Drive from Denver to Telluride

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September 4th 2010
Published: September 14th 2010
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Denver to Telluride

Highway 115 South to highway 50 West to 550 South to 62 West, and then finally the last few miles East on highway 145 into Telluride.

It was a rather long drive from Denver to Telluride, especially with so many photo opportunities along the way. I hadn't seen this part of the state in the summer time, so I took full advantage. It was a good day for a drive in the mountains.

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View from Monarch PassView from Monarch Pass
View from Monarch Pass

Just off of highway 50 here.
Blue Mesa ReservoirBlue Mesa Reservoir
Blue Mesa Reservoir

Just West of Gunnison on highway 50.
Ouray/Telluride Mountain RangeOuray/Telluride Mountain Range
Ouray/Telluride Mountain Range

From a distance. This was on highway 550 just South of Montrose
On highway 62On highway 62
On highway 62

Just West of Ridgeway on highway 62 going West
Welcome to Telluride!Welcome to Telluride!
Welcome to Telluride!

With the nice Telluride Film Festival banner in front of an amazing backdrop, right down the main drag there, Colorado Avenue.

The gondola was running free all weekend, which was a great deal for the mountain bikers in the area. I guess with all of the money coming in from the film festival attendees from LA and NY, might as well not nickel and dime everybody and make the gondola run free all weekend.
Views abound everywhereViews abound everywhere
Views abound everywhere

From in town. Will be quite interesting to hike up well above town and see what kind of views can be had from 12000+'.

24th December 2010

Hi Doug YOur photos are beautiful. I am planning my first visit to Telluride for the Bluegrass Festival in June. Is it best to fly to Denver and drive from there?? I would enjoy the route you took but I am meeting friends from NY & NJ and they might not. Or is there a more convenient airport ?? I am coming from Miami and we have never been to Colorado before. Any tips re where to stay and how to get around during festival days once we arrive. Thank you Terri
29th January 2011

Just saw your comment
Hi Tipper, I just now saw your note. doesn't notify bloggers when people leave comments on the blog unfortunately, so when I logged in today I saw your note. Thank you for your comments, and I imagine that area is going to be just as beautiful in June, but I would expect snow to remain in plenty of areas in the higher elevations above town at that time. In any case, from the Denver International Airport to Telluride is going to be about a 7 hour drive, quite long. I would suggest you fly into Telluride yes, it will be very convenient. Other options would be Durango or Gunnison, but if you are going to fly to those, you might as well simply fly into Telluride. Regarding where to stay, Mountain Village is certainly newer buildings and decidely upscale. Rooms there can easily be $200/night and up from there. The gondola is free though, so if you do stay in Mountain Village, you can take the gondola for free back into town, its about a 10 minute ride, very convenient. However, I think there are more restaurant and bar choices in Telluride itself though. I don't think you can go wrong staying in either place (town or Mountain Village). Hope that is informative. Have a great trip! Doug

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