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Telluride, Colorado

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Visiting Telluride, Colorado is like a breath of fresh air – literally. With its breathtaking mountain views and crisp alpine air, you’ll be wishing you could stay forever. Whether you’re a skier or snowboarder in search of the perfect powder, an outdoor enthusiast looking to explore some of the country’s most beautiful trails, or a foodie looking to dine in downtown’s numerous gastronomic gems, Telluride is awesome. Gondola rides are usually expensive, but not when you’re in Telluride. Free of charge, the gondola carries people up and down the mountain connecting you to Mountain Village with stunning views at every turn. So if you’re looking for a unique experience with postcard-worthy scenery, hop on the Telluride Gondola and explore! Hours of operation are from 7am to 12 am. Whether you want to take a sightseeing tour or explore a bit more of Telluride, the Gondola is great.

Gorrono Saloon Telluride Mountain Resort Resort
Gorrono Ranch Saloon Telluride Mountain Resort

Skiing Telluride Mountain Resort

Skiing at Telluride Mountain Resort is a mind-blowing experience! With more than 2,000 acres of terrain spread across 300+ trails, ski-lovers have plenty to explore with an annual snowfall average of 330 inches per year. Ski down some of the world’s most spectacular peaks on powdery slopes blanketed by deep snow. Telluride Mountain Resort is so massive, it doesn’t matter if you are an expert or if it’s your first day on the slopes, the variety of trails for all levels is impressive and accommodates all skiing abilities. Revelation Bowl is one of my favorite areas to ski on the mountain and offers some of the best views in the state of Colorado.

Revelation Bowl
Revelation Bowl at Telluride Mountain Resort

Downtown Telluride

The town itself also offers charming après-ski activities, such as a vibrant nightlife and great local cuisine. Restaurants and bars are scattered throughout this picturesque mountain town. From cozy bistros and pubs to lively restaurants overlooking the mountains, Telluride is able to satisfy a variety of taste buds. Cosmos restaurants in Telluride is fantastic and I highly recommend checking it out. With their hearty dishes and cozy atmosphere, you can’t help but feel right at home as soon as you step into this restaurant. Like everywhere in Telluride, it’s expensive, but Cosmos is worth the money.

Rustico Ristorante is a perfect spot to enjoy a fine-dining experience. Stepping into this Italian restaurant is like taking a trip back in time—the ambiance and decor has remained unchanged since it opened over a dozen years ago. The menu features all the classic Italian favorites, with some creative twists thrown in. Finally, Last Dollar Saloon is a locals favorite bar in downtown. A party atmosphere accompanied with live music is always lively and full of energy, making it an ideal spot for a night out with friends.

Downtown Telluride, CO
View of downtown Telluride from the gondola.

No matter how beautiful Telluride, Colorado is, it doesn’t come without its drawbacks. If you’re looking to live on a budget, this town isn’t the place for you. Expensive homes and rents make Telluride one of the priciest places to live in the country. So if you are looking for a budget friendly vacation, Telluride may not be the place you want to visit. But if you are willing to cough up some dough, Telluride is the perfect destination and you’ll be sure to leave with unforgettable memories and a desire to come back as soon as possible.

Editorial Note: Information and opinions articulated in this article are solely those of the author’s, not those of a credit card company, bank, airline or hotel chain. This article has not been reviewed or approved by or otherwise endorsed by any of these companies or organizations.

Travis is a Senior Editor at Miles Junkie. An avid outdoorsman, you'll see him shredding the slopes of Colorado in the winter and cutting rounds to heat his home in the national forests during the summer. He lives with his wife and three dogs in southwest Colorado.

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