Trail to Tavern
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by Erin Spillane
When it’s summertime in Telluride, adventure is just out your front door. Bonus- a tasty libation is a stone’s throw away from most trail heads. Here are a few of our favorite ways to play in the great outdoors.
SUP-ing on the San Miguel, sipping at the Telluride Brewing Company
Rent a stand-up paddleboard from a local outfitter and head just west of town to begin one of the most beautiful journeys you’ll every experience: stand-up paddleboarding on the San Miguel River along Telluride’s stunning Valley Floor. It’s a mellow ride in July and August and will take SUP-ers about four miles west of town where a short walk brings you to the Telluride Brewing Company who offer a range of brews for thirsty river riders.
From the Via Ferrata to the rooftop bar at the New Sheridan Hotel
Grab a guide and the appropriate gear to experience the thrill of the ladder/cable system of Telluride’s own Via Ferrata. This exhilarating route traverses about two miles of sheer rock face and narrow ledges at the east end of the box canyon. The views, including Bridal Veil Falls across the canyon, are stupendous. Follow this adventure of a lifetime by savouring memories – and still more views – over a craft cocktail or beer on the rooftop bar at the New Sheridan Hotel.
Mountain bike to the Peaks Resort and Spa
In summer, the Telluride Ski Resort has an extensive network of trails (intermediate to expert) as well as a downhill bike park. Take the bike-friendly Gondola to Station St. Sophia (midway between Telluride and Mountain Village), then hit the Prospect Trail and reward yourself after with drinks and appetizers on the deck of Altezza. Located at the Peaks Resort, this restaurant offers180-degree views that stretch from the ski area to the Wilsons to the San Sophia range.
The locals’ loop: the Wiebe to the Buck
When in Rome, right? The Jud Wiebe Trail starts and ends in town, which makes it a locals’ favorite. Start at the trailhead at the top of North Aspen Street and hike the Wiebe for three miles with an elevation gain of about 1,200 feet. The trail will drop you back in town on North Oak Street, perfect for a stroll back to main street. Turn left and amble into the Last Dollar Saloon, affectionately known as “the Buck”, where more than 60 different beers and the house Margarita await.