For General Telluride Activity Information GoTo VisitTelluride or
Mountain Village sites.
Awesome downhill skiing awaits you in Telluride. Trail Map.
You can get lift tickets through the Telluride Ski Company or Liftopia. Buy in advance online for discounts. For ski rentals we recommend the Boot Doctor. You can reserve in advance online for discounts.
Our Favorite Runs:
See Forever (Long intermediate run off the Gold Hill Lift)
Madison (Beautiful Advanced Beginner Run off the Prospect Lift)
Enchanted Forest (Advanced Beginner Tree Run off Sunshine Express Lift)
Log Pile and West Drain (Challenging Expert Tree Runs off Plunge Lift)
The Plunge (Advanced Intermediate Run off Plunge Lift)
Humboldt Draw (Intermediate Bump Run off the Village Express Lift)
Mammoth (Expert Bump Run off the Plunge Lift)
Cross Country Skiing:
There is great cross country skiing in and around Telluride. The valley floor has a long flat trail (accessible across the street from the condo) that goes about three miles. There is an optional ski from there up to Mountain Village.
Town Park has more trails including a skate ski track. You can also take the Sunshine Express lift to the topoften nordic ski area and ski from there to Alta Lakes which is breathtaking. There are also cross country trails around Priest and Tout Lakes and int he Lizard Head wilderness area (about a 15 minute drive). Check out the Nordic Center site for information on these and other trails. For more challenging back country skiing visit the San Juan Hut System site. Several ski shops in town rent Nordic gear.
Sledding, Ice Skating and Playgorund:
There is an ice rink, sledding hill and playground in Telluride Town Park.
Hiking opportunities in and around Telluride (right from the town) are limitless. Grab a Telluride hiking book from the book store (Between the Covers). There is also great hiking in and around the Lizardhead Wilderness, Ridgeway and Ouray. For more info go to the Telluride Hiking Guide. For overnight hiking check out the San Juan Hut System.
Our favorite Hikes:
Alta Lakes Area
Blue Lakes hike Near Ridgeway
Highline Mount Sneffels Hike from Telluride (10 hours)
Bear Creek Hike from Telluride (2 hours)
San Juan Hut System:
You can back country ski, hike and mountain bike from hut to hut in the
San Juan Hut System
There are a few outfitters that arrange for horse back riding, particularly up on Wilson Mesa. We've heard good things about Roudy's Tours.
Fly fishing is one of the most popular sports around. There are several outfitters who can arrange trips including RIGs in Ridgeway. See also VisitTelluride. There are kids fishing ponds in Telluride Town Park and Mountain Village.
There are several white water rafting options in the summer. We had a good experience with RIGs in Ridgeway. There are other rafting companies recommended on the VisitTelluride site.
Hot Springs and Swimming:
There are several hot springs in the area. Our favorite is in Ridgway, at the Orvis Spa. You can soak in several pools, take a sauna and get a massage. (Great when followed by fantastic Mexican fare at the Adobe Inn). There are also hot springs in Ouray and Dunton. There's a great public outdoor swimming pool (summer only) in Telluride Town Park.
Golf and Tennis:
There is a golf course in Mountain Village and tennis courts in Telluride Town Park.
Glider and Hot Air Balloon Rides:
There are a couple outfits that have glider rides from the Telluride Airport. See VisitTelluride for details.
Telluride is a mountain and road biking mecca. You can rent bikes all over town and bike the ski mountain or area hiking trails. Try the Boot Doctor for bikes and advice. There are also trail maps and other biking info at the VisitTelluride site.
Beautiful Drives and Towns
Beautiful area drives are limitless. A short nice drive is up to Lizardhead Wilderness area along Hwy 145. Another option is down to Ridgway and on Hwy 550 to Ouray, a cute old mining town with cool waterfalls you can hike to or in the winter ice falls you can climb or watch people climb. From there you can proceed up Hwy 550 over the Red Mountain Pass to Silverton (another cool old town) You can continue from there onto Durango (stunning views) and do a loop back to Telluride.
Hanging Out at the Library:
A hidden gem in Telluride town is the Telluride Public Library. It is a great place to kick back and relax in the center of town. Check it out.
Great Kids Camp:
Telluride Academy is a great kids day camp with some overnight options. They pack the kids into mini vans and send them all over the area to hike, camp, tube, raft, rock climb, etc. They come back dirty and exhausted with ear to ear smiles. It fills up so book in advance.
Sunset Gondola Ride
A great dusk activity in summer of winter is to ride the free gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village just before sunset. You can get out at the top and watch the sun set.
Other Activities See VisitTelluride or Mountain Village.
Eating and Shopping
There are two grocery stores in the town of Telluride. Clark's is just a two minute walk from the condo (go right out the door and the road dead ends in the parking lot). Another grocery store is in town next to the Baked in Telluride bakery/restaurant. Both have extensive selections.
There are many restaurants in Telluride and Mountain Village. See the Telluride Dining Guide. Here are our favorites:
There (uber unique food, small, book ahead, just steps from the condo)
Siam (upscale Thai, just steps from the condo).
La Cocina (reasonably priced great mexican and ice cream in the center of town).
Steaming Bean (great coffee, soups and sandwiches).
Cosmopolitan Restaurant ($$ for a special occasion).
Baked in Telluride (great pizza, pasta, bagels, and soups).
The Adobe Inn (in Ridgeway, awesome Mexican, great after a soak in the Orvis hotsprings).
Kate's (in Ridgeway, not to be missed breakfast).
On the Mountain during Ski Season: Guiseppe's (at the top of Lifts 6 (Apex) and 9 (Plunge). Great
views. Try the black bean saute.