Make the most of your festival experience with the information below. From venue locations to hotel beta, and from travel advice to frequently asked questions, we’ve got you covered. Click on the tabs below for more details.
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.
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. Be sure to stay up to date on when camping goes active for the next year, campsites sell out in minutes for the whole season!
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.
Information about Telluride, CO, including food, activities, events, and weather can be found at Visit Telluride.
How to Get to Telluride
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.
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.
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.
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.
2022 Telluride Mushroom Festival FAQs
When is the Festival?
The festival dates are August 17 – 21, 2022. Pre-Festival activities that are a separate ticket purchase will start on Wednesday August 17th. Registration and accessing your pass will be on Thursday August 18th at 9am.
Where is the Festival located?
Telluride, Colorado. The main happenings are in Elks Park and the Sheridan Opera House. We have links to google maps of these locations under the ‘Navigate the Fesstival’ tab so you can get an idea where vendor village will be.
Where will lectures and presentations be held?
See the ‘Navigate the Festival’ tab for details.
All about FORAYS
- Forays will be going out daily from August 18th-21st. Information on Forays and sign ups will be at registration tent during the festival dates.
- Sign up for forays will be day before and spots will be limited. Sign up starts at 9am for the next day.
- Forays meet at Carhenge parking lot by Chair 7 of the ski area, and will go out at the specified time on the sign in sheet. You will need to go out with the group you sign up for the day before
- On Thursday, because there is not a day before to sign up – will be a first come first serve foray show up. Once you’ve received your wristband you can sign up for the foray going out starting at 10am that morning.
We will only be recording select presentations this year, please do not bank on seeing the recordings after the festival ends. We will be live feeding some Instagram and Facebook content but will not be recording all presentations. See our Virtual Access page for social media links and access to 2021 content.
Covid – 19
Due to COVID-19 County Health restrictions and recommendations ALL ATTENDEES must be healthy when they arrive to an event, we will monitor the county and town laws on masks and vaccinations a month before the festival dates. At this time masks are not required. Subscribe to our newsletter for current information
Tickets & Passes
Information on special event tickets, festival passes and links to purchase are available on our Passes page. Only tickets purchased off our website or the Humanitix site will be accepted at the festival.
Where can I view the Schedule?
We use Sched, view our complete online schedule here. Schedule and presenters are subject to change.
What are the types of Festival Events?
The Telluride Mushroom Festival has three different kinds of event types listed in this year’s program.
- Free Events: Listed in GREEN and are free-to-the-public events (no charge)
- These include Mushroom ID Tent, Parade, free outdoor workshops, vendor booth viewing, and other TBD events.
- 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
- These events include:
- 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 Page.
What does the queue system look like for 2022?
Due 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. We will likely be lining up to every presentation 10 minutes before the start of each talk. Everyone will need to exit after each presentation to allow a fair entry to new pass holders.
Can I purchase a day pass or entry to a single lecture?
No, there will only be full festival passes and Special Event passes available for purchase.
Where can I buy special event tickets?
Special Event Tickets (LIMITED) will be released April 1st. See our online schedule for all special events.
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.
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 TO GAIN ADMITTANCE TO THE SPECIAL EVENT.
What is the Refund/Transfer policy?
Full Festival Passes and Special Event Tickets are refundable through Humanitix until 30 days before the Festival begins for 80% of the purchase price. They are non transferable.
What are the locations for special events?
Most special events will be in the Town of Telluride this year. All within walking distance or a short drive.
Volunteers & Vendors
Volunteer & Vendor Applications will be closed on April 1, 2022 for this years festival. Please fill out a contact form for your prospective request on the “get involved” page.
The parade is on Saturday and starts in the afternoon. Bring your best costume or attend one of our costume making workshops. The Parade begins in front of the courthouse and ends at the town park where a drummers circle and dancing lasts into the evening.
Looking for information about passes and tickets?
+ details and links to purchase