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100 People, Places and Things We Love

Thursday • September 19, 2013

100 People, Places and Things We Love about Telluride! 

(in no particular order)

1.  Free Box – This is a true Telluride staple. “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” You’ll be amazed at what you can find here. Find a pair of skis, some vinyl, a good read, or a sweet onesie. 

2.  Butch Cassidy – The man, the myth, the legend. In 1889, Butch Cassidy the notorious American outlaw robbed his first bank here in downtown Telluride and stole approximately $21,000.  

3.  Bridal Veil Falls – Main Street dead-ends into Colorado’s largest free-falling waterfall. The house on top is the 2nd oldest operating AC generator in the U.S. The history of this place is fascinating. 

4.  Silver Lake – This short (but steep) hike will get your heart pumping, but the final destination is seriously stunning, and the fish are massive. One of the prettiest high-alpine lakes in the region. 

5.  Telluride Blues and Brews - a local's favorite. Can't go wrong with 3 hours of beer tasting with over 50 microbrews from around the country! Check out our --> 2013 coverage.  

6.  Face Down Brown Ale – We love the delicious beers from the Telluride Brewing Company. Started by a couple locals who shared one dream: to make the perfect beer. And they did! Face Down Brown won a Gold Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival and Gold Cup at the 2012 World Beer Cup! 

7.  River Trail – Hike, bike, cross country ski, take a stroll or eat lunch on this trail connecting East and West sides of Telluride. Very pet-friendly.

8.  Telluride Town Park – Not only is this park located in the most picturesque location amongst towering peaks for festivals, but it’s got every activity under the sun. Great place to take the pup, too. 

9.  Bear Creek – Perfect family-friendly hike in the Summer, steep gnarly powder turns in the Winter. Bear Creek is drop-dead gorgeous anytime of the year.

10.  Gondola – The best public transportation in North America! The Gondola runs from the town of Telluride to Mountain Village. Not to mention the view and it’s FREE. LOVE the "G!" Don't forget to take a photo. 

11.  Revelation Bowl Observatory Deck – The deck at Revelation Bowl, perched on a knoll surrounded by craggy mountains and overlooking Bear Creek, is a beautiful spot for a ski break. Pack a lunch and soak up the rays. 

12.  Flatliner at The Parlor Bar – Bet you can’t have just one! But don’t have more than 2. They're strong and delicious. 

13.  Mountain Village – The European cousin to the Town of Telluride is here for all of your shopping, golf, hiking, biking, and ski-resort needs. Free transportation via the Gondola is also a plus. Love the free Sunset Concert Series in the summer and the ski "hub" in the winter. 

14.  Palmyra Peak – Some of the most incredible hike-to-terrain in the country. 13,000+ feet of in-bounds terrain at your fingertips. Unmatched in North America!

15.  Wilson Peak – As you drive into Telluride from the west, look south and you’ll notice this jagged idyllic mountain more commonly seen on the can of a Coors Light. Cold as the Rockies! 

16.  “The Buck” - Last Dollar Saloon is one of the best local bars in Telluride. Live music, jukebox and friendly locals. Cash only. Don’t be that guy who pulls out his card. 

17.  New Sheridan – Whether you’re at the Chop House, Parlor Bar or the old-timey bar, the New Sheridan is a happenin’ spot with some of the best food/drinks/billiards in town.

18.  Valley Floor – In an effort to maintain Telluride’s unmatched beauty, the Valley Floor was recently approved as conservation land into perpetuity. That’s right; long live the beautiful open space that greets you as you arrive to town.  

19.  OAK – The new Fat Alley. OAK has it all: delicious BBQ, Chicken Fried Steak, Sweet Tea... all the good Southern cookin’. Good après spot in the winter. Thinkin' about fried okra as we speak.  

20. New Sheridan Chop House Steak Special- $21 gets you a big steak and a big glass of wine. Enough said. 

21.  Lift #9 - Also known as the Plunge Lift; She may be old and a little slow but you’ll be glad to get that 15 minute rest, as the trails off of Lift 9 are relentless. Those bumps will have your legs burning but coming back for more. Locals favorite. 

22.  Galloping Goose - The free shuttle is here to save you from the cold. Makes a loop around town every 10 minutes in the winter and 20 in the summer. Grab the Goose!

