Telluride Autumn Classic Road Rally

Tour one of Colorado’s great scenic byways,

The Unaweep – Tabeguache, on the Telluride Autumn Classic Gateway Road Rally!

History: Unaweep and Tabeguache are Ute languages which mean “canyon with two mouths” and “where the snow melts first” respectively. This byway sits in the heart of the Uncompahgre Plateau and offers many great geological landmarks.

Details: Rally participants will motor along this approximately, 204 mile out and back route (estimated travel time: 5-7 hours) for a chance to win prizes! The Telluride Autumn Classic Rally Master will establish a ‘time to match’ which will be known to only the Rally Master. The Rally Master could stop for gas; stop to take photos of all the great scenery, stop for a brief snack or a long lunch. Once in Gateway the Rally Master may tour the Gateway Auto Museum for 30 minutes or 60 minutes so, their time is a mystery until the announcement of the winner on Saturday after the Rally deadline at the Telluride Airport. You must have a 2022 Telluride Autumn Classic Festival Pass to be eligible for prizes.

Rules: You may start your journey anytime between 8:30 am – 10 am after clocking in at the Telluride Autumn Classic Road Rally tent at the Telluride Airport, 1500 Last Dollar Road.  You can check back in starting at 1:30 pm at the same tent at the Telluride Airport. You must be clocked back in by 3:30 pm; no other time or speed restrictions are enforced. We do, however, take an odometer reading prior to your departure and upon your return, just to make sure you enjoyed the entire loop.

Rally Route: Start your Rally journey from the Telluride Airport. “Punch” your Rally Time Card and head out on your journey.  From 1500 Last Dollar Road, you will travel highway 145 along the San Miguel River through Placerville before turning left onto Hwy 141 towards Norwood, CO. You will pass through small farming communities before joining the flow of the Dolores River as you continue on Highway 141. You will pass historical sites like the abandoned uranium mining town of Uravan and the engineering marvel of the ’Hanging Flume’. Once you reach Gateway, check out the amazing Gateway Auto Museum. Show your 2022 Telluride Autumn Classic Festival Pass for complimentary entrance to the museum! Enjoy your visit to Gateway but, remember, you must check back in at the Telluride Airport by 3:30 pm (check in is available between 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm). The participant that most closely matches the Rally Master’s time will win the contest prize! This event is open to any vehicle owner with a 2022 Festival Pass and will be Saturday (9/24/22) only. The winner will be announced Saturday (9/24/22) directly after the contest at the Telluride Autumn Classic Ticket Tent at 3:45 pm.

Enjoy the scenery,

Watch the road and Be Safe!

This event is available to all 3 Day VIP and 2 Day GA Pass Holders, both General Admission and VIP.

You may participate in the Road Rally and the Poker Run or you can participate in just one of the events, your choice!
Poker Run Details:

Not a poker player? Never fear! All you need to participate in the Autumn Classic Poker Run is a sense of adventure and a willingness to explore one of Colorado’s scenic byways.

You will pick up your Poker Run Score Card and Map at the Telluride Airport starting at 8:30am on Saturday morning. You will visit each of the predetermined 5 designated ”Dealer” locations and draw one card from the Festival “Dealer” at each location. Each “Dealer” will mark your scorecard with the card you have drawn at each location. You will need to pay attention to each location’s ‘card availability time’ as it is different for each location. You’ll have plenty of time to get to the 5 locations in the time allotted, so no speeding!…just make sure to return to the Telluride Airport and draw your final card before the cutoff time, 3:30 pm.

3:45pm: Winner announced at the Autumn Classic Road Rally tent at the Telluride Airport.


  • Each participating vehicle will receive 1 Poker Run scorecard to represent 1 hand of poker
  • All 2022 Telluride Autumn Classic 3-Day and 2-Day GA and VIP ticket holders are eligible to participate
  • A “Hand” will consist of “5 Cards” — each “card” is a stamp on your scorecard you receive from a Dealer at each Dealer Location
  • There will be 5 designated “Dealer Locations” throughout the course.
  • The Poker Run hours are from 8:30am-3:30pm, Saturday, September 24, 2022 only.
  • No ‘wild cards’ will be used to build hands.
  • If a participant draws a card that is already on their Score Card, for example if the Queen of Hearts is already indicated on the card and the Queen of Hearts is drawn again at a different Dealer location, then the participant will be dealt a new card.
  • One deck of cards will be used at each Dealer location.
  • Score Cards must be turned in by 3:30pm, Saturday, September 24, 2022 to qualify for prizes.
  • There will be only 1 winner
  • All decisions by the Autumn Classic Poker Run Staff are final

8:30am – 10:00am: TELLURIDE AIRPORT (CARD#1): Check in at the Autumn Classic Road Rally tent on Saturday morning at the Telluride Airport between 8:30am – 10:00am and pick up your scorecard and Poker Run Map. You will draw your 1st card here before you set out on the road.

9:15am-11:15am: NORWOOD LOCATION (TBD) (CARD #2)

11:00am-1:15pm: GATEWAY LOCATION (TBD) (CARD #3)

1:00pm-3:00pm: SAWPIT MERCHANTILE (CARD #4)

1:30pm-3:30pm: TELLURIDE AIRPORT  (CARD #5)

3:45pm WINNER Announced at the Road Rally tent at the Telluride Airport

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