The abundant trail system in and around Telluride will leave every mountain biker dreaming of more. Ranging from flatter dirt mining roads to incredibly steap singletrack, there is biking for everyone. Or, if you are not into climbing up hill, take your bike up the free gondola and ride down the many trails on the ski mountain.
If road biking is more your style, try riding to and from Ridgway over the Dallas Divide to get your heart pumping, or cruise the magnificently scenic Lizard Head Pass. Road biking around Telluride is not for the faint at heart. Often Telluride plays host to the Bike Tour of Colorado and is featured as one of the most picturesque stops on the tour.
Located in the heart of mining country, Telluride is surrounded by various mountain passes that tell the tale of Telluride’s colorful past. You will travel through stunning alpine terrain and if you decide to take a tour, they will share tales from the Rocky Mountain gold rush, a crazy time in Telluride history.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Telluride Ski Resort offers some of the most stunning mountain views across the globe. With an average of over 300 inches of snow per year and boasting 3,530 vertical feet, Telluride offers top-notch skiing and snowboarding for all levels. If backcountry is where you like to spend your time in the snow, the mountains around Telluride and Ouray offer endless opportunites, but don’t attempt this without a guide unless extremely experienced.
Hiking and Snowshoeing
There are very few towns in the United States that offer hiking and snowshoeing opportunities like Telluride. Departing from Town, one can hike 14,000 foot peaks, hike to numerous waterfalls, and hike above the treeline. Hikes vary from the more mellow San Miguel River Trail, to trails like the Wasatch trail which take you up into various alpine basins topping out over 13,000 feet. Guided snowshoeing tours are offered from the Telluride Ski Resort in the winter.
The Telluride region offers a variety of whitewater experiences. From the fast and fun San Miguel River to the more challenging waters of the Gunnison, the region offers everything from afternoon to multi-day trips. When the bright sun of the Southwest starts getting to you, a day on the rivers around Telluride is the perfect remedy.
Some of the finest athletes in the world live in and around Telluride. The is why Telluride plays host to some of the most gruelling races in running. Take the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run. One hundred miles starting in Silverton, travelling through Ophir, Telluride, Ouray and Sherman, total elevation gain of 11,186′. And if this is a little too rich for your blood, try the Imogene Pass Run, a 17.1 mile marathon that has grown to encompass more than 1,500 participants, travelling over Imogene Pass at over 13,000′ from Ouray to Telluride.
The Telluride area houses some of the finest trout streams in the Rockies. The Dolores, the Uncompahgre, and the Gunnison each offer unique opportunities, from big moving water to mountain streams. Also take advantage of high alpine lakes and ponds in the backcountry. The great fishing is only matched by the incredibly beauty of your surroundings.