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Telluride Travel Guide

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Courtesy Telluride Tourism Bureau

The origin of this Colorado village's very unique name is unknown, but there are two dominant theories. The first is that Telluride comes from the word "tellurium," the non-metallic element (often signifying the presence of gold deposits) that prompted so many pioneers to make their way to the region. But many current residents will tell you the name is just an easier way of saying "to hell you ride" — a creative explanation that highlights ... continue»

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When to Visit Telluride

The best times to visit Telluride are from March to April or from October to November. There are fewer crowds and hotel room rates are lower during these months. Telluride is said to experience only two seasons because the fall and spring are cut short by lingering snow or warm reminders of summer. That's good news for shoulder season travelers. While some businesses close up shop during the slower months, a bit of diligent research will lead to some excellent deals. Winter is obviously the most popular time to visit (thanks to the town's impressive slopes) and summer beckons to festival-seeking travelers. If you're looking to visit during these times, it's a good idea to book at least a two months in advance.

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Getting Around Telluride

The best way to get around Telluride is on foot. Because the town is literally one large ski resort, anything you could possibly need — shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels — is just a short walk away, but if the chilly winter weather makes walking less-than-pleasant, the town does offer free shuttle service and gondola rides to and from the slopes. If you're interested in exploring the outdoors during warmer months you'll need a car to get to spots outside of town, preferably one with four-wheel drive. Getting into Telluride can be a bit difficult: The closest major airport is approximately 300 miles east in Colorado Springs (COS). The Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is much closer, about 6 miles west of the village, but flights here are limited. Select major airlines service the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), which is about 70 miles north of the ski resort. No matter which airport you choose, you'll need a car to get into Telluride.

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