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One of the best things about coming to Telluride for a workshop is accessibility to the wildness. The town is set in a valley that is absolutely stunning and trails lead up the mountains straight out of town. Before heading out, we encourage you to keep a few things in mind.
- Altitude. Town sits at almost 9,000 ft and nearby peaks top out at over 14,000. We highly recommend that you hike/bike/climb etc. within your abilities.
- Buy a 5-year "Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card" for $12 from the TSRC office when you are in town. Without it, you could be liable for thousands of dollars in rescue expenses should the unthinkable happen.
- Get a map. You can buy a great topographical map at many stores in town.
- Bring sufficient gear. Water, food, sun protection, layers etc.
- If you are unsure of what to bring or where to hike, don't hesitate to ask TSRC staff.
Telluride Outside Outfitters: Guided Activities
- Fly Fishing: Telluride is one of the finest fly-fishing destinations in the country. Telluride Outside fishes three major rivers in the region: The San Miguel, Dolores, and the Uncompahgre, as well as several lakes and creeks. The guides are excellent and really enjoy teaching the sport at all levels. Top-quality rental equipment is available for guests who need it, including Scott and Sage fly rods, Ross reels, and Simms breathable waders. They offer half and full day trips, generally guided on a 1:1 or 2:1 guest to guide ratio.
- Mountain Biking: Telluride Outside offers half and full daytrips for mountain bikers of any ability. There are tons of trails in the region to explore.
- Rafting: The San Miguel offers excellent rating just a few minutes from Telluride. Telluride Outside guides half and full day trips on the San Miguel. Half-day trips cover approximately 9 miles of class II-III whitewater in about 2 hours, and full-day trips run through about 20 miles of Norwood Canyon. They raft every morning and afternoon.
- 4-WD Tours: Telluride Outside has both half and full day 4-WD tours in the magnificent surrounding mountains. Their most popular trip is the Imogene Pass/Tomboy tour which climbs to over 13,100 feet and passes through the famous ghost town of Tomboy. Your knowledgeable guide can tell you all about the Telluride region's colorful mining history. They drive new, beautiful vehicles outfitted with special canopied seating for maximum comfort. The price for a 3.5 hour tour is $80 per adult and $70 per child 12 or younger.
Great Local Hikes
- The River Trail/Valley Floor- this is Telluride's easiest trail but also a very enjoyable one. The trail stretches from the old Idarado Mine to Society Turn. A great first hike.
- Bear Creek Trail- The Bear Creek Preserve, a 325 acre mountain canyon, is one of Telluride's treasures. The trailhead is located on the south side of town near the Wilkinson Public Library and is a long-time favorite among visitors and locals. The round-trip hike up to the waterfall and back is 4.5 miles. The terrain is not steep. This is a great hike for families or to get acclimated when you first arrive.
- Ajax Peak- Ajax is the dominant peak in the Telluride Valley. It's summit tops out at about 12,500 feet and the entire hike is about 5 miles from the power plan at the top of the road. You will need a 4WD vehicle to reach the trailhead if you don't feel like walking. You can also try hitchhiking to the trailhead or back to town once you're finished.
- Sneffels Highline- This 12 mile loop takes you through gorgeous mountain valleys and over a 12,500ft saddle. The elevation gain is 3,600ft. It is strenuous but very rewarding. The wildflowers are amazing at the right time of year.
There is tons to do in the region. Feel free to contact us to help you plan your stay.