When it comes to Telluride you can expect a variety of incredible outdoor activities that will make your trip one to remember for years to come. Our Colorado paradise is perfect for someone looking to get away or the outdoor enthusiast looking to push themselves with thrilling activities. Like all other destinations, we cannot control the weather. Telluride sees the occasional rainstorm come through most times of the year that might delay your outdoor activities for a few hours. If that is the case, fret not, as Telluride also has plenty of activities that are perfect for rainy days! Take a look at some popular rainy day activities in Telluride:
Ride the Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
One of the most popular activities in general in Telluride is riding the Mountain Village gondola. This gondola has become a landmark for Telluride since it first opened back in 1996. Visitors can take the 12-minute gondola ride up to the top of Mountain Village. Marvel at the 360 view of the San Juan Mountains that are a beauty to behold even during rainy weather. Your ride up to Mountain Village will take you to an elevation of 10,540 feet above sea level. Regardless of when you visit, the gondola should be up and running, as it is operational approximately 287 days out of the year. Once you are up in Mountain Village, make sure to visit Market Plaza for some fun shopping!
Shop and Dine at Market Plaza
Once you have made the trek up to Mountain Village, make sure to stick around the Market Plaza for lively restaurants and shops. You can dine with a variety of restaurants that are sure to satisfy any craving you have. Allred’s is the flagship restaurant in the plaza and can be found at the peak of the gondola. Expect to find hand crafted cocktails and fine wines on hand to pair with your dinner. For a more casual meal you cannot go wrong with Crazy Elk Pizza and their hand made pizza pies. There are plenty shops offering winter sport gear for your next run down the mountain. Or check out Heritage Apparel for high end clothing for adults and children. You can spend hours in these shops waiting for the rain to clear up in Telluride.
Telluride Historical Museum
Now that you have shopped, it is time to learn more about Telluride’s rich history. You can do that and much more when you stop in the Telluride Historical Museum. This local museum can be found on Fir Street and offers quite a bit of info on Telluride and the surrounding area. Expect to find interactive exhibits, engaging programming, and unique events held throughout the year. Exhibits feature exciting artifacts such as real dinosaur bones, artifacts related to the indigenous roots of the region, and artifacts from the rich mining history that Telluride previously experienced. Interactive maps will help you understand how the area started small and quickly grew over the years to house the many incoming settlers for mining. Guests visiting the Telluride Historical Museum often spend as much as two hours with each visit, giving you plenty of time to ride out the rain. The Telluride Historical Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Attend the Sheridan Opera House
If your rainy day happens to fall on day with a showing at the Sheridan Opera House, you are in for quite the treat. This local opera house is on the list of National Register of Historic Places and is often referred as Telluride’s Living Room. You can find intimate shows inside this 238-seat theatre that also helps with local charities and community endeavors. Sheridan’s Opera House offers a variety of shows throughout the year with tickets available to purchase in advance. The opera house also attends and showcases many different festivals throughout the year. Come check out this historical theatre the next time you find a rainy day in Telluride.
Grab Sweets at Telluride Truffle
There is nothing better than treating your sweet tooth with a nice treat on a rainy day. Telluride Truffle is the city’s top sweets shop and has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Stop in this underground shop for packaged candy, ice cream, and much more. Fudge and other sweets are baked fresh each day and are the perfect gift to take back home to a loved one. Telluride Truffle is open Monday through Thursday from 10:15 AM to 8:00 PM and Friday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Rainy Days Are Still Fun in Telluride
As you can see, you can still have a blast on a rainy day here in Telluride. Book your next vacation rental with us and enjoy an incredible time!
The summer season is finally here, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for you to get out and explore. Our beautiful travel destination hosts a variety of events and activities all summer long. This includes the 4th of July holiday, around which Telluride hosts some exciting events. Although popular 4th of July festivities such as the annual parade, Fireman’s Fourth of July BBQ and the fireworks have unfortunately been canceled, there is still much to enjoy when you plan a visit to Telluride for 4th of July—especially as this year, most travelers will have a three-day weekend! Take a look at all of the fun and excitement you can find when you celebrate 4th of July in Telluride this year:
Telluride Plein Air Festival
There are plenty of exciting events going on around Telluride on the 4th of July. The Sheridan Arts Foundation hosts an incredible Plein Air Festival right here in town. The Telluride Plein Air Festival is scheduled to take place from Jun 28th through July 4th. Approximately 25 renowned artists will be on hand creating their beautiful outdoor artwork. At the conclusion of the festival, the artists’ work will be up for grabs in a three-day-long sale. This is a great way to see unique works of art, especially if you arrive in Telluride a few days before the 4th of July.
