Telluride, Colorado (KTEX)

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Nestled within southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan mountains, Telluride (elev. 8,793’) is known for its world-class alpine skiing, stunning landscapes, and vibrant summer festival season.  The former silver-mining town lies in a box canyon surrounded on all three sides by 14,000 peaks offering a perfect environment for hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. 

 A century ago, Telluride was a rowdy, booming mining town of 5,000.  Legend has it Telluride gets its name from a long-ago description of the difficult horseback journey required to reach the town: “to hell you ride.” Just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, one of only four in Colorado. Telluride is filled with colorful legends, more than a century of history, and spirited individualism. A free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America, connects Telluride to the modern alpine resort town, Mountain Village.

 It’s easy to be awe-struck among these red-rock canyons.  Historic buildings, quaint bakeries, and local watering holes blend with luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, and sophisticated shops.  There is something unmistakably special in this beautiful town with a population of 2,300. The rugged charm of Telluride continues to capture those with a sense of adventure.

The airport staff make flying in to Telluride a breeze. Upon announcing your intentions to land, the FBO will ask how long your staying and if you need any services. After landing, a follow me cart will guide you to your parking space. Even more remarkable due to it's remoteness, the airport maintains competitive 100LL self serve prices in addition to it's full service offerings. Shuttle services are available on the airfield to take you in to town or rent a car from one of the two car agencies on field. Due to the limited ramp space, overnight parking can fill up quick, so call ahead on busy festival weekends. Hangar rentals are also available overnight if needed.

View a recent Telluride Trip Report


FAA Identifier:  TEX
Lat/Long:  37-57-13.7000N / 107-54-31.5000W
37-57.228333N / 107-54.525000W
37.9538056 / -107.9087500
Elevation:  9070 ft. / 2764.5 m (surveyed)
Variation:  12E (2000)
From city:  5 miles W of TELLURIDE, CO

Contact Info:

Telluride FBO: Tel: (970) 728-8603

Airport Hours: Aircraft & Pilot Service hours are from 7:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.

except from November 1st through March 31st hours are from 7:00 a.m. –

6:00 p.m.  No snow removal at night.

Unicom Frequency: 123.00

Weather: AWOS -III Stn 118.325 Phone (970) 728-1534


Runway 9/27

Dimensions:  7111 x 100 ft. / 2167 x 30 m
Surface:  asphalt/grooved, in excellent condition
Latitude:  37-57.379353N   37-57.078007N
Longitude:  107-55.239120W   107-53.809855W
Elevation:  9038.1 ft.   9069.6 ft.
Gradient:  0.4% UP    
Traffic pattern:  right   left
Runway heading:  093 magnetic, 105 true   273 magnetic, 285 true
Displaced threshold:  200 ft.   no
Declared distances:  TORA:7111 TODA:7111 ASDA:7111 LDA:6911   TORA:7111 TODA:7111 ASDA:7111 LDA:6911
Markings:  nonprecision, in good condition   nonprecision, in good condition
Visual slope indicator:  4-light PAPI on left (3.55 degrees glide path)   4-light PAPI on left (4.00 degrees glide path)
Runway end identifier lights:  yes   yes
Touchdown point:  yes, no lights   yes, no lights
Instrument approach:  LDA/DME    
Obstructions:  40 ft. hill, lighted, 200 ft. from runway   40 ft. hill, lighted, 200 ft. from runway
FBO Directory at

Telluride WebCams

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Telluride Ski Area located at Lift 9 (11,900') looking southeast.
Wilson Peak (14,016 ft) and Lizard Head (13,114 ft) in the distance.

Allred's Restaurant on Lift 7 (10,500') looking East towards Telluride, CO.

Telluride Weather

The airport has an on-site AWOS-III reporting station:

Telluride Airport Camera

Year Round Activities:

Museums: Telluride Historical Society

Performing Arts: Sheridan Opera House

Movie Theater: Nugget Theatre


Summer Activities:


-4X4 Guided Tours

-4X4 Self Guided Tours 

-Local Telluride Access Roads:

Last Dollar Road:

Bridal Veil Falls: From Telluride, drive to Pandora Mill to Bridal Veil Falls. 1.8

miles and 1,200 foot gain.

Ophir Pass: 12789 summit

Tomboy Road. 5 mile route to the historic town of Tomboy

Black Bear Pass: 3.6 mile jeep trail from Red Mountain Pass (US50 between

Silverton and Durango) One way road goes past Ingram falls and Bridal Veil

Falls. On the way down to Telluride.


Alta Lake: 1870’s mining town on the list of National Historic Register. 5

miles one way with a 1700’ elevation gain.


Multiple mountain biking trails around town. Contact Telluride outside.

Favorite Hiking & Trails:

San Miguel River Trail: Leisurely walk that starts at the end of beginning of

town and ends at the town park. 2.75 miles one way.


Bear Creek Canyon: A four mile round trip hike from town to Bear Creek falls.

Views of jagged peaks, streams and waterfalls. Provides access to the

Wasatch trail .25 miles from the waterfalls. Accessed from the end of South

Pine Street.

