Telluride Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Telluride

If you have extra time, Hiking is worthwhile.
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    Telluride Ski Resort
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    Golf, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Skiing, Free
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    Golf, Hiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, Skiing, Free
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    When most people talk about Telluride, they're typically referring to this ski resort rather than the town. This massive complex boasts more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain in the San Juan Mountains. The resort's 148 trails cater to skiers of all levels, although most slopes are best suited for

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    Mountain Village
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    #2 in Telluride
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    Cafes, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resortshould be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy retreat from the slopes. Nestled high in the San Juan Mountains – roughly 9,500 feet above sea level – Mountain Village has a

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    Hiking
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    Hiking
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    #3 in Telluride
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Free
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    Although Telluride's biggest draw is its top-notch ski slopes, come summertime, locals and tourists alike flock to the town to explore its ample hiking trails. Dozens of paths are available in the immediate area, including ones that overlook natural wonders like Bear Creek, the Alta Lakes and Bridal Veil Falls.

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    Town Park
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    #4 in Telluride
    Festivals, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Festivals, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sports, Swimming/Pools, Free
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    Telluride's fresh air opportunities aren't limited toTelluride Ski Resort's slopes. During the warmer months, visitors and residents head to Town Park on the southeast edge of town to enjoy scenic walking paths and picturesque picnic spots.

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    San Juan Skyway
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    #5 in Telluride
    Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing, Free
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    If you're looking to get off the slopes and out of the town for a day, hit the road on the San Juan Skyway. This free historic byway, which is affectionately called the "road to the sky," loops through 11 towns and two national forests in southwestern Colorado. It measures

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    Ophir Pass
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    #7 in Telluride
    Recreation, Free
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    Recreation, Free
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    Located just east of the adjacent town of Ophir (about 15 miles southeast of Telluride), this dirt road is a prime spot for off-roading. The path stretches nearly 10 miles and climbs as high as 12,789 feet. To get back to Ophir after reaching the summit, you can travel back

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