The Observatory is an icon in Telluride. Come and experience it for yourself! Families have bonded and made memories to last a lifetime. Friends have made toasts and laughed so hard they cried. Producers have filmed commercials here. The Observatory has been THE site in Telluride where people have fallen in love, become engaged, exchanged vows and celebrated anniversaries. Nonprofits have taught people numerous topics in Mother Nature’s finest classroom. Everyone has been awed by the magnetism of The Observatory – whether there is snow on the ground or not.  It is an amazing place and once you come, you will always want to come back.  And we will be happy to see you upon every return....


Bedroom 1: King Bed
Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
+ 2 Twin Pull-Out Beds (Sleeps 4)
Loft: 2 Full Bunk Beds (Sleeps 4)

Linens Provided


Fully EquippedUpdated Kitchen
Coffee Maker
Coffee Bean Grinder
Beverage Refrigerator
Outdoor Grill


Updated Bathroom with Shower (2nd Floor)
Half Bath  (Main Floor)

Linens Provided
Shampoo + Soap Provided


Hot Tub
Board Games + Books
CD Player/Stereo System
Cell Repeater (Located in the Lodge for Service)


Dining Table (Seats 10)
Wood Burning Fireplace (Cut Wood Provided)
Leather Sectional Sofa


Purest Water on the Planet (Private Well)
Washer & Dryer (Detergent Provided)
All Linens
Toilet Paper
Kitchen Staples: Coffee & Sweetener/Creamer, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Basic Spices & Cooking Oil
First Aid Kit
Oxygen Supply/Machine

Breathtaking views provided at no additional cost



In the summer, after all the snow has melted, you can access The Observatory on a five-mile dirt road (a two wheel drive vehicle is fine) with some of the most incredible scenery on the planet! You can hike, bike or drive – just be sure to enjoy the view along the way. In the fall, winter and spring, getting to The Observatory is most definitely part of the adventure. 


When the snow arrives, The Observatory is accessible only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. You can access The Observatory on the snow-covered road via snowmobile, ski in from a nearby backcountry gate on the Telluride Ski Resort, cross country ski or snowshoe right to the front door.



The Observatory is remote. Nestled at 11,300 feet under the 13,000-foot Palmyra Peak and Silver Peak of the San Juan Mountains, The Observatory is located 13 miles from the town of Telluride, Colorado. To obtain access to The Observatory, there is an unmaintained county road that is about five-miles-long. A two wheel drive can make it, when there is no snow, but a four-wheel drive vehicle is preferable. When the snow arrives, The Observatory is accessible only by snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. Once you make your reservation, all the information you need will be provided to you.