Telluride Activities

Telluride Activities

What To Do In Telluride

The mountains are an outdoor playground, and this incredible landscape offers endless opportunities for adventure. Telluride is not only a world-class ski resort and a great place for summer festivals; there are a ton of great activities for the entire family! Telluride is also home to a vibrant arts scene as well as fine dining, shopping, and spa experiences. Below is a list of some of our most popular Telluride activities.

Summer Activities in Telluride

Telluride Sports Adventure Desk
Looking for some heart pounding thrills? Or perhaps just a fun-filled family excursion? Call or stop by the Telluride Sports Adventure Desk. We are your one stop shop for fishing tours, rafting trips, 4x4 tours, rock climbing, guided hikes, kayak lessons, spa services, and so much more! We will tailor a trip to meet your specific needs. The desk is located inside Telluride Sports Main Street location. Please call the Adventure Desk at 970-728-4477 x 211 to book your activities or e-mail at adventuredesk@ssv.net

Bike Rentals through Telluride Sports
There is no better way to see Telluride in the summer than by bike. Telluride Sports offers both cross country mountain bikes for those looking to hit the trails and hybrid cruisers for those who want to pedal around town or the river trail. For a real thrill, take one of our Trek Session 8 downhill bikes and hit the trails off the top of the Gondola. Please contact Telluride Sports at 970-728-3134 for more info or to make advanced reservations, visit www.rentbikes.org. 

White Water Rafting – White water rafting is one of the most popular summertime activities in Telluride, and it is a fun and exciting way to spend time on our beautiful rivers. The local rafting companies offer high-quality, guided trips, ranging in length from half day, full day, or multi day. With enthusiastic and experienced river guides, rafting trips can be tailored for all ages and ability levels to make sure that everyone has a great time. Get ready to take an exhilarating run through the rapids on the San Miguel, Dolores, and Uncompahgre Rivers!

4-Wheel Drive Tours – A 4-wheel drive tour is one of the best ways to see Telluride’s amazing scenery and simultaneously learn about its history. With its location in the rugged San Juan Mountains, Telluride is the perfect setting for a summer 4-wheeling adventure. There are many well-established companies offering tours over the mountain passes and through the old mining roads. Difficulty and level of adventure ranges from easy to extreme. Jeep rentals are also available for those comfortable exploring on their own. The 4-wheel drive season starts Memorial Day and lasts through October, but snow can fall on the high passes at any time of year.

Mountain Bike Tours – Mountain biking is a wonderful way to experience Telluride in the summer, with dramatic and challenging vertical terrain or a relaxing tour through breathtaking scenery on National Forest roads. Many different guided tours are available, for beginners and advanced riders alike. Explore old mining roads and single-track roads that climb to around 9,500 feet. For those looking to explore the beautiful scenery on their own, many Telluride and Mountain Village sports shops offer mountain bike and cruiser rentals as well. There are also spectacular trails within an hour or so away from Telluride and into Utah. 

Fly Fishing – Telluride and the surrounding area offers some of the country’s best fly-fishing. Several companies offer guided tours with professional and passionate fly fishing guides; a perfect way for beginners to get a feel for the sport and for experienced anglers to hone their skills. There is nothing quite like a beautiful mountain lake or river. Thriving fish populations around Telluride and relatively uncrowded waters will add up to a successful and fun day on your Telluride vacation.

Hiking, Camping, and Climbing – The San Juan Mountains around Telluride are an extraordinary place to hike and climb in the summer. The area is rife with trails of all lengths and difficulties, stunning vistas, and peace and quiet. Enjoy the breathtaking wildflowers, which are at their peak beginning in early July, and the golden aspens in fall. If you are wary of taking to the trail on your own, there are plenty of classes and guided tours, both overnight with camping and half to full-day trips for rock climbing and hiking. The Telluride wilderness provides great opportunities for fun in the backcountry with the whole family, whether you enjoy hiking, climbing, or camping.

Best Hikes Around Telluride

  • Bear Creek – A nice 2.5 mile walk up to a beautiful waterfall! The Bear Creek Trailhead starts at the north end of Pine St.
  • Jud Wiebe – A fairly strenuous hike beginning at the south end of Aspen. Cross the bridge and go uphill! Gorgeous views from the bench at the top of the hike.
  • Sneffels High Line – A full day through beautiful terrain including an elk calving area. Guaranteed to be an enjoyable and tiring day! Start at the Jud Wiebe trailhead.
  • Hope Lake – Drive out past Trout Lake and up a mountain road to the Hope Lake trailhead. Hope Lake at the top is a worthy destination and a great place for a picnic. Go early to avoid thunderstorms!    

Horseback Riding – Horseback riding is yet another way to engage with this landscape. The area offers a variety of riding options including Ride with Roudy, Telluride’s most popular and longest running horseback riding outfit. Ride with Roudy offers over 30 miles of private trails and destinations while you travel over mountains and through a variety of terrain. Trips are available from one to two hour rides as well as customized pack trips. Enjoy a scenic trail ride against the backdrop of Wilson Peak and get a taste of cowboy lifestyle.

Winter Activities in Telluride

Skiing/Equipment Rentals – Skiing and snowboarding are undoubtedly the most popular Telluride winter activities. With 7 convenient locations in Telluride and Mountain Village and an expert staff, Telluride Sports offers all the ski and snowboard gear that you will need to make the most of your vacation. Whether you are looking to do some aggressive backcountry exploring or just cruise the groomed slopes of Telluride, they will be able to outfit you with the proper equipment at the right price. For Telluride Alpine Lodging guests they also offer 20% discount on ski rentals. Follow this link to book: http://rentskis.com/tal

Sleigh Ride – Ride with Roudy, a popular summer horseback riding outfit, also offers wonderful sleigh ride adventures in wintertime. Snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy the San Juans from a traditional horse-drawn sleigh. Telluride also hosts dinner sleigh rides where guests are transported by snowcat to a western style buffet dinner. A sleigh ride can be the setting for a picture-perfect romantic evening or a fun family adventure.

Snowmobiling – Snowmobiling is a fun and exciting way to explore the mountains in winter. Take a break from skiing and snowboarding for a day and treat yourself to fresh tracks on another part of the mountain. Snowmobiling tours are also an excellent way to dive into the history of the region. Enjoy a half-day tour to the historic Alta Lakes or a full day tour to Dunton Hot Springs for a warm soak and a country gourmet lunch.

Ice Climbing – Great ice climbing is found all over Colorado, but the Telluride area contains several exceptional and easily-accessible ice climbs. From single-pitch cragging to mixed test-pieces, multi-pitch and alpine, there is a bit of everything. Guided tours are available for both beginners and guests who have ice-climbing experience.

Snowshoeing – Enjoy the fresh snow in the meadows and lower elevations with a guided snowshoe tour. A half-day guided tour is a great way to kick off your Telluride vacation and get acclimated to the altitude while enjoying the great outdoors. With the guidance of expert instructors and naturalists, guests gain insight into the natural history of the San Juan mountain range. For those that prefer to explore on their own, snowshoe rentals are also available at many sports shops.

Be sure to check out www.telluride.com, the authority on all things Telluride, for more comprehensive information.