Telluride Historical Museum

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201 W. Gregory Ave.

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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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. Visitors can also learn about the region's relationship with the Ute Native American tribe, the town's geological past and the man known as "The Pathfinder of the San Juans," Otto Mears.

Previous visitors said the Telluride Historical Museum is a must-see for history buffs thanks to its informative displays and easy-to-understand layout. Several past museumgoers also raved about the property's friendly staff and convenient location in downtown Telluride, although one traveler cautioned that the attraction's second floor exhibits are not wheelchair accessible.

The Telluride Historical Museum is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays. During the summer, the property is also open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays between 1 and 5 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and younger get in for free. All ticketholders have access to the museum's exhibits, restrooms and a gift shop.

The property sits within walking distance of Town Park and multiple hiking trails, but for those who decide to drive, four free parking spaces are available by the museum. Additionally, the complimentary gondola's Telluride station can be found a half-mile south. For additional details about exhibits, special events and more, visit the Telluride Historical Museum'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 in the San Juan Mountains. The resort's 148 trails cater to skiers of all levels, although most slopes are best suited for experienced skiers. And during the warmer months, travelers can go mountain biking, golfing, whitewater rafting and more.

Recent visitors said that this is one of the best skiing areas in the country, citing its ample powder (more than 300 inches accummulate here annually) and less crowded atmopshere (in spring) as highlights. A few reviewers also raved about the resort's restaurants, especially Altezza At The Peaks, Alpino Vino, Allred's Restaurant and Bon Vivant.

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