A National Historic Landmark District with Victorian-era architecture, the Town of Telluride is nestled in a box canyon at the base of the Telluride Ski Mountain at an elevation of 8,750 feet. Less than one mile long, all shops and restaurants are just a short walk down Main Street. Two ski lifts provide access to the ski mountain, and a year-round gondola between Telluride and Mountain Village provides access to the mountain, winter and summer.
Several distinct areas/districts exist in the Town of Telluride, each with their own unique characteristics. And, of course, Telluride is home to the world-class Telluride Ski Resort.
Colorado Avenue a/k/a Main Street is the town’s central business core with numerous shops and restaurants. Many historic homes and commercial structures exist that give the Town of Telluride its unique character. Notable structures include the San Miguel County Courthouse, Historic Sheridan Hotel and Opera House, the historic Mahr Building where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank, and the Last Dollar Saloon. Numerous luxury homes, both historic and contemporary, exist on the west end of Main Street, along with various condominium offerings on the upper levels in the central business core.
South of Main Street, the accommodations district offers many options for short and long-term lodging. Located near the gondola, Chair 8 and Lift 7, or on the Galloping Goose bus route, these properties afford tremendous flexibility to their owners. Numerous luxury homes exist along with the majority of Telluride’s condominiums zoned for nightly, weekly, or long-term lodging. Historic structures include the Finn Town Flats, the Swede-Finn Hall (now the Elks Building) and Popcorn Alley, Telluride’s infamous red-light district.
The area immediately surrounding the Oak Street gondola station and extending north up Oak Street, the gondola corridor showcases many historic structures along with retail and restaurants. Hotel accommodations include the Camel’s Garden and the Hotel Columbia. North Oak Street leads to Tomboy Road and Imogene Pass, the off-road route to the ghost town of Tomboy, Savage Basin, Camp Bird Mine, Yankee Boy Basin, and Ouray.
Northern Sunny Side
North of Main Street, the “sunny side” of town offers the majority of the town’s residential offerings, including luxury homes and condos. Zoned for long-term occupancy (with some exceptions), this area of town receives more sunlight than the southern part of town, particularly in winter, due to the sun’s more southern orientation during the winter months. As is true of the rest of the Town of Telluride, many historic homes and structures exist in this area including the L.L. Nunn House and the Telluride Historical Museum, Telluride’s hospital from 1896 until 1964.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride Ski Resort is a world-class Colorado ski resort and summer vacation destination located in the beautiful San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colorado. In the summer, golfers and festivarians enjoy a beautiful mountain setting full of exciting activities and high-end amenities. In the winter, skiers and snowboarders have access to over 2,000 acres of beginner, intermediate and advanced skiing terrain with a vertical drop of 4,000 feet. Non-stop flights to Montrose/Telluride Airport (MTJ) are available from major cities throughout the United States and, once you’re here, Telluride’s free gondola is the main source of transportation – no traffic or long lift lines, and no driving once you’ve arrived. Experience Telluride – plan your visit today!
At the east end of the valley, just past the historic Lone Tree Cemetery, is Idarado Legacy. The Idarado Mining Company’s land holdings encompassed thousands of acres in both San Miguel and Ouray Counties. While the vast majority of Idarado’s land was deeded to the Trust for Public Lands, 120 acres were set aside for 37 home sites in the east end of Telluride’s beautiful box canyon. With estate parcels ranging from 0.58 to 15.2 acres, these luxury home sites variously enjoy river frontage and spectacular views of Bridal Veil and Ingram Falls.