23.  Martinis at Allred’s - Make your way to Allred’s bar at the St. Sophia station for drinks with a view! Good après ski spot. 

24.  Tomboy Road to Imogene Pass - The road connecting Telluride to Ouray is a rough and narrow ride but to stand at Imogene Pass with stunning panoramic views is well worth the trip! 4WD, high clearance, experienced drivers only.

25.  MountainFilm Festival - There’s nothing more exciting than a bunch of creative outdoor enthusiasts showcasing their films about the mountains, the environment, and the adventurous spirit. Great kickoff to the summer festival season.

26.  Spiral Stairs - A double diamond ski trail (or maybe more like a cliff) named after the spiral stairs at Tomboy Mine back in the day... we love it. STEEP AND DEEP.

27.  The Plunge - A classic ski trail on Lift 9. Super steep. Super fun. Powder day go-to. 

28.  Fly Fishing - The Telluride area is a fishing Mecca! The San Miguel, The Gunnison, The Dolores, Trout Lake, the list goes on. Get a guide from Telluride Outside - they know the secret spots. 

29.  Old Mining Structures - Telluride’s mining days may be over but the remains still stand. Old mining structures can be seen in the “ghost town” of Tomboy, on the hike to Blue Lake, in Bear Creek Basin, and more. 

30.  Via Ferrata - Italian for “The Iron Road” and German for “Climbing Path” this traverse/climb is a must do for all of you adventure seekers. Go on a guided trip with the San Juan Outdoor School. 

31.  Baked in Telluride - Fresh bagels, breads, donuts, pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. A great stop for coffee and breakfast.

32.  The Great Funktier - local funk band brings the heat. Cover's from Daft Punk, Funky Meters, JJ Cale, Talking Heads, and a handful of original songs, don't miss their shows around town. 

33.  Fall Colors - September in Telluride....dreamy. The aspens glow a golden yellow for just a couple of short weeks. Don’t miss it.

34.  Senior Mahoney, Ron Allred & Jim Wells - In the 1970’s, local Billy Mahoney Sr. initiated the creation of the Telluride Ski Resort. Allred & Wells hopped on board, took the reins and, with the three of them working together they made it all happen. Thank you, sirs. We'll ski pow in their honor this winter.

35.  Fourth of July - One of the best parades in America, Fireman's BBQ, and Fireworks set off from Town Park, against the most breathtaking backdrop: the silhouetted box canyon. 

36.  Ajax Peak - We look at it every day, we hike it, we paint it, photograph it, love it...One of the majestic peaks that looms over Telluride at the east end of the valley. 

37.  Festival Season - Bluegrass, Yoga, Wine, Horror... even Nothing. Telluride has one of the country’s most impressive summer festival lineups! There’s something for everyone, seriously. 

38.  13,000-14,000 foot peaks - Telluride is nestled among giants! Sneffels, the Wilsons, Chicago Peak, El Diente, and more!

39.  No Stop Lights - Nope, none. You won’t find any for 35 miles. 

40.  Evening Alpenglow - As the sun dips below the horizon in the west, light reflects off of water particles in the air and gives the mountains on the eastern end of the valley a pinkish reddish glow. And when it happens, it’s stunning.  

41.  Dogs Everywhere - At certain times of the year, there may be more dogs than people in Telluride. And they are some of the happiest dogs you will ever meet. It's a ruff life. (see what I did there?)

42.  Powder Days - Telluride receives on average 300+ inches of snow each season. Grab those pow skis. ‘Nuff said. Watch a Telluride powder day --> video. 

43.  Softball in Town Park - Come 5:00pm, locals head to the park for some beer and some softball to be heard and be seen. 

44.  Main Street - The most picturesque street around! Grab a cup of coffee and take it all in. 

45.  Mountain Village Bike Park - For all of you mountain bikers out there get psyched because come summertime you can ride the free gondola to St. Sophia Station all day everyday for laps in the park.  

46.  Ride with Roudy - Enjoy beautiful horseback riding around Telluride's surrounding mesas. Roudy is a character!

47.  Apres at Tomboy Tavern - It’s really the perfect place to step off the chair lift, unbuckle those boots, and grab a pitcher after a day on the hill. 

