Festivals Add Abundance to Eden

  • Going into its four year, there's already a ton of buzz about the Telluride Yoga Festival
    Going into its four year, there's already a ton of buzz about the Telluride Yoga Festival
  • Town Park Telluride, the ultimate festival and concert venue, just a short walk from the Camel's Garden Hotel.
    Town Park Telluride, the ultimate festival and concert venue, just a short walk from the Camel's Garden Hotel.
  • Raise your hand if you love Telluride festivals!
    Raise your hand if you love Telluride festivals!
  • Mountainfilm kicks off summer in Telluride each May.
    Mountainfilm kicks off summer in Telluride each May.
  • Town Park stage during Blues & Brews.
    Town Park stage during Blues & Brews.
  • Got gunslingers? Sure do, at the Telluride Heritage Festival
    Got gunslingers? Sure do, at the Telluride Heritage Festival
  • Telluride Mushroom Festival banner with a rainbow. Go figure!
    Telluride Mushroom Festival banner with a rainbow. Go figure!
  • The Telluride Film Festival brings out the stars, and generally a few Oscar winners, too.
    The Telluride Film Festival brings out the stars, and generally a few Oscar winners, too.
  • The scene at Blues & Brews in Town Park Telluride.
    The scene at Blues & Brews in Town Park Telluride.
  • Balloon Festival illuminates downtown Telluride.
    Balloon Festival illuminates downtown Telluride.

Nature has surrounded Telluride with some of the most glorious peaks in the world, blessed it with blue alpine lakes and etched it with rushing rivers.

To this man has added an absurd variety trails, classic Old West architecture and a dizzying array of places to eat, shop and drink.

All of which make Telluride a center for hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, rafting and other alpine pursuits.

But were the good folks of Telluride content? Did they just sit back and wait for travelers to find their way onto the dead-end road that leads into the box canyon at the center of the San Juan Mountains?

No they did not!

Instead, Telluride has packed the summer calendar with world-class festivals and events that make it a truly irresistible summer destination. [Here's another excellent listing.]

One of the amazing things about Telluride is that it seems to wear each festival well. You could come to town for a weekend of hiking during the enormously popular Bluegrass Festival, and still find yourself alone on the trails during the day and able to get a table at the best restaurants at night. (One caveat is that rooms do fill up quickly for the premier events. The Camel’s Garden has just a few left for Bluegrass.) Likewise, you could come to town for one of the smaller festivals, and still find a lively, colorful scene.

Telluride is currently buzzing as the socially conscious Mountainfilm Festival is about to get underway. The festival kicks off the summer season, and brings to town adventurers, activists, artists and their stories.

As you’d imagine, Telluride locals love this festival, and they are not alone. It’s gotten a ton of glowing press this year, including these posts from Outside Magazine and Ski Magazine. TellurideInside.com has also been featuring a lot of great Mountainfilm content, as has Telluride.com, especially on its Facebook page. If you are in town for the festival, those posts will also help you make your movie selection.

One of the things we’ll do on this blog is feature the individual festivals as they approach. In the meantime, checkout the listings at VisitTelluride.com and Telluride.com and book your room at the Camel’s Garden. The historic Old Town and its Town Park are the centers of activity for the festivals, and the Camel’s Garden is perfectly situated for easy access to both. The town is right outside our front door. The San Miguel River and River Trail are directly behind us and take visitors right to the festival grounds.

Welcome Mountainfilm. Let the summer season begin!

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