There Is A First Time for Everything
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:
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 truly unique Gondola is pet-friendly and handicap accessible, connecting the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village via a 13-minute ride that offers breath-taking views and an unforgettable experience. Hop off at the mid-point, Station St. Sophia, to explore the Nature Center.
Have a true American West experience by exploring the San Juans on horseback. Local guides will regale budding cowboys and cowgirls with tales from the area’s colorful past during outings that range from daylong tours to half-day trail rides to overnight camp-outs. It’s a truly memorable experience made more so by the stunning scenery.
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 include the scenic splendor of Priest Lake. Twelve miles south of town, this SUP spot is quiet and well-suited to young paddlers.
An Outdoor History Lesson
The trails that weave around and above Telluride can be accessed on foot, mountain bike or 4x4 and serve as lively high-altitude classrooms. 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 with a jaunt 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 memorable, and safe.