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Things to Do in Telluride for Spring Journeys

Telluride in spring can differ drastically from beginning to late season. While a trip in early spring means you can take advantage of warmer days on the ski slopes, those who plan a later trip can make the most of the Class II and Class II river rapids. From skiing in a T-shirt to attending a breathtaking hot air balloon festival, there are a wide variety of exciting things to do in Telluride in spring!

Day 1 – Take Advantage of Late Ski Season

Ski season in Telluride usually lasts through the beginning of April, making an early spring trip a great possibility for hitting the slopes during warmer weather. With less need to bundle up, a longer time can be spent perfecting your skills on the slopes. Hit the slopes for a morning ski session and then plan an afternoon trip to sooth your tired muscles in the nearby hot springs. Ouray Hot Springs offers several geothermal pools filled with natural minerals sourced from the ground near Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, this scenic location is the perfect place for enjoying a time of total relaxation on your spring getaway.

Day 2 – Go White Water Rafting

The melting snow occurring during spring months means that residents and visitors say hello to the next adventure activity – white water rafting. Making its way through Telluride, the San Miguel River offers Class II and Class III rapids that make for an adventurous day of exploring. Outfitters such as Mild to Wild offer everything from half-day trips to 2-day adventures and cater to a variety of ability levels. Soak in stunning scenery of red sandstone rocks as you make your way through winding canyons. Afterward, refuel on burgers and a local brew at Smuggler Union Restaurant & Brewery.

Day 3 – Attend a Festival

Festival season in Telluride kicks off at the end of spring with favorite events such as the Telluride Balloon Festival and Mountainfilm Festival. The Balloon Festival is a sight to behold as the sky fills with countless brightly colored hot air balloons. The Mountainfilm Festival is also a favorite, featuring documentaries that focus on environmental, cultural, climbing, political, and social justice issues, among other topics. Be sure to check Telluride’s event calendar to see what exciting events will be happening during your stay!

The perfect vacation rental sets the tone for your spring getaway to Telluride. Browse our spring vacation rentals in Telluride and get out and experience the best things to do in Telluride in spring!

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