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Summer Vacation Overview

Enjoy a Wealth of Activities While on Your Telluride Ski Vacation
Telluride and Mountain Village offer an abundance of recreational and cultural diversions for people of all ages to enjoy during vacations at our Telluride hotel throughout all seasons of the year.

Summer Activities:

• Hiking
• Backpacking
• Camping
• Horseback riding
• Road or mountain biking
• River rafting
• Kayaking
• Canoeing
• Fly fishing
• Hunting/outfitting
• Spa activities
• Swimming
• Rock climbing
• Jeep tours
• Scenic tours
• Hot air balloon rides
• Glider rides
• Paragliding
• Horse carriage rides
• Hot Springs
• Historic Tours
• Golfing
• Shopping
• Mesa Verde National Park
• Black Canyon National Park

Mountain Biking

Half day trips available every morning and afternoon
Galloping Goose Downhill Tour: Pedal a mountain bike through spectacular high country along the historic route of the Galloping Goose railway. Our beginner-friendly guided tour begins on Lizard Head Pass, at over 10,000 ft. The trail winds around two subalpine lakes and descends into the magnificent South Fork Valley of the San Miguel River, traveling 17 miles of downhill and level terrain. A snack and drinks are provided at tour's end.

Custom Tours: Custom half-day and full-day routes are available for more advanced riders. The mountains of Telluride are laced with adventuresome trails guaranteed to thrill any rider. Our guides love to get off the beaten path with customers who seek greater adventure.

If you would like to rent bikes on your own in advance online and have your gear ready and waiting when you arrive please visit the website  

For information about downhill mountain bike tours please visit our vendor websites below:


Hot Springs

The area is also home to a bounty of hot springs. At Dunton and Ouray, spa activities are available for the ultimate relaxation after a long day skiing or for some extra pampering during your vacation. 

Dunton Hot Springs
By reservation only and upon availability, this rustic yet elegant vacation retreat allows the general public to soak in their hot springs and enjoy lunch or dinner on-site. 

Orvis Hot Springs
Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing optional natural hot springs resort that does not heat or treat the water in any way. 

Ouray Hot Springs
Ouray's Natural Hot Springs Pool was constructed in 1927 after six years of planning and delays. 

Trimble Hot Springs
Located seven miles outside of Durango, Trimble Spa & Hot Springs offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, three natural therapy pools and a full-service spa.

Wiesbaden Hot Springs
The Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa is an intimate natural hot springs spa and lodge, known for its peaceful atmosphere, 'casual elegance'.

Visit the Telluride Visitor’s Center for more information.

White Water Rafting

For more information about river rafting please visit our vendor websites at:

San Miguel River
Splashy, fast and fun, the San Miguel offers terrific rafting for guests of any experience level. Running the San Miguel requires constant maneuvering and excellent teamwork. Grab a paddle and jump in the raft!

Half day trips on class II-III+ water are available from late May through mid-July or early August most years. Two half day routes are available. Our most popular trip launches just thirty minutes downstream from Telluride at Specie Creek and runs 9 miles to the Beaver Creek river access. This section features class II-III- whitewater, ideal for beginning and intermediate rafters, families and groups of mixed ability. Our age limit for this trip is 6 years/50lbs. Capacity per boat is 6 paddlers.

Our upper river 1/2 day trip launches near Deep Creek, just 6 miles downstream from Telluride, and runs approximately 12 miles west to our take-out site just below Placerville. At typical flows, this is more intense whitewater than the lower run, with long sections of constant class III rapids and occasional class III+ whitewater. Our age limit for the upper river is 15 years. All participants must be strong swimmers in excellent physical condition. Boat capacity is limited to 4 paddlers on the upper river.

Our river outfitters offer two full day rafting trips on the San Miguel. Our Norwood Canyon full day trip launches at Beaver Creek and runs 19.5 miles through the remote Norwood Canyon to our take-out near Pinon Bridge. We are surrounded by solitude and nature's beauty as we pass through this remote corridor on one of the last undammed rivers in the Rockies. From a whitewater standpoint, Norwood Canyon offers an abundance of class II+ rapids and a handful of class III rapids, including the entertaining "Ledges."

Dolores River
The Dolores, "River of Sorrows," ranks among the finest wilderness whitewater experiences in the United States. We run two distinct sections of the Dolores on multi-day float trips, described in greater detail below. 1-day trips are conducted on the first 19 miles of the Ponderosa Canyon. In addition to high adventure, the Dolores offers fascinating cultural and historical highlights for fortunate rafters who travel its canyons. The Dolores traverses the northern edge of the historical homeland of the Anasazi, an ancient culture that flourished from 500 AD. to 1300 AD. Haunting examples of rock art (petroglyphs) and cliff dwellings may be found in these canyons. Dinosaur tracks may still be seen in the rock around one area of the river.