48.  Snow probes, shovels & beacons - Part of exploring Telluride’s backcountry and hike-to-terrain means being avi-aware. You may be extreme but don't forget to ski without a backpack and these essentials. Gotta stay safe. 

49.  Ah Haa School of the Arts - An awesome organization that is a big part of this community, giving kids and adults opportunity to get creative. 

50.  Puppy Parking - We love Puppy Parking! 

51.  Farmer’s Market Fridays - Fresh, local produce and goods from vendors within 100 miles of Telluride. Come to S. Oak Street and check it out during the summer! 

52.  Diggity Doggs - The best hot dogs can be found at the diggity dog stand on Main Street, or in Mountain Village. Open late night with all the fixin’s. 

53.  Blue Plate Special at Floradora - Just $9.99 for a delicious, heaping plate of food! Changes daily. One of the best deals in town. 

54.  Popcorn at the Nugget Theater - You can smell it when you walk by on Main Street and whether you are catching a show or just meandering, theater popcorn is irresistible.   

55.  Sheridan Opera House - To see a performance at the Sheridan Opera House is a one of a kind experience. This intimate, historic venue is an absolute favorite in Telluride.  

56.  Siam - This place is the bomb. Authentic Thai food that comes on plates so big you are almost guaranteed leftover lunch the next day. We recommend the Drunken Noodles. Awesome. 

57.  Football at Brown Dog Pizza - The place to be on game day! That Detroit style Pizza, beer, rowdy fans... good times! We recommend getting the "313." Sooo good. 

58.  Tots at the Cornerhouse - Beware: tater tots at the Cornerhouse are seriously addictive. 

59.  Miners Pride - We support the Telluride High School Miners!

60.  Gus Kenworthy - One of Telluride’s very own pro-skiers. Kills it at the X Games in both slopestyle and halfpipe. Here's a video of him crushing the park in Telluride:

61.  Fishing at Trout Lake - Trout Lake is a beautiful lake just 15 minutes south on HWY 145. Bring a lunch, a fishing pole, and a camera. The beautiful Hope Lake hike is located behind Trout Lake. Another must-do high-alpine lake. 

62.  Wilkinson Public Library - Came to Ski, Stayed for the Library. We’re serious when we say that this place is awesome. Rent CD's, movies, books, bikes and more. 

63.  Courthouse - That very quintessential landmark at the top of Main Street. Spot for the New Year's Eve countdown!

64.  Cornet Creek Falls - Right by the Jud Wiebe Trailhead, walk up about ¾ mile to check out the falls. Go in early spring and you’ll find them cascading into a giant ice cone!

65.  Felt Soul Media - This small production company based in Telluride and Denver has been doing big things for a while. Red Gold, Eastern Rises, Unicorn Sashimi and their upcoming project: Damnation

66.  Festivarians - What’s a festival without festivarians! We love the enthusiasm that comes through Telluride on a festival weekend. Good people watching. 

67.  Bear-proof Trash Cans - Yes, this is a thing. Throw your garbage in these trash cans because otherwise Mr. Hungry Bear will come a sniffin’..... don't forget to lock them up. 

68.  No Fast Food - You won’t find those infamous golden arches anywhere near Telluride. No fast food allowed, and that goes for all “chain” franchises. Keepin’ it local!

69.  Ski Patrol - Thank you, thank you, thank you, for keeping these slopes safe! 

70.  Sunset Concert Series - Free music on Wednesdays during the summer. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine to Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village. 

71.  Glider Bob - The ultimate way to experience Telluride - 30 min. or hour glider plane rides will take you soaring the skies above this beautiful place. Since writing this post, Glider Bob has passed away. We want to leave this reason as a way to remember and thank him for the joy he brought to Telluride.

72.  KOTO fm Radio - “Radio almost like the professionals”. A variety of great shows streamed by locals on 81.3 and 91.7. KOTO is awesome and they throw fun parties, too!

73.  San Miguel River - We feel lucky every day to be able to step out the back door and be alongside the gorgeous little river that flows through town. Fishing or float anywhere along the river. 

74.  Squid Show - This ain’t no Broadway, but the Squid Show theater troupe has got some pretty impressive stuff up their sleeves! We like supporting these local thespians.

