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Summer in Telluride is Kid's Play

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This is an excerpt from a story in the Official Visitor Guide, written by Jesse James Mctigue


How do you define a Telluride summer?You don’t. Instead, Telluride defines summer—the way you remember it as a kid and the way your kids will remember it for the rest of their lives. From June to September, from sun up to sundown, the box canyon provides an endless summer of fun for the whole family. With all there is to do, when the leaves begin to change and it’s time to go back to school, it’ll be hard to say who had more fun, parents or kids.

There is no better place to spend uninterrupted time as a family than out on a trail or floating down a river. And in Telluride, there are as many hiking and biking trails, and rivers and mountain lakes, for children to explore as there are for adults.

Hiking: Don’t leave your kids at home when you go for a hike. Granted, they probably won’t do Sneffel’s Highline, so find a more tangible destination such as the waterfall at the top of Bear Creek, the Jud Wiebe “summit” or a River Trail stroll in search of an in ice-cream cone. Remember, it’s the journey, not the destination. Explore the single track that follows the San Miguel River on the Valley Floor, or the Keystone Gorge Trail that begins in the Lawson Hill development. Take the Gondola to Station Sophia and hike down The Ridge Trail to the Mountain Village. Kids will hike, especially if you bring chocolate.

Biking: Remember when you first rode a bike by yourself? It was the ultimate freedom. Add some single track and you’ll be giggling louder than your kids. Start by ripping around town with them on the River Trail. Keep heading east to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, or west to the Valley Floor and out to Society Turn. Too easy? Find the Jurassic Trailhead across from the Peaks Hotel off of the Mountain Village Core. Enjoy the undulating single track as it traverses the ridge above town, then links to the Meadow Trail. Drop to the Valley Floor and return to town via the single track.

Water play-the mountains around Telluride are the headwaters of many Colorado River tributaries and home to deep turquoise lake. Kids (12 an dunder) can fish at the stocked pond in  own Park or float a “rubber ducky” or inner tune down the rollicking San Miguel River. Families can add fishing, rafting or stand up paddleboarding to their outdoor adventure mix.

Stay tuned next week for more family friendly activities. To read the complete article, check out the Summer Guide

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