Colorado is one of the only places in America where you can get a dinner reservation at about 12,000 feet. Not only is Colorado home to the restaurant with the highest elevation, but it is also home to one of the most beautiful restaurants in America as decided by the staff at People Magazine.

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With the summer months right around the corner, now is the time to make your plans to visit Colorado's "most beautiful restaurant" high above the resort town of Telluride, Colorado in the heart of the San Juan Mountains.

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Allred's Restuarant in Mountain Village

The San Juan Mountains offer views of many of Colorado's 14er and 13er mountains from Telluride and Mountain Village, Colorado. How many dinners begin with an epic gondola ride to San Sophia Station (10,540 feet)? You'll arrive just steps away from Colorado's Allred's Restaurants, known for its incredible French cuisine, regional American dishes, and incredible wine list.

The View From Allred's Restaurant in Telluride

People Magazine's list of the most beautiful restaurants in America is dominated by restaurants with one-of-a-kind architecture and those nestled in unique outdoor settings. Tables in the dining room offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Telluride Ski Resort. While you wait for your table, check out the views from the San Sophia Overlook, located behind the rear of the San Sophia Gondola Station.

What is it like to ride the gondola from Telluride up to Mountain Village? We have some stunning photos to check out in the gallery below.

LOOK: Breathtaking Views on Telluride Gondola to Mountain Village

Take a ride up the gondola from the picturesque Colorado ski town of Telluride all the way up to Mountain Village.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

MORE: Best Places to Stop When Driving to Telluride from Grand Junction

The drive from Grand Junction to Telluride is beautiful in itself, but you could make it even more enjoyable by stopping at these places along the way.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

KEEP GOING: Telluride Isn't Just for Wintertime, Enjoy Summer Activities Too

Telluride has been famous for a long time for its blue skies and world-class skiing. However, this gem nestled near the San Juan mountains is also an amazing summer destination with tons of outdoor activities. Scroll on to see all the fun you can have in Telluride during the warmer months of the year.

Gallery Credit: Wes Adams

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