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Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy retreat from the slopes. Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains – roughly 9,500 feet above sea level – Mountain Village has a quaint yet vibrant atmosphere with shops and restaurants lining cobblestone streets.

Another highlight of a Mountain Village trip (aside from the nearby slopes, of course) is a ride on the scenic gondola. The gondola shuttles visitors between Telluride and Mountain Village, allowing for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from an altitude of 10,500 feet. Plus, riders say that the gondola is clean and well-maintained, making it a reliable way to get around. And here's the best part: It's completely free.

You don't have to pay to explore Mountain Village, but you might want to keep your credit cards handy (this is a resort town, after all). Mountain Village welcomes guests every day of the year, no matter the hour. The gondola operates from 6:30 a.m. to midnight daily during the winter months and is also open every summer. When the gondola is closed, complimentary bus service to and from the area is available via Dial-A-Ride, a free service. For more information, visit Mountain Village's website.

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#1 Telluride Ski Resort When most people talk about Telluride, they're typically referring to this ski resort rather than the town. This massive complex boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain ... Read more » DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

#2 Mountain Village Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy ... Read more » Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

#3 Hiking Although Telluride's biggest draw is its top-notch ski slopes, come summertime, locals and tourists alike flock to the town to explore its ample hiking trails. Dozens of paths are ... Read more » kmaassrock / Getty Images

#4 Town Park Telluride's fresh air opportunities aren't limited to Telluride Ski Resort's slopes. During the warmer months, visitors and residents head to Town Park on the southeast edge of ... Read more » Rob Lee / Flickr

#5 San Juan Skyway If you're looking to get off the slopes and out of the town for a day, hit the road on the San Juan Skyway. This free historic byway, which ... Read more » Brian Welker / EyeEm / Getty Images

#6 Telluride Historical Museum Housed in the town's former hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum recounts the area's exciting history, from its gold-mining days to the development of the world-renowned Telluride Ski Resort ... Read more » Jonas Forth / Flickr

#7 Ophir Pass Located just east of the adjacent town of Ophir (about 15 miles southeast of Telluride), this dirt road is a prime spot for off-roading. The path stretches nearly 10 miles ... Read more » kwiktor / Getty Images

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Telluride Ski Resort offers 2,000-plus acres of skiable terrain. DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

Mountain Village is home to a variety of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

Telluride boasts dozens of hiking trails, most of which are best explored during the summer months. kmaassrock / Getty Images

Visitors will find a kids fishing pond (pictured), a Frisbee golf course, an outdoor pool and more at the 36-acre Town Park. Rob Lee / Flickr

Hit the road on the San Juan Skyway to see the sights in southwestern Colorado. Brian Welker / EyeEm / Getty Images

Located inside the building that once housed Telluride's hospital, this museum features a variety of artifacts detailing the region's history. Jonas Forth / Flickr

Located about 15 miles southeast of Telluride, Ophir Pass (a four-wheel drive trail) offers picturesque views of the San Juan Mountains and its namesake town. kwiktor / Getty Images

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