The Thing About Telluride

Beyond the Powder 500 in the Southern San Juans

Telluride. It’s a remote and scenic former mining town, situated at the end of a deep box canyon in the northern part of the San Juan Mountains. A southwestern Colorado resort named after a mineral never actually found here. A town of 2,300 people that sits in a county that doesn’t have a single traffic lifght and voted 80 percent in favor of marijuana legalization in 2012, by far the highest margin in Colorado. It’s the location of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery and the first two AC power plants designed by Nikola Tesla for practical use. It’s also one of only a handful of places this side of Europe where the lifts and runs start and stop right in town. Plus, Oprah owns a house here. Indeed, it’s a town of contrasts, made up of the super-rich, backwoods rednecks and festival-going seasonal hippies, all tucked into a canyon at 8,750 feet…

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