The Town of Telluride is a walking community that has a bus route and a gondola that connects it to Mountain Village (7 am to Midnight, 20-minute ride). Accommodations in the Town of Telluride and in the Mountain Village are within walking distance of all TSRC meetings. There is no need for a car in Telluride once you arrive. Please be aware that some hotels and condos charge for parking.

TSRC offers hotel rooms and condos in both Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride at a discounted and tax-free rate. TSRC pre-purchases hotel rooms and condos at a wholesale rate (30% off retail) and marks them up 18%. TSRC also does not have to pay the 12.65% local lodging tax and is able to pass on these savings to its scientists. The revenue generated from the 18% margin funds TSRC lodging services and helps to keep workshop registration price at a minimum.

Hotel rooms offer daily maid service and some have basic kitchenettes. Condos offer a more home-like experience. Condos offer weekly maid service, have full kitchens, and some have washer/ dryer units on the premise. Sharing a condo can be one of the most affordable lodging options

NOTE: All lodging providers have a cancellation policy and they are provided below. All hotel rooms booked through TSRC have a two-week cancellation policy. All condos have a 30-day cancellation policy. There are no refunds for lodging changes and cancellations made after the two-week or 30-day time period. Please make sure you understand this policy upon booking.

NOTE: TSRC cannot provide discounted rates over the Bluegrass Festival (June 21st-24th), the 4th of July holiday, nor the Ride Festival (July 14th-15th).

Hotel and Condo Options
Condo Rentals


Telluride Alpine Lodging

Telluride Alpine Lodging is our biggest lodging provider and offers many condos and hotel rooms for all budgets. All condos have a 30-day cancellation policy. Condos are rated as follows: Bronze units have basic finishes, no frills, and are the least expensive. Silver units have nicer finishes and are moderately priced. Gold units are the nicest finishes and are most expensive. Telluride Alpine Lodging condos are divided into two groups: Telluride Gondola District Condos and Telluride West End Condos.

Telluride Gondola District Condos

These are condos located in the heart of Telluride in close proximity to the Gondola. These units are more expensive because of the location. Nightly rates for summer range from $213.00 (bronze) per night to $436.00 (gold) per night. Telluride Alpine Lodging has a 30-day cancellation policy.

Telluride West End Condos
These are condos located a little further away from the Main street business district but still within walking distance. These units tend to be less expensive. Nightly rates range from $172.00 (bronze) per night to $356.00 (gold) per night. Telluride Alpine Lodging has a 30-day cancellation policy.


Telluride Alpine Lodging
Telluride Alpine Lodging also has condos available in Mountain Village at pricing similar to Telluride West End Condos.

Bear Creek Lodge
Bear Creek Lodge is a favorite with TSRC scientists and families and managed by Telluride Alpine Lodging. Bear Creek lodge offers economical pricing for one to four bedroom condos. These condos are well appointed with private baths per bedroom, full gourmet kitchens, dining rooms, and comfortable living rooms. The lodge property offers an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, steam room, fitness center, game room and outdoor fire pit. Bear Creek Lodge offers free parking and shuttle service to the gondola and to Telluride. Prices range from $199.00 to $483.00 per night. Telluride Alpine Lodging has a 30-day cancellation policy.

Mountain Lodge
The Mountain Lodge is a very nice property that offers daily maid service, an outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and fitness center. There is a restaurant and bar located in the main lodge. They offer small hotel-style lock off rooms and one and two bedroom suites. Prices range from $199.00 to $479.00 per night. Parking is available for an additional nightly charge. Dogs are allowed in select rooms for an additional nightly charge. Mountain Lodge has a 2-week cancellation policy.

Hotels Rooms


The Victorian Inn
This hotel is located one block off of Colorado Avenue in the business district of Telluride. The hotel offers a hot tub and a continental breakfast. The rooms are simple and some have small kitchenettes. It is one of our most economically priced hotels offering rooms from $153.00 to $177.00 a night. The Victorian Inn has a strict 30-day cancellation policy. Victorian Inn also charges $50 to change a reservation.

