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Fun Facts About Telluride

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Telluride is known for its quirky charm. Here’s a sampling of what makes this place so interesting:

  • Telluride has the only free gondola public transportation system of its kind in North America.
  • At 9,078 feet above sea level, the Telluride Regional Airport is the highest commercial airport in North America.
  • At the east end of Telluride, Bridal Veil Falls is Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall at 365 feet.
  • Ski Magazine rates Telluride Ski Resort in the Top 10 ski resorts in North America.
  • Conde Nast Readers rates Telluride Ski Resort #1 ski resort in North America for the last 2 years in a row.
  • Conde Nast Readers rates Telluride, Colorado in the Top 10 “Best Small Towns in America”.
  • Conde Nast Readers rates Telluride, Colorado in the Top 20 “America’s Best Cities for Foodies”.
  • Telluride Helitrax is Colorado’s only helicopter ski company and has been in operation since 1982.
  • Telluride was the first city in the world to have electric streetlights. Once called the “City of Lights,” the world’s first alternating current (AC) power plant was built here.
  • Telluride Film Festival has premiered the last 4 out of 5 Academy award-winning movies.
  • Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy has roots in Telluride and a street dedicated to his name.
  • Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889, walking away with over  $24,000.
  • The Galloping Goose’s oldest bus, #101, runs on non-toxic, biodegradable, vegetable oil-based biodiesel fuel.
  • There are no chain restaurants or shops in Telluride.
  • The nearest stoplight is 45 miles away.

For more information on Telluride, visit Telluride’s Visitor’s Center here.