Lace up your hiking boots and head into the great outdoors of Telluride. While the white-capped mountains of winter are exhilarating for snow sports enthusiasts, those who prefer to traverse the mountains of Colorado without snow will find winding trails and beautiful scenery in warmer months. Many of these scenic Telluride hikes allow your furry family member to tag along, as long as they stay leashed.
San Miguel River Trail
This out-and-back trail is easy-going and only 4.1 miles long with an elevation gain of just 242 feet. The trail is a nice stroll along the banks of the San Miguel River. The official start to the trail is Town Park, but the trail can be picked up from many different streets around town, so you can adjust the length of your hike.
Bridal Veil Falls
There are several ways to get to Bridal Veil Falls. The majestic and picturesque falls are the highest in Colorado at 365 feet. The most popular trail is 4.8-miles out-and-back with an elevation gain of nearly 1,400 feet. Park at the end of the town’s main street and follow the trail to the falls. If you’re up for a challenge, carry on to the historic home at the top of the falls.
Jud Wiebe Trail
Ask a local where the best hikes in Telluride are and they will point you to the Jud Wiebe Memorial Trail. The three-mile loop starts and ends in town and is a moderate hike. You’ll travel through conifer forests, aspen groves, mountain meadows and more. Experience the power of the San Miguel River and beautiful mountain vistas that are camera-worthy every step of the way. This is one of the first trails to melt out in the spring, and if you’re here in late spring or throughout the summer months, wildflowers will be in full bloom.
Sneffels Highline Loop
Challenge yourself for a big payoff in the end. Sneffels Highline Loop is considered the most challenging hike in Telluride. The 13-mile loop includes an elevation gain of 3,520 feet. The reward is the beautiful high alpine country of the San Juan Mountains and all their glorious views, alpine basins, meadows, and fields of wildflowers. Prepare for the hike with plenty of food and water, and schedule it later in your visit, after you’ve acclimated to the altitude and thinner mountain air.
The Great Outdoors of Telluride
From skiing and snowboarding in the winter to Telluride hikes, biking, and more in the warmer months, Telluride is a Colorado destination you don’t want to miss for your outdoor adventures. As you plan all the hikes and adventures you’ll experience, don’t forget to book a vacation rental with Vacation Telluride as your home base. For you and your favorite hiking buddy or small family, choose a cozy one-bedroom. For larger groups wanting to tackle the summits together, there are units as large as five bedrooms! If you’re not tired from a day on the trails, make a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen, or stretch out and relax in a private bedroom or open living space.
Contact us today to learn more about the best hikes in Telluride and other activities and start planning your Telluride adventure!