Telluride Colorado Summer Vacations & Activities

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With remote backcountry, music festivals, and lakes and rivers galore, Telluride has something to offer for everyone when the snow melts and summers goes full swing.

Some Telluride, Colorado summer activities are:

Hiking

Trails leave town in every direction and loops range from a couple miles to as far as your legs can take you in one day.

Biking

There is free downhill biking off the gondola and bikes are permitted on most trails in town.

Fishing

The San Miguel River has decent trout fishing right in town while several alpine lakes and rivers are less than an hour from town.

Festivals

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival is world-famous and attracts more than 10,000 people. During the high summer season there is a festival nearly every weekend, including two film festivals, a mushroom festival, a beer brewing festival and more.

Guides & Tours

Old mining roads traverse the high peaks surrounding Telluride, and a 4 X 4 tour is the best way to see some of the area’s most remote alpine basins.

Whitewater Rafting

The San Miguel has Class II-III rapids just down valley from Telluride, and other local rivers like the Gunnison and Dolores host multi-day trips. 

Alpine Train

The Durango to Silverton train ride is a historic jaunt through the San Juans and has restored vintage cabins and spectacular views. A good daytrip during a Telluride summer vacation. 

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