2019 Timberleaf Pika (AKA Timon)
2019 Timberleaf Pika (AKA Timon)
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The seat and most populous place in San Miguel County, Telluride is a world-famous destination known for its epic winters, a true skiing and snowboarding paradise. The Colorado town of a few thousand becomes inundated each year with tourists, in search of startlingly beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, subalpine meadows teeming with wildflowers, fresh mountain air, and Old West vibes on the main streets of the resort town.
Once gold was discovered near Denver in the mid-19th century, prospectors and miners from around the country poured into the Rocky Mountains in search of riches. Places like Telluride once started as mining camps, before evolving into tiny towns and later on, major tourism destinations.
You might expect Telluride to have been something out of an old spaghetti western film because it truly was a haven for outlaws, bounty hunters, cowboys, and any other colorful characters. Expect historical buildings, welcoming vibes, incredible views, and, of course, the legendary Telluride Film Festival in this remote outpost in the Rocky Mountains, when you decide to book an RV in Telluride.
The southwestern corner of Colorado is packed with exceptional nature parks, historical ruins, mountains, desert canyons, and forests. For starters, the town of Telluride is firmly located in the heart of San Juan National Forest, so you won’t need to venture too far away from Telluride when you rent an RV and want to connect with nature. Nearly two million acres comprise this gem of a forest, with three distinct wilderness areas you can trek through in search of peace, quiet, and amazing views. There are even some campgrounds scattered throughout the alpine forest, so camping in your Telluride motorhome rental is a possibility.
Ridgway State Park is another possibility, located north of Telluride just outside San Juan National Forest. The park contains the Ridgeway Reservoir, home to many of the exciting activities you can take part in at the park. Boating around, swimming, and fishing for trout and bass in the reservoir are great ways to pass the time, as are hiking around the lake or having a picnic on its sandy beaches. There are marinas, boat launches, and campgrounds, so you can make Ridgway State Park your home base for a few days when you rent an RV.
With your Telluride campervan rental ready to hit the road, you are well within the range of some of the best national parks in the state of Colorado, like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the north. This mesmerizing park is comparable to the Grand Canyon, for its sheer size and depth. This magnificent river gorge was carved out by erosion for millions of years and is so named Black Canyon for the fact that its deepest areas only receive about an hour of sunlight each day. Mesa Verde National Park is equal parts historically significant and aesthetically pleasing, with epic canyons, rock walls, and the main attraction: an ancient Pueblo village carved into the mountainside by the indigenous people of Colorado. These red stone homes are etched into the side of a canyon wall, some of the best-preserved ruins of any native community in the country. Either park will do for some excellent camping, so do head out and visit at least one of them with your Telluride camper rental.
To accommodate the steady flow of tourists coming to town, there are naturally quite a few places to stay near Telluride. Highlander RV Campground is just outside of town in the mountains. This park is close to a wide-open lake, with great views, laundry facilities, restrooms, a camp store, and jeep rentals for those wanting to off-road.
Ouray KOA is one of many KOA campgrounds in the country, and has jeep rentals for guests, in addition to a snack bar, a hot tub, and a sauna. Silverton Lakes RV Resort has rental cabins by the lake, as well as spacious campsites for you to choose from. There is tent camping along the river, and also a camp general store and supply shop, high-speed internet, laundry facilities, and a whole lot more at this lovely resort in the woods.
Telluride is a small town in the mountains, but everything else about it is larger than life. Towns its size aren’t normally as lively, but legions of tourists keep it ever changing and interesting throughout the year no matter the season. There are hometown breweries, art galleries, restaurants, shops, antique stores, and plenty of other places to walk around and check out in the downtown area. The San Miguel County Courthouse is a nice place to check out, with its bright red bricks and iconic clock tower, sitting in the heart of town.
Telluride Gallery of Fine Art is an extraordinary depository for artwork of all types. There are gorgeous pieces of jewelry, sculptures, and old photographs on display, a truly magical space to stoke your inner creative fire.
Speaking of old photographs, the Telluride Historical Museum is home to countless antiques, artifacts, and images from the past, taken with the first photographic technology back during the latter half of the 19th century. Engaging exhibits, entertaining events, imaginative tours, old native tapestries and art pieces, and a prehistoric dinosaur skeleton make this a true treasure chest of history packed into one amazing building.
The Telluride Ski Resort is responsible for much of the town’s tourism, and you won’t be surprised when you stand atop the highest mountain peak looking down on vast ski slopes blanketed with snow. The resort is home to live entertainment, fine dining, warm ski lodges with fireplaces and tasty hot chocolate, and everything else you could hope for at a lavish resort on the mountain.