Summer Guide

Farmers Market: The Telluride Farmers’ Market is a weekly event that locals and guests alike look forward to…fine locally grown food ranging from organic vegetables and home baked goodies, beautiful flowers, artisans with jewelry, handmade textiles and gifts make it a real shopping extravaganza. Great place to grab lunch with local vendors serving up Pad Thai, tacos, fresh lemonade and you can top it off with a variety of yummy cookies or kettle corn. Summers on Friday in downtown Telluride on South Oak Street from 10:30AM to 4:00PM.

Market on The Plaza visits the Mountain Village Core on Wednesdays 11AM to 5:00PM. Z

Mountain Village free activities every day of the week.

  • Mountain Village is sponsoring events every night in the Mountain Village: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - musical acts in the Mountain Village Core from 4 - 6PM
  • Sunset Concert Series every Wednesday night from June 21st till August 16th, 2017. The concerts start at 6 PM, and as the music fills the air, the sunset lights up the Wilson Range in one of the most spectacular music settings in the country. Several restaurants provide dine-in and to-go meals, you are also welcome to bring your own picnic. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased. Bring your own blanket or tarp.
  • Thursdays and Saturdays free movies at Reflection Plaza starting at 8:45PM.
  • Fridays small band night at the Sunset Concert Series location.

Festival Weekends: During the large festival weekends there are always free events, whether it’s free music, parades, Balloon Glo’s on main street or ice cream socials. Check our local papers for a list of events, times and locations.

First Thursday Art Walk.  The Telluride Art Walk is a festive celebration of the arts in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends.  Over 20 venues host receptions from 5pm - 8pm on first Thursdays to introduce their new exhibitions and artists.  (No ArtWalk - November,December, April and May).

Telluride Golf Club 970.728.2606
The Most Beautiful Course You’ll Ever Play!
The Telluride Golf Club features an 18-hole par-70, 6574 -yard course tucked within the highest concentration of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks in the United States. The natural beauty and splendor of the surrounding mountains and wildflowers will take your breath away as you tee off at 9,417 fee, an altitude that puts Telluride Golf Club amongst the highest golf courses in the world. The altitude works to your advantage as Telluride’s air creates less resistance against the golf ball during flight, translating to longer drives.

Hikes & Day Trips

Hikes: Two great hikes in the Telluride Area!

Keystone Gorge Hike (1 hour roundtrip): It's a loop trail and basically you are following the San Miguel River downstream then upstream on the other side. It's an easy hike with a series of waterfalls and it's different than other hikes in the Telluride area. (no pets allowed due to wildlife corridor)

- From Telluride drive to Society Turn intersection. - Take a left on 145 heading South. - Take your first right on Society Drive (as if you are going to the Conoco gas station) - Pass Conoco on left - Drive a few hundred yards and the road will turn to the right - After the turn, on the right see a large dirt parking lot. This is where the trail begins. - Take a right and park at the Telluride Mountain School because we are not supposed to park in the dirt parking lot. - In the dirt parking area see signs for the Galloping Goose Trail (more like dirt road) toward the San Miguel River - Follow the Galloping Goose Trail along the river - You will come to a bridge - Cross the bridge. Then head downstream (left) - The trail will follow the San Miguel River heading downstream - Go until you see another bridge - Cross the bridge - Take the trail headed upstream (left) - Follow trail back up and eventually to Galloping Goose Trail - You will see the parking lot.

Hope Lake Trail (3 hours roundtrip): This is an out-and-back hike with spectacular scenery the entire way. The first half of the hike is easy. The second half on the way to the lake is moderate. You are rewarded with beautiful Hope Lake. The trail head is located above Trout Lake. Hope Lake is also a good starting point to climb some peaks in the area. You will need a vehicle that has decent clearance. It's a dirt road and not a 4WD road and will be bumpy along the way. A high clearance 4WD is not needed. A Subaru would be just fine.

