The region is known for its natural splendor and summer-long festival offerings. Whether you’re five or 55, Telluride is awe inspiring and fun. There's many options for families: nature trails that start right from the heart of town, the scenic gondola ride, week-long outdoor adventure programs and more.
Known as the “Festival Capital of the World,” Telluride delivers when it comes to kid-friendly events. Click here to find kid's events and activities.
- Telluride Academy Camps & Adventures
- Telluride Rock & Roll Academy
- Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium
- Pinhead Punk Science
- Telluride Park & Rec
- Ah Haa School for the Arts has many many programs, including Summer Art Immersion Youth Art Camps
- SnowFest, which features a snow sculpture contest
- Mountain Village's Jingle Jam, which features Santa Claus
FREE KID'S ACTIVITIES
- Scenic Gondola Ride: The free gondola provides the only transportation of its kind in North America. Connecting Telluride and Mountain Village, locals commute via gondola and visitors take in the 360-degree views. The gondola runs daily, almost year-round, 7 a.m. to midnight and features dog-friendly and handicap-accessible cabins, and bike racks.
- San Sophia Nature Center: Just a short walk from the top of the gondola and filled with all sorts of natural wonders, the center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily in the summer.
- Telluride Historical Museum: Cozy, intimate and filled with stories, the museum has displays of the mining history of Telluride from the boom days. Located in Telluride, three blocks north from Colorado Avenue on Fir Street, the museum is closed on Mondays. (970.728.3344)
- Telluride Town Park: Town Park is the center of all things fun in the summer. Find the trout pond—where fishing by kids is encouraged—along with the skate park, Imagination Station, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, disc golf course, an outdoor swimming pool and camping sites right on the river.
- Wilkinson Library: Telluride’s award-winning Wilkinson Public Library is another sanctuary for young people. The kid's section is a magical world unto itself, offering creative activities, such as daily story times, Yoga Story Time, Bilingual Story Time and Alternating Currents, a science and arts club. (100 W. Pacific Avenue, 970.728.6613)
- Nature Hikes: From Town Park, head up the 1.5-mile (one way), relatively flat Idarado Legacy Trail for clear views of Bridal Veil Falls. Also accessible from town, Bear Creek Trail is a moderate 2.5-mile (one way) hike to the falls.
- Mountain Village Climbing Rock: Located by the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village, the climbing rock is a challenge for all ages. Supervision is onsite. Open daily during sunlight hours.
- Mountain Village Summer Sunset Concert Series: Free concerts are presented by the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association every Wednesday, late June to early September, 6 to 8 p.m., in Sunset Plaza. Bring blankets, chairs and a cooler of snacks. Kids and dogs are welcome; dancing is encouraged.
Telluride is renown for eclectic dining options—from world-class celebrity chefs to a local brewery. Many eateries are kid-friendly, featuring kid-specific menus, casual atmospheres and a variety of healthy and yummy options. Click here to search for kid-friendly spots to grab a meal.