Telluride is a town located in San Miguel County in southwestern Colorado on the San Miguel River on the west side of the San Juan Mountains. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,221. Originally a mining town; it is now a major ski resort. In the summer, there are festivals almost every weekend, including a film festival and a bluegrass festival. It is the county seat of San Miguel County.
Telluride sits in a glacially formed U-shaped valley. Steep forested mountains and cliffs surround it. Spectacular Bridal Veil Falls is at the head of the canyon. Numerous weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides. Some people consider it to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Telluride, originally named Columbia, a name rejected by the post office, was named after a rare rich gold ore, Telluride.
In 1891, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse set up the first commercial AC power plant in Telluride.
Shortly after the turn of the century there were very serious labor disputes in the mines near Telluride. The Colorado National Guard was called out and there were deaths on both sides.
Web Sites and Links
Morning Glory IndustriesGuide to shopping, skiing, and lodging businesses.
Mountain VillageTown history, business resources, and events information.
Telluride & Mountain Village Convention & Visitors BureauVisitor information including calendar of events, activity information, and business directory.
Telluride Colorado Official GuideLocal news, business listings, accommodations, activities and events, and recreation.
Telluride TodayLocal resource and visitor guide including businesses, services, activities, communities, and government listings.
Telluride Visitor InformationGuide for local information, lodging, activities, restaurants, real estate, and recreation.
Telluride Visitor GuideDirectory of activities and recreation, special events, dining and lodging, and businesses.
Telluride.netLocal directory for recreation, lodging, real estate, dining, shopping, and events.
The Telluride Mountain SchoolIndependent school for grades 1-8, specializing in challenging and outdoor education opportunities. Features curriculum and admissions policies.