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Telluride’s Main Street can be found along historic Colorado Avenue which runs through the heart of the city. The locally owned shops, boutiques and eateries offer a one-of-a-kind experience. With numerous businesses not found anywhere else on the planet, visitors will find Telluride’s Main Street captivating, with a rich history and a plethora of available shopping options. Few places in the world offer as many unique retailers in such a majestic mountain setting.
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Just outside of historic downtown Telluride sits Town Park, the town’s scenic open space. Town Park hosts many of Telluride’s famous festivals, with travelers from all over the world coming to sit in the mountain grasses and enjoy music, yoga and more. Town Park features a swimming pool, a campground, a skatepark and even ice skating (during winter)! Town Park is an island of grass isolated in a sea of beautiful aspen and pine trees, with the surrounding landscapes making the park all the more majestic. If you are visiting during the Summer months, make sure you check the town’s calendar for upcoming festivals in the park, as they should not to be missed.
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Traveling from Telluride up to Mountain Village, the Telluride Gondola offers riders a one-of-a-kind experience. The gondola ride provides visitors and residents alike with a completely free scenic ride across Telluride’s mountainous landscape. The trip takes riders across 8 miles of gorgeous terrain, taking a total of around 15 minutes. The Telluride gondola consists of two different sections.
The trip begins from the Telluride Station, taking riders high above the city skyline, with breathtaking views of the town and the surrounding areas. After several minutes riders arrive at the summit, stopping at the San Sophia Station located 10,500 feet above sea level. From here, riders can go skiing over winter months or explore the mountain hikes and bike trails over summer. After soaking up the views and activities offered at the San Sophia Station, riders can hop back on the Gondola and travel down to Mountain Village.
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For the adrenaline junky, Telluride’s Via Ferrata offers an unparalleled experience. While not for the faint of heart, the Via Ferrata is one of the most unique destinations in Telluride. Via Ferrata, Italian for ‘iron path,’ takes climbers through a mountain route utilizing metal bars and fixed protection to navigate the rocky landscape. At points the route will feel like an intense hike, while at other points you will be fully exposed, hovering 500 feet above the ground, with nothing more than a metal bar and harness separating you from the empty air below. If you have never completed a Via Ferrata, Telluride offers some highly qualified guides to aid you in your expedition, making the experience much safer overall.
If you plan to visit Telluride over winter, you are most likely familiar with the famous ski resort located just above the mountain town. With some of the best snow quality in the Rockies, Telluride Ski Resort offers over 2,000 acres of unbeatable slopes. Whether you are a first time skier or a seasoned snow-veteran, the Telluride Ski Resort will keep you entertained for days on end. If you are looking for something a little more extreme, the resort’s hike-to-terrain provides experts with some of the gnarliest ski and snowboarding runs. Oppositely, the mountain also offers excellent beginner runs for those new to the slopes.
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Often the most picturesque landscapes cannot be accessed by any road, requiring visitors to reach them on their own two legs. While the hike to Bear Creek Falls may be moderately difficult, it only makes the gorgeous waterfalls and reflective pools of Bear Creek that much more majestic. The trail passes through numerous alpine meadows, creeks and mountains. While you will gain over 1,000 feet in elevation along the trip to Bear Creek Falls, you will hardly notice the exertion while transfixed on the sublime views surrounding you.
For those seeking a more relaxed activity while on their trip to Telluride, the Historic Walking Tour of Telluride provides visitors with informative talks on the rich history of the town while exploring the many historic landmarks. The route takes explorers through the New Sheridan Hotel and the old Town Hall, along with many other important Telluride landmarks. The walking tours of the town can be self-guided or led by one of the town’s passionate guides, providing local knowledge and historical perspectives as you tour through Telluride.
The Green Room is perhaps the most popular dispensary among visitors to Telluride. Situated just south of historic Colorado Avenue, Telluride Green Room offers some of the best buds in the city at a great location. With daily deals on a large selection of products, travelers have come to recognize this dispensary for its unmatched prices and close proximity to downtown Telluride. With a full menu of every marijuana product imaginable, The Green Room has something for everyone. Address: 250 S Fir St, Telluride, CO 81435
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Found in the heart of Telluride on the town’s Main Street, sits one of Telluride’s best dispensaries. Green Dragon offers visitors with amazing deals on marijuana, just steps away from many of the town’s lodging options. With the largest selection of edibles in town, Green Dragon will have something for even the pickiest stoner. Whether you are looking for the best THC infused soda or simply want to sample some of Colorado’s finest flower, Green Dragon has you covered. Address: 119 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
Situated on the side of town right next to the festival grounds is this small but friendly local dispensary. TBC is locally owned and operated and is a favorite of Telluride locals. With a cornucopia of strains and THC infused products, TBC offers customers one of the largest selections in the city. As this dispensary is located right next to Town Park, campers and festival-goers will find TBC to be their best bud option in town. Address: 3473 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
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Colorado Avenue comprises the ‘Main Street’ of downtown Telluride. With dozens of retail stores unique to Telluride, the shopping experience found on Colorado Avenue is unparalleled in the state. Whether you are looking for some locally made jewelry or perhaps hungry for the best eats in town, you will find what you’re looking for on Colorado Ave.
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If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, Carnal Chocolates will be your one stop shop for delectable candies and artisan chocolate. Carnal offers customers small batch chocolates and caramels, making the most mouth-watering treats in Telluride. Whether you plan to indulge after a long day of hiking or simply want to take a little piece of Telluride home with you, Carnal Chocolates has something to please every chocolate connoisseur.
Offering some of the finest craft alcohols in the state, visiting the Telluride Distilling Company is an unforgettable experience. Visit the distillery's tasting room or take a guided tour through the heart of the distillery. Even if you aren’t big on alcohol, visiting the TDC can be a fun and informative experience. If you are planning on sipping something strong, TDC hosts some of the best cocktails in town, including their famous ‘Telluride Mule.’ Take-home bottles can also be purchased to bring a little bit of Telluride back home with you.
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Adventuring through the town of Telluride can work up quite an appetite and finding a spot both delicious and inexpensive can be tough. Luckily, Telluride hosts one of the best taco spots in the Rockies, Taco Del Gnar. Putting their own twist on classic Mexican dishes, TDG provides foodies with flavor infusions not likely found anywhere else in the world. Combining ingredients and classic dishes from across the globe, Taco Del Gnar offers more than your standard taco. With most tacos costing under $4, this spot will fill you up without breaking the bank.
For a more refined dining experience, Cosmopolitan is one of Telluride’s best options. If you want to get a little dressed up and try some of the towns fine dining options, Cosmopolitan cannot be beaten. With innovative dishes created by world renowned chefs, Cosmopolitan provides customers with a unique opportunity to sample flavors and dishes from around the world while being surrounded by the natural beauty of Telluride’s surrounding landscapes.
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Despite all the differences people have in the world, one thing is often synonymous throughout every walk of life - the love of pizza. After a full day of hiking to Bear Creek Falls or a fun day out on the slopes, nothing is better than satiating your rumbling stomach with a delicious slice of pizza. Brown Dog Pizza provides Telluride tourists and locals with the best pizza in town at reasonable prices. We highly recommend the BBQ chicken pizza or the ‘Smoke Dog’ for your first visit to BDP.