Telluride sits in a breathtaking box canyon, surrounded by steep forested mountains and red rock cliffs, capped by Bridal Veil and Ingram Falls. With its rich history, unique, casual culture, extensive summer festival calendar, world-class skiing, and endless outdoor adventures, Telluride is an ideal place to live, visit, or invest.
Long a summer home to the Ute Indians, the first formal mining claim in the area was made in the Marshall Basin in 1875, following the Colorado Gold Rush. Settlement of the town Columbia soon followed, but the Post Office changed the town's name in 1887, due to confusion with a like-named town in California. It was named Telluride after a type of gold mineral found in other parts of Colorado but, ironically, not in the mines around Telluride. The town gained early notoriety as the site of Butch Cassidy’s first major robbery in 1889. Telluride's Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1961.
The mountain at Telluride first opened to skiers in 1970, and is named one of the best year after year by ski- and lifestyle- magazines alike, including Conde Nast and Snow Magazine. Telluride's companion town, Mountain Village, was founded in 1987, and a decade later connected to Telluride via a 13-minute gondola ride, featuring views to Utah.
At 8750 feet and situated deep in the remote southwest corner of Colorado, Telluride was once considered Colorado's best kept secret. It began gaining notoriety with celebrities at the end of the last millennium, and has since become a premier resort destination, and premium real estate market.