.
*If you plan to stay in a van, NO overnight parking is allowed downtown. Do not attempt to sleep in your car on any streets within city limits. You WILL be ticketed!
And finally, things to do In Telluride by season:
The summer is my favorite season in Colorado. Many people visit Colorado in the winter, but I recommend visiting in the summer. You can hike, bike, fish, and do so much more! Sure, you can do those in the winter too, but there won’t be any wildflowers!
The next best time to visit telluride, in my opinion, is the fall. When the Aspen tree leaves change, Telluride completely transforms into an explosion of bright yellows and oranges. The leaves usually peak somewhere between the middle of September and middle of October depending on the weather the previous seasons. Check local news sites and social media channels for up to the minute updates!
One of the more popular times to visit Telluride is in the winter for world-class skiing. The best time to come for snow is from January till nearly April. There are a few other things I recommend besides skiing and snowboarding just in case those aren’t in your wheelhouse.
I hope this guide helps you plan a trip to Telluride no matter when you visit. It is an amazing town full of wonderful people and beautiful scenery with a plethora of activites and scenery.
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