Telluride: A True Kid’s Paradise
Playgrounds and Fishing in Town Park
With little ones, sometimes a playground is the best opportunity to keep busy and have fun. Telluride’s Town Park offers multiple playgrounds and the Kids’ Fishing Pond, perfect for adventures during the warmer months.
Toddler Playground: Located beside the Fishing Pond, the Toddler playground has a climbing structure that’s ideal for ages 5 and up.
Imagination Station: The always-fun Imagination Station is located between the Hanley ice skating rink and the softball fields in Town Park. This community built playground area will provide endless fun for your kids.
Kids’ Fishing Pond: Bring your rod (or check one out for free at the Information Center in Town Park!) Children must be 12 and under to fish. There is a four trout limit.
Skateboarding, Basketball and Volleyball
Basketball: Great if you are traveling with a group or just want to play a round of HORSE with the kiddos. No leagues means ample free play time.
Sand volleyball: Open play or pick up games are another great option when you’re coming to town for weddings, reunions and other group functions.
Skateboarding: Open daily for the kid who never leaves home without his or her skateboard. BYOB (board or bike).
Add a little excitement and challenge to a family walkabout by playing one of Telluride’s two, free disc golf courses. Local courses come in two styles, the natural 9-hole course at Telluride Town Park or the more modern, 18-hole course on the slopes of the ski area at Mountain Village. Tee off and count the number of throws to the target or basket. Person with the fewest throws wins. Fun for all ages.
Telluride Town Park Disc Golf: This 9-hole course features natural targets as “holes.” Check out free discs from the Information Center in Town Park.
Telluride Ski Resort Disc Golf Course: The regulation 18-hole course with official chain metal basket holes starts across from the Mountain Village Town Hall Plaza (home to the Village Market & Parking Garage). The course is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset in the summer. Bring your own disc or purchase one at Telluride Sports or Boot Doctors.
Swimming and Tubing
Swimming: Everyone knows pools are kid magnets and Telluride has a great heated, outdoor public pool at Town Park that’s easy on the pocketbook. Families may also enjoy finishing out a day trip to a nearby historic mining town with a visit to Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Naturally geothermally heated, crystal-clear and odor-free, temps at the Ouray pool range from 88 – 106 degrees. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Fitness center and massage therapists available on site too.
Tubing: Once spring runoff is over and the upper San Miguel River runs clear again, flotillas of locals and visitors float down parallel to the multi-use river path. Bring your own river-worthy floating device or buy one from the friendly folks at Timberline Ace Hardware in town. Be smart and use caution, when flows get low, pinball carefully through the rocks to avoid bruises that’ll make sitting in the car or plane for a long time uncomfortable, if you catch our drift.
The Ah Haa School for the Arts provides a creative outlet for kids during their stay in Telluride. Take a break from the slopes and enroll your child in one of the many art classes offered at this fantastic local community hub of the arts. For a complete listing of current classes and workshops, click here.
Located on the south side of Town Park on Firecracker Hill, the kids’ Sledding Hill is a great option for wintertime fun. If you want to take a break from skiing, purchase a sled from Timberline Ace Hardware or rent one from the Nordic Center. Normally, there will be enough snow to sled down the hill by Thanksgiving.