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Telluride

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The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. The town is a former silver mining camp on the San Miguel River in the western San Juan Mountains. The first gold mining claim was made in the mountains above Telluride in 1875 and early settlement of what is now Telluride followed. The town itself was founded in 1878 as "Columbia", but due to confusion with a California town of the same name, was renamed Telluride in 1887, for the gold telluride minerals found in other parts of Colorado. These telluride minerals were never located near Telluride, causing the town to be named for a mineral which was never mined there. However, the area's mines for some years provided zinc, lead, copper, silver, and other gold ores.Telluride sits in a box canyon. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it, with Bridal Veil Falls at the head of the canyon. Numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. A free gondola connects the town with its companion town, Mountain Village, Colorado, at the base of the ski area. Telluride and the surrounding area have featured prominently in pop culture. It is the subject of several popular songs. It is especially known for its ski resort and slopes during the winter as well as an extensive festival schedule during the summer.
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Outdoor Activity
Telluride Outside
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Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Bear Creek Falls
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
New Sheridan Hotel
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Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Telluride

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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours Ouray
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park Ouray
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours Silverton
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Telluride

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History Museum
Telluride Historical Museum
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hiking Trail
Jud Wiebe Trail
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Walking Area
Black Bear Pass
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Motorcycle Trail
Ophir Pass Trail
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Trails in Telluride

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Hiking Trail
Hope Lake
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Sneffels Highline Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Blue Lakes Trail
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Winter Sports in Telluride

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Ski Area
Telluride Ski Resort
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Ski Area
Ski Butlers Telluride
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Telluride

Ghost Town
Tomboy
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Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Alpine Chapel
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

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