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Summer Hiking Guide

Coloradans and guests to the state are encouraged to find respite from COVID-19 within the state’s great outdoors. With so many established hiking trails in the Telluride region — many right outside your door — the only trouble is choosing trails best suited for you.

Tips for the Trail

Start with the local trail book or map. Telluride’s famous bookstore Between the Covers keeps a stock of hiking guides and maps. You can call them and they’ll put a copy in the mail to you or set your copy aside until you get to town. Telluride Mountain Club is also a great starting place for information.

Go Easy, Get Acclimated

Drink plenty of water upon arriving at altitude, and be sure to take your time on the hiking trail. Expect to hike slow and steady and take plenty of breaks to take in the views. Visit the Institute for Altitude Medicine at Telluride for what to expect and how to stay healthy while hiking at altitude.

Get Creative

Avoid crowds by choosing lesser traveled hiking trails or by getting on the trail early. Choose trails that take into consideration the hiking abilities of your group and take solace in knowing you don’t need to get on top of a fourteener to find massive mountain views!

Hike With a Partner

And if you can’t do that, be sure to tell someone where you’re going and when to expect you back.

Plan Ahead

Check the weather. Pack plenty of water, sunblock, and food. Dress in layers.

Your mountain vacation is an opportunity to renew and rejuvenate. We’d like to make sure you feel safe, confident and cared for in exceptional ways during these unprecedented times. If you need help picking a hike, we’d be happy to make recommendations or answer any questions you may have.

Happy hiking!


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