Summer in Telluride is Kids Play
By Jesse James Mctigue
Remember summers when you were a kid? Sunshine filled days that stretched endlessly before you and a whole world out there waiting to be explored. In Telluride, summertime is still the same, as kids of all ages hike, bike and explore all day long.
Hiking-Telluride it’s easy to find a kid –friendly hike, with destinations like the waterfall at the top of Bear Creek, the Jud Wiebe “summit” or a River Trail beach. Explore the single track that follows the San Miguel River on the Valley Floor or the Keystone Gorge Trail that begins in Lawson Hill. Just remember to bring the right snacks.
Biking-Remember when you first rode a bike. It was the ultimate freedom. Add some single track and you’ll be giggling louder than your kids. Start by ripping around town with them on the River Trail, then head one of twoways: east to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls or west to the Valley Floor and out to Society Turn visa the paved bike path or single track that follows the old railroad grade.
Water Play-The mountains around Telluride are the headwaters of many Colorado River tributaries and homes to turquoise lakes and alpine tarns. Kids (12 and under) can fish at the stocked pond in Town Park or float a “rubber ducky” or inner tube down the rollicking San Miguel. Families can add fishing, rafting, or stand-up paddle boarding to their outdoor adventure mix.