Telluride & The Peaks Resort & Spa
The stories of Telluriders that have made the town their home speak of initially being lured by the loveliness of seasons and adventures awaiting and staying for life-changing experiences. Hikers, bikers, flyfishers, climbers, 4×4 and other outdoor enthusiasts find a variety of terrain suitable for all abilities near the highest mountain peaks in North America. Even the scenic San Juan Skyway itself lends itself to road riding. Snow melting transforms streams and rivers into water sports playgrounds that meld natural beauty and solitude. River rafting, kayaking, SUPing, inner tubing plus vistas second-to-none await on summer days along with fly fishing in an angler’s paradise. Both the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers are easily accessible for these adventures. Trails weaving throughout the mountains in many instances owe their existence to Telluride’s mining history. Strolls, day hikes, and backpacking adventures can pass mining ruins surrounded by wildflowers. Inviting trails to these adventures spread out of Telluride and Mountain Village in all directions.
Telluride owes a debt of gratitude to miners and road builders that carved a wonderland of roads in the San Juans a century ago. These routes, built to serve the region’s mining towns, provide unparalleled access to the rugged beauty of mountain passes and high alpine meadows that otherwise might be inaccessible. Horseback riding or wagon rides through alpine groves and meadows in the San Juans provide unforgettable memories. Very few travel destinations in the U.S. can offer 4×4 or RZR backcountry drives and tours comparable to the ones over Ophir Pass or to the old mining camp of Tomboy or traversing Black Bear Pass. But another advantage of Telluride for nature lovers is the beauty available on short walks and hikes from Telluride Town Park like the ones to both Lower and Upper Bear Creek Falls. Even the Telluride Golf Club offers a completely different experience for golfers as it meanders through beautiful high-altitude terrain.
During six months of the year visitors to Telluride can enjoy a marvelous assortment of unique festivals. The best films about mountains come to Mountainfilm. Hot-air balloons and balloonists gather and launch from Town Park in a Balloon Fest. Several festivals focus on fitness and good physical and mental health. For nearly 50 years a Bluegrass festival has brought musicians and bluegrass music lovers to Town Park. Americana Music, another festival engaging musicians and songwriters, shares the town’s musical spotlight. Fans of chamber music and jazz will not be disappointed along with rock and blues enthusiasts. Dozens of microbreweries enthusiastically join the blues festival event. Celebrations of wine and good cuisine are another special event. The Sheridan Arts Foundation brings renowned plein air artists to Telluride for exhibitions, competitions, fun and fundraising. As fall foliage starts to gloriously cover the area, car enthusiasts enjoy both at Cars & Colors. The whole collection of festivals in Telluride blend the entire spectrum of arts and creativity. In addition the Original Thinkers event focuses on compelling storytelling. The festival season in Telluride ends with Horror Show, a selection of the latest and best horror films.
Through each spectacular season and change of season, Telluride offers visitors choices that they can find nowhere else. None is more unique than the Gondola connecting Telluride to Mountain Village for views and a plethora of activity options that seem different with each trip. Inspired by all of these unique, revitalizing and inspiring assets and opportunities within and around Telluride, it should be obvious that lodgings have to be very exceptional and personalized to enhance the quality of each guest’s experience. Lodgings have to reinforce Telluride’s immersive experience for each and every guest and make possible an extension of the area’s revitalizing energy and nuances. The accommodations and spa experiences have to resonate with and reinforce the restoration and transformation generated by the pristine beauty of Rocky Mountain peaks. The Peaks Resort & Spa in Mountain Village manages to combine all of these requisites to provide guests with an exquisite sanctuary and the perfect base for touring and activities.
