Telluride, Colorado may be known for its impressive ski slopes during the winter, but this gem of a town is enjoyable anytime of the year. Tucked within the rugged San Juan Mountains, this tiny town offers a healthy mix of locals and tourists all year round. And visiting Telluride during its off-season, aka the warmer months, allows for a calmer, more relaxing experience.
The beauty of Telluride is argued to be the best of the West. This town truly has it all. Jagged mountains line the landscape in the distance, while closer, you’ll find rolling green hills dotted with wildflowers and tall grasses. The actual town sits in the basin of the surrounding mountain den. Be warned that the traveling in and out of the town is certainly an adventure!
Visit Telluride Music Festival
Touted as one of the best bluegrass festivals in the nation, Telluride’s annual festival gathers the largest and emerging stars in the genre today. The four-day jubilee features dozens of bands and a well-maintained campground for concert-goers. The location couldn’t be more perfect. Located just a few steps from the town, visitors are able to stroll down Telluride’s charming streets while sleeping under the stars.
Hike to Bridal Veil Falls
Start by late morning and take the impressive climb to the Bridal Veil Falls. There, you’ll be treated to an impressive trio of waterfalls, each more than 365 feet high. The hike is slightly strenuous, so if you’re out of hiking shape, plan to go slow and pack lots of water. Many hikers aren’t acclimated to the high altitude levels which can cause sudden dehydration.
Take a Ride on the Gondola
Telluride offers free rides on their ski-lift like system all year round. During the warmer months, you’ll find locals using the gondola as a ferry, carrying bags of groceries or toting school kids along. The lift runs from the bottom of the town to the top of the slopes and make various stops along the way. Perfect for taking in the impressive sights, especially at sunset.
Visit Skybar at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort
Voted best bar by the locals, this rooftop bar features live music, great cocktails and one expansive view. Open seasonally.
Drive to the Hot Springs
It’s expected that you’ll feel an immediate sense of sadness leaving this gem of a town. To help you cope with returning back home, why not make a pitstop at the even smaller town of Ouray. Here, you’ll find a pool complex fed by natural hot springs, with a range of temperatures. Recharge in the revitalizing waters. However, if you’re looking for the easy way to drive there, you’ll have to take a plane. This road (below) is the only route available amid the rocky landscape.