Telluride Summer Activities
Telluride is an incredible place to enjoy a wide range of summer activities, from hiking, biking, fly fishing and more, to world-renown festivals.
Try your luck on true wild trout streams with rainbows, cutthroat, brown and brook trout. Most fishing spots are within a half-hour of the Inn. Half-day all-inclusive trips to private waters, and rod and reel rentals are available. Elk's Pond in Mountain Village and Telluride Town Park Pond are stocked for children's fishing.
Rent a bike and ride to nearby beginner/expert alpine trails or take on the rugged trails of the ski mountain via free gondola. Take the easy way down with a tour from Lizard Head Pass down to the Telluride valley, featuring alpine lakes and historic sites. This trip includes professional guide, transportation, snack, bike and helmet. Custom guided trips to the backcountry are offered for experienced mountain bikers.
Hiking among alpine wildlife, wildflowers, rushing waterfalls and experiencing the fresh mountain air is a cure-all for hectic, busy lives. Our concierge desk will be glad to give you directions for all types of hikes from easy to difficult. Half-day guided hikes offer information on history of the area, flora and wildlife in addition to snacks and transportation arrangements. Free hikes are offered Monday through Friday on the Ridge Trail at the Nature Center, via gondola.
The San Miguel River, one of the last un-dammed, wild rivers in the Southwest, offers splashy, fast-action rafting from May to July. Half-day trips and full-day trips include professional guide, transportation, splash jacket, splash pants, river booties, snack and gratuity. Overnight raft trips are available on the San Juan and Dolores Rivers. Black Canyon of the Gunnison provides the premier whitewater experience. Kayaking trips and lessons are available.
Walking Tours of the Telluride Historic District
A tour of the historic district will show you where Butch Cassidy carried out his first bank robbery and Telluride's "sporting district" where "ladies of the evening" entertained. You'll learn about a gun-slinging Town Marshall and a young town lawyer who changed the world by developing the first long-distance alternating current power plant in Telluride. Free self-guided walks can be found in the Telluride Visitor Guide.
4x4 and ATV Tours
4x4 tours to historic mining ruins, ghost towns and some of the most scenic vistas in North America area are offered by guides well versed in local lore. Tours to the top of Bridal Veil Falls at sunset feature spectacular views of Telluride's magnificent glacial canyon.
For thrilling, adventurous, silent flight over the mountaintops and deep valleys of Telluride, glider rides are offered by experienced mountain pilots from the Telluride Regional Airport. Instruction also available.
If you're looking for a real "wild west cowboy" experience, then horseback riding at Roudy's stables is the place for you. On a high mesa with jaw-dropping views of the Telluride valley and snow-covered peaks, Roudy offers guided two-hour group and private trail rides. Transportation to Roudy's Stables may be arranged with your concierge.
Children and adults will enjoy beginner to expert routes on this man-made boulder in the center of Mountain Village. Adventure Rock is free and open to the public daily at 12:30 pm with supervision. Weekend competitions include climbing gear for competitors.
Group rock-climbing and private rock-climbing classes are available for all skill levels, absolute beginner to absolute expert. Telluride is surrounded by amazing peaks to climb and concur.
Those with interests in archaeology, geology and biology will learn much for local guides who have devoted their lifetimes to these passions. Herb Walks and Geology tours offer a wealth of in-depth knowledge about the Telluride area. Custom trips available.
National Parks, Scenic Byways, Native American Sites, Hot-Springs
Some of the nation's most spectacular National Parks are within 2 hours of Telluride including Mesa Verde in Cortez and Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Montrose. Canyon of the Ancients National Monument and Hovenweep ruins are located near Dolores. The San Juan Skyway and Unaweep Tabeguache By-ways are outstanding routes with remarkable scenery, historic and geologic sites. The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Ute Tribal Park and Crow Canyon Archeological Center offer educational digs, museum artifacts and tours. Several natural hot springs are located within an hour and a half from Telluride.
Ouray Hot Springs
After a long day of outdoor activities there is nothing that compares to soaking in a natural hot spring. Ouray (just an hour away from Telluride) offers several options for outdoor hot spring fun.
Ouray’s Public Hot Spring Pools (Great for kids!)
Ouray’s 250 foot public pool has a lap swimming section, a diving area, a large slide, shallow section for younger children and a game area for water volleyball.
Orvis Hot Springs (clothing Optional - Adults Only)
"The Pond" is 40 feet across and 5 feet deep at the deepest spot and is surrounded on three sides by a Redwood deck. Made of natural rock and boulders, you'll find numerous areas to soak while enjoying views of Mt. Sneffels and seasonal average of 100-106 degrees. The "Island Pond" is fed by pure Crater Water. “Smokers Pond”, is a small eight foot round pool features a babbling waterfall and is the only soaking area where smoking is allowed. The hottest tub, known as the "Lobster Pot", averages between 108-114 degrees.
Telluride Historical Museum
The Telluride Historical Museum, located in old turn-of-the-century Telluride Hospital tells of the Ute Indians, who summered in this valley before the discovery of silver and gold and of Telluride's colorful mining era. Audio walking tours available.
Elk herds and mule deer can be sighted from the golf course and grazing on the valley floor. Lynx, bobcats, black bear and mountain lions stay in the backcountry and are occasionally spotted from the gondola. Beaver, songbirds, tree frogs, badgers, ducks, geese and coyote are prevalent. Colorado bluebirds are especially vibrant in summer. Take a nature walk along the San Miguel River or visit the Nature Center at the top of the gondola.
Telluride Town Park lap pool is open to adults and children.
5 hard surfaced tennis courts and paddle tennis courts are conveniently located to the Telluride Golf Club near the Inn at Lost Creek. There is no charge to reserve courts.
Telluride Town Park has a skateboard ramp that is a great free activity and is open for skateboarding and in-line skating daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Transitional mini-ramp and template drop vertical ramp. Helmet and pads required, as well as a signed waiver form, available on east wall at the ramp. Lit at night. Will be closed during some festival weekends.
There is a 9-hole disc golf course in Town Park. This is a primitive course using natural objects as targets. The course winds around the perimeter of the park, behind the Town Park Stage, up onto Firecracker Hill and ends near the lower, Bear Creek waterfall. An additional 9-hole course is open up in the Mountain Village. The Double Cabin Disc Golf Course is located across the street from the Gondola Intercept Parking Lot. It has baskets and features views from the junction of Double Cabin and Sundance ski runs.