Whether you vacation in Telluride during the peak of winter when fresh powder has covered the slopes or under the blue skies of summer, the list of possible adventures is endless. Kickstart your Telluride vacation with this 7-day guide for experiencing all the town’s best!
Day 1: Ride the Gondola
Get the lay of the land on day one by riding the gondola that links downtown Telluride to Mountain Village. This 13-minute ride offers spectacular scenery and is also free! With over 2,000 feet of elevation gain and several stops along the way, this introduction to Telluride is not to be missed.
Day 2: Hit the Slopes
Telluride Ski Resort is known for its spectacular terrain for skiers and snowboarders. A winter or early spring Telluride, CO vacation necessitates a day on the renowned slopes! If you’re traveling outside of winter, the slopes are quickly transitioned into hiking and biking routes, so adventure awaits no matter the season.
Day 3: Soak in the Hot Springs
If your muscles need some TLC from the previous day’s adventure on the slopes, make the short day trip to the nearby Ouray Hot Springs. These geothermal heated mineral pools offer a healing touch and are surrounded by scenic towering mountain peaks. Your body will thank you.
Day 4: Browse Main Street
Historic Telluride’s Main Street is filled with shops and restaurants perfect for a day of browsing. Many of the original buildings remain from its origin as a mining town, adding a layer of charm. With mountains and even a waterfall that seem to rise right from the town, the scenery itself is well worth it.
Day 5: Taste Test Local Brews
Stop in Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery for a farm-to-table dining experience and a local brew. This eatery prides itself on sourcing meat and produce from local farms and making everything fresh onsite with natural ingredients. Be sure to order their award-winning Blonde Betty to wash down your meal.
Day 6: Explore the San Miguel
The San Miguel River winds its way through town, offering not only a scenic point of interest but also a location for adventure. Depending on the season, this is a popular site for fly fishing and white water rafting. And at any time of year, the path along the river is a scenic place for a stroll.
Day 7: Treat Yourself to Dinner with a View
Celebrate the final evening of your Telluride vacation with dinner at Allred’s Restaurant. Located at the top of the Gondola, the full wall of windows offers spectacular mountain vistas. Feast on multiple courses from the prix fixe menu and wash it all down with a sommelier-selected glass of wine.