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Our Values

For over 40 years, Telluride Academy has been rooted in the belief that kids grow better outside and that the "outside" is for everyone! From our inception we have worked to create a community that is inclusive, emphatic, understanding and welcoming to all. We are guided by a belief that diversity is a fundamental element that enhances every facet of our program and provides both students and staff with the essential perspectives they need to thrive in an increasingly complex, multicultural and connected society. We have a lot to learn and a long ways to travel, but as with any adventure worth pursuing, we are committed to the journey and the the lessons that will be learned along the way. Through listening, honesty and productive conversations, we hope to perpetuate a culture of inclusion within the outdoor community and foster future ambassadors for a more just, equitable and diverse society. 

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Doesn't happen
Without housing!

Calling all Telluride Academy families!

If you have housing opportunities - a lock off, spare bedroom, vacant land, a cupboard under the stairs...

Please consider becoming a Telluride Academy hero and housing an amazing staff member for the summer, so we can run 2022 programs!

Please reach out to us at

info@tellurideacademy.org or by calling the office at 970-728-5311


Session 1: June 6 - June 17
Session 2: June 20 - July 1
Session 3: July 5 - July 15
Session 4: July 18 - July 29
Session 5: August 1 - August 11

Member's Registration: February 1, 2022
Local's Registration: February 8, 2022
Open Registration: February 15, 2022

On Belay...Whats on the line for TA


41 Years of FUN

Thank you for an incredible 41st summer at Telluride Academy! We are busy planning the 42nd summer and many more adventures in our backyard!


Looking Forward

Keep your eyes open for registration opening this winter! Donate to our tuition assistance program and become a member HERE to receive priority registration for summer 2022

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Get Paid to Play

Stay tuned for job openings for both instructors and interns coming out this January, 2022! NEW THIS YEAR - We are excited to announce housing opportunities at our Leopard Creek Home Base to keep our instructors in the Telluride region! 



Chason Russel Memorial Fund

We are so proud and honored to be a part of the Chason Memorial Fund

Telluride Academy is mourning the loss of our former student and long time instructor Chason Russell. Whether you knew Chason or not, know that he was the embodiment of everything Telluride Academy stands for. Chason was a selfless teacher and mentor who inspired our students to pursue their passions, to overcome challenges with grace, perseverance and humility and to celebrate the beauty and power of the natural world. Chason is known as many things to many people; son, brother, husband, leader, friend, athlete and explorer.

For us, he will always be a Hero. 

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As our resort community grows and adapts to the ever changing world around us, staff housing has become an issue paramount in addressing. Through board and administrative dialogue, it was decided that adopting an ambitious and proactive stance was necessary to protect the integrity and legacy of our programming. 

In May of 2021, Telluride Academy purchased a 4 bedroom / 3 bath house near Placerville, Colorado!
Help support our staff housing initiative and ensure that we continue to
recruit & retain the BEST educators & instructors!

Click HERE to learn more and donate!

There's No Place Like Home

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Telluride Academy Seeks Regional Land Access Partners 

Got Land?

As the popularity of the southwest increases, we are experiencing a major uptick in users to our usually quiet public lands. Our permitted overnight locations are becoming more crowded and harder to access. Factor in the challenges of limited transportation due to the pandemic and it quickly becomes apparent how important our land partnerships are! If you would consider granting Academy students access to your property in the summer months, we'd LOVE to hear from you! We don't need much...just some open space for tents and room to roam and explore! 

Land owner & property is listed as "additionally insured" under our extensive insurance policy. 

Land owners receive a tax deduction 

Learn more and get involved with a phone call or email!


 our Sponsors! 

 (And think you should too!)

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