Telluride gets its name from a long-ago description of the difficult horseback journey that was required to reach the town: “to hell you ride.” Say it fast and there you have it! Telluride is a small town that packs a big punch! It is eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long and has 14,000-foot peaks on three sides of the box canyon where the town is nestled snugly.

The history of the Old West would be incomplete without Telluride. Due to its role in history, in addition to the dedication of the locals to preserving the architecture, design and culture of Telluride, the eight by twelve block area was designated a National Historic Landmark district in 1964. Telluride is many things to many people, but  primarily it is of course known for world-class alpine skiing (and short, if any lift lines!).

It is also known across the globe for cultural events including the Telluride Film Festival, The Bluegrass Festival, Blues & Brews plus a number of other events in the summer and fall. Christmas Eve is always spectacular thanks to the Torchlight Parade. You can see it in both Telluride and Mountain Village – skiers and snowboarders carry torches down the slopes – you don’t want to miss it! The annual 4th of July parade in Telluride is another not-to-be-missed event! This is definitely not your typical small-town parade! When you explore Telluride, at any time, you will be treated to boutiques, art galleries, a lesson or two in history and local flavors in gourmet restaurants.

One stop you need to make to experience the Telluride culture is at the Freebox, which is located at the corner of Pine and Main. It, like The Observatory, is a Telluride icon.

Colorado Avenue in  historic Telluride has restaurants, shops and people watching.










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