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The Best Outdoor Activities in Telluride

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While Telluride is famous for its skiing, the town also offers outdoor recreation beyond the slopes. Whether you’re seeking something low-key like a sleigh ride through the snow, or a slightly more active experience like hiking to a waterfall or fat-biking to a brewery, you can find an al fresco activity for even the most adventurous outdoorsman.
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Alta Lakes Rd, Colorado 81435, USA
Just five miles from downtown Telluride and accessible by high-clearance 4x4, Alta Lakes is a sonnet-worthy area of crystal-clear alpine lakes, studded on all sides by snow-capped peaks. Camping is primitive—don’t expect...
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Bear Creek Falls Trail, Colorado 81426, USA
For a simple day hike suitable for the whole family, head to the end of South Pine Street in Telluride and jump onto the Bear Creek Trail, a 2.5-mile path that leads to a jaw-dropping waterfall. The popular trail is as easygoing as the Telluride...
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Box Canyon Rd, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
About an hour’s drive from Telluride, Box Canyon Falls Park is totally worth the schlep, especially for its 285-foot Canyon Creek waterfall that plunges down a limestone slot canyon. That the waterfall is accessible by a hair-raising...
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Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Misty waterfalls are like unicorns in the landlocked, high-and-dry state of Colorado. This particular one is a dead-ringer for its namesake, as it cascades over and down sheer vertical cliffs, looking as delicate as nuptial lace. At 365 feet high,...
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650 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Colorado used to be about skiing in the winter and mountain biking or hiking in the summer, but, somewhere along the way, clever bike enthusiasts who were impatient for the snow to melt realized that, by putting fat snow tires on their bikes, they...
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565 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village, CO 81435, USA
Telluride is such a beloved ski destination because there’s a lot of mountain to ski and relatively few people on the slopes. However, if even just a few other people feel like too many, you can hitch a ride in a helicopter to experience...
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Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Despite its unusual moniker, Lizard Head Wilderness is a crown jewel of Colorado, with 41,496 acres of San Juan mountains and 37 miles of trails ripe for exploration. Among Telluride’s profusion of outdoorsy thrills, it’s an...
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Mesa Verde, CO, USA
For anyone who believes that truly historic architecture doesn’t exist in the states, Mesa Verde National Park will make you think again. Still standing in the park are cliff dwellings built in AD 600 by the ancestral Pueblo people who once...
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W San Juan Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
If you’re heading to Telluride to ski, chances are you’ll actually be bouncing back and forth between the town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village, where the ski resort is located. Delightfully, the main method of...
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220 E Colorado Ave #217, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Horse-drawn sleighs are typically the stuff of Hallmark movies but, in Telluride, they’re as real as the mountains out your window. Set on a 1920s ranch owned by a Spanish family, Telluride Sleighs & Wagons offers sleigh rides through...
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Black Bear Pass Summit, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Some people call this show-stopping section of vertiginous rock cliffs on Forest Service land the Iron Way, but area romanticists use the Italian name. If you can’t stand staying in the foothills when Telluride’s mountains beckon, the...