Ah Haa School for the Arts

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Telluride, Colorado

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A former Victorian mining town turned ski resort, Telluride inhabits a deep box canyon surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and imposing waterfalls. Weathered ruins of old mining operations dot the hillsides and a free gondola connects the historic downtown with the ski resort base and town of the Mountain Village. Telluride has long been a landmark of Western culture and history, featuring prominently in the writing of Thomas Pynchon and Edward Abbey. Butch Cassidy committed his first bank robbery on it’s main street in 1889, and in 1891 Nikola Tesla’s alternating current was used to make Telluride one of the first electrified towns in the country. Today, the town boasts a year-round population of about 2,000 residents, and a visiting population that swells seasonally with Telluride’s world-renowned festivals, exceptional skiing, and hiking, biking, rafting and camping opportunities. The Ah Haa School for the Arts is a vital part of this fabulous mix.


Telluride, Colorado sits at 8,750 feet above sea level. Students who come from sea level can be slightly affected by the altitude. The most common symptoms are shortness of breath, light headed-ness, disturbed sleep and a headache. Drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine the first few days will help minimize symptoms. If you have high blood pressure or sleep apnea, the lack of oxygen may have a greater impact. Of the hundreds of visitors who have come here, 95% have minimal or no symptoms. For a more detailed description of altitude sickness, please visit Telluride Medical Center’s website: www.tellmed.org/ and go to Local Health Concerns/Common High Altitude Symptoms.


The town has an ordinance calling for a ban on single use plastic bags. When shopping in Telluride, be sure to carry along your own, reusable bag. If you do forget, retailers will have paper bags for your use, though there is a 10 cent charge per paper bag.


Alpine Lodging Telluride • 888/893-0158

Alpine Lodging Telluride offers an authentic Telluride experience to all guests. As the area’s largest property management company, they offer over 300 vacation rental properties in both Telluride and Mountain Village. From private homes to hotel rooms and condos, Alpine Lodging Telluride can truly be your home away from home. They look forward to welcoming you to our beloved box canyon!

Students of the Ah Haa School are eligible for 10% off lodging, to receive your discount, please contact Chris Esch via email or call (970)729-8821.

Ah Haa offers shared student housing for our Telluride Painting school classes, click here to learn more.

By Car

Telluride sits along the scenic San Juan Skyway, a 233-mile loop that connects a variety of iconic attractions in Cortez, Durango, Silverton and Ouray. From Telluride, the scenery along the San Juan Skyway is lined with mountain landscapes, vast ranchland and mountain passes. In late September, the fall foliage provides a signature show, creating yellows and golds as far as the eye can see. But, no matter what time of year you arrive, your drive is sure to be spectacular!

The Colorado Department of Transportation maintains a road and weather information website and hotline (303.639.111 or toll-free in Colorado at 877.315.7623) with up-to-the-minute information on road conditions, closures, construction projects and weather.

By Plane

Traveling to the region is easier than ever with daily non-stop and connecting flights into Montrose Regional Airport. Five different carriers service the airports, and there are nine non-stop destinations: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco/Oakland and Phoenix.

Telluride does not have a public airport. The Ah Haa suggests that students fly into the Montrose Airport in Montrose, Colorado. Please be sure to make an advance shuttle reservation for transport into Telluride with Telluride Express (1-888-212-8294). The fee is usually $50 one-way, but can be as high as $125 without advance reservations, or for flights that arrive after 8 p.m. or depart before 6 a.m. (these fees are also subject to change).

Regional Airports / Driving time to Telluride
Telluride Airport (TEX) / 10 minutes
Montrose Airport (MTJ) / 1.25 hours
Cortez Airport (CEZ) / 1.75 hours
Durango Airport (DRO) / 2.25 hours
Grand Junction Airport (GJT) / 2.25 hours