How to describe the San Juan Mountains in the fall? A mesmerizing display of vibrant, yellow aspens, displayed among freshly, snowcapped peaks. How to make the fall season even more visually striking? Mix classic, luxury vehicles into the spectacular landscape, and host a celebration of Cars and Colors!
The Second Annual Telluride Festival of Cars and Colors pairs the aesthetic brilliance of the fall season with a beautiful display of world class automobiles. This festival is an exemplary event for car aficionados who want to enjoy the mountain town lifestyle and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Telluride during the fall. Expect to witness a myriad of high-end automobiles, restorations, and vintage vehicles, contrasted against the sprawling, autumn wilderness of the San Juan Mountains.
New to Cars and Colors this year is the inaugural Mountain Village Concours d’Elegance. During this event, festival attendees can view vintage machines, top-flight restorations, international exotics, and a premium fleet of American-made classic sports cars, which pair excellently with Telluride Ski Resort’s impressive landscape and terrain.
If you’re in need of an escape to nature, take advantage of the world-renowned hiking and biking trails that give you unfettered access to the natural allure of Telluride, the scenery. There are many accessible hiking trails that can be reached directly from the Town of Telluride or Mountain Village at any time of day on your own accord. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many incredible guided services and tour options that will facilitate more elevated outings while making memories to last a lifetime.
Schedule of Events:
The festival revs up on the 29th of September and will be hosted in three premiere locations over the duration of four days: Downtown Telluride, Telluride Airport, and Mountain Village.
Thursday, September 29th:
Telluride’s Fesitval of Cars and Colors will officially begin at 5:30 pm at the Welcome Reception hosted at the Conference Center in Mountain Village. This event will showcase a special Guest Speaker and the musical stylings of the Pop Baroque Electric String Quartet, Spinphony. Bring your cameras and capture the vibrant colors in an effort to win the Cars and Colors Photo Contest, which will yield two cash prizes of $500 each.
Friday, September 30th:
Enjoy the morning Revv program beginning at 9 am at Tracks in Mountain Village, then head to The Concourse on the Golf Course, featuring The American Car People’s Choice Award. Up at the airport from 10 am until 4 pm, indulge the senses with unique vehicle exhibits and vendors displayed in a truly beautiful setting overlooking the valley and surrounding peaks. During the day from 10 am through 4 pm, Cars and Colors Theater will be showing car-themed movies at the Conference Center in Mountain Village. If you are exploring Main Street, stop to enjoy music by MoDaZz, during the Cool Cars on Colorado event from 5:30 pm on.
Saturday, October 1st:
Wake up to a sponsored pancake breakfast at the Telluride Airport, then explore the Unique Vehicle Exhibits and WWII Ward Bid Exhibit. Don’t miss out on the main event: A 240-mile tour of the Million Dollar Highway Road Rally, which starts at Heritage Plaza and concludes at the Telluride Airport. Have an affinity for two wheelers instead? Be sure to check out the vintage motorcycle event in Heritage Plaza. Last but not least, the American Car Makers People’s Choice award will be awarded at the Telluride airport!
Sunday, October 2nd:
Head back to Morning Revv for the final event at the Tracks Café in the Heritage Plaza of Mountain Village, which is a place to receive another Medallion hunt clue! The Italian Car Makers People’s Choice award will be on display at the Concourse on the Golf Course, sponsored by Barrett-Jackson. Be sure to attend the Alpenglow Closing Reception with stunning views of the natural skyline here in Telluride. The last day of the festival will be one for the books.
The 2nd Annual Telluride Cars and Color Festival will showcase the same lucrative contests that were featured last fall. Participants can compete in events such as:
- The Million Dollar Road Rally - Cash Prize of $5,000
- The Cars and Colors Medallion Hunt - Cash Prize of $5,000
- The Cars and Colors Photo Contest - Two Cash Prize Winners of $500 each
Gold Season is upon us and disappearing quickly. Don’t miss out on the tangible, natural beauty that lights up our landscape for a brief, but magical period of time. Fly directly from Dallas (DFW) through October 5th or connect through Denver from many other major hubs. Upon arrival, indulge in world-class dining, spa, and lodging options. The Peaks Resort & Spa is just one premiere lodging option that is home to the Italian-inspired culinary delight, Altezza at The Peaks , winner of the 2016 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
Can’t make it this weekend? Consider booking your winter vacation early with daily direct flights from Dallas (DFW) resuming November 18th and daily direct flights from Phoenix (PHX) resuming December 15th, it’s the perfect time to plan your holiday or ski vacation. New this season, Great Lakes will begin direct flights to Telluride (TEX) from Denver (DEN) launching December 17th, putting you on the slopes within 30 minutes of landing. Looking for tips on getting to Telluride? Check out our trip planning guide and cater your stay to your needs whether in a hotel, condo, or vacation home by taking a look at our lodging options here in the historic Town of Telluride or the modern, stunning Mountain Village. The fall season is coming to a close and winter is fast approaching, make it a memorable one.