Skip to main content

PAGE SUBMENU IN CAROUSEL BELOW – DO NOT EDIT UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING (AND DO IT ON ALL TMF PAGES)

HOW TO FEST

We have so many wonderful workshops, lectures, presentations, forays, and other never-before-offered events lined up for this years festival and hope you are able to enjoy as much of the festival as you can absorb!  Scroll through the information below to find everything you need to know about this years’ festival.

GETTING TO TELLURIDE & GETTING AROUND

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 somewhat of a hidden treasure and unique to Colorado.

Getting Here

By Plane
Most people fly into Montrose(MTJ) which is usually the most cost effective solution if you want to fly. From Montrose, you can either rent a car or take Telluride Express to and from the town of Telluride. Once in Telluride walk, take a free shuttle or free gondola to get around town.

  • Book your flight to Montrose, CO (MTJ)
  • Rent a car or take an airport shuttle with CO West/ Telluride Express: Book your shuttle here (use code SHROOMS24 for 20% off )

Other Flight Options
Telluride, Colorado has its own airport, Telluride Regional Airport (TEX). The airport is located five miles from Telluride’s downtown business district. You can rent a car from Hertz or take Mountain Limo into town. Mountain limo is $20 per person with a 2 person minimum.

  • Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is 10-15 minutes from downtown Telluride.
  • Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) is 1.5 hours from Telluride.
  • The Durango La Plata County Airport (DRO) is 2.5 hours from Telluride.
  • The Grand Junction Airport (GJT) is 2.5 hours from Telluride.
  • The Cortez Airport (CEZ) is 79 miles, 2 hours from Telluride.

Many can also fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) and can take a bus all the way to Telluride through the Bustang.

Getting Around Town

Galloping Goose Transit System
The Galloping Goose is a fixed route transportation system funded by the Town of Telluride. They operate a Town of Telluride shuttle on a regularly scheduled loop. View the Galloping Goose Schedule here, or for more information about Public Transit visit the SMART Website.

Telluride to Mountain Village Gondola
Staying in Mountain Village? The gondola is free public transportation from Telluride to Mountain Village and is an easy 13-minute Gondola ride from town. Operating seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to midnight (open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays only June 16 -September 16, 2024). Find more information about the Gondola, getting around Telluride, and other helpful info HERE.

Festival Venues
Please find a map and list of all festival venues on our About the Fest page.

PARKING IN TELLURIDE

For all forays and free day parking:

WHERE TO STAY

We recommend booking with our lodging sponsor, Wild Oak Telluride. They are a small, local and enthusiastic vacation rental & property management company focused on providing exceptional rental properties throughout the Telluride region and Festival attendees receive a discount. Save 7% – Book Now and use code “Funguy” at checkout!

Lodging in Telluride

Lodging
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.

Wild Oak Telluride
A boutique property management collective in Telluride founded by longtime locals, Luke Brown & Katy Parnello. Wild Oak prides itself on being small, accessible and personable in providing quality travel experiences. Luke and Katy blend their extensive careers in the travel, hospitality and artistic arenas to create thoughtful, creative and authentic accommodations in the Telluride region. All Wild Oak properties receive ample attention, personal touches and mountains of hands-on care and upkeep. Save 7% – Book Now and use code “Funguy” at checkout!

More Information
Information about the town of Telluride, including additional lodging options, food, activities, events, and weather can be found at Visit Telluride.

Regional Camping

Please keep in mind, some of these campgrounds require reservations way in advance and some do not. Please look into the campground you are thinking of and plan ahead. While there are dispersed spots with limited facilities, many people prefer having campground amenities.

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. For 2024, The town of Telluride has announced their campsite reservation date is still TBD. Click here to be redirected to our home page where you can sign up for email announcements. We will remind you when the campsites ‘go live.’ Please keep in mind that typically campsites get reserved within minutes for the whole year – so you want to be on site, clicking, immediately after they are released.

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

Camping Lizard Head and Rico
Check out areas around Rico and Lizard head. To name just few campgrounds south of Telluride, check out Sunshine Campground, Matterhorn Campground, Cayton Campground, Lazy Rooster Ranch, Priest Gulch.

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.

REGISTRATION & MERCH

WRISTBAND PICK UP REQUIREMENTS

  • Bring up QR code or last name to look up tickets (name of person who ordered tickets)
  • You will also pick up a Pre-Ordered T-shirt if you ordered this before festival
  • NO MORE PAPER – Download the SCHED app

LOCATION
Elks Park across from the Courthouse on Main St.: 236 W. Colorado Ave Telluride

REGISTRATION TENT HOURS
TBD for 2024

FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE
We will have our very own Telluride Mushroom Festival Merch, we will be selling t-shirts, Posters, Limited edition posters, bucket hats, stickers, koozies, and limited edition necklaces. Official 2024 Festival T-shirts are on sale now!

