Best Times to Visit Telluride
The best times to visit Telluride are from mid-June to August and from mid-November to early April. Though these summer and winter seasons offer thicker crowds and higher room rates, they're prime times to take advantage of Telluride's popular festivals and world-renowned skiing. To save some coin when visiting during these months, plan on booking your flights and hotel at least two months in advance. Additional savings are available if you opt to vacation between April and early June or between September and early November, the town's spring and fall shoulder seasons. Keep in mind, though, that these months are when many shops and restaurants close for maintenance and the free gondola stops operating.
Weather in Telluride
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Spring (or mud season) in Telluride is short and sweet. Average highs hover between the low 50s and low 70s, but snow has a tendency to linger in April. After the snow melts, conditions are ideal for kayaking and whitewater rafting. Hiking trails also become available once they're clear of snow, although mud will be prevalent. Crowds thin and accommodations are generally more affordable during these months, but some eateries and boutiques close until late June, so plan accordingly.
Telluride's summer is packed with renowned events – such as Telluride Bluegrass – that draw thousands of visitors. If you plan to attend one, reserve your room at least two months in advance to ensure availability and to secure a better price. Those traveling to Telluride when a summer festival is not taking place can expect fairly reasonable rates. Average temperatures range in the mid-30s to low 70s, ideal for hiking and biking. The town's gondola also reopens from June to August, making it easy to travel between Telluride and the shopping- and dining-centric Mountain Village.
Like spring, autumn here is short-lived. Average temperatures range from highs in the mid-60s to lows in the mid-20s, and the aspen trees that dominate the area briefly flash gold in late September before baring their branches by the end of October. This is a great season for bargain-hunters, with most festivalgoers long gone and ski season yet to hit. Hotels that remain open in fall also offer extremely discounted rates. But remember, some amenities (the free gondola and various boutiques and eateries, to name a few) will not be available until winter.
These months comprise Telluride's peak ski season, so expect hordes of tourists and high room rates. But if you can brave the crowds and pay extra for lodging, you'll be rewarded with ample things to do. Most of Telluride's off-slope amenities, including the gondola and downtown's shops and restaurants, are open in winter. Plus, conditions at Telluride Ski Resort are ideal: Average temps range from the single digits to the mid-40s, and by early April, the slopes will accummulate 300-plus inches of powder. If you're sticking to a budget, hotel deals may be possible on weekdays and at the start and end of the season.
Popular Times to Visit Telluride
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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