Located 10,000 feet above the historic mountain town of Telluride, the pedestrian community of Mountain Village offers a wonderful way of life. Completed in the 1980s to complement Telluride, Mountain Village features cobblestone streets lined with shops and restaurants, and some of the best ski slopes in all of Colorado.
Despite its remote and somewhat isolated location, this tiny hamlet isn’t a sleepy little town at all. There’s plenty of adventure to be had, including the following:
- Skiing & Snowboarding
If skiing is king in Mountain Village, then hiking is the crown prince. There are dozens of trails for hikers of all levels. From the half-mile Big Billie’s Trail, which is excellent for novices, to the six-mile Basin Trail for expert hikers, you’ll find the perfect route where you can enjoy the grandeur of Mother Nature at her best. Dogs are allowed, but please pick up after them.
- Ice Skating
If you’re visiting Mountain Village from December through February, you’ll want to lace up and take a spin on the Mountain Village Ice Skating Rink. It’s a full-service rink offering skating and special events. Skates – both hockey and figure – are available for rent. Season passes and punch cards are also available for purchase. The rink opens at noon and closes at 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
- Mountain Biking
As with all other trails, there are mountain bike trails for every ability level, ranging from “difficult” to “expert only.” In fact, you’ll find some of the best biking trails in the region at Mountain Village.
These are the two primary reasons people visit Telluride and Mountain Village. The area receives over 300 inches of snow each year. Not only that, but we have 2,000 acres of skiable trails and 300 days of sunshine annually. It’s the perfect place for skiing or snowboarding – no matter your level of expertise. And the best thing of all is that there are no lift lines – our communities are not as crowded as other skiing destinations in Colorado. Add unbelievable scenery and you’re in for an epic experience.
Adventure Rock, found in the Conference Center Plaza, is a good place to start when you want to test your climbing mettle. This is a man-made boulder offering challenges for climbers from novice to expert. Each trail is marked with colored tape. Find your level and follow the color up the boulder.
When you’re ready to move on, the San Juan Mountains offer numerous and diverse bouldering routes for any level climber. The “via ferrata,” system of permanently-attached steel rungs, cables, and bridges makes scaling cliff faces less intimidating for beginners.
Elk Pond is the only officially designated fishing pond in Mountain Village. You can fish this catch and release pond at no charge – not even a fishing license is required – but you must supply your own rods, reels, and fishing tackle. Only artificial lures and flies can be used.
You can access Mountain Village from Telluride via the free gondola system, a 13-minute ride that offers magnificent views of the area. The gondola operates every day during the winter and is available during the summer months, as well. When the gondola is closed, there is a free bus service to and from Mountain Village.
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