SPECIAL EVENTS

SPECIAL EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Check back for updated 2024 information on how this year’s Special Events and Workshops will be programmed.

HOW TO SIGN UP
TBD for 2024

All special events that were sold separately do not have queue systems or open registration at the fest. Please show up to the location specified on the event description or emailed to you before the event takes place if you bought a ticket prior to the event. 

WHAT TO WEAR & THINGS TO BRING

The August southwest Colorado monsoons are expected to keep on coming. Which means Mushrooms (and rain)! In the mountains, expect rain to bring in very cold weather, please come prepared. Layers are best in the mountain as well as rain-appropriate shoes and jackets!

Festival Necessities

  • Rain Gear – a must have!
  • Extra Layers / beanie / glovers
  • Good pair of hiking shoes
  • Medications / inhalers
  • Mushroom foraging basket, bag, etc.
  • Any ID-ing means / knife
  • Any kind of tracking device (optional)
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles
  • Yoga mat and/or blanket (if you plan to attend any or all of our 3 yoga class offerings)

What to Bring on a Foray

On a foray, you’ll be outside in the elements for a few hours. Terrain and conditions will vary depending on the day and location. Below is a ‘foray checklist’ of the items we recommend you bring on any foray. Printable packing list coming soon!

  • Water: Everyone should bring at least a liter of water with them on their foray.
  • Snacks: something small and sweet, something salty, and something a bit filling. Don’t get hangry on the foray.
  • Durable Layers: t-shirt, pants, long sleeve or light sweater. Foray clothes should be comfortable and be able to get dirty. Dress as you would for a hike or a day of gardening.
  • Boots & Closed Toe Shoes: All forays will encounter mud. Potentially standing water. If you plan to walk in the forest, we recommend you wear sturdy waterproof boots, such as hiking boots or work boots. Feel free to bring hiking poles or any other items to assist navigating the terrain. 
  • Sun Protection: All forays occur at 8000 ft of elevation or higher, where the UV exposure is intense. A hat, sunscreen, sun hoodie (protective clothing), spf chapstick, sunglasses, and water are all recommended for all forays.
  • Rain Protection: A light rain jacket and pants are highly recommended! The weather turns quickly in August. Short lived torrential downpours are a near daily occurrence. Staying dry on a foray drastically improves the experience. I often bring a pair of dry socks to change into when returning to the car during the monsoon season.
  • Knife and Brush: a small blade and simple brush aid in identifying and cleaning the mushrooms you find.
  • Thermometer: some mushrooms are sensitive to temperature. If you’re looking for these, you’ll want to bring a soil thermometer.
  • Identification Guide: There are many. A few of our favs are: Nat’l autobahn society Mushrooms of North America, Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region, and All that the Rain Promises and More.
  • iNaturalist App: this can act as an identification guide, field journal, and allows you to contribute to citizen science! We highly recommend downloading and using this app during your forays and beyond the festival.

PARADE DETAILS

wizard of oz costumes at the telluride mushroom festival parade

Wear your finest mushroom costume for a chance to win prizes at the drum circle. Parade will start on Mainstreet and end in the Town Park with a drum circle.The Costume Awards will be announced at the park at 5pm. There will be chances to win swag, 2024 festival pass and more.

PARADE + DRUM CIRCLE LOCATION
Saturday August 17, 4pm start on Main street ending in Town Park

PUFF BALL
If you didn’t get enough of your mushcarade in the parade, fear not, The Puff Ball is another opportunity for you and friends to rock your mushroom magic or magic mushroom costumes and shake it down on the dance floor. At The Sheridan Opera House from 8-11pm.

FORAYS & WORKSHOPS

2024 details are coming soon!

INTEGRATION SPACE

shroom fest integration space

2024 details are coming soon!
Integration space provides:

  • Lounge space for creation of health-minded community
  • Safe container for people to process what they’ve learned and any intense feelings or emotions
  • Support to integrate psychedelic experiences they partake in outside of the integration space
  • Licensed therapists and Clinically trained Counselors
  • Offerings include a variation of integrative health practices and wellness tools to facilitate a balanced mind, body, and spirit.

LIVE MUSIC

For the first time in Telluride Mushroom Festival history, we are hosting five nights of live music and we are thrilled to announce the live music lineup for the 44th Annual Festival. Most nights are free with your TMF wristband, but Sunday night’s Myco Convergence does require a separate ticket, AVAILABLE HERE for purchase.

VENUES & FESTIVAL MAP

Telluride Mushroom Festival attendees gather in Elks Park for a fungi presentation

2024 details are coming soon!