You should consider a trip to Telluride any time of year. It’s a picturesque little town set in a box canyon with craggy snow-capped mountains all around, and it’s quickly become a popular year-round vacation spot. But, Telluride in winter is at its best when the snow covers everything in soft, white drifts. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to visit when the snow is heavy on the ground.
Play in the Snow!
As soon as it starts to snow, everyone focuses on getting outside and playing in the snow! You don’t even have to leave town!
The Valley Floor, an open preserve just on the edge of town, is a year-round, multi-use area popular with tourists, locals, and elk. Spend the day cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-bike riding or just hiking along groomed trails as you enjoy the scenic trails with lovely river and mountain views. If you’re still getting used to the altitude, spend your first day skiing on the Valley Floor or snowshoeing on Bear Creek Trail, as you adjust to the mountain air.
Got the kids along on this trip? Rent a bunch of sleds and spend a fun afternoon sledding down Firecracker Hill in Telluride Town Park or one of the other hills in town. For unique things to do in Telluride in winter, treat the entire family to a dog sledding adventure!
The Telluride Ski Resort is just a gondola ride up the mountain from town. While the Resort is paradise for those powder-seeking skiers, there are plenty of other activities too. Enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing over groomed trails or through the fresh backcountry snow, take a fat bike tour over snowy, rocky trails cutting through the trees and down the mountain, and enjoy special snowboarding areas.
Expert skiers with the need for more excitement than the Resort’s black diamond runs can give, should try helicopter skiing. It’s a pretty intense, exciting way to get to the pristine, untouched terrain.
Take a short trip to the nearby Alta Lakes in the beautiful Uncompahgre National Forest for high speed snowmobiling fun. The trails wind around the lakes, through the surrounding forests and meadows, and into the abandoned, ghost town of Alta.
Other Ways to Enjoy Winter
If you need a break from getting covered with snow as you fly down the mountain side on your skis or snowboard, that’s ok. There are plenty of other fun things to do in Telluride in winter!
Telluride Town Park has two ice rinks – an indoor professional grade rink and an outside rink – where you can practice your spins and jumps, or just zen out skating round and round. There’s an ice skating pond and ice rinks up in Mountain Village too. And speaking of ice, try ice climbing at the ice climbing park in nearby Ouray, or just head to Bridal Veil Falls at the end of the canyon.
If you’re a serious angler, have no fear. We fish year-round here in Telluride! Grab a few buddies and local brews and give ice fishing a try or get serious with some winter fly fishing on the San Miguel, Gunnison, or Uncompahgre Rivers.
Snuggle up under warm blankets and take a quiet sleigh ride through the forest and meadows under the stars, with only the sound of the sleigh swishing over the snow and the jingling sleigh bells. It’s the perfect way to end another great day in Telluride.
Other Ways to Play
Hit the hot springs! Treat yourself to a soak in natural pools, massages and more. Orvis Hot Springs, Ouray Hot Springs (a great family trip) and Penny Hot Springs are just a few of the local spots to try.
Take a walking tour through historic Telluride or just amble about on your own. It’s easy to spend the day wandering through this picturesque downtown with its historic architecture, old west feel and those towering canyon walls, browsing the quaint shops, galleries, brew pubs and saloons. Be sure to stop at The Telluride Historical Museum in the old miner’s hospital for an intriguing look back into the history of Telluride, and the Native Americans, miners and pioneers who lived here.
Telluride has plenty of craft breweries offering delicious beverages, and a few to try are the Stronghouse Brew Pub’s Ginger Blond Ale, the Face Down Brown or Whacked Out Wheat at Telluride Brewing Company, and Daly’s Blond at Smuggler’s Union Restaurant & Brewery. You can also order a flight from each to get started, and settle down with some great pub grub.
Telluride in Winter
Stay in downtown Telluride or perched up in Mountain Village, steps from a ski lift or the Gondola, or choose a rustic cabin nestled in the quiet forest. Give us a call today for help in finding the perfect winter vacation rental, or just finding the best coffee shop in town.