I guarantee one visit to Telluride and you will fall in love! This charming little mountain town is home to the tallest free falling waterfall in Colorado, incredibly stunning vistas, world-class skiing, amazing fine dining and an absolute outdoor lovers dream! Below are just ten of the many things to do in this remote little gem located in the San Juan Mountains.
– Hike, Bike or Drive to the Top of Bridal Veil Falls –
At 365 Feet, Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest free falling waterfall in Colorado.
The trailhead begins at the far east side of town. You can park at the Valley View parking area and head up 1.8 miles of switchbacks to the top of the falls where an inoperative hydro-electric generating plant sits.
If you’ve got the time you can hike it, If you’re crazy you can bike it, and if you’re lazy you can drive it! The trail is a very rough road so a 4×4 vehicle is highly recommended. Enjoy the incredible sweeping views on your way up. Once you’ve reached the top you can either head back down or continue on foot or bike past the hydro-electric plant and into the Bridal Veil Basin which connects to numerous other trails and some beautiful alpine lakes. The hike and views are amazing, just make sure you watch out for those vehicles and don’t miss the green and aquamarine ponds down below!
– Ride the FREE Gondola to Mountain Village –
One of the greatest things in Telluride is their free gondola system that connects to Mountain Village where you can find all the modern lodging, shopping and dining.
This system has allowed Telluride to keep it’s Victorian charm and character while still being able to cater to out-of-towners. You can find the Gondola in Telluride on Oak Street. The first stop takes you to hiking trails, ski slopes and Allred’s Restaurant, contemporary dining with the most beautiful panoramic view! The second stop takes you into Mountain Village and from Gondola Station in Mountain Village, you can hop on to get to the grocery store, post office and the town hall.
Locals call it “the best commute in the country”.
And if you have a furry friend, it’s cool-on selected carts, they can come too!
– Attend a Festival –
From May to October, Telluride is full of all varieties of festivals. Some of the most popular include the Telluride Blue Grass Festival and Wine Festival in June, Yoga Festival in July, Jazz Festival in August, Blues and Brews and Film Festival in September. I’ve also heard that Telluride has some of the best fireworks on the 4th of July! Make sure you like Telluride’s Facebook page for all the up and coming events!
– Hit the Slopes –
Always ranked one of North America’s top ten ski areas, the slopes of Telluride have excitement for all levels of skiing. The San Juan Mountains are no doubt steep and jagged, perfect for the experts, but the way the runs are laid out, the beginner slopes also get to enjoy the stunning views.
The crowds are low and the powdery white snow is plentiful-in winter of course!
– Stuff Your Face –
Telluride has such a wide variety of dining. Looking for an amazing pizza joint? Head to Brown Dog. Feel like Mexican? Taco Del Nar is your place. A taste for fish? Smuggler’s Brew Pub has the best salmon burger in town!
If you want to try a steamed burger vs. a grilled burger, Steamies was recently voted #1 burger in Colorado!
The ski resort has some of the best finer dining. Alpino Vino, a restaurant with the highest elevation in North America, offers European cuisine, Allred’s, contemporary American cuisine and Bon Vivant, Telluride’s French bistro. Need more? Head to Mountain Village, there is no shortage of food here!
– Tee Time –
Have you ever played a game a golf with some absolute stunning mountain views? At 9,500 feet, the Telluride Golf Club is open yearly from May to October. The 18-hole course constructed in 1992, serves as a private club for members and also a public course for locals and visitors.
You can find a practice range with chipping and putting greens, a pro shop, private instructions and clinics, GPS equipped golf carts and unbeatable views!
– Hike the Trails and Find the Waterfalls –
There are numerous hiking trails in and around Telluride. You can find a list of all the trails here. We hiked the Bridal Veil Falls Trail, Jud Wiebe Trail and Cornet Creek Falls Trail.
You can find another beautiful waterfall at the end of the Bear Creek Falls Trail. I can’t even begin to explain how absolutely beautiful hikes around Telluride are. The Jud Wiebe Trail was definitely a challenge at first but the views and Aspens made it all worthwhile.
– Take a Guided Tour –
With six exciting adventures to choose from, Telluride Outside surely has something for everyone! River rafting is always a must in Colorado and that photo tour looks mighty interesting! 🤔
– Camping at Alta Lakes –
You can find Alta Lakes on the backside of the Telluride Ski Resort, six miles south of Telluride off of Highway 145. The only access road, Alta Lakes Road, is a one lane road that is not well maintained, a high clearance vehicle is needed. In winter, the lakes are only accessible by snowmobile. Hiking day trips, free camping around the lakes, fly fishing and visiting the Ghost Town are just some of the things to do. The campground contains two vault toilets and no water.
A perfect place to get away and let your troubles just melt away.
– Take Lots of Photos and Marvel at the Beauty that is Telluride –
Have you ever been to Telluride? How much did you love it?
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