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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:

Via Ferrata

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A system of cables, rungs and steps runs horizontally across the sheer cliff face at the east end of Telluride’s valley and gives newbies the chance to experience the thrills normally reserved for experienced climbers. Technical climbing gear and a guide are necessities so head to a local outfitter before you experience this unique but challenging traverse. The views are well worth the sweaty palms.

Paragliding

paragliding

We’ll admit it. Jumping off a mountain with a sort of overgrown kite on our backs wasn’t tops of our to-do list either. Then we tried paragliding and it was pretty cool. Use a licensed, insured outfitter. You’ll take off from the Telluride Ski Resort for a tandem flight with a professional pilot, enjoying a bird’s eye view of jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery before landing in Town Park

SUP-ing

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 Telluride, options range from the quiet splendor of high-alpine lakes to the lively San Miguel River, which gets pretty gnarly in early summer thanks to snow melt from surrounding peaks.

Getting High

hiking wildflowers

No, it’s not what you think (although you can do that here, too). Telluride is surrounded by the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in North America. Looking to scale your first fourteener or try a high-altitude trek? There are multiple options for both. Adding to the experience are alpine meadows full wildflowers, relics from the area’s mining days and stupendous views. Get up there!

Each of these activities works 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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