- Head South on RT145 heading toward Rico and Delores. - Drive 15 minutes until you see Trout Lake on the left (very large lake surrounded by dramatic peaks). - Take a left on Trout Lake Road NORTH. This road is just before Trout Lake. - Go on Trout Lake Road North. - After a mile or so look for Hope Lake Road. - Take a left on Hope Lake Road. - Follow Hope Lake Road for a few miles. - See the trail head on your right with a small parking area. - Park and get ready to hike. - The trail will take you all the way to Hope Lake. - You will cross about 5 creeks. - In the spring and early summer you will need water proof hiking boots.

Day Trips:
Driving Times to National Parks near Telluride:

  • Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez: 1 hour 30 min
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park near Montrose: 1 hour 45 min
  • Arches National Park near Moab, UT 2 hours 15 min
  • Canyonlands National Park near Moab, UT 2 hours 30 min

Most popular choice:

  1. I would highly suggest Arches National Park. Just spend the day checking out all the arches, you’ll find most of the hikes are short (less than a mile to an arch and a few are up to 2 miles). Many arches can be seen by just driving to them. This is a great day excursion. Make sure you stop by Hole in the Rock on the way back home for a beverage and $5.00 tour.
  2. Mesa Verde National Park is also another one day visit. Go to the visitor center and see all the Indian artifacts that were found at the site. Take a drive to the site of the cliff dwellings, they are truly remarkable. Suggest taking the park tour where they will take you into the cliff dwellings and the park ranger will lecture about the Anazazi Indians who lived there. All this will take no more than 4 hours at the park.

Telluride Horseback Adventures 970.728.9611
Telluride Horseback Adventures is Telluride’s most experienced and established horseback outfitter. Local cowboy, “Roudy Roudebush” has been taking people on trail rides for over 40 years. Trips are available from one to two hour rides and customized pack trips can also be arranged.

Summer Guide

Summer Guides at Telluride Outside 970.728.3895
Welcome To Telluride recommends Telluride Outside for all your outdoor summer activities. Peter would be happy to assist with scheduling any activity with Telluride Outside.

  • 4-WD Tours – Telluride Outside’s 4-WD Tours provides an unparalleled opportunity to experience Telluride’s fabulous high country while learning the history of one of the world’s most famous and notorious gold rush towns. (PIC)
  • Fly Fishing - The San Miguel, Dolores, Uncompahgre and Gunnison are among the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains. Each offers unique fly fishing opportunities, from the San Miguel's freestone pocket-water to the glassy runs of the Lower Dolores. Lakes, ponds and alpine creeks offer even more choices. The quality of our fly fishing is matched only by the beauty of our surroundings. (PIC)
  • Paddle Boarding - Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) offers a family-friendly mountain adventure that appeals equally to children and adults. Telluride is surrounded by ideal SUP destinations including Alta Lakes, Wild Boy Lake, Priest Lake, Trout Lake, Elk Pond, Down Valley Park and the San Miguel River.
  • Whitewater Rafting – River Rafting is splashy, fast and fun. Telluride Outside offers terrific rafting for guests of any experience level anywhere from a half day to 3 day trips. River running the San Miguel requires constant maneuvering and excellent teamwork. Trips fill up fast so we recommend booking in advance. (PIC)

Horseback Rides

  • Telluride Horseback Adventures - Ride with Roudy -  If you’re staying in Telluride or Mountain Village, Telluride Horseback Adventures is Telluride’s most experienced and established horseback outfitter. Local cowboy, “Roudy Roudebush” has been taking people on trail rides for over 40 years. Trips are available from one to two hour rides and customized pack trips can also be arranged.  Call Roudy @ The Barn 970.728.9611.
  • Circle K Ranch -  Telluride's epic landscape and the breathtaking San Juan Mountains are even more amazing on the back of a horse. The Telluride area has some great, dedicated equestrians and horse ranches that actively work to give their clients an authentic and freeing experience. While these outfitters do organize beginner groups, they also create custom itineraries and adventures for more experienced groups. The guides below are happy to create trips canter and move at your own pace.  Call 1.800.477.6381 for more information

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