Telluride, CO Travel Guide


Telluride, CO Travel Guide

February 6th, 2022

Nestled into a box canyon in the southwest corner of Colorado, Telluride is a small, old mining town over six hours from Denver and at a base altitude of 8,750.’ Rumor has it this off-the-beaten-path town got its name from the journey to it being described as “to hell you ride.” But these days, Telluride is considered the Switzerland of America: a modern skiing, adventure, arts and culinary mecca. Read on to discover our winter wonderland guide, although we recommend visiting every season as each outdoes the last. 

Telluride Bucket List

Go skiing, followed by après.

See live music at Gorrono Ranch, or make a champagne or hot chocolate stop at Bon Vivant

Take a CAT to dinner at Alpino Vino.

This is one of the highest altitude restaurants in the US!

Drive to the neighboring town of Ridgway.

Take a dip in the natural lithium hot springs.

Stroll downtown on the first Thursday of each month.

You’ll see the Telluride Art Walk!

Where to Stay

The Peaks

You can ski in and ski out of here, plus it’s known for its amazing spa.

The Madeline

An Auberge resort, this five-star luxury is another great option to be your base in Telluride, meaning you can ski in and out of here! 

Fairmont Heritage

Offering a residential experience for your Telluride visit, the Fairmont provides a ski valet and condo style suites with kitchens.


This is one of the top two hotels in Colorado and has a prix-fix restaurant.

Hotel Telluride

Conveniently located in town, Hotel Telluride is a great affordable option.

Inn at Lost Creek

Located in Mountain Village, this is a great option for families because of their suites and condos.

New Sheridan

This historic hotel in town is another more affordable option.


There are so many fantastic options in town and Mountain Village!

Where to Eat: Breakfast

The Butcher & The Baker

Start your day with a breakfast burrito and a “cindabun.”

The Coffee Cowboy

This is a cute outdoor coffee cart at the base of the mountain.

Baked in Telluride

Go for the best pastries!! Don’t miss the fresh donuts and muffins. They open early!


This is a go-to for a cup of coffee, and the bonus is that there is an attached bookshop and a beautiful mural outside.

Cindybread Artisan Bakery

This bakery serves sandwiches on great, freshly baked bread.

Silverpick Coffee

This is located in The Peaks Hotel right at the entrance to the spa, if you’re looking for a pre or post treatment caffeine boost.

Black Iron Kitchen & Bar

Grab a smoothie if you’re feeling healthy, or treat yourself to a delicious brioche French toast (either is a great option).

Telluride Coffee Co.

This is easily accessible in mountain village for a pick-me-up boost while skiing.

Where to Eat: Lunch

Bon Vivant

Must order: champagne and a croque madame.


Go for the view alone!

High Camp Warming Hut

Sit on the adirondack chairs while enjoying a sandwich and hot drink.

Tomboy Tavern

Located at the Telluride Ski Resort at the base of the Village Express in the Mountain Village core, come for classic American plates paired with cocktails & craft beer.

Smuggler Union

Look no further for a good burger and a beer.


Come fora laid-back vibe, stay for the best honey baked brie.


Always a favorite for fajitas and margaritas!

The View

Well, the name speaks for itself.

Where to Eat: Dinner

La Marmotte

Book an outdoor bubble with friends and get the coq au vin.

Black Iron Kitchen & Bar

Cozy up around fire tables for a bite between ski runs.

Alpino Vino

This is more than just a restaurant, it’s worth a trip for the whole experience. Take a CAT ride to the restaurant at 12k ft elevation.


The panoramic view is amazing here, complete with a contemporary American dining experience.


Located within the peaks, Altezza feels like true, cozy mountain dining and gives you easy access into Mountain Village.


You’re guaranteed to get a delicious pasta when ordering any of the dishes.

The National

The short rib is a must.

Petite Maison

This spot offers cute french bites with a nice atmosphere.

Where to Eat: Family Friendly

Brown Dog

A great casual pizza joint, plus local beer on tap for the adult diners.

High Pie Pizzeria

This is another great pizza option, served in a cool, rustic atmosphere.

Big Billies

Big Billies is a go-to when you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner option while on the mountain. It’s located at the bottom of the shreddo’s (bunny slopes).

Steamies Burger Bar

This low-key, easy-going spot in town is counter-serve and has a variety of burgers, plus hot dogs, fries, salads & shakes.

Where to Go Out: Nightlife


A small, hole in the wall bar with creative cocktails and small global bites.

The New Sheridan

This rustic, old hotel is in the heart of town, and a classic cozy spot to grab a drink.

Last Dollar Saloon

A local favorite since 1978, this laid-back spot serves more than 60 types of beer and has a rooftop to boot.


This classic, underground Irish pub has a funky, local vibe featuring regular concerts with national and local acts.

Where to Shop

Overland Sheepskin Co.

Overland feels like a must when in Colorado. You’ll find plenty of luxe accessories,  outerwear, and shoes made from sheepskin, leather and fur..


This clothing and accessories boutique describes itself as “catering to the woman who wants to stay on trend with unique and edgy fashion.”

Two Skirts

This contemporary boutique specializes in denim and cashmere, cocktail and casual, jewelry, footwear and even cosmetics for any destination.

The Toggery

Having first opened its doors in 1972, Telluride Trappings & Toggery has since become the longest standing store in Telluride, providing We clothing, shoes, accessories, and more for the whole family.

What to Do


Nordic ski, Heliski, get ski lessons–go any kind of skiing with Telluride Ski Resort. Book lessons in advance to make sure you can get paired with an instructor! Rent skis at Boot Doctors right at the base of the mountain and in Mountain Village.


Like skiing, all methods for snowboarding are great options. Hit the amazing jump park if you are an advanced border.


Go across the valley floor, with gorgeous views of the San Juan Mountains. Catch a glimpse of the Coors Mountain, Wilson Peak, from the far side of the valley on a blue bird day.

Winter Fly Fishing on the San Miguel

The Uncompahgre River is only an hour away from Telluride and you can find half or full day trips depending on the outfitter you choose to go with. Bundle up!  

Dip in the Hot Springs

Drive to the town of Ridgway and take a dip in the natural lithium hot springs.

Ride the Free Gondola from Town to Allreds

Go for happy hour and appetizers at sunset!

Dog Sledding

Spend a half day sledding with Alaskan huskies, exploring snow-covered trails throughout the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests. This is especially fun for kids!

Sleigh Rides

Take a sleigh ride to a private dinner of Spanish tapas, mountain fare, and of course fire roasted s’mores with Telluride Sleighs and Wagons.

Visit a Spa

Enjoy the roman baths and a heated indoor-outdoor pool at the Peaks Resort spa.

Take a Tour

Specifically, on The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.


We recommend going to the ghost town of Alta!

Visit Telluride Transfer Warehouse

Enjoy live music here!

What to Pack