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san juan mountains

San Juan Sojourn

Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski, find ghost bears, and relish funky mountain culture along Colorado’s U.S. Highway 550.

“Do you speak English?”

It’s not every day you get asked such a question in your home country. This Forest Service ranger is clearly flummoxed by the camera-toting tourist shooting frozen roadside waterfalls: me.

“Uh, ya,” I manage, though still thoroughly absorbed by the row of 30-foot icicles dangling over the road. Apparently, I hadn’t responded fast enough to his stern warnings of avalanche danger.

“Well, you should probably get moving,” he warns and speeds off, burying me in diesel fumes from his four-wheel-drive truck.

Lodging: Telluride, CO


If scenery were the measure by which all ski vacations are judged, then Telluride would be tops every time. Stashed in a dramatic box canyon at the end of a winding mountain road in the San Juan Mountains, this former silver-mining town emits that "last best place vibe that's increasingly rare in ski villages today. With a 1,700-acre mountain that cascades down to its doorstep, Telluride offers a holy trinity of terrific skiing, good restaurants and a lodging scene that won't disappoint. Here are Telluride's best beds.

Mountain Lodge at Telluride Discounts Luxury Accommodations


Mountain Lodge at Telluride offers a premier lodging choice for discerning travelers, for a limited time up to 45 percent off.

Telluride, Colo.


After a few slow years, a new boom.

Summer Resorts 2003: Telluride, Colorado


When you glimpse the mighty San Juan Mountains hovering above the tiny town of Telluride, you'll understand why Oprah spends much of her free time here-winter and summer.

Eileen Benjamin


The second Eileen Benjamin picks up her camera, she envisions the final product.

Fluid Worlds: Flyfishing The Animas River


Nothing says summer like the rushing of a mountain river or the rippling of an alpine lake.Here are four places to get wet.

Dunton Hot Springs


Just above Telluride as the crow flies, an eight-mile gravel road winds through aspen and spruce groves, ascending into blissful Rocky Mountain solitude. Tucked snugly in its own valley at the end of that road is Dunton Hot Springs Resort.

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