Road Trip:
Denver to Telluride

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Do you want to plan the ultimate mountain getaway? There's no better road trip than Denver to Telluride! From historical landmarks to scenic mountain passes, this route takes you through some of Colorado's most stunning landscapes.

Telluride is one of Colorado's hidden gems in the majestic San Juan Mountains. With a bustling peak season and a relatively quiet off-season, it's worth a trip out of town—and what better way to do that than with a Kyte road trip?

Take your Kyte along the scenic journey from Denver to Telluride. With stunning canyons and postcard-worthy views, this drive will take you on an unforgettable journey and provide you with ample adventure opportunities.

History of Telluride

Telluride, Colorado, is a small mountain town in southwestern Colorado. It dates back to the late 1800s when it was founded as a mining camp. Originally named Columbia, it was renamed Telluride in 1887. The town quickly grew into a bustling center for silver and gold mining, and by the early 1900s, it was one of the most prosperous towns in Colorado.

Today, Telluride is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With its unbelievable mountain scenery and endless recreational opportunities, it's no wonder why so many people flock to the area.

View in Telluride

What Kind of Car You Should Rent to Get to Telluride

While a sedan may be suitable for a summer drive from Denver to Telluride, it's important to remember that the roads in this area can be steep and winding. All-wheel drive (AWD) SUVs will provide traction and power to navigate the terrain during inclement weather or in winter months.

How to Get to Telluride from Denver

Getting from Denver to Telluride is a relatively easy drive. The total distance is about 360 miles, and the journey takes around six hours. To get there, you'll need to take Interstate 70 West from Denver to Grand Junction, take exit 37 to US-6 West, and follow that until you turn onto CO-141 South. Take US-50 East until you get to US-550 South by Montrose. By Ridgeway, take CO-62 West near Placerville to CO-145 South, which will take you to Telluride.

The Route from the Denver International Airport

Welcome to Denver International Airport. From here, it's an easy journey to your rental car. Just find the car rental shuttles in the East Terminal, arriving every 5 minutes. Once at your car, there's no need for counters, lines, or paperwork; you'll be in your vehicle within seconds. A Kyte agent will verify your driver's license, and after 3 clicks in the app, hand over your keys. The whole handover is less than 40 seconds. Then follow the route from the last paragraph.

Alternative Route

If you're looking for an alternative route from Denver to Telluride, one option is to take Interstate 25 South from Denver to Colorado Springs and then CO-115 South until you reach US-50 West. Once you get to US-550 South by Montrose, follow the same route as above.

Safety Tips for Driving From Denver to Telluride

Safety is always a priority when driving, especially on long road trips. When going from Denver to Telluride, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

    • Make sure your car is in great shape before embarking on this journey. Trust Kyte with your mobility needs!

    • Before you leave, check the weather conditions and plan accordingly.

    • Especially at night, be aware of wildlife crossing the road.

    • In case of an unexpected breakdown or accident, ensure you have jumper cables and emergency supplies.

    • Stay hydrated and energized throughout the trip by packing plenty of snacks and drinks.

    • Take regular breaks to stretch your legs and rest your eyes from long hours of driving.

Attractions in Telluride

Telluride is an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a variety of activities and attractions. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer, there's something for everyone.

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Winter Sports

Telluride offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado for those looking for an adrenaline rush. With over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, there's a slope for everyone.

Outdoor Activities

Telluride is an excellent destination for hiking and biking in the summer months. With miles of trails to explore, you can take in the stunning views of the San Juan Mountains. Telluride offers hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, and fishing for those looking for a more leisurely activity.

Shopping and Dining

Telluride is home to a variety of shops and restaurants. From local boutiques to art galleries, there's something for everyone. Telluride has plenty of options for those looking for a bite to eat, ranging from casual cafes to fine dining establishments.

Festivals in Telluride

Each June, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival features some of the best bluegrass musicians in the country. The festival has been running since 1974 and has become one of the most popular bluegrass music festivals in the United States.

    • A unique feature of the Telluride Film Festival, which takes place in September, is its focus on independent films, documentaries, and international films.

    • During the Telluride Jazz Celebration, music lovers from around the world experience some of the best jazz performances in the country. The festival features a variety of genres, including traditional jazz, Latin jazz, funk and soul, and more.

    • In August, Telluride hosts the Mushroom Festival. Fungi are abundant in the San Juan Mountains and surrounding areas, which is why this festival celebrates them. You'll learn about mushrooms, their ecology, and how to identify them.

    • Telluride Blues & Brews is held every September and features some of the country's best blues and craft beer.


For those looking for an adventure, a road trip from Denver to Telluride is the perfect way to experience all Colorado has to offer. From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking and biking in the summer, Telluride is sure to provide an unforgettable time. Book your Kyte today!

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