Ever since I saw pictures of Telluride, Colorado, it was immediately added to my bucket list. The simple beauty of walking through town with the mountains in the background makes my heart happy. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Telluride has it – season permitting, of course.
Telluride is gorgeous for its mountainous backdrop but mountains are also key for things to do here. It’s full of mountains, lakes, skiing, snowboarding and hiking.
Explore Hope Lake – a picturesque view of a lake surrounded by mountains. Well worth the five miles hike up there. Plenty of things to do aside from resting the hike. This is a challenging hike according to reviewers but most have also said that a car with high clearance and 4WD/AWD shouldn’t have any problems getting up. Enjoy the lake, views and savor up the beauty that surrounds you.
Bridal Veil Falls
Check out Bridal Veil Falls but watch out for the insane hike to get there. For $50, there’s a company that will take you up and down the mountain to see Bridal Veil Falls; what’s even better – they will stop to allow you to take pictures. Bridal Veil Falls is a waterfall that sits 365 feet high. Like Hope Lake, the hike is pretty considerable and a car with high clearance 4WD/AWD shouldn’t have any problems getting up. Sitting at the top of the waterfalls is a privately owned, historic power plant. Based below the falls is the San Miguel River for an afternoon that won’t disappoint.
Telluride Ski Resort
Take a day or two to visit Telluride Ski Resort. With different types of terrain, over 2,000 skiable acres, backcountry skiing, lessons, terrain parks and trails for all levels, this one place you’ve got to check out. Telluride Ski Resort also gets roughly 280 inches of snow annually.
If you’d like to get an aerial tour of Telluride, check out their Gondola. This is a free service. It’s a 13 mile, 8-minute ride that begins at Telluride Station and works its way up the mountains. The higher up you get, the more of a panoramic view you get of the San Juan Mountains.
I don’t know about you but snowmobiling is something I’ve always wanted to try. In Telluride, there are many different options as far as renting a snowmobile – some are for a half a day, for a whole day and there’s one that even includes a lunch stop and a soak at Dunton Hot Springs. Gather your friends, go for an exhilarating snowmobiling ride and relax at the Denton Hot Springs.
If you’ve ever wanted to try ice climbing or want to do it again, Telluride just may be the perfect place. They offer classes for beginners and things for the more advanced. They also offer gear rentals for newbies or if you don’t want to lug it around with you.
Climb into a sleigh with your sweetie, friend or family and enjoy the magic. Three different types of sleigh rides are available:
- One of a Kind sleigh ride takes its riders 12,000 feet near the top of the Gold Hill Lift. Riders are enclosed in a snow coach and taken up to dinner at Alpino Vino. At Alpino Vino, dig into a five-course meal while taking in the gorgeous mountain views.
- Modern Sleigh Ride shuttles visitors up historic Aldosaro Ranch. Arriving at Aldosaro Ranch, you’ll be welcomed with a warm tent covered in lights for drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert. Depending on the ride you take, you can either watch the sunset or admire the starry sky.
- Traditional Sleigh Ride is exactly as it sounds: a horse-drawn sleigh ride with blankets.
In case sleigh rides weren’t something you were looking for or wanted something in addition to that, there’s always dog sledding. Fueled by a team of Alaskan Huskies, you can tour through snow-covered trails of the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompahgre National Forest.
Take a bike ride over the snow – a bike with five-inch tires that glide easily through, snow, mud, stream crossings and same-old smooth track.
Of course, we can’t forget the popular pastime of sledding. Firecracker Hill in Town Park is the most popular sledding spot in town. Sled rentals are even available.
Another popular pastime is ice skating. Telluride has three ice skating rinks; one outdoor and one indoor rink in Telluride and the third one is in Mountain Village which is more geared toward families. Picking the outdoor skating park in Telluride offers being surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and provides gorgeous views. The Andy Hanley Ice Rink is indoor so it’s ready to go whenever you are.
Before looking into heliskiing, I’ve never once heard of it before. Best explanation I can think of is to take water skiing and swap the water for snow and remember that a helicopter is pulling you. In heliskiing, you’ll get to explore some of the highest elevations in the United States, fantastic snow conditions, magnificent views and Colorado’s infamous powder in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains and Uncompahgre National Forests.
Nevertheless of how many activities I’ve listed, there’s still plenty more. If interested in any further activities, check out the list of activities on Telluride’s website here.