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The Best Things to Do in Telluride

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In this high-mountain Colorado hamlet, skiing is just the beginning. Home to a fascinating museum, quirky shops, and a movie theater in a 19th-century former bank building, Telluride offers much to do when you’re not on the slopes. Come summer, visitors can also explore hiking trails, waterfalls, alpine lakes, and more.
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Alta Lakes Rd, Colorado 81435, USA
At 11,220 feet above sea level, these lakes may well be some of the highest you’ll ever paddle on, be it on a stand-up paddleboard or in a kayak. With easy road access from Telluride, visitors can either get themselves and their gear there...
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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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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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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
While staying at Dunton Hot Springs, I had the opportunity to go on a great hike to Colorado's only active geyser. Though it is not an Old Faithful-like show-stopper, it is still very cool to be one of the very few people who see it every year.
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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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201 W Gregory Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
When a museum bears the Smithsonian name, you know it’s a worthy stop. When it’s housed in a former hospital from 1896 that’s now a National Historic Landmark, like this one, it’s an absolute...
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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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565 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Good news: Telluride isn’t Aspen, and it doesn’t want to be. On mountain, you’ll find blissfully short lift lines, some of the freshest powder in the state, and terrain for every ability, from bunny hills for beginners to double-black-diamond...
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500 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Apologies to New York’s Central Park, but Telluride Town Park might just have it beat. Cradled in the Rocky Mountains and fresh with high-mountain air, it’s an idyllic place to picnic, or listen to the truly intergalactic musicians who...
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123 S Oak St, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
If shredding the gnar on the slopes isn’t enough for your kids, they can shred the gnar in town at The Drop Boardshop, a subterranean board shop and print lab with its own “sick ramp.” Sign them up for the shop’s single-day...
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207 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Once the First National Bank, this 1892 building is now home to a different kind of gold—the Hollywood blockbuster, which it’s been showing since 1935. Today, The Nugget Theatre also serves as one of the main venues for the Telluride...