The best part about Telluride is it’s location. While it is remote and hard to get to, it is surrounded by national parks and spectacular natural wonders.
THINGS TO DO:
Telluride is an incredible outdoor playground with so much to explore via hiking, biking, horseback riding, jeeping, flyfishing, skiing, etc. It’s also home to a phenomenal collection of art, food and music festivals so there is always something to do.
What Types of Activities are Available?
Summer activities include; Hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, Golfing, 4 wheeling, horseback riding, and camping.
Winter activities include; Alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, dog sledding, ice climbing, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
In the winter, you can ski world-class terrain at The Telluride Ski Resort. Telluride was ranked the top ski resort in North America TWO years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler Readers Survey and offers a genuine mountain experience for all levels of skiers. The slopes and lifts remain un-crowded throughout the season. Click here for a snow report on the latest ski and snow conditions in real time.
The Telluride Theatre, Ah Haa Art School, Outloud Lecture Series, Pinhead Institute, Telluride Institute, Telluride Historical Museum, Festivals, Fireside Chats, and Gallery Walk.
Arches National Park
About 2 hours from Telluride, Arches NP is located just outside of Moab, Utah.
Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.The extraordinary features of the park, including balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Located 13 miles outside of Montrose, the Black Canyon is about 2 hours from Telluride.
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison’s unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Canyonlands National Park
3 hours from Telluride outside of Moab, Utah.
Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and learning.
Mesa Verde National Park
Located 84 miles, approximately 2.25 hours, from Telluride.
Mesa Verde, named the world’s “#1 Historic Monument Destination,” was inhabited by the Anasazi Indians, a.k.a. “The Ancient Ones,” for 1,200 years. Major Anasazi dwellings and cliff houses are found in the park, along with hiking trails, finger canyons and abundant wildlife. A museum, guided tours, campgrounds and lodging are available.
Scenic Drives & Byways
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The railroad once carried $300 million in gold and silver ore from Silverton to Durango. A ride of this train brings back the romance of the railroad days when coal-operated locomotives rode the rails through the San Juan Mountains. It winds through some of the West’s most dramatic country and a climb over the spectacular Molas Pass. Daily tours leace from Durango or Silverton.
2.5 hours from Telluride
Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and located in the Animas River Valley, Durango is near the Four Corners National Monument where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet. Its name comes from the Basque “urango” meaning “water town.”
Moab is located 130 miles, approximately 2.5 hours, from Telluride.
Moab is neighbor to two national parks: Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Famous for its desert scenery and outdoor adventure, the region offers biking on slickrock, jeeping, whitewater rafting, hiking and spectacular vistas and petroglyphs.
The rugged Imogene Pass/Tomboy Road 4WD route connects Ouray and Telluride in late summer and fall.
A National Historic District since 1983, this former mining town is full of natural wonders: the spectacular Box Canyon Falls, natural hot springs pool and vapor caves.
San Juan Skyway
This Scenic and Historic Byway is one of six All-American Roads recognized for outstanding scenic, geologic and historic sites. Plan on a leisurely eight-hour drive where numerous points of interest allow you to pull off, stretch your legs and expand your mind.
Originally named Baker’s Park, Silverton boasts the earliest gold and silver finds in the region. Few new buildings have been constructed in this small town since 1910, so Silverton remains an authentic turn of the century Victorian scene, designated a National Historic District. In the winter check out Silverton Mountain for an amazing ski experience.
Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic & Historic Byway
Located 161 miles, approximately 3.25 hours, from Telluride.
This scenic route between Grand Junction and Telluride is made up of highways 141 and 145. Follow Unaweep Canyon’s red sandstone walls down a historic path that dates back to Precambrian times and has hosted everything from dinosaurs to miners.