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Telluride sits in the southwest corner of Colorado, where geology did some of its best work. Fourteen-thousand-foot peaks melt into red-rock mesas surrounded by lush stands of evergreen and aspen. Telluride has a vibrant, historic feel. While it has matured from a booming mine camp to a bustling ski town, the 12-block-by-8-block core of Telluride still looks much like it did in the 1880s, with brick hotels and clapboard storefronts. Telluride is designated a National Historic Landmark District, meaning that all construction must adhere to the Victorian town’s Wild West image and code. Meanwhile, the steep walls of the glacially carved box canyon keep Telluride intimate and easy to stroll.
Connected to Telluride by the free gondola, Mountain Village is surrounded by some of the highest, most magnificent peaks in the San Juan Mountains. Incorporated in 1995, the town’s design combines European-alpine architecture with the rustic traditions of the Rockies. Mountain Village offers alpine living in a ski village setting with sophisticated amenities and easy access to outdoor adventure. Perched above the valley floor at 9,500 feet, Mountain Village is tantalizingly close to nature, whether it’s Telluride Ski Resort or the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Guests often come to town for an event and stay for the rich culture, endless activities and vibrant entertainment. USA Pro Cycling Challenge spectators are encouraged to arrive a few days prior to the stage 1 finish to enjoy the Telluride Festival of the Arts from August 18 – 19. The Telluride Rock and Roll Festival will conclude the week from August 25 -26. Click here to access the 2012 summer festival and event calendar.