As the spring season finally starts to wind down, we might be thinking of our next big vacation getaway. There is nothing better than hopping in your car and taking off on the perfect road trip. The early summer season is the perfect time to do such an event and Telluride should be your final destination. Telluride is an amazing vacation destination that offers a variety of exciting activities in the early summer season. Let us help you plan for the perfect early summer Colorado road trip to Telluride:
Ride Up to Gondola Village
The early summer season is the perfect time to see Telluride in all of its glory. Our winter and spring seasons see plenty of snowfall that covers the surrounding areas. With early summer comes warmer weather that melts the snow and provides clear views especially the higher up in elevation you go. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and ride up to Mountain Village located up in the San Juan Mountains. Getting there is extremely easy, simply hop on the free gondola located in the center of Downtown Telluride. This gondola will take you up over 9,000 feet in elevation to reach Mountain Village. Here you will find various shops and restaurants to browse. Reaching Mountain Village is always a welcome item on your road trip itinerary.
Finding the Hiking Trails
Now that the snow has cleared up for the most part you will be able to find the once covered hiking trails. Telluride hiking trails will let you trek around the area and find some gorgeous views of the area. The melted snow also allows the local rivers and falls to be flowing at their best. With that combination in mind we recommend trekking down to Bear Creek Falls. Visitors will be able to start the trail just off South Pine Street in Telluride. Narrow cliffs and spacious open meadows align the trail for incredible views. Once you get to Bear Creek Falls you will see why it is one of the biggest natural attractions in the area. The water falls from over 1,000 feet high providing a spectacular sight. This is the perfect place too to relax with a picnic or soak up the early summer sunshine. Another popular trail is the Jud Wiebe Trail that features panoramic views of Bear Creek and Ajax Peak. You will be able to see the canyon bedrocks up close. It’s found on a 3-mile trail loop making it the perfect morning hike during your stay here in Telluride.
Drive the Million Dollar Highway
The views do not stop at the hiking trails found in Telluride. Since you have access to your vehicle it is well worth making the drive down the Million Dollar Highway. This stretch of highway has been named one of the most beautiful drives in the world. The name comes from the cost to build it, but the views make it more than worth it. Be careful driving down this winding road as the views can make it distracting when driving.
Find a Place to Grab a Drink
Since you have a few days here in town you might as well find the local watering holes. Telluride is home to Telluride Brewing Company that has won several awards since being founded in 2011. Visitors will be able to try out their fine selection of mainstay beers and even special seasonal offerings that rotate in throughout the year. Telluride Brewing Company is a must visit for craft beer enthusiasts and casual beer drinkers alike. Visitors can also find their favorite spirits and cocktails when they make a stop at Telluride Distilling Company. Hand crafted spirits made in the mountains just taste so much better. Don’t forget to grab bottles of your favorite brews and spirits to take back home whenever you visit these local favorites!
The Perfect Early Summer Vacation Rental
Having an incredible road trip to Telluride can be ruined if you do not plan for your lodging options in advance. Instead of booking a tiny hotel room where you have no room to move around, book one of our spacious vacation rentals. Each property is a privately owned home that features luxurious amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Book one of our spacious homes that feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms or pick out a cozy condominium that is located right in Downtown Telluride. There is no wrong option to pick out so find something you like in our selection and prepare for the best road trip ever!
Book Your Stay in Telluride
As you can see a road trip to Telluride has plenty to offer when you visit in the early summer. Our vacation rentals are available year round and the early summer season is one of the slower travel seasons giving you even more to choose from.
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!