The San Juan Mountains are definitely off the beaten path. The communities of Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray are surrounded by a lot of USFS and public lands. This large playground lends itself to a lot of exploring. You may choose how; by foot, bike, boat, skis, hot air balloon, river, or jeep. National parks and spectacular natural wonders are a short drive away.
In addition to outdoor pursuits there are many arts and cultural offerings during summer and winter in each Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray communities.
Telluride is an incredible outdoor playground with so much to explore via hiking, biking, horseback riding, jeeping, fly fishing, skiing, climbing, etc. It’s also home to a phenomenal collection of festivals. Live theater, art walks, galleries and many dining experiences round out things you can enjoy on any given day in Telluride.
Arts & Culture
If you’re interested in Arts and Culture, check out Telluride Council for the Arts and learn more about the following programs; The Telluride Theatre, Ah Haa Art School, Outloud Lecture Series, Pinhead Institute, Telluride Institute, Telluride Historical Museum, Festivals, Fireside Chats, and Gallery Walk.
Located in the Heart of the San Juans, Ridgway has the bike path along the Uncompahgre River that extends to Ridgway State Park! Lots of hiking paths, the recently developed Ridgway Area Trails for biking (RAT), boating on the Ridgway Resevoir, skiing on the nordic trails up at Top of the Pines for your breath of fresh air…..
Culturally Ridgway enjoys a vibrant arts community! Named a Colorado Creative District because of it’s “unique and lively arts related assets”. The Ridgway arts scene is flourishing. Galleries, The Sherbino Theater, Free Concert Series in July, many individual artists, films and lectures.
Dubbed the Little Switzerland of America, Ouray is spectacularly beautiful! Surrounded by tall peaks and nestled in a small valley Ouray has been host to many explorers over the years. Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Ice Climbing, Jeeping and Canyoning are only a handful of outdoor pursuits that you may enjoy. Not to mention the obvious…. hot springs.
Ouray’s Arts and Culture scene hosts concerts of all styles of music, films, lectures, museums, theater and dance.
Arches National Park
About 2 hours from Telluride, Arches NP is located just outside of Moab, Utah.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Located 13 miles outside of Montrose, the Black Canyon is about 2 hours from Telluride.
Canyonlands National Park
3 hours from Telluride outside of Moab, Utah.
Mesa Verde National Park
Located 84 miles, approximately 2.25 hours, from Telluride.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad