Telluride, Colorado

Telluride Business Signs

Telluride is a small town located in the southwestern-most portion of the current U.S. state of Colorado.  Prior to European incursions, this area was inhabited by the Ute peoples.  In fact, the Utes made their summer camps along the San Miguel River, where Telluride now sits.  They named the area “The Valley of Hanging Waterfalls.”  The Utes stayed in this area until Spanish explorers and fur trappers displaced them towards the late eighteenth century.

S.M. Voynick’s Colorado Gold, Missoula claims the Smuggler gold vein above Telluride and placer gold in the San Miguel River were both discovered in 1875 by John Fallon.  A settlement by United States citizens soon sprang up in the area, and a town was officially founded in 1878.  At first the settlers called the town Columbia, but to avoid confusion with Columbia, California, they quickly changed the name to Telluride.  Interestingly, Telluride, Colorado “was named after valuable ore compounds of the chemical element tellurium, a metalloid element which forms natural tellurides, the most notable of which are telluride ores of gold and silver.  Although gold telluride minerals were never actually found in the mountains near Telluride, the area’s mines were rich in zinc, lead, copper, silver, and ores which contained gold in other forms.”

The town of Telluride, Colorado was officially incorporated on February 10th, 1887.  According to a 2005 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, the town of Telluride, Colorado has a total population of 2,303 people.  This makes it the most populous town in San Miguel County.

Tourism is undoubtedly the engine which drives Telluride, Colorado’s economy, at least these days.  Up until 1972, mining was the town’s sole industry.  However, that year, Telluride’s first ski lift was installed by Joseph T. Zoline and his Telluride Ski Corporation (Telco).  This ski lift soon blossomed into Telluride Ski Resort.  Telluride Ski Resort currently contains 127 runs with a top elevation of 13,150 ft (4,010 m).  Beyond simply skiing, however, Telluride, Colorado’s tourism industry has bloomed into a year-round affair, with hang gliding, mountain climbing, kayaking, and endurance running taking up preeminence during the summer months.

Telluride, Colorado also features Bridal Veil Falls, which is a 365-foot (111 m) waterfall at the end of the box canyon which overlooks the town.  There is a hydroelectric power plant operating at its highest point, which has an elevation of 10,279 ft (3,133 m).  Elsewhere, Telluride, Colorado boasts Telluride Historic District, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is considered a U.S. National Historic Landmark District.  Telluride Historic District accounts for 80 acres of Telluride, Colorado’s downtown area and features Late Victorian and Gothic Revival architectural styles.

While Telluride, Colorado isn’t known for its sports (except, of course, for the myriad outdoor activities provided throughout the year) – it is known for its pop culture connections.  The town features heavily in books, movies, and songs.  It even has its very own Film Festival attracting such luminaries as John Denver, Bob Dylan, Diablo Cody, Jerry Seinfeld, Greg Kinnear, Ed Helms, Nicolas Cage, P!nk, Sean Penn, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Cruise.  Quintin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight was even shot on Schmid Ranch near Telluride!

Own a small business in the Telluride, Colorado area?  Any chance you are thinking about starting up such a small business?  These resources may prove beneficial to you if you wish to tackle such an endeavor:

Apply for a Business License in Telluride, Colorado:

Telluride Daily Planet | Business:

Telluride, Colorado (Official Website and Chamber of Commerce):

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