Five Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall in Telluride
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Summer in Telluride is magical but fall is off the charts gorgeous. The deep greens of summer transform into fiery shades of orange, yellow and amber. The mountains beckon guests to explore and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest. Here are five great ways to enjoy fall in Telluride:
In Telluride, the Gondola isn’t just for skiers. It’s a free, green, transportation system connecting the town of Telluride to Mountain Village. Appropriately, it takes riders into the mountains, topping out at 10,800 feet before descending the other side. Get out at the top and take advantage of the multiple trails and views, or stay on and enjoy your trip above, and through, the yellowing aspen groves.
Prospect Trail is one of those trails you can ride over and over, yet each time it is different. The trail begins at the top of the Gondola and meanders through wooded areas of the ski area before taking riders on a gradual climb to the top of Lift 10. In autumn, cyclists glide over fallen aspen leaves and catch views of the surrounding mountainsides that appear ablaze with gold. Follow the descent on svelte single-track, looping back and forth to the Village Core.
Although the entirety of the box canyon encompasses breathtaking beauty, in the fall it is the north side that inspires. Here the aspen groves are thicker and their golden leaves dance longer in the light of the sun. From town, find the trailheads for the Jud Wiebe and Mill Creek Trails. Or park just out of town, up Mill Creek Road, and find Eider Creek Trail. Then hike or run and experience the velvet feel of autumn.
Perhaps no season is more conducive to a Sunday drive than fall. In Telluride, this entails a jeep, a mountain pass and, yes, more stunning views. Jeep tours not only allow travelers the chance to view the fall colors, but also a glimpse into Telluride’s history as they drive through relics of Telluride’s mining days. Check out Tomboy Road, Ophir Pass, Alta Lakes or Last Dollar Road.
Whatever you do to enjoy Telluride this fall, heed her call to linger just a little longer and soak in the fleeting gold colors before the last leaves fall and the vibrant colors are erased by winter’s white. Enjoy a local brew at any of the town or Mountain Village’s outdoor spots. Try the rooftop bar at the New Sheridan Restaurant and Bar, the patio at Tomboy Tavern in Mountain Village or the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows at Allred’s at the top of the Gondola.