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Sep 01

Summer in Telluride: The Best of Colorado, Apres Ski Season

Top 10 Things to Do

When summer arrives in the San Juan Mountains, Telluride transforms from a world-class ski resort to lush, alpine majesty. Nestled in a box canyon surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, the town comes alive with colorful legends, clear skies, warm days and cool nights, and an inimitable Rocky Mountain spirit.
The Mountain Lodge at Telluride has compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in the area to help summer vacationers make the most of their time.
  • Raft

    Feed your adventurous side with a half-day, full-day or multi-day rafting trip on the San Miguel, Dolores or Uncompahgre River. Class II-III rapids make rafting suitable for most ages.
  • Cast away

    The Telluride region has some of the best trout fishing in the world. Public- or private-water trips range from a half-day to several days. Some combine fly fishing with waterfowl hunting.
  • Rock climb

    Classes are available for all ages and all abilities, from novice to experienced. Trips with instructors range from half to full days.
  • Ride ‘em, cowboy

    Ready to trade ski boots for cowboy boots? Enjoy a horseback ride (from a couple of hours long to multi-day tours) with an incredible view.
  • Take a hike

    Hike hundreds of miles of trails, with or without a guide, right out your front door. Trails for all levels extend directly from town, and all are pet-friendly.
  • Ride, ride, ride

    Both Telluride and neighboring Mountain Village have extensive mountain bike trail systems. Feeling adventurous? The San Juan Hut System, complete with overnight facilities, connects Telluride with Moab, Utah, via 206 miles of varied terrain.
  • Go jeeping

    Four-wheel-drive tours let visitors experience and learn about the region's scenery. Go on your own, or take a half-day or full-day guided tour.
  • Get air

    Getting air is the goal for many snow riders in winter, but in summer, you can glide through the air hundreds of feet above the slopes in a glider plane, with only the wind thermals to keep you afloat. Whether you choose paragliding, hot-air ballooning or a sailplane ride, see Telluride from above.
  • Stay inside

    A day indoors in Telluride can be as active or as relaxing as one would like. See a movie, visit the town’s museum or library, take a historic walking tour of the town, or attend a performance at Telluride’s famed opera house. Relax at one of many extraordinary spas, or shop til you drop.
  • Discover a national park

    An easy day trip from Telluride, Mesa Verde National Park is one of America’s greatest archaeological treasures. Selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of “50 Places to Visit in a Lifetime,” the park also includes the Metate Room, one of Colorado's top 10 restaurants.
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