Telluride: Just a Short Scenic Drive from Ouray
Enjoy a Day of Fun in Telluride, Just 1 Hour Drive from Ouray
Although Ouray and Telluride are less than 10 miles apart as the crow flies, the practical person takes a scenic drive along the San Juan Skyway over the Dallas Divide and makes it to Telluride in less than one hour.
While in Telluride, take the free gondola ride that connects the two towns: Mountain Village and Telluride. Have a dog with you? Just make sure you get into the car marked as "pet friendly" and let your playful pooch enjoy the mountain air too! Want to take your bicycle up the mountain too? No problem, most cars are equipped with a bicycle transport rack on the outside of the car. And, the gondola ride is still free!
Midway through the ride, at the apex of route, get off and enjoy a nature center and some mountain top hiking trails and bike trails. You can also mountain bike your way to the bottom of the mountain.
There are numerous restaurants and stores where you can shop, dine, and hang out. In Mountain Village, there is a jumping swing and lovely public art.
Come back to Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and enjoy the peaceful respite after a day away, exploring another eclectic Colorado Mountain Town.
Getting There: Drive US 550 North to Ridgway. Turn Left onto Colorado Highway 62 up and over the Dallas Divide. While in route, enjoy the scenic views of the Double RL Ranch and the Sneffels Massif in the background. Turn Left at Colorado Highway 145 and complete the drive to Telluride along the San Miguel River.