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5th August 2003 - Road Trip - day 5 - Paradox Valley, Telluride

We couldn’t resist another dip in the swimming pool before a couple more hours exploring Arches National Park in the morning. Then it was back in the motor with a target of Telluride.

We took 46, 90 and 145 travelling through the scenic Paradox Valley and seemed to be back into Colorado in no time at all.

When we arrived in Telluride we saw the tourist information centre but it was very difficult to park anywhere. Eventually we found a meter and took a look around.

We started enquiring at hotels about rooms but they were all over $100 per night. I found one at $60 but it didn’t even have a ceiling fan in the room and looked a little scanky, and then the last place I tried was just out of sheer desperation.

The New Sheridan Hotel was right on Main Street and looked well out of our price league, with both a separate bar frontage and restaurant. They quoted $80, but after looking at the room, it was a bargain. Everything was supplied including bathrobes. The room was decorated in a Victorian period style, the bed was very comfortable, there was a ceiling fan, cooked breakfast was included, and they even had free Internet access – all very nice indeed, and built in 1895.

Telluride is nestled in a box canyon and is only 8 blocks wide by 12 blocks long. It retains the air of a place that’s stayed in the past (Victorian) and is at 9,550 altitude – very nice.

telluride - nestled in a valley

We took a look around the town and then went on the free gondola ride up the mountain – yes free! They have the ski resort called Mountain Village, and provide the gondola ride free until midnight every day so people can visit and travel between there and Telluride without using their cars. They take 2% of all lift ticket sales in the winter to pay for the operation of the gondola.

We ate at an Italian restaurant in Mountain Village that night, outside and mostly in the dark, apart from the candles.