Telluride Vacation Rentals - Homes & Condos For Rent
The magnitude and majesty of the San Juan Mountains will astound you upon your arrival at Telluride, Colorado! Threads of mountain trails and slopes stitch together two towns, traditional and historic Telluride and plush, posh Mountain Village. Nowadays Telluride is a renowned ski resort and many tourists come every year to spend their winter or summer vacation. All these tourists need lodging, so the entire area developed many vacation rentals near the ski resorts: homes, apartments, and mountain lodges. These rentals offer different levels of comfort and a variety of amenities.
Once home and hunting ground for native Ute tribes, the mountain valleys and peaks have hosted a succession of cultures. 18th century Spanish explorers, who gave the San Juan Mountains their name, established what’s now Telluride as an outpost on an overland route to the Pacific. The explorers were driven out by the unrelenting climate and perilous terrain. Next, Anglo-descent fur traders settled, until over-trapping killed most of the beaver population. They left, too. In 1878, silver mining boosted Telluride's economy, maturing the town, so that by the 1890s, miners and settlers of many nationalities - Swedish, Irish, Italian, French, Chinese – swelled the population to 5,000. During this robust time, an opera house, theater, saloons, dance halls, and a red light district were bustling. First called Columbia, the town was forced to change its name; the US Post Office wouldn't put in a post office because there could be confusion between this town and a mining community in California of the same name. Different stories speculate on the origin of Telluride's name. One is that it comes from the non-metallic element, tellurium. However, tellurium is not found in the region. The other is that it is based on a colloquialism, "To-Hell-You-Ride", which was said in parting. Around the time of World War I, the price of silver crashed and, with the price of gold being fixed, Telluride found itself in dire straits. Though it was almost a ghost town by the 1960s, Bill Mahoney Sr. and Joe Zoline led a local group of entrepreneurs to create a ski area, transforming Telluride into a world class ski resort by 1978. Mountain Village has a briefer history, having been technically founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1995. The population of Telluride is approximately 2,000 residents and Mountain Village has 950 residents.
Telluride's Professionally Managed Vacation Rentals - Pick Your Place
There are many rental homes and chalets in Telluride. Once you have found a vacation home or mountain lodge which best fits your family's needs and your lodging is booked, you can focus on the wonders that Telluride has to offer. To connect the dots of winding runs, slopes with color-jacketed skiers, looming steeps and panoramic mountains, the Gondola ride between Telluride and Mountain Village is convenient and adds an element of wonder to your perspective. Local workers, skiers and tourists use it for free. Pets and bicycles are allowed. When you reach the mid-mountain town of Mountain Village, visit the lively area of Mountain Village Center, where upscale restaurants and shops line the streets. Commemorative bronze statues of Ute natives, miners, and skiers remind passersby of local history. While the scenes move you and the skiing drives you, some places are worth stopping for: Telluride Historical Museum, Bridal Veil Falls, Tomboy Ghost Town, Cornet Creek Falls, Alta Lake and Ghost Town, Trout Lake, and the Sheridan Opera House. Hike the Bear Creek Trail or San Miguel River Trail - or walk a historical tour of Telluride. Town Park is an all-around favorite for locals and visitors. People camp, ski cross-country, play basketball, soccer, tennis and hockey, or swim, or skate. Kids hang out at the Voodoo Lounge where they play pool and ping pong, watch TV and movies, and socialize.