Ponderosa Canyon, Bradfield Bridge to Dove Creek Pump Station (1-day trips and start of 3-day trips) This first section of the lower Dolores River begins at Bradfield Bridge and ends at Slickrock, CO. The first 19 miles run through the deepening walls of upper Ponderosa Canyon. The canyon gets its name from the huge ponderosa pines that grow within it. This section is characterized by non-stop class II-II+ whitewater, a wonderful day trip and excellent warm up for more challenging rapids downstream.

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San Miguel River
Half day and full day trips fly-fishing trips from Telluride
The San Miguel is one of the friendliest trout streams in the Rockies. Our "backyard" river, the San Miguel holds enormous appeal to anglers of every ability. Beginners enjoy short casting to unselective trout in the San Miguel's high-gradient pocket water. Experts enjoy the challenge of fishing a highly structured stream that rewards clever casts and drag-free presentations. The San Miguel's abundant trout fight incredibly hard in the river's fast currents. Their food source is plentiful. The San Miguel hosts more than six species of stoneflies which hatch from February through September each year, along with a gigantic population of caddisflies. Many anglers place the San Miguel with the Roaring Fork and Arkansas as one of the great caddis rivers in the West.

Seasonality: The San Miguel has an excellent "pre-runoff" window from late February through mid-April. Spring skiers should pack a fly rod and plan to spend a day or two on the water. Runoff generally lasts from mid-April through late-June. This varies from year-to-year, because the San Miguel is an undammed stream. Peak dry fly fishing runs from early July through mid-September. "Dry-dropper" techniques are highly effective during this period and have become the primary method used by our guides. Late September, October and early November can offer excellent nymphing on the San Miguel. The river is low and highly wade-able during the gorgeous fall months.

Uncompahgre River
Full day fly-fishing trips from Telluride
The Uncompahgre is one of the real sleepers in Colorado. We have excellent public access at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk State Park, just eight mile north from Ridgway and less than an hour from Telluride. In addition, our two private leases provide access to secret water that gets very little pressure from other anglers. The Uncompahgre is a dam-controlled river, providing relatively constant flows regardless of weather conditions. This plays a key role during summer months when rain can wash out area streams. In June, July and August, the Uncompahgre boasts one of the best Pale Morning Dun mayfly hatches in Colorado. Midges, caddis and plenty of terrestrials complete the food base. In lower sections of the Uncompahgre, sculpins, stoneflies and other large food items support a healthy brown trout population.

Upper Dolores River
Half day and full day fly-fishing trips from Telluride
The headwaters of the Dolores lie just south from Telluride, near Lizard Head Pass and the Wilson Mountain Range. Variety is the name of the game on the Upper Dolores. Between Lizard Head and the town of the Dolores, the watershed is fed by a dozen cutthroat and brook trout streams descending from alpine basins. The Main Fork and West Fork offer more than 75 miles of trout water. Willing fish and magnificent scenery make the Dolores a Colorado fly-fishing classic. The Dolores is a high elevation watershed, with miles of public access above 9,000 feet. Abundant hatches feature caddisflies, several species of stonefly, Pale Morning Duns, Blue Winged Olives, Green Drakes and midges. However, it is the terrestrials, such as grasshoppers, beetles and ants, that distinguish the Dolores from other area rivers. A heavy PMD hatch begins in late June and runs through July. As a rule, however, you can expect great success throwing attractor dry flies and terrestrials from late June through September.

Lower Dolores River
Full day fly-fishing trips from Telluride
Below the McPhee Reservoir, the Dolores winds like a spring creek through a lush, low gradient valley. This is our most challenging dry fly water - a place for advanced anglers to test their skill and nerves. Lower Dolores trout grow to great size and become exceedingly wary in thin, air-clear water. We normally fish with long, light leaders, so playing fish can be a delicate process. Even when throwing grasshoppers, we typically fish leaders over 12 feet in length.

Gunnison River
Full day fly-fishing trips from Telluride, or 2-day/1-night trips lodging at Gunnison River Farms
Telluride Angler offers float fishing trips on the Lower Gunnison River and wade fishing on two sections of the Gunnison (inner Canyon wade fishing is through our friends at Black Canyon Anglers, CO Outfitter #618). The mighty Gunnison is one of Colorado's legendary trout streams, famous for voracious browns and rainbows that can reach two feet in length. We wade the Gunnison from several trail access points in the Black Canyon, including the Chukar, Bobcat, Duncan and Ute trails, as well as the lower river from the Gunnison forks. 1-day float fishing trips are available on the lower stretch, beginning at the forks and fishing six miles downstream to Gunnison River Farms.

For More information about Telluride fly fishing, please visit our vendor websites at:


A Course Full of Distractions
Keeping your eye on the ball and off the towering peaks surrounding the Telluride Golf Course may be your toughest challenge when teeing off at this breathtaking course, perched 9,500 feet above sea level. This par 70, 6,574 yard, 18 hole, mountain resort course is surrounded by the highest concentration of 14,000 foot mountains in the United States. While the breathtaking beauty may be a distraction, the altitude works to your advantage as Telluride's air creates less resistance against the golf ball during flight, translating to longer drives and breathtaking beauty.

