The debate rages on: Is Telluride better in the winter or the summer? Today, we’re on team summer. (Ask us in December, though, and our tune will likely change.) We’ve handpicked our favorite warm-weather Telluride activities, so you can pack your bags and go.
In the Mountains
There’s no shortage of stunning hikes in the region, and the level of difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous. The Blue Lake hike is a 5-mile moderate trek that leads you through fields of wildflowers in spring and early summer, and past mining town ruins to an alpine lake that clearly deserves its name. For a bit more bang for your buck, the quick hike to Bridal Veil Falls offers stunning views with a short jaunt: just 1.8 miles of moderate hiking and you’re rewarded with a look at Colorado’s tallest free-falling waterfall.
If you like a little more speed with your mountain views, the Uncompahgre National Forest is home to some of the region’s best mountain biking. Old mining roads and single-tracks in the region climb 9,500 feet to historic sites and rugged mountain beauty.
Keep It Grounded
You don’t always have to climb into the sky to enjoy Telluride in the summer. Dubbed the “most beautiful place you will ever tee,” the course at Telluride Golf Club is a breathtaking par-70 layout encircled by snow-capped peaks, towering pines and aspen groves perched nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. The hallmarks of pure alpine golf–drastic elevation changes, inspiring views and challenging shot selections–are on display for 18 unforgettable holes. It’s the kind of course where just driving the cart is fun.
Enough with the Nature Already
Not a hiker, biker or mountain climber? We won’t judge. Sometimes Sundays are best spent sipping coffee, eating eggs and doing some shopping. Our latest obsession is the breakfast at The Butcher & Baker Café The food is simple but done well—a winning combo in our book. Skip the coffee there, though, and head to Between the Covers Books and Espresso Bar, where you can get happily lost browsing the stacks while fueling up with caffeine.