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There Is A First Time for Everything

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What’s special about summertime in Telluride? We think it’s the opportunity to do things you and your family may never have done before. New experiences, all sure-fire memory-makers, abound in the box canyon. These are our top four:

The Gondola

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They say it’s not the destination, it’s the journey, right? Well, this old adage is certainly true when it comes to Telluride’s beloved “G”. The only transportation system of its kind in North America, the Gondola is pet-friendly and handicap accessible, connecting the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village via a 13-minute ride. Hop off at the mid-point at Station St. Sophia for a craft cocktail, small plates and jaw-dropping views at the adjacent Allred’s restaurant.

Fly Fishing

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If you’re like us, you’ve wanted to learn how to fly fish ever since you saw A River Runs Through It. Maybe you never had the opportunity, though. – until now. Telluride is an angler’s paradise with rivers and lakes that offer a diverse range of experiences. Our local guides are not only knowledgeable about where to fish and what equipment to use, but can also teach you how. Try this gentle but fascinating pastime once and we promise you will be, um, hooked.


paddle boarding

One of the fastest-growing sports in the world is stand up paddle boarding and it is not hard to see why. It’s challenging to learn but once mastered, it’s, well, awesome. In the Telluride area, options include the scenic splendor of Priest Lake. Twelve miles south of town, this SUP spot is quiet and well-suited to first-time paddlers. 

An Outdoor History Lesson

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The trails that weave around and above Telluride can be accessed on foot, mountain bike or 4x4 and serve as high-altitude history classes. Relics of Telluride’s mining past are everywhere, from the ghost town at the old Tomboy Mine to the remnants of the old Rio Grande Southern narrow-gauge railroad that form part of the Galloping Goose bike trail west of town. Finish your day with a visit to the Telluride Historical Museum.

Some of these activities work best with a local guide who has the experience and knowledge to make your outing a memorable one for all the right reasons.


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