A play on words, because Telluride was basically a winter wonderland when we went a few weeks ago, and also Telluride is just a magical, amazing, delightful wonderland.
My sister, cousin, and I took on the 8-ish hour trek to Telluride a few weeks ago on a beautiful fall weekend! Telluride is this magical mountain/ski town in southwest Colorado, and everyone I mentioned this trip to was like “oh damn, I’m jealous.” I feel like if Coloradans are jealous of where you’re going, you know it’s good – they are accustomed to being surrounded by beauty. But southwest Colorado Telluride is a different kind of beauty. Who knew that was possible?
The drive down flew by and the sights were incredible. It was late September and the colors were EXPLODING. I feel so fortunate to see some of the things I see. My eyeballs are so lucky.
Telluride is a tiny little mountain town surrounding by beautiful mountain-filled landscapes. Mountain towns have got it GOING ON. There are cute lil coffee shops and stores, great ski resorts if you are loaded and can ski, and just a cool vibe that comes with the location.
Everywhere you are, you can look up and see the mountains covered in evergreens, changing aspens, and if you’re lucky, SNOW! The weather was definitely not typical late September weather, so we got to see A LOT of snow. The insanely pretty landscapes and colorful changes in the trees were what we were expecting, but it felt pretty special and unique to see fresh snow on top of the mountains.
After exploring the town a bit, we took a late afternoon ride up on Telluride’s free gondola right at the sun was coming out in its fullest form that day. It was all magical.
The next day, we got up early to go on a popular hike – Bridal Veil Falls. Guess what we were greeted with when we got there? More snow!!!
The hike involved a bunch of switchbacks up to the tallest free falling waterfall in Colorado. Not everyday you can say that’s what your hike leads to, fellas. It also got mighty foggy. Turns out you can actually drive this road (with a 4 wheel drive vehicle), so next time I’m in Telluride, I definitely want to drive to the top to explore the other hikes they’ve got going on there.
After that, we were off to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. I know, I didn’t know about that one either, until recently. Look it up. Or wait for my post on it in a bit!
But – Telluride is truly a town for the books. A town for the books? That’s not an expression. It’s just a great great great place. I’m so happy we made a long weekend trip down to see a different part of this beautiful state during a beautiful time of year.