How-to & Travel Information


Mushroom Festival passes go on sale February 1st. Earlybird full festival passes will be selling at the discounted price of $225 for the entire month of February. After that, pre-event full festival passes will run $300. Passes are sold through Eventbrite, click here to buy your pass. Special Event Tickets (Wild Foods Dinner, etc.) and Regular Festival Pass Sales open Friday, March 1, 2019. Please sign up for our mailing list to be notified every year when sales begin, and to be the first to know when the schedule is complete. Festival passes provide different access than event tickets. Some events require a pass, and some do not. And some events are free!

We are currently finalizing the festival schedule and will post it online soon!

Volunteers & Vendors

Volunteer Applications open Friday, February 15 and will be ongoing until we fulfill our needs or until the festival. Click here to complete our online volunteer form.

Vendor Applications open Friday, March 1 with a soft deadline of April 1 – potentially they will stay open until all spots are filled.


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

Getting 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.

Staying Here

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.


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

Festival Venues

The Sheridan Opera House is in the center of town at the corner of Colorado (Main Street) and Oak Street.
The Elks’ Park & the Specimen ID Tent are across from the Courthouse (clock tower) at W. Colorado & Oak St.
Elks’ Lodge is located in the Swede-Finn Hall. 472 W. Pacific Ave
The Cook-off takes place at the bottom of Oak Street at the base of the Gondola
Town Park (pavilion). The Wild Foods Dinner takes place at the Core area (Tent). Camping in town park may be available.

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