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Telluride Visitors Guide

Named for the tellurium ore once mined in the area, Telluride is a small remote town with a plethora of outdoor activities. From skiing to mountain biking and ice skating to horseback riding riding—you’r bound to find something for the whole family in this historic mining own.

“...Summertime, summertime, Sum-Sum, summertime!” – Do you love to have fun in the sun? Then Telluride Town Park will keep you busy. Here you can go swimming, play tennis, practice your spike or refine your slam dunk. There is also a skateboarding ramp, playing fields and a picnic area. And, especially for kids 12 and under there is a Kid’s Fishin’ Pool.

If you wish to spend a day in the saddle, contact Telluride Horseback Adventures where you can select a horse and the riding trip to meet your interest. To see Telluride by foot instead of hoof, there are several options. The 4 mile Bear Creek Canyon Trail is an easy trail which passes a majestic waterfall.

On the 2.7 mile Jud Wiebe Trail you will see Bridal Veils Fall, the town and ski area. For guided hikes of various lengths and difficulty levels contact Lizard Head Mountain Guides (970-728-4904) or Herb Walker Tours (970-728-4538) which leads educational hikes for those interested in learning about local plants.

One of the favorite activities in Telluride is mountain biking. The San Juan Hut System is a 206 mile network that links Telluride with Moab, Utah. As you make the trek, there are primitive cabins every 35 miles which have bunks, sleeping bags, stoves, and cooking gear. For more information call (970-728-6935).

Located at 9,450 feet, Mountain Village Resort offers several great opportunities for skiing. The South Face has sharp drops characterized by steep moguls, tree, and glade skiing and slopes especially designed for experts. The Gorrono Basin is especially enjoyed by intermediate skiers and the meadows are completely devoted to beginners. Total, Telluride has 1,050 acres of skiing terrain, with 64 ski trails and 10 lifts. There are also 18+ miles of Nordic trails and a 13 acre snowboarding park. Other winter fun includes ice skating, snowmobiling, and sleigh and dog sled rides