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There is something about summer nights that lend themselves to the wonders of outdoor concerts, and if you find yourself contemplating a vacation in Telluride the first week of July, we are offering a little something extra that may give you the gentle nudge towards booking the getaway! The RIDE Festival 2021 is an outdoor music festival that takes place in the shadows of the pine trees climbing up the slopes of the San Juan Mountains and in a variety of local venues. Lasting 10 days and featuring the creative talents of over 20 musical artists and bands, this festival has been an important part of the summer landscape since its beginnings in 2012!

How to Best Enjoy the RIDE Festival 2021

There is no wrong way to enjoy the show! You can purchase a single-day pass (the 4th of July shows promise to be spectacular), a weekend pass, a week pass, or a pass that encompasses every day of the 10-day event, which runs from July 2 through July 11th. The performers are an exciting mix of up and comers and seasoned veterans, but do not do yourself a disservice and only attend the performances of your favorite performers; some former up and comers of the RIDE Festival include Pearl Jam, Widespread Panic, and Thievery, and if you only watch the ones you know, you may miss out on the beginnings of a megastar group!

Bring your lawn chairs, your picnic blankets, and spend hours upon hours in the shadow of the mountains, listening to the music that makes your toes tap and your fingers snap, and if you choose not to spend every minute of the festival following the music, you can spend your off hours enjoying the wonders of our favorite mountain town. The festival gates open at 10 AM every day, ending at 11 PM every day except Sunday, and if you aren’t super interested in purchasing passes, but still want to hear the music, consider volunteering at some of the venues and earn a general admission weekend pass to the show! The NightRIDE venues (the nighttime concerts) include the Sheridan Opera House, Wood Ear, and Moon at O’Bannon’s, and if you haven’t purchased a festival pass, you can still attend these events by paying a cover fee.

The Magic Continues

As lodging sponsors for the RIDE Festival, we are proud to provide the best rental property options in the area! When the last note has faded away into the night, coming home to the luxurious comforts found in our Accommodations in Telluride mountain properties will add a little extra sparkle to your getaway. Reserve yours today!

As the summer holidays roll around, you may find yourself with some extra vacation days and an urge to explore the cool mountain towns in Colorado. If your journey finds you headed in the direction of Telluride in late June, early July, the Plein Air Festival promises to be an event that will make you wonder why you haven’t been this way sooner! Taking place from June 28th through July 4th, the 20 to 25 artists taking part in this festival are destined to make you fall in love with an art form you may not have recognized before now.

What Is Plein Air Art?

Coming from the French expression “en plein air,” which translates into, “in plain air,” this type of art is just that: masterpieces created in the great outdoors. This unique festival offers the opportunity to watch masters at work as you explore the wonders of our town. This artform became famous in the middle of the 1800s, and some of the world’s famous painters took the art style and made it their own, including Claude Monet, William Merritt Chase, and Mary DeNeale Morgan. What you will find is some of today’s top artists creating beauty out in the fresh air as you shop, hike, and play.

During the last three days of this festival celebrating plein air, the pieces the artists worked on so fervently during the early portion will be judged and then auctioned off to eager buyers. Perhaps you will find that you and your family earned a place of honor on one of the paintings, and even if you are unable to purchase the piece you star in, you will forever have the bragging rights of being a plein air artist’s subject during the Telluride Plein Air festival of 2021! If you do manage to snag a portrait, you can feel good knowing that 40% of the sales made during this wonderful event will go to the Sheridan Arts Foundation, to help encourage and support future plein air artists.

All the Comforts of Home

All this wandering around town is guaranteed to make you tired and ready for some rest and relaxation, and our Accommodations in Telluride mountainside escapes offer the perfect way to end each day of your stay! Luxurious, comfortable, and designed to be an integral part of your vacation experience, our properties will make your getaway shine. Reserve yours today!

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.

Ride Festival

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:

Hiking

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.

Rock Climbing

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.

Golfing

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.