- Hiking, Natural Wonders Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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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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