Day Trips Around Telluride
Telluride might be a jewel in its own right, but the mountains surrounding the canyon hold treasures of other towns as well. If you have a car or choose to rent one for the day, there are troves of hidden gems to explore that hold hidden hot springs, national landmarks, gorgeous views, and crumbling mining towns. So let's go exploring!
|Located just a short, hour away from Telluride, Ouray is another historic town brimming with charming architecture and huge mountain views. Known as "Little Switzerland" the mountains surrounding Ouray are dramatically rugged and filled with off-roading trails and hikes. In the wintertime, the Ouray Ice Climbing Park provides a unique experience for all skill levels. Year round, the Ouray Hot Springs is the perfect destination for family friendly fun while the Wiesbaden Hot Springs and Vapor Cave is a novel way to relax. Pick up a sweet treat at Mouses Handmade Chocolates or sip a beer and munch on some BBQ on a swing at the Ouray Brewery.
|Recently named "The Best Mountain Town You`ve Never Heard Of" by AFAR magazine, Ridgway packs a punch as both an outdoor lovers paradise as well as a funky "up and comer" for food, art and history. Learn about the railway`s rich history at the Ridgway Railway Museum or take your paddleboard out on the reservoir. For creative twists on classic favorites, head to Eatery 66 to kick your cravings. Looking for something a little more south of the border? The Adobe Inn whips up some of the best Southwestern fare in the area, and they make their own chips in house. Riders can`t miss the Ridgway Area Trails - more commonly known as RAT - a system of 26 miles of single track offering challenges for riders of all abilities.
|When the weather in Telluride gets a little rainy, the desert of Moab offers a convenient alternative. Surrounded by two National Parks - Canyonlands and Arches, the landscape surrounding Moab is dramatic to say the least. Areas like Indian Creek offer up world-class opportunities for climbing while those who prefer motorsports will find no shortage of trails for ATVs, Jeeps, or dirt bikes. Stop into Moab`s oldest restaurant, Milt`s Stop n` Eat, for a burger and shake or pick up at gourmet quesadilla at the Quesadilla Mobilla.
|Just a short 15 mile drive from Telluride, Trout Lake is the embodiment of high-alpine eye candy. Surrounded by colorful mountain peaks, the lake is a picturesque place to spend the day out on the water kayaking, fishing, or stand up paddleboarding. Just a few miles up the road is the trailhead for Hope Lake, one of the areaís most breathtaking hikes. Make a day of it and pack a picnic to enjoy along the banks. Just donít forget sunscreen and bug spray!