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Finding Your Way Around

Please note that this information does not reflect any current or new COVID-19 Town, County or State public health orders. To find out about Town and County openings and short term rental bans or restrictions, please visit: https://www.visittelluride.com/ and https://www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov/ for the most up-to-date information for the region.

Festival Venues

  • Sheridan Opera House is in the center of town at the corner of Colorado (Main Street) and Oak Street.
      • Our most used venue on the TMF lecture series. Right in the middle of Elks and boarding the courthouse.
  • Elks’ Park is across from the Courthouse (clock tower) at W. Colorado & Oak St.
      • Where it all happens. Vendor booths, Mushroom ID Tent, Outdoor Workshops and the like – this is the Mushroom Festival Home.
  • Palm Theater is next to Telluride Intermediate & High Schools.
      • All keynote and large presentations stage.
      • Any Mushroom/Fungi Films
  • SHOW Bar is on the first floor of the historic Sheridan Opera House.
      • Myco-Beer launch party, authors of the spore book signing, our will call and ticketing center, all festival information can be found here.
  • Transfer Warehouse is the historic structure on the corner of Pacific & Fir.
      • A new(er) venue for TMF. Outdoor stage, beautiful scenery of old Telluride. TW will be hosting presentations, workshops, social events, possible dinners and bands (if able)

Include venue maps (and other maps) coming soon.

Parking

Up-to-date and accurate information is best retrieved from the Town of Tellurides’ website.

Telluride to Mountain Village 

Staying in Mountain Village? This is just an easy 13min Gondola ride from town. Find information about the Gondola, getting around Telluride, and more info HERE

Lodging & Camping Around Telluride

There are different options for staying in Telluride, CO. Because of the size of Telluride, there are not any large hotel chains. If you are traveling with a group you can rent houses that can comfortably hold 10 attendees. Single rooms are also available that include kitchenettes. If camping is your style there are campgrounds in Telluride and nearby Ouray.

Indoor Lodging – Telluride Hotels
The preferred lodging provider for the Telluride Mushroom Festival is Alpine Lodging Telluride. They offer a generous 15% discount to all festival attendees—make sure you mention the festival when you are booking your lodging. Alpine Lodging Telluride can be reached by phone at 866-345-2593.

Camping in Telluride
Many people prefer camping in Telluride because of the gorgeous scenery and community vibe.  The best resource for camping information is the Town of Telluride’s website.

Camping around Telluride
Outside of town there is camping at several Forest Service campgrounds. Information about these campgrounds can be found here. There are no private campgrounds in the Telluride area. The closest Colorado State Park to Telluride is Ridgway State Park.

Camping around Ouray
Information about Forest Service campground around Ouray can be found here. Information on private campgrounds around Ouray can be found here.
There is a KOA near Ouray.

Telluride
Information about Telluride, CO, including food, activities, events, and weather can be found at Visit Telluride.

How to Get Here

Telluride is located in the Southwest corner of Colorado in a picturesque San Juan Mountain box canyon. The spirit of the American West thrives here in Telluride – from the first hardy pioneers to today’s hardy locals, we take immense pride in our small town and we know that once you’re here, you’ll fall for its charm as well. We are undoubtedly a little remote – but staying off the beaten track ensures the town remains unblemished and unique in Colorado.

By Plane
Telluride, Colorado has its own airport, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). The airport is located five miles from Telluride’s downtown business district and is the highest altitude commercial airport in the country. Great Lakes Aviation, United Airlines, and Frontier Airlines serve Telluride Regional Airport. Other incoming flights vary from different locations and change seasonally. Typically, passenger planes into Telluride are 19-seat airplanes. The airport also accepts private planes and charters.

The Montrose Regional Airport is located 65 miles from Telluride/Mountain Village and is the airport of choice for most visitors. American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines all serve the airport. The airport offers non-stop and connecting service through Denver, Chicago, Newark, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.

  • The Durango La Plata County Airport is 129 miles, 2.5 hours from Telluride.
  • The Grand Junction Airport is 134 miles, 2.5 hours from Telluride.
  • The Cortez Airport is 79 miles, 2 hours from Telluride.