Telluride’s ski resort has also been on Forbes’ “top ski destinations” list for a number of years. The magazine’s “The Top 10 Ski Resorts In North America For 2019,” placed Telluride at #2 on the Top Ten list. Besides snowfall and terrain, Forbes cited the fact that Telluride’s skiing serves skiers of varying abilities so well, including beginners and learners. Forbes cited “the wide aprons of snow at placid angles underneath the Chondola in Mountain Village”. CNN Business named Telluride No. 2 on its “10 great destinations for combining work and play.” In sum, Telluride is universally recognized as a ski resort with something for everybody.
Lodgings in a tourism destination like Telluride, that consistently wins accolades from international travel and business magazines, deserve to share these honors – of course without sounding boastful. In the midst of Telluride’s success story as a five-star ski destination, some of the town’s most valuable qualities have not been highlighted, including characteristics that the town does not have, for example, crowds, ostentation and efforts to fabricate charm. Increasingly visitors from the U.S. and around the world are discovering Telluride’s ambience, charms, authenticity, passion for arts, entrepreneurial spirit infused with creativity, and propensity for inventive cuisine. In addition to the much-praised awesomeness of Telluride’s scenic setting, that’s a great deal for any lodgings in Telluride to live up to. Fortunately, however, over time Telluride’s lodging scene and hotels like The Peaks Resort & Spa apparently have learned how to meet this daunting challenge in seemingly effortless ways.
A wealth of activities is within easy reach of The Peaks Resort & Spa. Month after month between May and September gatherings, celebrations and fetes make the town a perfect getaway where at least one of the eclectic offerings is just right for any visitor. The town’s Victorian-era charms are visually complemented by shops, boutiques and galleries that all seem to offer distinctively Telluride gifts and souvenirs. After a day of unmatched downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding or heli-skiing, exciting snowmobile excursions or sleigh rides through winter forests, visitors (and lucky locals) can celebrate or indulge in everything from music and beer to yoga and art, or perhaps watch balloons lift off from Telluride Town Park and float over Telluride Valley. Year after year renowned winemakers and America’s finest chefs have returned to Telluride to share their wine and food expertise and experiences that fit perfectly with the immersive musical creativity of the Telluride Jazz Festival and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.
Telluride, at the foot of the San Juan Mountains, is much more than a welcoming ski town and a successful incubator for fledgling businesses. The first Certified Creative District in Colorado, everything in Telluride seems new, refreshing and distinctive. It’s hard to beat the town’s memorable wintertime adventures, but the spirit and appeal of the town seems to show up most clearly in Telluride Town Park: in summer, the venue for music festivals and every kind of sport and outdoor activity for adults and kids and, in winter, provides two ice rinks and groomed trail for Nordic skiing.
A gondola ride to the ski area arrives in Mountain Village, a separate town from Telluride and home to The Peaks Resort & Spa. Built in 1987 to make the slopes more accessible to families, Mountain Village has served brilliantly to relieve development pressures on Telluride’s unexpected success story and accommodate its growth as a skiable paradise. In ways that people who have visited other ski resorts can appreciate, without the intrusion of lift lines, Mountain Village and its Gondola uniquely connect 2,000 and more acres of skiable terrain with the experience of legendary Telluride and its Historic District. The relationship between Mountain Village and Telluride in essence is one of a world-famous ski resort, with 18 lifts and 148 runs, that continuously offers visitors new pathways for rediscovery.
Tucked in a box canyon surrounded by 13,000- and 14,000-ft. peaks, it’s not difficult to imagine why people keep coming back to Telluride. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964, the town’s colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts and mix of historic buildings and streetscapes present a unique mix of charming now and fascinating then. Perched above Telluride at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village complements the historic town with ski-in/ski-out hotels that, like The Peaks Resort & Spa, offer stunning panoramic views of surrounding peaks. Ask any local journeying on the Gondola and they’ll probably tell you they arrived in Telluride for its powdery playground and stayed for other wonderful experiences under azure skies in every season. Telluride seemingly has become the town that never disappoints. And with United, American, Denver Air, JetBlue and Southwest flights into nearby Telluride/Montrose Regional Airport from 12 major hubs, getting to Telluride is easy. But leaving is always hard.