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Things to do in The Telluride Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Telluride Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Telluride Area 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 The Telluride Area 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 The Telluride Area.

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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
  • 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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