Telluride Travel Tips
Keep in Mind...
- There are two villages here Telluride is home to two separate villages: The original town of Telluride, founded in the 1800s, and Mountain Village, which was developed for tourism.
- There are more seasonal rates than seasons Although Telluride only experiences two distinct seasons -- winter and summer -- hotel rates fluctuate throughout the year.
- Check the calendar Before you book, take a look at Telluride's event calendar. Vacant rooms are harder to find during annual celebrations like the Bluegrass Festival.
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 the killer ski slopes that lure many a winter vacationer each year. Powder hounds will find 1,700 skiable acres ideal for novices, experts and everyone in between. "To hell you ride" also refers to the region's rowdy atmosphere. Residents and visitors alike regularly gather in Town Park or at the local bar for a foot-stamping good time. In the end it doesn't matter where the name comes from: What really counts is the great experience you're bound to have here.
How To Save Money in Telluride
- Avoid the holidays Telluride's ski season is in full swing come December and January. You'll find less crowded slopes and lower room rates if you book your trip in early November or late March.
- Plan ahead for party time If you're taking part in one of the town's annual celebrations, you'll save big-time if you book your trip at least two months in advance.
- Let them do the driving You can save on gas and parking by relying on Telluride's complimentary shuttle and gondola services to get around.