Telluride, Colorado | The Native American Ute tribe were the first to inhabit the Telluride valley. They made their summer camps along the San Miguel River and hunted elk, deer, and mountain sheep high in the San Juan Mountains. In winter, they migrated to the lowlands and the nearby red rock canyons of the desert for shelter and dry ground. They named the area, “The Valley of Hanging Waterfalls.” Today, Telluride’s permanent population is less than half of what it was during its mining heyday; it is currently estimated at approximately 2,000 residents. Miners have been replaced by (or have become) skiers and Festival Ri ANS, but the history of Telluride remains intact and celebrated. Take a look around while you’re hiking through the hills — you may stumble across an old mining shack in the forest or a piece of long-abandoned mining equipment. However you decide to enjoy your time here in Telluride, you will find that our box canyon is chock full of alpine riches and the spirit of the Old West remains and flourishes.

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Colorado features the Rocky mountains, pine trees, and one of the state's nicknames; "Colorful Colorado." Colorado became the 38th state in 1876.

Colorado is the 8th most extensive and the 21st most populous of the 50 United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Colorado was 5,540,545 on July 1, 2016.