Ground Transportation:

There are three companies that provide transportation to and from the surrounding airports –
Mountain Limo – (970) 728-9606
Telluride Express – (970) 728-6000
Alpine Luxury Limo – (970) 728- 8750
Rental cars from Alamo/National, Avis, Budget, and Hertz are available at the Telluride Regional Airport.

By Car
The drive to Telluride is stunning from a number of larger flight destinations. Off the beaten path is the best way to describe the journey to Telluride. Once you’re here, we guarantee that you’ll appreciate the effort.

From Denver, CO, approx. 6 hours, 30 mins
Take I-70 West for 225 miles towards Grand Junction, Colorado. Take Exit 37 to merge onto I-70 Business Loop toward Clifton/Grand Junction. After 1.7 miles, turn left onto CO-141/32 RD. Drive 5.5 miles and turn left onto US-50 E. Follow US-50 E for 54.3 miles. Continue onto US-550 S for 26.2 miles and turn right onto CO-62 W/Sherman St. After 23.3 miles, turn left onto CO-145 S for 15.5 miles. Take the second exit through the first and second traffic circles to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.

From Salt Lake City, UT, approx. 7 hours
Follow I-15 S for 50 miles. Take Exit 258 for US-6 E. Continue for 128 miles and continue onto I-70 E for another 24 miles. Take Exit 182 for US-191 S. After 54 miles, turn left onto UT-46 and continue for 56 miles. Turn right onto CO-90 and after 22 miles, turn left onto Grand Avenue. Continue through Norwood and after 18 miles, turn right on CO-145 S for 15.5 miles. Take the second exit through the first and second traffic circles to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.

From Albuquerque, NM, approx. 6 hours, 30 mins
Take US-550 N for 183 miles into Colorado. In Durango, Colorado, turn left onto US-160 W. After 28 miles, turn right onto N. Main Street, CO-184 in Mancos, Colorado. Follow CO-184 for 18 miles and turn right onto US-145 N. After 63 miles, turn right onto CO-145 N. Drive past Mountain Village and take the first exit in the traffic circle towards Telluride. Take the second exit in the second traffic circle to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.

From Phoenix, AZ, approx. 8 hours, 45 mins
Take I-17 N for 140 miles. Take Exit 340A for I-40 E. After 5.6 miles, take Exit 201 toward Page. Turn left onto N Country Club Drive and follow for 0.5 miles. Turn right onto US-89 and follow for 63 miles. Turn right onto US-160 and follow for 154 miles. Turn left onto US-160 just before the Four Corners region. Follow for 25 miles and turn left onto US-160. Follow for 20 miles and keep right on W. Main Street in Cortez, CO. Turn left onto CO-145 N and follow for 71 miles. Drive past Mountain Village and take the first exit in the traffic circle towards Telluride. Take the second exit in the second traffic circle to continue onto W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.

ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

Overview

  • The Festival has officially been released as both a in-person and virtual festival for the dates of August 18 – August 22nd 2021.
  • In Person and Virtual Pass holders will have access to the 2021 virtual recorded presentations during the festival week.
  • Early Bird Festival passes will be released on April 1st.
  • We will be selling only 200 Earlybird passes
  • Once Early Bird Passes are sold out 200 more regular full access passes will be available for purchase.
  • When the total of 400 passes have been sold we will start a waiting list for anymore festival participation. First come first serve.
  • If you donated your pass in 2020 there will be an option for a $100 discounted ticket. You must purchase the ticket in the earlybird stage or regular pass stage. If 400 tickets have sold we cannot hold your spot!

 

