Telluride, Colorado is a town unlike any other. The remote haven is nestled in a box canyon surrounded by the spectacular 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains.
Thousands of years ago, the Ute Indians spent summers in Telluride, amid majestic peaks, breathtaking sandstone cliffs and crystal clear blue skies. By the 1870s, the little town had filled up with miners searching the nearby mountains for gold and silver. When one of those miners packed out $10,000 in gold ore from the Sheridan Mine in one year, the rush was on and the town's population skyrocketed to over 5,000. By the end of World War I when silver prices crashed, Telluride began to disappear. The town had all but died in 1972–with fewer than 600 residents–when a group of locals decided to cash in on the legendary powder that falls on Telluride each year. Today the town, recognized as a National Historic Landmark, is alive with ski enthusiasts in the winter months and a bevy of festivals throughout the glorious summer days.