The Festival takes place in Telluride, CO on October 1st and 2nd, 2010. We hope you can join us!!
Fortunately, the Festival is usually not scheduled during prime tourist season and you should be able to fly directly into either Telluride (TEX) or Montrose (MTJ) – Telluride is preferred.
Landing at the Telluride Airport is not for the faint of heart, perched at the top of a mesa 10,000 feet above sea leave, it is actually the highest commercial airport in the United States. The views of the San Juans make it worth the effort.
If you land in Montrose, you have a 65 mile drive up to T-ride – call ahead to guarantee your spot on a shuttle, or plan on renting a car at the airport. As a last resort, you could fly into Grand Junction, but you’re talking about a 2+ hour drive. Shuttles from Montrose include Telluride Express (888-212-TAXI) and Mountain Limo (888-546-6894).
Denver is a good 6.5 hour drive, minimum. If you choose to fly into Denver and drive, take I-70 to Grand Junction, head south about 60 miles to Montrose, and another 65 miles to T-ride. Here are directions from Google.
You will not need a car once you get to T-ride, unless you plan on touring the region. The town is small enough to walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes! There is a free bus in town and a free gondola to the Mountain Village. If you do need a ride, you can call the Mountain Limo service – (888) 546-6894.
Staying in Telluride:
Telluride is chock full of lodging options to satisfy anyone’s taste – from hotels to condos to houses.
Our key recommendation is to stay in the historic part of Telluride rather than the “Mountain Village.” All of the action is in the main part of town.
Here are some great hotel options:
- The New Sheridan Hotel – This great historic hotel is central to everything! It was recently accepted as a member of the National Trust for Historic Hotels of America.
- Wildwood Canyon Inn – This is a luxury bed and breakfast located on Main Street. Choose from five distinctly decorated rooms. Four rooms are located on the second floor of the three-story Inn, and one room is on the main floor. Each room features breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, a private balcony and a private bath.
- Camels Garden – A mixture of hotel rooms and condominiums are available here, located at the base of the gondola on the San Miguel River. There is a restaurant and spa located in the building.
- The Ice House – This hotel is also located by the base of the gondola, it has a swimming pool, large hot tub and steam room. It is also adjacent to the best French restaurant in Telluride, La Marmot.
- Fall Line Condos – These condos are some of the more reasonably priced accommodations in Telluride.
The fine folks at Telluride Central Reservations can provide many other lodging suggestions!
Also, you can find great Telluride Vacation Rentals on TripAdvisor.
Besides hotels, there are plenty of condos and houses for rent. Here are some resources for rentals:
- Property Management of Telluride
- Alpine Lodging
- Telluride Mountain Lodging – condos
- ResortQuest condos