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The Best Things to Do in Telluride

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In this high-mountain Colorado hamlet, skiing is just the beginning. Home to a fascinating museum, quirky shops, and a movie theater in a 19th-century former bank building, Telluride offers much to do when you’re not on the slopes. Come summer, visitors can also explore hiking trails, waterfalls, alpine lakes, and more.
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Alta Lakes Rd, Colorado 81435, USA
Just five miles from downtown Telluride and accessible by high-clearance 4x4, Alta Lakes is a sonnet-worthy area of crystal-clear alpine lakes, studded on all sides by snow-capped peaks. Camping is primitive—don’t expect...
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Bear Creek Falls Trail, Ophir, CO 81426, USA
For a simple day hike suitable for the whole family, head to the end of South Pine Street in Telluride and jump onto the Bear Creek Trail, a 2.5-mile path that leads to a jaw-dropping waterfall. The popular trail is as easygoing as the Telluride...
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Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Misty waterfalls are like unicorns in the landlocked, high-and-dry state of Colorado. This particular one is a dead-ringer for its namesake, as it cascades over and down sheer vertical cliffs, looking as delicate as nuptial lace. At 365 feet high,...
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
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Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Despite its unusual moniker, Lizard Head Wilderness is a crown jewel of Colorado, with 41,496 acres of San Juan mountains and 37 miles of trails ripe for exploration. Among Telluride’s profusion of outdoorsy thrills, it’s an...
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201 W Gregory Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
When a museum bears the Smithsonian name, you know it’s a worthy stop. When it’s housed in a former hospital from 1896 that’s now a National Historic Landmark, like this one, it’s an absolute...
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W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
If you’re heading to Telluride to ski, chances are you’ll actually be bouncing back and forth between the town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village, where the ski resort is located. Delightfully, the main method of...
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565 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Good news: Telluride isn't Aspen, and it doesn't want to be. That translates to throng-free skiing at Telluride Ski Resort, home to some of the most frosting-like powder in the state. We love that these mountains have something for everyone,...
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500 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Apologies to New York’s Central Park, but Telluride Town Park might just have it beat. Cradled in the Rocky Mountains and fresh with high-mountain air, it’s an idyllic place to picnic, or listen to the truly intergalactic musicians who...
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123 S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
If shredding the gnar on the slopes isn’t enough for your kids, they can shred the gnar in town at The Drop Boardshop, a subterranean board shop and print lab with its own “sick ramp.” Sign them up for the shop’s single-day...
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207 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Once the First National Bank, this 1892 building is now home to a different kind of gold—the Hollywood blockbuster, which it’s been showing since 1935. Today, The Nugget Theatre also serves as one of the main venues for the Telluride...