The Telluride Golf Course, open from May 25 to October 7, is located in scenic Mountain Village at the Peaks Resort. New golf carts, equipped with state-of-the-art Global Positioning System (GPS), assist golfers as they navigate their way around the course, which accentuates the mountain terrain as meandering fairways wind through aspen groves, towering pines, mountain ponds and sparkling streams.

The Telluride Golf Course was constructed in 1992 and serves as a private club for members as well as a public course for locals and guests. Private instruction and clinics are available daily from PGA professionals. Twilight and sunset rates are available. A full practice range, complete with chipping and putting greens, is available. Our full service pro shop is open daily between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and offers the latest in clubs and apparel.

The Telluride Golf Club welcomes groups and outings of all sizes with electronic tournament scoring, catering, and awards presentations. Please call the pro shop in advance for availabilities and pricing.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding in the beautiful San Juan Mountains will be one of your most memorable Telluride experiences. Spectacular mountain vistas and wide open spaces will rejuvenate your spirit. With your choice of a chuck wagon dinner ride, overnight trip, or an afternoon horseback trail ride, find yourself on a guided horseback outing where you’ll be riding through aspen forests and alpine meadows. 

Deb's Livery Stable - Outskirts - 970.626.5587
Many Ponies Outfit - Outskirts - 970.320.0300
Angel Ridge Ranch Livery - Outskirts - 970.626.4287
Roudy's Telluride Horseback Adventures -Telluride - 970.728.9611

4 WD Tours

Telluride Outside’s off-road 4WD tours allow you to access the magnificent San Juan Mountains and revisit Telluride’s historic mining legacy. All 4WD tours are conducted in new, highly customized vehicles for safety and comfort. Our vehicles have an open cab so guests may converse with their guide while touring. A removable canopy provides protection in all weather conditions without compromising the “open air” experience. Professional guides share lore from Telluride’s past…and some from their own imaginations! 

4WD tours are offered from May through October each year. Our favorite routes include Imogene Pass (over 13,100 feet), the white-knuckle Black Bear Pass and spectacular Ophir Pass. Last Dollar Road provides fantastic views of turning aspens in September. The ghost town of Alta is a popular tour destination throughout the season. Customized and private trips are also available. 

Imogene Pass: 
Imogene Pass is our premier tour, passing through the historic Tomboy mining camps en route to a lofty summit. The second highest 4x4 road in America tops out at 13,114 feet, offering unparalleled views of the magnificent San Juan Mountains. The half day Imogene/Tomboy trip is our most popular tour in July, August and September. 

Ophir Pass and the Ghost Town of Alta: 
A spectacular scenic route with fascinating historical highlights, our Ophir/Alta tour offers a memorable adventure that is less precipitous than Imogene Pass or Black Bear. Wildflowers on Ophir Pass are absolutely eye-popping in July and early August. 

Black Bear Pass: 
Black Bear is a white-knuckle thriller. Our route traverses the high country from Red Mountain Pass before dropping down the headwall of the Telluride valley. 

Dunton Hot Springs: 
This tour combines two of the finest high country experiences available in Colorado. We begin with a classic Telluride Outside 4WD tour, visiting Ophir Pass and the Alta Ghost Town. After a morning of touring, we stop for a visit at Dunton, one of the most remote alpine retreats in Colorado. We enjoy a gourmet lunch and soak in Dunton’s fabled hot springs before resuming our tour and ultimately returning to Telluride. 

Last Dollar Road: 
Last Dollar Road heads north from Telluride, rounding the shoulders of Whipple Mountain and Greyhead before dropping onto Hastings Mesa. This is an easy 4WD route that offers breathtaking views of the Wilson Mountain range and the sweeping Uncompahgre Plateau. Our tour then descends from Hastings Mesa and returns to Telluride. 

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Fall Hunting

Circle K Ranch has been in the southwest Colorado guide and outfitting business since 1961, providing an affordable, top quality hunt for trophy Rocky Mountain Elk and Colorado Mule Deer to our clients. We are proud that each year up to 85% of our clients have hunted with us before, many for more than eight years. We encourage you to talk with them about our hunts (references available upon request). We list successful and non-successful hunters in our references to give you a more representative opinion of their experience when hunting with Circle K Ranch.

More "bragging-size" mule deer and trophy elk are taken from San Juan Mountain hunts than from any other area of Colorado.

The official record books and hunt publications continue to list Southwest Colorado's San Juan National Forest lands for producing record book animals. Circle K Ranch is located in the heart of this prime hunting area (unit 71) between Telluride and Dolores near Rico. All our Colorado big game hunts are conducted on National Forest Lands.

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