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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. Some trails also pass historic landmarks like the Lewis Mine (a former mining structure built in 1910) and Tomboy (an abandoned mining town that once housed 1,000 residents).

Travelers love trekking Telluride's trails, but three are especially popular – Bridal Veil Falls, Jud Wiebe Trail and Bear Creek Trail. However, Bridal Veil Falls and Jud Wiebe Trail require some experience to traverse (visitors say that both are steep), so novice hikers may want to stick to Bear Creek Trail or other easy paths like Keystone Gorge and the Telluride Trail. When hiking any of Telluride's trails, always remember to bring water, sunscreen, a first aid kit and bug spray. Also, consult Visit Telluride's Trails page for trail maps.

All of Telluride's hiking trails are open 24 hours a day during the summer, but some welcome visitors in the winter for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and other activities. Most hikers recommend allotting a few hours per hike, though some may take up to a full day to complete. No fees apply to access local trails, and several have trailheads near downtown Telluride. Facilities like restrooms and water fountains are generally not available on hiking paths. To learn more about Telluride's trails, check out Visit Telluride's Hiking page.

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#1 Telluride Ski Resort

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 experienced skiers. And during the warmer months, travelers can go mountain biking, golfing, whitewater rafting and more.

Recent visitors said that this is one of the best skiing areas in the country, citing its ample powder (more than 300 inches accummulate here annually) and less crowded atmopshere (in spring) as highlights. A few reviewers also raved about the resort's restaurants, especially Altezza At The Peaks, Alpino Vino, Allred's Restaurant and Bon Vivant.

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