Telluride FAQs

General Questions

What is Telluride’s altitude, and how might it affect me?


The town of Telluride is located in a box canyon in the rugged San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. The elevation, of the town, is 8,750 ft (2667 m). The town is situated at the local minimum elevation, so there is virtually nowhere to go but up from there. The surrounding mountains reach heights of 12,000 to 14,000 ft (3,700 to 4,300 m). You may notice the effects of the altitude immediately and it may take a couple of days to get acclimated. You may experience shortness of breath, quickened pulse, and light-headedness. You might also experience a touch of nausea or insomnia.


The standard prescription for coping with the altitude is to remain well hydrated and take it easy on the caffeinated and alcoholic beverages. Some have reported that taking aspirin (blood thinner) helps suppress the maladies of altitude sickness, and melatonin beats the insomnia. The local shops also sell cans of 90% oxygen, which reportedly helps ease the discomfort of being at high altitude. If you are feeling really ill or uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to call the Telluride Medical Center at 970- 728-3848.


Also remember, hats or sunglasses and sunscreen are a necessity any time of year here. BRING A WATER BOTTLE and layers for warmth and rain.


What is the weather like in Telluride in the summer?
Telluride’s weather can change in an instant, but summer days usually follow a predictable pattern: cool clear mornings followed by rain in the afternoon. Highs can get into the 80s in June and nights are cold. If you go into the high country you should prepare for anything. It is advisable to bring layers, good walking shoes, and sunglasses.


Is there a fun place to meet up for drinks or food at night?
Here are some informal, fun options for getting together with colleagues over a couple drinks: The New Sheridan Bar–a great historic bar located downtown. Great atmosphere The New Sheridan Hotel Lobby Bar–is located right next to the Sheridan, but a little cozier and with food available. Great for a few people. The Last Dollar Saloon–known as “the Buck,” this is a roomy and authentic choice to have a few beers. No food is available, but plenty of atmosphere. The Liberty Lounge is a great space with a cozy fireplace and good place to sit and keep talking. 

What is fun to do in Telluride? Will I have time to bike/hike/etc?
You can hike, bike, climb, kayak, raft, skateboard, camp, fish…the list goes on! Your workshop usually includes ample free time to get out and explore if you are so inclined. Be sure to bring appropriate clothing if you plan on going outside and ask us about purchasing a search and rescue card in case anything goes wrong while you are out in the backcountry.
Where can I get more information about Telluride? is a great resource for planning you trip. Also, be sure to check the papers while in town to get an idea of what is going on. On any given week, there might be live music, theater, art walks and more.