While many people think of Telluride as a Winter haven, the reality is that there is fun and adventure to be had year-round. Even if you are not an avid skier, Telluride has some incredible sights and activities that make it a vacation destination no matter the time of year. Here are four reasons to visit Telluride this year.
Another great year-round activity to enjoy in Telluride is hiking the various trails around the area. For inexperienced hikers or those lacking hiking gear, the San Miguel River Trail is a phenomenal option for an easy hike. The trail winds along the San Miguel River that passes through the historic village, with plenty of beautiful views of nature as well. The San Miguel River Trail connects to the Idarado Legacy trail, which leads to views of Bridal Veil Falls while maintaining an easy grade and smooth walking path. For a family-friendly hike, consider visiting Bear Creek Falls. More of a walk than a true hike, the trail to the waterfall runs for two miles, with the terrain sloping slightly uphill for short periods, followed by flat sections continuously throughout the trail. For more of a challenge, this hike can be extended by continuing to the Wasatch Trail of the Jud Weibe which is a short, 3-mile loop featuring a steep climb on the way up. For those seeking a truly challenging hike, summitting Ajax Peak may be the perfect opportunity. This hike takes approximately four hours to complete, with an elevation gain of more than 2,700 feet. As the trail to reach Ajax Peak begins at the top of Bridal Veil Falls, you will have a full day of hiking ahead of you.
2. Explore Downtown and the Town Park
For many, an essential part of any vacation is checking out the local shops and boutiques. Snugly nestled into the San Juan Mountains, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the town while strolling from shop to shop or visiting the many fine dining options in the area. Once you have had your fill of shopping, visit the Telluride Town Park to relax or enjoy some of the many local festivals routinely held there. The park is home to a volleyball court, soccer fields, a swimming pool, a fishing pond, and a campground for those looking to stay overnight.
3. Rock Climbing
For those seeking more of a thrill on their vacation, a guided outdoor rock-climbing adventure may be the perfect fit. This can be a fun way to enjoy the majesty of the San Juan Mountains while also challenging your body in an exhilarating way. Guided trips are perfect for climbers of any level of experience, as the professional guides will instruct you on the use of your safety equipment and help you along your rock-climbing journey. For experienced climbers, the Via Ferrata (Italian for “Iron Way”) is one of the most popular adventure experiences in Telluride. The 3-mile loop offers a combination of hiking and rock climbing, with breathtaking views of the Town of Telluride as well as Bridal Veil Falls and the peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Even if you are a very experienced rock climber, it is still highly recommended to climb this route with a guide.
4. Guided Horseback Adventures
One of the most fun things to do in Colorado is taking a guided horseback trail ride. Take a day trip to nearby Norwood (a 45-60 minute drive) and enjoy riding horseback while taking in beautiful vistas. This can be a great way to experience the beauty of the San Juan mountains, connect with your inner cowboy, or live out a childhood fantasy of a wild west horseback ride. These tours can be one or two hours, with private tour options available for those seeking more of a thrill.
In conclusion, Telluride has plenty of fun and adventure to offer year-round. Once you have had your fill of exploring each day, it is essential to find the perfect rental to return to for an evening of relaxation. To start planning your dream vacation, contact SilverStar to book your luxury rental property today!