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Join us for an upcoming Hike into History!

Hike and Jeep into History this Summer with the Telluride Historical Museum 

(TELLURIDE, Colo. – July 12th, 2023) 

For almost 20 years the Telluride Historical Museum (THM) has brought history to life beyond its walls through unique outdoor tours. The Telluride region is known for beautiful recreational opportunities and gorgeous scenery, it just so happens most of those routes or trails are brimming with history as well. 


The Telluride Museum’s “Hike into History” series is an annual offering of unique excursions into the wild and the past. THM is excited to present this summer’s line up of these special tours. On August 5th, join seasoned local guides Connie Colter and Dalen Stevens to explore the lesser known trails around Woods Lake. Participants will dive into the layered history of the area and learn about wildflowers and edible plants. This will be the moderate hike option of the year departing from the Down Valley Park at 9 am. It will include approximately 3.5 miles of hiking. 

If you’re looking for a more strenuous tour join THM and Sheep Mountain Alliance on August 19th, in celebration of Sheep Mountain’s 35th anniversary. Sheep Mountain will give attendees insight on their environmental advocacy over the past 35 years while exploring the lower portion of the Sneffels Highline. Ruthie Boyd, Sheep Mountain Alliance Program Coordinator, stated “we will be pointing out public lands on the route that have been conserved through advocacy and environmental policy for their outstanding values to our ecosystems and communities.” This will be a strenuous out and back exploration of the bottom of the Sneffels Highline Trail and will depart from the Museum at 9am. Participants are welcome to continue hiking following the program but are cautioned to plan accordingly as the Sneffels Highline is typically a difficult, full-day hike. 

Finally, jeep and hike on one final adventure on September 23rd with THM Board Member and mining historian, Rudy Davison. Davison will lead a jeep convoy to explore the Corkscrew Gulch Turntable, a narrow gauge railroad remnant near the ghost town of Ironton. This program requires a 4×4 vehicle and the museum is looking for volunteers with space in their vehicles. 

All participants are encouraged to bring plenty of food and water to the events, and to pack weather appropriate gear. Please take your activity level into consideration when joining one of these programs. These expertly-led and researched tours are truly special opportunities to explore and learn about new and old places in the region. More information is available for each hike on the museum website, where tickets are also available for purchase. Call or email Director of Education and Outreach, Theresa Koenigsknecht, at 970-728-3344, with questions or for more information about this exciting series. 


Historical Walking Tours of Telluride – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm

Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling are back! Hear the tales and see the sights on this lively tour about town. Join longtime local, performer, and community historian Ashley Boling as he recounts the people, events, and buildings that make Telluride unique.

Ashley has been giving engaging historical walking tours of Telluride for more than 20 years and his innate enthusiasm for history and natural gift for storytelling will have you entertained for the complete hour and fifteen minute tour of town. Learn about some of Telluride’s most notable citizens and famous stories and see where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank!

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. – Meet at Museum

Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – Meet at Museum

Museum Now Open for the 2023 Summer Season!

The Telluride Historical Museum is open for the summer season at 10am on Thursday, June 1st! 

Take a break from your summer hikes to come learn about the history that makes Telluride so unique. Our newest exhibit, Festival Capital of the Rockies, explores the 50 year history of festivals in Telluride and their critical role in shaping Telluride’s vibrant character and community. The exhibit will be opening on June 8, 2023. 

Admission is free for locals each Saturday throughout the season.

Museum Re-Opening for Winter Season

The Telluride Historical Museum is opening for the winter season at 10am on Tuesday, December 6th! 

Take a break from the slopes to come learn about the history that makes Telluride so unique. Our newest exhibit, The Long Run, explores the beginnings of the ski resort 50 years ago all the way up to the well-known ski resort that we love today.

Admission is free for locals each Saturday throughout the season.

Museum Closed Oct. 16 – Dec. 6

Thank you for a great summer and fall, Telluride! Today’s the last day to visit the Telluride Historical Museum for the season! We’ll be closed for the off-season beginning tomorrow, October 16, and reopening on December 6. 

Don’t forget to join us on Oct. 31 for Halloween on the Hill and our Haunted Hospital (volunteers still needed!), as well our two remaining Lamplight Cemetery tours on Oct. 21 & 28!

See you in the winter! Our annual exhibit, ‘The Long Run: 50 Years of Skiing in Telluride,’ will continue to be on display until April 2023. Join us for a re-opening reception in December 2022, date TBA.

Haunted Hospital & Halloween on the Hill – Volunteers Needed!

Join us on Halloween night for trick-or-treating on the hill with your little ones, and a thrilling evening in our Haunted Hospital!

Trick-or-Treating will take place on Fir Street followed by our Haunted Hospital beginning at 7pm. You’re in for a night of fright at the museum!

The Haunted Hospital will be $10 per person.

We are still seeking volunteers to throw on a costume and whip out your acting skills as you contribute to the spookiness of our Haunted Hospital. If you would prefer to participate in Halloween outside of the Haunted House, we will need volunteers to hand out candy on Fir St.

Email or call (970) 728-3344 for more information and to sign up for this exciting event.

Early Closure on Thursday, August 25th

On Thursday, August 25th the Telluride Historical Museum will be closing at 3pm due to a private event.

Please come back and visit the museum during our regular hours on Monday – Saturday from 11am-5pm and Thursdays from 11am – 7pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you soon!

2022 Fireside Chat Series Announced!

2022 Fireside Chats
Join us for a a series of free weekly lectures at the Madeline in Mountain Village on Wednesdays this fall by writers, storytellers, and experts of Telluride’s history.
Presented by the Telluride Historical Museum.

Dates: Sept. 21, Sept. 28, and Oct. 5, 2022 at 6pm

Johnnie Stevens: Telluride Ski Area Expert
Wednesday, September 21, 2022  | 6:00 pm  |  Madeline Hotel’s Living Room*

Hired in 1972 as the first director of the Telluride Ski Patrol, Johnnie Stevens worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer of Telski and was inducted in the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 2004. Hear Johnnie’s experiences from a lifetime of skiing in Telluride, as well as his stories from behind-the-scenes of the ski area.

Robert Savath & Annie Varielle-Savath: Telluride Ski School & 1970s Telluride
Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  6:00 pm  |  Madeline Hotel’s Living Room*

Join us for a chat with the Savaths, a dynamic husband and wife duo, and involved longtime Telluride locals. A native of France, Annie Varielle-Savath was Director of the Telluride Ski School for over two decades, and also operated a beloved local restaurant, Chez Pierre. Her husband, Roberth Savath, also a longtime ski coach, will share his experience and memories as mayor and town councilman during the late 1970s.

Rudy Davison: Fact-Finding Tour to Zermatt
Wednesday, October 5, 2022  |  6:00 pm  |  Madeline Hotel’s Living Room*

In 1979, 25 Telluride locals took a fact-finding trip to the Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt. Looking for inspiration and ideas to forge the community’s future in sustainable ways, Rudy Davison was along for the ride, and will be sharing his photos, memories, and takeaways from this notable trip.

*The Madeline’s Living Room lounge area is located on the first floor of the hotel, between the Lobby and the Timber Room bar.

Fireside Chats are free and open to all

Hike into History: Ophir Loop with Matt Steen

Hike into History: Ophir Loop with Matt Steen

Saturday, August 20, 9am

Meet at the Sunshine Overlook!

Join local guide and geology expert Matt Steen on a Hike into History along the route of the Ophir Loop section of the Rio Grande Southern. See the remains of the once thriving RGS Depot and railroad bridges in Ilium. Additionally, Matt will share his knowledge on local geology, avalanche patterns, and more! Please bring water, snacks, and rain & sun protection.

The excursion will begin with an overview of the Ophir Loop area at the stunning Sunshine Mountain Overlook, about 9 miles southwest of Telluride. Just a little further, near the entrance to Ophir, participants will park their cars and begin a fun and historic hike into Ilium.

$20 for nonmembers or $15 for museum members. Purchase tickets here!