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The Mesas and Communities in and Around Telluride

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE

Only a 15-minute scenic gondola ride from the Town of Telluride, Mountain Village is perched at 9,500ft on the south side of the Telluride Ski Resort. The quaint villages of the European Alps provided the inspiration for this planned community. Enchanting everyone with its modern alpine elegance, Mountain Village charms the most discriminating guests with its luxury hotels and condos, grand mountain residences, stylish boutiques, innovative dining, world-class Spa at the Peaks Hotel and championship golf course.
Core
The heart of Mountain Village, the Core represents the ultimate in convenience with proximity to gourmet restaurants, shopping, the gondola, skiing and other year-round recreational pursuits. Here you will find a mingling of luxury hotel residences offering 24/7 services plus condominiums in every shape, size, and function.
Golf Course
Avid golfers will experience the comforting privacy surrounding the golf community in Mountain Village. Telluride’s breathtaking par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, resort golf course is nestled among the 14,000ft peaks of the San Juan Mountains. A private club for members as well as a public course for locals and guests, the Telluride Golf Course runs along some of the finest homes and condominiums in Telluride.
Slope Side
Unlike many resort communities, Telluride and Mountain Village both offer true ski-in/out condos, townhomes, luxury homes and hotels bordering the world-class Telluride Ski Resort. These sought after properties ensure you spend your time on the slopes, not getting there. Whether you’re in the market for a grand slope side residence or a luxurious condominium with ski valet and posh amenities – Telluride has ski-in/out properties to fit every lifestyle and budget.

TOWN OF TELLURIDE

Surrounded by the majestic, 13,000+ft peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the over a century-old Town of Telluride is just six blocks wide and twelve blocks long. Unlike most small towns, it has a distinctly cosmopolitan quality due to its sophisticated cultural tastes, exceptional schools and unlimited opportunities to experience a world beyond the ordinary. However, true to small town life, the pace is relaxed, the consciousness of preservation is strong and folks remember your name. In 1964, Telluride was designated as a National Historic Landmark District. As a result, historic buildings must retain their Victorian character. A free gondola provides transportation between Telluride, Mountain Village, and the world-class ski resort for skiers & pedestrians alike. Gondola CorridorThe gondola corridor is located in the heart of Telluride’s historic district and offers a nice mix of Victorian-style homes, modern condos, and a few select hotel properties. This neighborhood affords easy ski access and proximity to downtown restaurants, shopping and nightlife, as well as the complimentary Telluride gondola.
West End – Lift 7 Area
The greatest concentration of Telluride condos are located next to Lift 7 and along the San Miguel River; they offer lower price points coupled with convenient ski access. Zoned for short term rentals, this area allows owners to recoup some investment costs when they aren’t using their property.
East End
This sunny side neighborhood is close to Town Park, where all Telluride’s signature music festivals are held. Many of the residences enjoy iconic views of the Box Canyon in a refined residential setting. Idarado Legacy is an exclusive community just a few minutes east of downtown and offers some of the most dramatic views in the area.
Just Outside of Town
Heading west out of Telluride; Eider Creek, Hillside, & Lawson Hill offer more affordable real estate opportunities, including deed-restricted options.

NEIGHBORING MESAS

Home to some of the most exclusive addresses in Telluride, the neighboring mesas offer a well-balanced blend of convenience, privacy, and awe-inspiring views. With such close proximity to the Town of Telluride and the Telluride Ski Resort, there is no need to forgo convenience for privacy. Deep Creek Mesa lies north of the Telluride Valley Floor, bathed in sunshine and reveling in a panorama of views from the Town of Telluride to the Wilson Range and everything in between. The Telluride Regional Airport resides here at 9,070ft and is North America’s highest commercial airport. South of Telluride, just beyond the ski resort, Turkey Creek Mesa unfolds through stands of old growth aspen and wildflower meadows. Majestic views of iconic Wilson Peak and Sunshine Mountain are the focal point of this stunning area.
Distance to Telluride
Deep Creek Mesa – 5+ miles: Aldasoro Ranch, Deep Creek Ranches, Diamond Ranch, Falls at Telluride, Golden Ledge, Gray Head, Last Dollar, Meadows at Deep Creek, Redtail Estates, and Sunnyside Ranch.
Turkey Creek Mesa – 5+ miles: Alta Lakes, Elk Run, Preserve, Raspberry Patch, Ski Ranches, Skyfield, and West Meadows.

