Telluride, ColoradoJanuary 16, 2017 No Comments
John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
He was right.
Who can resist the call of the great outdoors? Nature pulls at the soul, floods the senses, and rejoices the heart.
Telluride, Colorado is such a place. The steep forested mountains of the Rocky Mountain high country do something to you the moment you arrive. There’s just something about nature, and this place is certainly no exception.
Telluride was once a silver mining camp in the 1800s.
This historic American West town is just twelve blocks long by eight blocks wide and was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. With its historic buildings, clapboard storefronts, Victorian-era homes, shops, galleries, restaurants and more, one can easily imagine what it might have looked like back in its heyday in the Old West.
Just picture the wide dirt street busy with horse-drawn carriages, wagons and carts, and men riding on horseback. Imagine a couple of gunslingers facing off beyond the town square, quick-draw duels between disgruntled gamblers, lively chord organ music drifting out of the saloon, sharp-dressed businessmen exiting the town bank, and women in long gowns primly buttoned up the length of their necks.
It was a different world.
Geography & Activities
Telluride is tucked inside a box canyon, around which rugged mountains with dense forests rise and surround it protectively.
Its location is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts, and boasts great seasonal activities from hiking, mountain biking and mountain climbing, to fishing, river sports, and some of the best skiing in the country. Telluride is also home to many art, music and food festivals throughout the year.
Skiing & Accommodations
Without a doubt, one of the best activities in Telluride is skiing.
The peaks of the San Juan Mountains are simply majestic. They also take your breath away in more ways than one. Besides the gorgeous scenery, the elevation of Mountain Village nears 10,000 feet, which can make it a bit challenging to catch your breath when you first arrive. But it is worth it, even if you find yourself panting after climbing one short flight of stairs.
The beauty of the setting makes it all worthwhile.
Free gondola rides transport visitors between the town of Telluride and Mountain Village. Endless runs with deep powder make you feel like you’re in another world, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The conditions are simple splendid. There are plenty of accommodations to suit a variety of needs too, from condos and homes, to hotels and lodges, many of which are pet-friendly as well.
My family had the pleasure of staying at The Peaks Resort & Spa with convenient ski-in, ski-out access to the pristine slopes.
The resort features beautifully appointed accommodations with every comfort in mind, a very convenient and courteous ski valet, delicious onsite dining and bar with unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains, a full service salon, a game room, and easily one of the best fully-equipped fitness centers I have seen at any resort I have ever visited. This includes a lap pool, indoor climbing wall, hot tubs, sauna and steam rooms, fitness classes/studios, and more. It also has an indoor/outdoor heated pool and an indoor water slide which is super popular with the kids.
At the heart of the resort is Mountain Village. It is centrally located and a great place to visit. There are a variety of restaurants, boutiques and shops, art galleries, and a large ice-skating rink in the center. Best of all, it is only steps away from the accommodations there, making it an easily accessible and fun experience.
There is nothing better than strolling through the village after a fun day of skiing. It’s perfect for families with kids of all ages, yet dreamy enough for a romantic getaway.
Telluride is one of those places that appeals to people of all ages. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a little imagination to get started. The rest will fall into place.
After all, it was John Muir who also said, “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” The mountains certainly reflect the infinite power of our Creator.
Go and discover them for yourself.