Telluride’s mountains are the source of its soul, offering solace to those wanting to explore. Meandering trails beckon hikers into high-mountain valleys speckled with wildflowers, alpine lakes, and camps and ruins from 19th-century mining booms—reminders of the hardy spirit of the valley’s pioneers. Buttery single-track and bermed downhill trails tempt cyclists, while endless mountain passes dare Jeepers. The Via Ferrata (or Iron Way) traverses sheer rock cliffs, allowing climbers to hang 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Below, the San Miguel River playfully cajoles fly fishermen, boaters, and SUP—that is stand up paddleboarding—enthusiasts into its waters. All trails end in town or the Mountain Village, near a cold beer.