UPDATE (7.6.11): Ryan got some great shots of the hotel during the Telluride fireworks display. One has been added to the slide show at the top of this post, and you can see more at
There’s no substitute for talent. Fortunately, Telluride is a talent magnet. World-class athletes, chefs, musicians, artists, architects — they’ve been born here, moved here or, at the very least, have stopped by for a visit.
In addition to skiers and banjo players, Telluride seems particularly adept at attracting photographers.
One of the Camel’s Garden‘s favorite shooters is Ryan Bonneau. Ryan has a wonderful eye to go along with his soft spot for our hotel. He often features Camel’s Garden Reservation Manager Mike Munno in his skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing photos.
Ryan recently snapped the shots featured at the top of this post, which show how perfectly situated the hotel is to Telluride – both the town and the ski resort.
In one of the shots, a glowing Ajax looms over the hotel and the rest of historic Telluride. Our guests get a particularly awesome view of this peak from our huge outdoor hot tub. The shot also gives you an idea as to why our patio, now serviced by Oak, is such a popular spot for lunch and afternoon refreshments.
The other shot shows just how convenient the Camel’s Garden is to the Gondola, Oak Street Lift and the rest of the Telluride Ski Resort, which all descend to, and ascend from, a grassy plaza directly adjacent to the Camel’s Garden Hotel. It’s a spot that serves as a popular meeting place in summer as it is convenient to everything in town. And it becomes the center of activity in winter, a place where people staying at other hotels get dropped off to pick up their passes and get on the lift.
Of course, our guest don’t need to bother with the bus. They just step outside.