A stunning historic mountain town with a Victorian charm like no other in the United States and perhaps the world.

Telluride, a picturesque town cradled in the embrace of Colorado's majestic San Juan Mountains, boasts a rich history intertwined with contemporary allure. Its fascinating transition from a 19th-century mining hub to a prestigious resort town of today mirrors the captivating beauty that surrounds it. This extensive narrative unveils the essence of Telluride, exploring its historical lineage, cultural vibrancy, enticing outdoor exploits, culinary wonders, and the robust real estate market that underscores this high-altitude sanctuary.

The Epochs of Telluride

Historical Footprints

The tale of Telluride commences long before the miners' picks struck gold. Initially, the pristine valley served as a summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians. The late 18th century saw the footprints of Spanish explorers, but the significant tide turned in 1875 with the staking of the first gold claims. The subsequent founding of Telluride in 1878 sparked a bustling mining era, drawing a mosaic of cultures to its promising grounds. While the early 20th century brought a lull with the decline of mining, the 1960s rekindled Telluride’s spirit as a budding ski resort, marking the inception of its modern identity.

Telluride: The Contemporary Chronicle

Today's Telluride is a harmonious blend of its rustic past and a vibrant present, where the echoes of history resonate amidst world-class ski slopes, art galleries, and the lively tunes of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Relishing the Outdoor Palette

Winter Wonderland

The allure of Telluride Ski Resort and Mountain Village transcends the seasoned skiers and snowboarders, offering a snow-clad paradise for every winter sports enthusiast.

Trails of Discovery

When the snow retreats, the verdant trails summon. The Bear Creek Trail, Jud Wiebe Trail, and Blue Lakes Trail are but a few paths in a network of trails that unveil the natural tapestry of Telluride.

A Culinary Journey through Telluride

The gastronomic scene in Telluride is as eclectic as its history. From the luxurious settings of Allred's Restaurant to the cozy ambiance of Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery, every meal is a culinary expedition.

Global Flavours in a Mountain Town

Whether it’s the comforting embrace of American comfort food or the spicy zest of Thai cuisine at Siam Restaurant, Telluride presents a world of flavors waiting to be discovered.

The Robust Real Estate Canvas

A Market in High Demand

Telluride’s real estate market is as competitive as it is desirable. With a median home price of $6.6 million as of September 2023, the market reflects the premium essence of this mountain retreat.

Trends and Tips for Buyers and Sellers

The cyclical nature of Telluride's real estate market, peaking in winter and ebbing in summer, presents a unique landscape for buyers and sellers. Engaging with the JW Group is crucial to navigate the competitive terrain and secure the best deals.


Telluride, with its scenic allure, historical richness, and modern-day luxuries, extends an invitation to immerse in its unique narrative. The adventure on its ski slopes, the cultural vibrancy, gourmet indulgences, and the promise of a tranquil mountain abode present a compelling narrative that makes Telluride more than just a destination, but a sublime experience.

Overview for Telluride, CO

2,387 people live in Telluride, where the median age is 38 and the average individual income is $47,754. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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38 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Telluride, CO

Telluride has 1,046 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Telluride do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,387 people call Telluride home. The population density is 4,459.923 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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55.05 / 44.95%

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Around Telluride, CO

There's plenty to do around Telluride, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Counter Culture, Uno Dos Tres Tacos & Tequila, and The Tunnel.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.55 miles 25 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 0.09 miles 19 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $$$$ 0.35 miles 55 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 2.18 miles 31 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.2 miles 6 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining 0.1 miles 28 reviews 4.6/5 stars

Schools in Telluride, CO

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The following schools are within or nearby Telluride. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Telluride Intermediate School
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Telluride Elementary School
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