75.  Gorrono’s Ranch - A spot up on the ski run with decks and views galore. Perfect for lunch and a drink on a sunny day at the Telluride Ski Resort.  

76.  Lunar Cup - Thislongtimee tradition is more than just a local’s party. Savage Basin. Mid June. 12,000 ft. Bumping music, and an epic ski/snowboard race in the morning. Watch video. 

77.  Joe Zoline - Another local legend who helped with the creation of Telluride Ski Resort back in the 70’s. Thanks, Joe!

78.  Telluride History Museum - Telluride has got a rich and exciting history to it. The museum works hard to preserve this and bring it to life. 

79.  Music in Elk’s Park - If you don’t have a festival ticket (or even if you do) there is always great, free performances going on in Elk’s Park during Bluegrass and free films during MountainFilm and Film Fest. Super fun!

80.  Sneffels Highline - A 13 mile-er that brings you through the Sneffels wilderness, with fantastic views. This is a hike for the acclimated ones, be sure to start early!  

81.  Alta Lakes - Just outside of Telluride, these lakes are gorgeous. One of our favorite spots in the region. You can bike here from the Mountain Village trails, drive for camping, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing. 

82.  Volunteer Firefighters - We tip our hats to you. Thank you for all your hard work in the Telluride area and thanks for the awesome Fireman's BBQ over 4th of July!

83.  Aspen Trees - You haven’t lived until you’ve walked through an aspen forest. These tall, slender, white barked trees are only found in certain parts of Colorado and we’re lucky enough to be one of them. 

84.  Colorado Wildflowers - Come mid July, many of the hikes around Telluride are adorned with the most beautiful wildflowers. Columbines, Indian Paint Brushes, Asters, Elephant Flowers....

85.  Fashion Show - every February the Telluride AIDS Benefit hosts the annual Telluride AIDS Benefit Fashion Show. Great event and even better cause. Watch 2013 coverage --> video.  

86.  Chondola - One part chair-lift, one part gondola. A high speed quad with a gondola cabin every 10th chair. Connecting Big Billie's to the Core of Mountain Village. We think it’s pretty cool. 

87.  Mitch Morgans - A shot of bourbon with a slice of bacon. Mmmm. Find ‘em at Oak the New Fat Alley. 

88.  Naked Bike Race - Watch out! At some point in the summer, a brigade of nude cyclists roll through main street during the Nothing Festival. 

89.  Helitrax - Contact Telluride Helitrax if you are looking for some adventure and thrill. Premier helicopter skiing at some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. 

90.  Southwest Colorado - These San Juans are something else! Jagged mountain peaks, moderate temperatures, and awesome neighboring towns. Check out our favorite day-trips you can easily take while you make Telluride your homebase.  

91.  Ice Skating in Town Park - After a day of skiing (or instead of a day of skiing) head to Town Park and grab some hot chocolate while you ice skate in the open air, amidst the giant peaks of the box canyon. Mmmm. 

92.  Giuseppe's - A favorite local spot at the top of Lift 9 with all of the comfort food you could imagine. Great spot to warm up after a couple long runs.

93.  Chop House Burger - We think it's the best burger in town. Sit in the fancy Chop House or the more laid-back Parlor Bar. Nom nom nom. And get the frites!

94.  “Locals” Ski Run - Take a right off of See Forever and you’ll find a favorite ski run with open glade trees. Brings you down to Lift 9. Awesome terrain!

95.  Black Iron Bowl - Awesome hike to terrain accessible from lift 12. You can drop in anywhere from a 10 to 30 minute hike. Fresh tracks!

96.  Telluride.com Webcam - Full Main street coverage. One of the most popular web cams in the country! Smile!

97.  Historical Walking Tour - Explore the town and listen to the history any time, at your own pace. A lot went down in this town!

98.  Turkey Bingo - One of the best local events in the fall. Play bingo and win turkeys at the Elk’s Lodge. 

99.  KOTO Duck Race - We love watching the little rubber ducks race down the San Miguel! If you purchase one ahead of time, you just might win the prize. 

100.  Stairway to Heaven - one of the coolest things you'll ever experience on skis. This stairway sits at over 12,000 feet and gives you access to Gold Hill Chutes #9 and #10. Watch video.