Telluride is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the Nuchu (Ute) and Pueblo people.
Over the centuries, Telluride’s high-alpine valley has attracted a wild assortment of visitors and inhabitants. Indian chiefs and tribes, Spanish explorers, prospectors, gunslingers, prostitutes, union radicals, hippies, rock and ice climbers, and ski resort boomers have all played a role in Telluride’s history. With carefully preserved Victorian architecture and mountains rich in natural beauty, Telluride is home to a top-ranked ski resort, some of the nation’s most scenic sites — Bridal Veil Falls, the longest free-falling waterfall in Colorado, for example — high-quality outdoor recreation, and a thriving festival schedule — of which Mountainfilm kicks off the summer season over Memorial Day Weekend.
Historically, Telluride has been on the cutting edge of alternative power and renewable energy. Today, this is one of many factors that makes it the perfect place to discuss new and fresh ideas that have the power to change the world.
At the heart of the community are two unique towns: Telluride and Mountain Village. Each holds its own charm and the two are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America. (Learn more about transportation options around Telluride or gather information for travel to and from Telluride in the How to Mountainfilm section.)
Recreational opportunities abound, and we encourage Mountainfilm visitors to take a break from the theaters and presentations for a hike, bike, climb, ride, paddle or other excursion into the San Juan Mountains.