Summer Hiking Guide
A How-To Hiking Guide for your Telluride Vacation
By way of public health order, Coloradans and guests to the state are encouraged to find respite from COVID-19 within the state’s “great, vast 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 (970-728-4504) 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.
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.
Check the weather. Pack plenty of water, sunblock and food. Dress in layers and be sure to have your face mask handy too! Remember to remain at least six feet from others not in your household.
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.
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