Things To Do In Telluride Colorado With Kids

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Activities For Kids

While Telluride’s wealth of rugged outdoor sports can cater to adults, there are plenty of activities and attractions to keep kids entertained.

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The drastic scenery, music festivals, fly-fishing and hiking draw most visitors to Telluride in the summer, but many activities cater toward kids and the entire family. Both Telluride and Mountain Village have well-kept parks and programs designed for children and families.

Summer Kid Friendly Activities

  • Fishing
    Telluride’s Town Park has a stocked fishing pond perfect for learning to cast and hook fish. The San Miguel River also cuts through the park and town, and is a good second stop for beginners looking for moving water.
  • Swimming
    Town Park also has a public swimming pool and several swimming holes along the river, although it’s important to make sure the water isn’t moving too fast during runoff season.
  • Hiking
    There are a couple easy hiking trails that start in town that have mellow grades and wide trails. Start with the Bear Creek Trail, a popular but scenic trail through a steep canyon and alongside the creek. The trail starts at the south end of Pine Street.
  • Disc Golf
    Disc Golf is played with the same rules as standard golf but uses a small Frisbee instead of balls and chain nets instead of holes. There are courses in Telluride’s Town Park and in Mountain Village. See the visitor center for maps and more information.
  • Skate Park
    Telluride’s Skate Park is in the west end of Town Park and has features for all ability levels, including a famous covered bowl section that requires lots of speed. Wear a helmet.

Summer Fun Attractions for the Family

  • Museum
    The Telluride Historical Museum has artifacts dating back to the mining days and lots of historical photos. The museum also has added walking tours, a series of audio guidebooks describing the historical significance of structures and items all around Telluride. The museum is located at the north end of Gregory Street at the top of the hill.
  • Off-Road Tours
    Outfitters run guided four-wheel tours of nearby mountain passes and old mining roads and are a great to experience Telluride’s remote and rugged backcountry.
  • Balloon Festival
    The balloon festival is held every year in early-June and fills Telluride’s skies with dozens of colorful hot air balloons. The balloon-filled landscape is a magnificent sight for any age.

Telluride’s ski slopes are obviously the main attraction, but opportunities to keep children and your entire family having fun all day are abound.

Winter Kid Friendly Activities

  • Snowshoeing
    Several great hiking trails can only be accessed with snowshoes in winter, meaning you can enjoy the serene winter atmosphere with just the family. The Bridal Veil Falls are spectacular when frozen in winter, and can be hiked to from the parking lot east of town near the Pandora Mill. Follow the switchbacks up to the falls.
  • Nordic Skiing
    There are Nordic ski trails in Town Park and across the Valley Floor just west of town. The trails follow rolling hills alongside frozen ponds and rivers, a beautiful combination for cross-country skiing. Equipment can be rented at the Nordic Center in Town Park.
  • Ice Skating
    Town Park has a free ice skating pond perfect for family skates (no hockey is allowed). Skates can be rented at the nearby Nordic Center. Mountain Village also has an outdoor rink in the center of the main business core. Gear can be rented at nearby Bootdoctors.
  • Sledding
    Town Park has a decent sized sledding hill on its south side. Sleds can be rented from the Nordic Center near the park’s north entrance.

Winter Fun Attractions for the Family

  • Telluride Historical Museum
    The Telluride Historical Museum has artifacts dating back to the mining days and lots of historical photos. The museum also has added walking tours, a series of audio guidebooks describing the historical significance of structures and items all around Telluride. The museum is located at the north end of Gregory Street at the top of the hill.
  • Torchlight Parades
    Every Christmas and New Years Eve Telluride staff ski to town grasping lit torches, unleashing a dizzying display of light across the valley. The event is well worth watching.

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