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  • 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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#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 ... Read more » DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

#2 Mountain Village Even if you aren't a skier, a visit to Telluride Ski Resort should be a priority. The resort encompasses Mountain Village, a bustling town originally developed as a cozy ... Read more » Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

#3 Hiking 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 ... Read more » kmaassrock / Getty Images

#4 Town Park Telluride's fresh air opportunities aren't limited to Telluride Ski Resort's slopes. During the warmer months, visitors and residents head to Town Park on the southeast edge of ... Read more » Rob Lee / Flickr

#5 San Juan Skyway 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 ... Read more » Brian Welker / EyeEm / Getty Images

#6 Telluride Historical Museum Housed in the town's former hospital, the Telluride Historical Museum recounts the area's exciting history, from its gold-mining days to the development of the world-renowned Telluride Ski Resort ... Read more » Jonas Forth / Flickr

#7 Ophir Pass 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 ... Read more » kwiktor / Getty Images

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Telluride Ski Resort offers 2,000-plus acres of skiable terrain. DOUGBERRY / Getty Images

Mountain Village is home to a variety of shops and eateries, making it the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes. Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

Telluride boasts dozens of hiking trails, most of which are best explored during the summer months. kmaassrock / Getty Images

Visitors will find a kids fishing pond (pictured), a Frisbee golf course, an outdoor pool and more at the 36-acre Town Park. Rob Lee / Flickr

Hit the road on the San Juan Skyway to see the sights in southwestern Colorado. Brian Welker / EyeEm / Getty Images

Located inside the building that once housed Telluride's hospital, this museum features a variety of artifacts detailing the region's history. Jonas Forth / Flickr

Located about 15 miles southeast of Telluride, Ophir Pass (a four-wheel drive trail) offers picturesque views of the San Juan Mountains and its namesake town. kwiktor / Getty Images

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