Hotel Columbia
The Hotel Columbia is located at the base of the Gondola and close to the San Miguel River. It is one of Telluride’s most luxurious accommodations with rooms ranging from studio style to three-bedroom penthouse suites. Most rooms have a balcony, gas fireplace, and kitchenette. . A complementary breakfast is included with the accommodations. The hotel is also home to The Cosmopolitan restaurant, one of Telluride’s finest restaurants. Room rates range from $256.00 to $363.00 per night. The Hotel Columbia has a strict two-week cancellation policy.

The Camels Garden Hotel
This hotel is located at the base of the gondola and along the San Miguel River and River Trail. The Camels Garden has well-appointed rooms with fire places and large bathrooms. Many of the rooms have balconies. The hotel also has a hot tub and steam room. Dogs are allowed in select rooms for an additional nightly charge. Room rates range from $212.00 to $336.30 per night. The Camel’s Garden has a strict 30-day cancellation policy.

The New Sheridan Hotel
Located in the heart of Telluride’s business district on Colorado Avenue, The New Sheridan Hotel is Telluride’s premiere historic hotel. The rooms are recently updated and well appointed. The hotel is home one of Telluride’s finest dining establishments, the Sheridan Chop House. The property also has a historic bar, and Telluride’s only roof top bar. The hotel also offers its guests access to a private gym. Rooms are from $229.00 to $278.00 a night. The New Sheridan has a strict 30-day cancellation policy.

The Hotel Telluride
Located on the west end of Telluride, this hotel is very comfortable, quiet, and a favorite of TSRC participants. The hotel has a gym, spa, hot tub, and a restaurant. All rooms have a kitchenette and a balcony. Rooms rates range from $235.00 to $471.00 per night. Parking is available for an additional nightly charge. Pets are allowed in select rooms for an additional nightly charge. Hotel Telluride has a two-week cancellation policy.

Mountainside Inn
This hotel is located on the west end of Telluride, along the San Miguel River and the beautiful River Trail. The accommodations include basic studio-style rooms (some have kitchenettes) and one-bedroom suites. It is one of our most economically priced hotels offering rooms from $139.00 to $194.00 per night. Dogs are allowed in select rooms for an additional nightly charge. The Mountainside Inn has a strict 2-week cancellation policy.


Hotel Madeline
The Hotel Madeline is located in the heart of the Mountain Village core within a short walk to the gondola and TSRC’s Town Talk venue. The Madeline is one of the most acclaimed hotels in Telluride. The rooms are large, well appointed and have luxurious bathrooms. The hotel offers a newly built pool with an incredible view, spa, gym, two restaurants, and a trendy bar. Nightly rates are $201.00 for the standard King room. The Hotel Madeline has a two-week cancellation policy.

The Peaks Resort & Spa
The Peaks Hotel & Resort is located within a short walk from the gondola. It has some of the nicest views in the Telluride region. This is a true resort experience with a golf course, spa, indoor/outdoor pool with water slide, multiple hot tubs, fully equipped gyms with trainers, and daily exercise classes. The hotel has a restaurant with scenic view and an outdoor deck that is optimal for watching sunsets or sitting around the fire pits. Many of the rooms are newly renovated with luxurious large bathrooms. Rates are $258.00 per night for a one king or two king room. Dogs are allowed in select rooms for an additional nightly charge. The Peaks has a two-week cancellation policy.


The Hampton Inn
The Hampton Inn is located adjacent to the Montrose Airport (MTJ) and is one and a half hours from Telluride. This is an excellent choice for participants with flights arriving late at night or with early morning departures. The rooms are clean, simple, and comfortable. The Hampton Inn offers TSRC participants a corporate rate of $0.00. All reservations and payments are made directly to the hotel. Please call (970) 252-3300 to make a reservation and ask for the TSRC rate. If you have an early flight, we recommend having dinner in Telluride and taking a late shuttle down to the hotel for a longer night’s sleep. If you are arriving late, we recommend staying at the Hampton Inn and coming to Telluride in the morning.