Another incredible festival taking place around the 4th of July is the annual Ride Festival right here in Telluride. This popular music festival has been taking place in Telluride since 2012 and has drawn in thousands of music fans each year. The selection of rock and roll music is specifically curated to highlight local and state level talent. This year’s lineup of music artists includes Black Pistol Fire, Yola, Joan Osborne, Citizen Cope, Warren Haynes, and Rival Sons, among many more. All of the performances will be spread out from July 2nd through the 11th. The venues for the festival include the Sheridan Opera House, Palm Theater, Transfer Warehouse, and more. Simply purchase a Ride festival ticket to gain entry to each of the shows every day of the event. Don’t pass up on a chance to see some incredible live music, especially after a year without it!
Summer Activities in Telluride
While you are in town for the 4th of July, take advantage of all the summer activities in the area. Head out for some incredible mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, and white water rafting. You can also explore with 4×4 or horseback riding tours that will take you around the area. There is plenty to see and do in and around Telluride especially if you are an outdoor enthusiast!
Enjoy All the Fun in Telluride
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the 4th of July here in Telluride this summer season. Book your vacation rental today for the most comfortable stay in Telluride yet!
There has never been a better time to look ahead at the adventures that await you in Telluride. The summer season is just around the corner, bringing about new opportunities for fun and excitement after a year where many did not travel. Telluride is the perfect spot to start off the summer. Between the cool yet warm temperatures, exciting indoor and outdoor activities, and our comfortable vacation rentals, you can have a memorable time. Take a look at some of our favorite early-summer activities right here in Telluride:
Ask any local in the Telluride area what the most popular summertime activity is and they will always tell you hiking. It is so easy to walk out of your vacation rental and head to a nearby trail. Telluride offers beautiful scenery all around, and even some less-traveled hiking paths. Enjoy a flat hike with no incline or a climb up to the summit of nearby peaks. New visitors should always hit the trails prepared and have water, a trail map, and sunscreen on hand just in case. Visit Telluride’s Visitor Center where you can get a hiking guide that provides maps of the 90+ hikes in the area. A local favorite is hiking up to Bridal Veil Falls where a 365-foot waterfall can be found at the end of the trail.
Telluride is located in the valley of the San Juan Mountains where you can find extensive wall faces perfect for rock climbing. Popular rock climbing areas near Telluride include Ophir Wall, Pipeline, and Via Ferrata. If you are new to rock climbing, make sure to start out at Adventure Rock located in Mountain Village. This artificial climbing boulder is open daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM and lets you get your footing. Local organizations that can take you on a guided rocking climbing tour include San Juan Outdoor Adventures and Telluride Mountain Club.
Did you know that golf balls are known to fly further in the air when you are at a higher elevation? If that’s the case, you can expect your best game when you golf right here in Telluride. Head over to Telluride Golf Course where an 18-hole golf course is waiting for you. The majestic mountains surround this course, giving you beautiful views from start to finish. Sunset and twilight times are available so you can play while the sun sets in the background. Telluride Golf Course has everything you need from private lessons with the pros, luxury golf carts, and a full-service shop with plenty of new gear. Telluride Golf Course typically opens in early May just in time for the start of the summer season.
Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Telluride is close to a variety of lakes including Alta Lakes and Woods Lake. You can relax on the water with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, also known as a SUP. Explore the water at your own pace as you put in a light workout paddling around the lake. Local shops offer rental gear, so you do not need to worry about bringing anything from home. After you have mastered the still water of the lakes you can head over to the San Miguel River for additional flow. The early summer season is the perfect time to cool off with time by the water!
Gondola Ride to Mountain Village
Just because it is not winter does not mean you cannot take advantage of the running gondola right here in Telluride. Gondola rides up to Mountain Village are always free and giving you elevated views of the valley. The cabin can easily fit the family so you can watch down below together. Once you get to Mountain Village you can find a variety of restaurants and shops to peruse. Expect delicious food and high-end shopping for a great time.
Telluride Bike Park
Starting in early June you can enjoy the unique services and clinics offered at Telluride Bike Park. This local experience lets you take to the area’s elevated bike paths with the help of local riders. Telluride Bike Park offers a variety of clinics that can train you to become a master rider in little time. They also provide mountain bike rentals so you can hit the trails right away. There is no better way to see the mountains while exploring interconnecting trails at Telluride Bike Park.
Plan Your Summer Getaway to Telluride
As you can see, Telluride is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground during the summer season. Get here at the start of the season to beat the late summer crowd and enjoy some cooler temperatures. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable throughout your stay and nearby all of these exciting activities.