Jud Wiebe Trail: 2.7 mile loop hike and 2,700’ elevation gain on the sunny

slope overlooking  the town. Access from the end of Aspen street, turn left

and cross the bridge over Coronet creek.


Sneffels Highline Trail:

Challenging 13 mile backcountry trail with 3,600 elevation gain. Starts the

at the Jud Wiebe trail and at .5 miles that take the path to the left to

cross Butcher Creek. The the sign post, turn right and head North. The trail

continues to Pack basin, Mill Creek basin, and then to Mill Creek. Turn left at

the bridge to access the waterline trail and return to the Jud Wiebe trail to

get back to town.

Horseback Riding:

Kayaking: Explore the local waters with Telluride Kayak School.



Rafting: Adventures with Telluride Outside on the San Miguel and Dolores

Rivers. 970-728-3895


Rock Climbing: Various rock climbing opportunities exist within the San

Juan Mountains. San Juan Outdoor school can provide more details and show

you the best spots. 970-728-4101

Swimming: Telluride Town Park offers a swimming pool.

Golfing: Telluride Golf Course. Perched high above Telluride at 9,500+ feet

above sea level, the Telluride Golf Club stretches for 6,574 yards through the

beautiful Town of Mountain Village. The Telluride Golf Course is open from

May 28th to October 3rd, offering its guests GPS equipped golf carts,

delicious Half-Way house, friendly service, and unbelievable views. Rumor is you

can hit the ball 15% further due to the altitude… but find out for yourself! Stats:

Par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, mountain course.

Winter Activities:

Nordic Skiing: Nordic Center in Town Park offers rental equipment, trail maps,

and lessons.

Downhill Skiing: Telluride Ski Resort

  • 2,000+ skiable acres
  • 125 Trails (23% beginner, 36% intermediate, 41% advance/expert
  • 18 total lifts
  • 4,425 feet of vertical drop (3,845 feet lift-served)
  • 13,150 feet maximum elevation
  • Lift capacity of 22,386 skiers per hour
  • 300+ inches of annual snowfall
  • The Galloping Goose run is the area's longest at 4.6 miles
  • The ski area is open 7 hrs/day November 24, through April 8

Snowmobiling: Visit nearby Alta Ghost Town and Dunton Hot Springs.

Telluride Snowmobile Adventures (970-728-4475)

Snow Shoe Tours: The Telluride Ski Resort also offers both group and private

snowshoe tours. If you prefer to explore on your own, rentals are available at

Telluride Sports in the town of Telluride at their main street location or in

Mountain Village at the Franz Klammer location.

Winter Fly Fishing: Available on the Uncompahgre, Dolores, and San Juan.

Contact Telluride Outside: 970-728-3895

Hot Springs:

-Ouray Hot Springs: Outdoor Pool located 45 minutes form Telluride. Temps

range from 96-106 degrees:

-Wiesbaden Hot Springs:

-Ouray Hot Springs

-Orvis Hot Springs:

-Dunton Hot Springs


Heli-skiing: Guided Tours available from HeliTrax offers skiers and

snowboarders access to fresh powder in the San Juans.

Horseback and Sleigh Rides: Located at Roudy’s winter ranch in Norwood

45 minutes from Telluride. Snowcat drawn rides our also offered by Telluride

Ski Resort. Call 970-728-9611 for more information.

Ice Climbing

Ice Skating: Available at Telluride Town Park and Mountain Village Core.

Dog Sledding: Winter Moon Sled Dog adventures. 970-729-0058


Local Links:                               -

Telluride Ski Resort (TelSki)

Telluride Airport

Visit Telluride


At the Airport:

Hertz Car Rental - tel (970)-369-4995, Hours of Operation: 0900-1700, 7 days

a week. After hour returns are allowed. Park the vehicle at the FBO office. Leave

the keys and rental record with FBO personnel.

National Car Rental - (970) 728-9380.

Mountain Limo - (970) 728-9606. Fax (970) 728-0212. Custom deluxe 4-wheel

drive taxi service for the Telluride region. Private cars, 4x4 tours, stretch available.

Reservations recommended. Telluride Express - 1-888-212- TAXI , (970) 728-6000.

Telluride Express provides the highest quality transportation service in the Telluride

Region. We operate a brand new fleet of Suburbans,vans,shuttles, and buses. We

care about your safety thus our drivers must attend safety driving courses, wear

photo ID's, and must pass a background check.

Alpine Luxury Limo - 1-877-728-8750, (970) 728-8750- Late model Suburbans,

equipped with roof racks, TV, VCR, wet bar and cell phones.


In Town Public Transportation:

Galloping Goose – Free Shuttle Provides an in town loo every 10 minutes.

Gondola: Free. Runs from 7A-12A, 7 days a week. Telluride station is located at

the base of Oak street. Stops at the top of Coonskin ridge. Mountain Village stop

is at Heritage Plaza. 15 minuteride from Telluride to mountain village.

Dial-A-Ride: Free shuttle service throughout Mountain Village. 970-728-8888