- Most of the people who come to Telluride are there to ski. Telluride Mountain Resort boasts world-class accommodations and demanding terrain. In addition to the ski resort the San Juan Mountain Range, which surrounds the townsite, provides spectacular scenery in every season.
Recreation - The Uncompahgre National Forest surrounds Telluride and provides abundant recreation opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. In addition to downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing opportunities abound. Summer provides easier access to the high peaks in the area. Many choices in all ability levels of hiking, mountain biking, road biking, four-wheel driving, horseback riding, motorcycling and camping are accessible in the Telluride Area.
Climate - Telluride lies at an elevation of 8,745 feet. Because it exists in a box canyon the sun sets on the town early during the winter (December days see the sun set by 3:30 p.m.). Dress warmly for these long winter nights. During the day the sun reflects brightly from the snow covered hills creating perfect conditions for sunburn. Be sure to wear sunscreen on your face during long days of skiing.
The Summer months are beautiful when the snow has melted and the wildflowers are in bloom. Daytime temperatures may reach the mid eighties, but rarely do they climb higher. Night time brings cool temperatures to the canyon in the Summer. Light jackets and long sleeves are usually required for comfort.
Telluride is located in the northwestern section of the San Juan Mountains. The headwaters of the San Miguel River flow from the mountains surrounding town and westward through the valley. The major transportation route into the area is State Highway 145. During the Winter months this is the only access route into town.