Lodging Reservation Process

Reserving Lodging
Our online registration system allows you to register for your workshop and select lodging in one convenient process.

We offer a wide array of lodging options at discounted rates suitable for varied needs, tastes, and budgets. There are a lot of variables in price, so it is best to acquaint yourself with the lodging options and then check the specific prices within the registration system.

When you select your “ first choice,” the system automatically sends a notification to the lodging provider requesting a reservation. When the lodging provider indicates, “lodging confirmed,” you have a reservation, even though your credit card has not been charged yet. TSRC encourages participants to register ASAP to acquire a reservation. Lodging availability in Telluride is becoming very competitive. As a way to help our participants, we will not begin charging participant’s credit cards until January 5th 2016, even though the lodging reservation will be already secured in our system.

By booking with us, you will get discounted rates and are not subject to Telluride’s 12.4% sales tax and often-levied resort fees of an additional 6-8%.

Sharing Lodging
If you are interested in sharing a place and already have specific roommates lined up, contact them before registering and determine what type of accommodation best suits your group. For example, are you interested in a luxury or basic condo? Does anyone in the group have a favorite place to stay while in town? Next, please designate a head roommate. That individual will be responsible for registering first and selecting the condo. All sub-roommates will then select him or her as their head roommate. Coordinating arrival and departure dates is CRUCIAL. Once the head roommate registers and makes lodging choices, he/she should inform the other roommates that they are expected to register within two weeks.

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds for registration and lodging costs are available if you notify us prior to the cancelation date specific to your workshop. We cannot guarantee refunds after the cancellation date and registration fees are NOT refundable after the cancellation date. Some lodging providers such as the Victorian Inn and Hotel Telluride have very strict 30-day cancellation policies. The Victorian Inn will also charge a $50 change fee to change a reservation.

We require credit or debit card information for everyone who registers.

Download Check-in Instructions by Lodging Provider
Telluride on the Cheap
Telluride is a wonderful place to visit anytime. While it may have a reputation as a pricey destination, with a few easy tips, your stay in town can be quite affordable.

Student Scholarships
If you are a graduate student or a post-doc, TSRC offers a few scholarships that may apply to you.

Lodging Tips
  • Rent a large condo and split the cost among many roommates
  • BOOK EARLY. We cannot stress this enough. You are much more likely to get the lodging you want if you register early.
  • The cheapest condos are the bronze, three-bedroom "West-end" condos offered by Telluride Alpine Lodging. Indicate if you are willing to sleep two to a room or sleep on the sofa bed. If you know who you are interested in sharing with, contact them first and designate a "head roommate," who must register first. Please note that all roommates must complete their registrations before the lodging choices made by the head roommate can be confirmed.

  • Look into flying into nearby towns. Montrose, Durango, or Grand Junction are options, though you will have to rent a car in Grand Junction or Durango. Shuttle prices are considerably more expensive from Durango and Grand Junction and require a minimum number of passengers. Shuttles from Montrose are $50 each way.
  • If you have more time and can round up some friends, renting a car and driving from Denver, Salt Lake City, or Albuquerque may be the cheapest option. It's about seven hours from these cities to Telluride.

  • Cooking your own food may be your most affordable route while in town. Be sure to get accommodations with a kitchen or kitchenette if you plan on doing some cooking.
  • Ask TSRC staff for restaurant recommendations. We are all long-time locals who know where to get the best bang for your buck.
  • There is a lot of food at TSRC. The breakfasts are included in your registration fee, as are snacks, which are available throughout your meeting.

Nightlife and Entertainment
  • There is a free concert on Wednesday nights in Mountain Village during the summers. Also, if you happen to be in town during a festival, keep an eye on what is going on in Elks Park or along Main Street. There will usually be some good cheap fun.
  • There are plenty of bars and nightspots in town that run the gamut from upscale to more affordable. Ask TSRC staff, they'll surely point you in the right direction...

Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
Email: info@telluridescience.org
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