Summer Activities in Telluride

Decades ago, the area attracted miners who left a network of roads across the countryside. Adventurers now use the pathways for 4x4 runs. Rent a vehicle or join a 4x4 tour. Around Telluride, the scenery includes the gorgeous panoramic views of mountain country. See alpine lakes, meadows filled with blooming wildflowers and waterfalls along cliff sides. Visit ghost towns and travel through ruined mining locations. Imogene Pass remains one of the most frequented areas for 4x4 excursions during the summer months.

The opportunity for backpacking and camping attract many to Telluride. Visitors may camp at the Town Park or at one of several locations less than 20 minutes away. While community sites offer various amenities, many prefer venturing out into the open countryside and spending a few days at a rural campsite. Rustic campers carrying backpacks and tents are not the only individuals flocking to the mountains in the summer. RV campers also regularly meander up the roads to that favorite spot.

The substantial amount of snow received over the winter months melt during the spring and fill the streams and rivers in and around Telluride. The waterways provide the perfect environment for rafting. Take in the scenery while gently floating down a slow moving stream. Adrenaline junkies have the option of indulging in the more exhilarating sport of white water rafting. The rafting season runs from late May through October. Local outfitters supply all the equipment and necessary safety instruction. Find rafting venues along the Animas, Colorado, and Gunnison Rivers. Visitors may also embark on half-day or full-day adventures on the Dolores or San Miguel River.

The many lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers also provide a myriad of locations for anyone who loves fishing. Fly-fishing for trout remains particularly popular in the Rocky Mountains. Depending on the spot chosen, experienced anglers encounter a challenge and beginners stay entertained. Choose a location independently or enlist the assistance of an outfitter guide. The advantages of using a guide include having access to more destinations that may include private land.

The San Juan Mountains around Telluride draw bouldering and rock climbing fans like a magnet. Novice to expert climbers scramble up the jagged peaks and wall faces of the formations. The Ophir Wall and the Pipeline are only two of the many routes used. Before making their way to the mountains, many stop at Mountain Village and warm-up on the Adventure Rock climbing wall.