OUTLYING MESAS

Other opportunities for a gentler, more relaxed pace of life can be found on Telluride’s outlying mesas. Historic cattle ranches and century old homesteads coexist graciously with newer estates in the fertile valleys and mesas. Nowhere else in the west willone find 50 to 2,000 acre parcels with more profound views, abundance of wildlife, all with proximity to culture and recreation.
Distance to Telluride
Wilson Mesa – 12+ miles: Elk Creek Reserve, Muddy Creek Meadows, Ptarmigan Ranch, and Wilson Mesa Ranches
Hastings Mesa – 14+ miles: Alder Canyon Ranches, Beaver Pond, Cradle Park Ranches, Finnegan Ranch, Hastings Mesa Estates, Last Dollar Tracts, Little LakeRanches, Old Elam Ranch, Pleasant View, San Juan Vista, Telluride Pines, and Willmeng Springs.
Specie Mesa – 20+ miles: Estate Ranches, Great American, Little Cone Ranch, Peninsula Park, Peninsula Pines, Peninsula Point, Specie Mesa Ranch, Specie Wilderness, The Peninsula, and Top of the World
Iron Springs/Horsefly Mesa – 25+ miles: Anderson Ranch, Big Valley Ranch, The Bluffs, Brown Ranch, Canyon Creek Ranch, Colt Meadows Ranch, Cornerstone, Dancing Bear Ranch, Eagle Ridge Ranch, Elks Summit, Frontier, Golden Bear Ranch, Gracie Sky Mountain Ranch, Lakes at Carstens Ranch, McKenzie Spring Ranch, Panorama Acres, Rosorado, and San Juan Ranch.

ILIUM, AMES, OPHIR, TROUT LAKE

The South Fork of the San Miguel River cuts through the beautiful Ilium Valley just a few miles southwest of Telluride. As the river meanders further south, it passes by the tiny hamlet of Ames, home of the world’s first hydroelectric plant to produce and transmit alternating current electricity. Crossing Highway 145 and heading east, the historic mining town of Ophir sits in its own pristine valley on the southern side of the ski resort, dramatically enveloped by nearly 14,000ft peaks. Continuing south down Highway 145, the community of Trout Lake is centered around a majestic, high-alpine lake of the same name. A jumping off point for many summer and winter activities, Trout Lake is near Lizard Head Pass (10,222ft) and is in the midst of thousands of acres of national forest service land.
Distance to Telluride
Ilium to Ames – 7+ miles: Ptarmigan at Ilium, Lake Fork Junction, and South Fork Estates
Ophir – 13+ miles
San Bernardo to Trout Lake – 13+ miles: Hidden Lakes, Pathfinder, San Bernardo, and Trout Lake

DOWN VALLEY

Aptly nicknamed the “Banana Belt”, the Down Valley area follows the river canyon west down Highway 145. Sited amongst magnificent red rock cliff bands and along the winding banks of the San Miguel River, the Down Valley areas of Sawpit, Placerville, & Fall Creek enjoy fairer weather from an almost 1,200ft drop in elevation.
Distance to Telluride
Sawpit – 12+ miles
Placerville/Fall Creek – 15+ miles

OUTSIDE AREAS

Resplendent with unique charm and character, the outlying communities that make up the Telluride region have a personality all their own. These amiable towns offer an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Telluride. While these communities present more budget friendly properties – they still feature beautiful mountain views, convenient river access, newly constructed homes and sprawling ranches.
Distance to Telluride
Rico – 30+ miles
Norwood – 35+ miles
Ridgway – 40+ miles
Ouray – 50+ miles
Dolores – 65+ miles
Montrose – 65+ miles