Hiking is, by far, the most popular activity in the summer season. It’s no surprise, as there is enough terrain in the greater Telluride region to explore a different trail every weekend. Surrounded by an abundance of scenic nature trails, expansive jeep roads, as well as plenty of less-traveled paths, you can choose from a quick afternoon jaunt to multi-day cross-country excursions.
Summer offers a chance to climb fourteeners (peaks that exceed 14,000 feet) or hike from one alpine lake to the next. Venture out and discover the vast terrain of the San Juan Mountains.
Whenever exploring the outdoors in mountain locations, weather can change quickly, and we recommend hiking prepared. Please carry water, sunscreen, a first aid kit, appropriate trail maps, and extra layers for hikes of all durations. Bug spray is also recommended in the summer months.
To view a Mountain Village Hiking Map, click here.
With over 90 hikes, extreme ski routes, and historic walks around town, the Telluride Hiking Guide provides maps, descriptions and histories of the hiking trails of the area. Written by Susan Kees, a 38-year resident of Telluride, the guide is organized into eight sections and gives all the information needed to enjoy the spectacular highlands of Telluride, plus some historical narrative that brings the mountains to life. Some of the more popular hikes in Telluride are the Bear Creek Canyon Trail, Bridal Veil Falls Trail, the River Trail and the Jud Wiebe Trail. The guide is available at a variety of local retail shops or go learn more online at www.telluridehikingguide.com.