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Things to do in Telluride + Southwest Colorado

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Telluride + Southwest Colorado. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Telluride + Southwest Colorado attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Telluride + Southwest Colorado to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Telluride + Southwest Colorado.

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  • Between the Covers Bookstore

    Housed in a narrow 19th-century building, this independent bookstore contains an old hardwood floor, which the owners lovingly describe as “creaky ... More
  • Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum

    View the excellent exhibits on the region’s Ancestral Puebloan culture. More
  • Coffee Cowboy

    Where locals fuel up on fair-trade espresso before taking on the slopes. More
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

    At this Colorado[/guides/colorado] site, kids and adults help dig with archaeologists in search of untouched Anasazi artifacts that have not seen t... More
  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

    Ride the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which travels 45 miles through snowcapped mountains and along the Animas River to the ... More
  • Far View Visitor Center

    Stop in to buy tickets for ranger-led tours to the park’s three most dramatic and important cliff dwellings: Cliff Palace, Balcony House, and Long ... More
  • Naturescapes Gallery

    Celebrating the beauty and grandeur of the West, Naturescapes Gallery specializes in photographic prints of landscapes in Colorado, Montana, Wyomin... More
  • Ouray Ice Park

    Ascend the frozen waterfalls of Ouray's Uncompahgre River Gorge, where a local organization aims hoses and sprinklers off cliff edges each winter t... More
  • Pagosa Outside

    Rent kayaks or book a white-water-rafting trip through Pagosa Outside, a reputable one-stop outfitter for activities on the roaring San Juan. More
  • Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures

    Serious treks through Western Europe (the Mont Blanc region; the Italian Dolomites), the Himalayas, and southeastern Utah. Accommodations vary by r... More
  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival

    Centered on the late June main festival, the Telluride Bluegrass season runs from June to August with five different events and academies. The stag... More
  • Town Park

    Take a hike beneath cottonwoods and aspens alongside the rushing San Miguel River. More

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