2021 Telluride Mushroom Festival

  • Forays will be going out daily from August 19th-22nd. Information on Forays and sign ups will come at a later date.
  • In Person venues may be limited capacity, therefore, we will have multiple presentations of the same topic to make sure as many people as possible have the ability to see the presentations they would like to see.
  • We will ALSO be recording and releasing on our website all presentations to watch online by physical pass holders and virtual pass holders.
  • THERE IS NO GUARANTEED that all will get into every event they wish to attend. Due to the fact that there are limited events and extremely limited spaces, the Festival Staff cannot make a guarantee or exception to events that are listed FULL.
  • Due to COVID-19 County Health restrictions and recommendations ALL ATTENDEES must be healthy when they arrive to an event, wear a mask, keep 6 feet distance from the other attendees, and sign a waiver before participating that includes their personal contact information in the case that the County needs to reach out to participants for later contact tracing. These guidelines may change and the TMF is allowed to change this position at anytime.
  • Due to COVID-19 County Health restrictions and recommendations ALL IN PERSON EVENTS must check temperatures of presenters and festival staff before each event, ensure attendees have the ability to maintain social distance of 6 feet, gather no more than 10 people, ensure food samples for cooking demos are prepared ahead of time with COVID-19 food health precautions in place and covered until dispersed to attendees.
  • The In Person Event Program Schedule is still being worked on.. Stay tuned for email updates. It will be released at a later date.

BELOW IS INFORMATION MEANT FOR OUR IN-PERSON FESTIVAL

TICKETS & PASSES

Information on tickets and passes and links to purchase is available on our Passes page.

WHERE CAN I VIEW THE SCHEDULE?

The schedule will be link to our website once released. We are awaiting all our presenters to confirm their attendance. Once we have this information we will release the schedule. Sign up to our Newsletter to stay updated.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF FESTIVAL EVENTS?

The Telluride Mushroom Festival has three different kinds of event types listed in this year’s program.
  1. Free Events: Listed in GREEN and are free-to-the-public events (no charge)
    • These include Mushroom ID Tent, Parade (if able), free outdoor workshops, vendor booth viewing, and other TBD events.
  2. Full Festival Pass Holder Events: These will be included in the purchase of a full festival pass. Some of these events may have limited space available. Be sure to view the schedule online to better plan for arriving to your favorite workshops, lectures and forays on time.
    • These events include:
      • Forays hosted by our top Mycologists, Presenters and festival staff
      • Lectures/Presentations from National and International acclaimed researchers, mycologist and people in Mushroom, Fungi and the like.
      • Poetry Night lead by our very own Art Goodtimes.
      • Mushroom/Entheogenic Gourd sessions
      • Mushroom Cooking demonstrations
  3. Special Events: These are premium events that are not included in the full festival pass and have a fee associated with them. They often have limited space and require separate registration on our Eventbrite Ticketing Page. Tickets are currently not available and will be released once TMF can confidently schedule special events.

**2021 Queue SystemDue to a significant response from festival patrons in our 2019 post season survey, this system is currently being re-evaluated by festival staff for efficiency and customer satisfaction. More information and updates will be available soon.

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIAL EVENT TICKETS?

Special Event Tickets (LIMITED) will be release at a later date. Possible Special events for 2021 are:

  • Pre-Festival Foray
  • Pre-Festival Mycoremediation Workshop
  • Pre-Festival Mushroom Foray and Small Group Workshop
  • Pre-Festival Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
  • VIP Dinner
  • Wild Foods Dinner

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “PASSES” AND “TICKETS”?

  • Full Festival Pass: Gains attendees access to all main paid and free festival events listed on the schedule. DOES NOT INCLUDE “SPECIAL EVENTS”.
  • Special Event Tickets: Are sold separately and are limited. Special Event tickets will be announced and released on a separate and later date than the full Festival Pass.
  • All tickets and passes are sold through Eventbrite.

DOES SIGNING UP ON SCHED SAVE MY SPOT IN LINE FOR EVENTS?

No. This just allows our Pass Holder attendees to make a list of events of what they WOULD LIKE to attend. ALL PASS HOLDERS MUST show up to the event venue and wait in the Queue line to be admitted. For Special Events – YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TICKET ON EVENTBRITE TO GAIN ADMITTANCE TO THE SPECIAL EVENT.

**HOW DOES THE QUEUE LINE WORK?

We are reassessing 2019 Queue system and will release more information soon.

WHAT’S THE REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY?

Full Festival Passes and Special Event Tickets are refundable through Eventbrite until 30 days before the Festival begins and transferable for a $20 Fee.

ELKS PARK

We will have a full vendor village in Elks Park, there will also be a mushroom ID tent and outdoor workshops like our normal festival.

VOLUNTEERS & VENDORS

Volunteer & Vendor Applications will open April 1, 2021 for the festival. Please fill out a contact form for your prospective request.

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