CSU Students: Telluride Staycation


Have the best weekend in Telluride, Colorado.

If you’re looking for a place with more ‘European’ flair than most, Telluride is the place for you. It’s snuggled right in the mountains, boasting a unique beauty that lasts through all four seasons. With a rich history and the isolated location, it gives off the impression that time really could stand still.

Things to do in Telluride:

 

If you’re going to Telluride in the summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy their beautiful mountains. We’ve compiled a few trails that you can tackle, no matter your skill level (and a bonus scenic drive!).

Alta Ghost Town Trail:

Alta Ghost Town: Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

This hike is a bit long, at 10.2 miles, but it is an easy hike meant for all skill levels. The trail route is out and back, so you could also shorten it if you would like. There is an exciting twist to this trail – it will lead you to a ‘ghost town’! If scary isn’t your thing, it may be less spooky when you see the view behind the shambles. There are also beautiful lake views, and if you have your furry friend with you – bring them with! They are also able to use this trail.

 

Bridal Veil Falls: Image courtesy of Frank Kovalchek at Creative Commons

Bridal Veil Falls Trail:

If you’re feeling more inclined to do a hike with a bit of a challenge involved, this might be for you. This trail is a bit shorter, at only 4.9 miles, but it boasts a 1,259 foot elevation gain. The route is also out and back, so you can cut it short – but not so fast, because the end will lead you to a beautiful waterfall, which gives this trail its name. Similarly with the Alta Ghost Town Trail, your furry friends are allowed along if they are on leash.

 

Mt. Sneffels (14er):

A moderate hike still not cutting it for you? Telluride has a hike sure to make your legs burn – and perhaps take a notch off of your bucket list. Mt. Sneffels is a 14er, reaching a whopping 14,150 feet. The hike itself is 7.6 miles from start at Yankee Boy Basin trailhead. We suggest starting here, because this is the most common route, and this trailhead is where some of the most beautiful wildflower gardens grow in the summertime. If you’ve never hiked a fourteener before, we recommend doing some research so that you can be sure you’ve packed what you need to pack, know your route, and can time your summit before thunderstorms hit.

Yankee Boy Basin: Image courtesy of Tahawus, retrieved from SummitPost

Take a scenic drive down San Juan Skyway:

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Not feeling up to a hike? We’ve got you covered. Classified as an “All-American Road,” this is one road that you do not want to miss. Notable for its archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Less than 4 miles outside of Telluride on Highway 145. Other than the gorgeous San Juan Mountains, you can encounter Mesa Verde National Park’s ruins, the Anasazi Heritage Center and the Ridgway Railroad Museum.

Best Places to Stay in Telluride:

Image retrieved from the Hotel Telluride website

The Hotel Telluride:

This hotel is a “boutique chalet with a European feel.” They have a variety of rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. The offer an assortment of packages that you can add to your stay. The Hotel Telluride offers the best in service, convenience, and accommodation, but it comes at a price. The rates range from $192 to $429 a night.

The Victorian Inn:

Image retrieved from the Victorian Inn website

The Victorian Inn is a great option for many people. It is in a very convenient location, just a short walk to downtown Telluride and only a few minutes from the Telluride Gondola. They have great amenities like free continental breakfast, free WiFi, a hot tub, and sauna. This is one of the cheaper options you will find in Telluride as rooms start at $113 a night.

Lower Beaver Campground:

The Lower Beaver Campground is a great camping site located about 20 miles outside of downtown Telluride. They are 8,400 feet high and have 18 campsites that have been newly remodeled and are trailer compatible. Although the downside of this site is it is a little bit out of the way, it has many upsides.  They have tables, fireplaces, vault type toilets, centralized refuse bin and a developed drinking water system with hand pumps. The best part of this campground is it is completely free (with a 7 day limit) and does not require a reservation.

Image retrieved from the Visit Telluride website

Best Places to Eat in Telluride:

The Butcher and Baker Cafe:

Image retrieved from the Butcher and Baker Cafe website

This cafe specializes in handcrafted, fresh and local cuisine.  Their bar carries Colorado breweries on tap, locally crafted spirits, and an assortment of wines. They also serve handmade bread and pastries, local greens, and locally sourced meats. The Butcher and Baker Cafe is a cozy place to have any meal while visiting Telluride!

Tasting Telluride Food Tour:

Image retrieved from the Tasting Telluride website

Ever wondered what spending a few hours being guided around, looking at beautiful scenery, simply sampling delicious food would be like? Here you go. This is a great activity for the summer, it is a three hour walking tour during the summer in Telluride. It includes, samples, views, and stories from the locals. This tour is great for foodies who are not able to stay in Telluride for a long time but still want to get a taste for what this beautiful mountain town has to offer!

Best Places to Go Out in Telluride:

The Last Dollar Saloon:

Image retrieved from the Last Dollar Saloon website

This saloon boasts Telluride’s largest beer selection. They have over 60 beers from all over the world including local, domestic, craft, imported, and seasonal offerings. If beer isn”t really your thing, rest assured – they still have you covered. On top of the beer, they also have $5 margaritas – all the time!

 

The Telluride Brewing Company:

This brewing company is owned and operated by two best friends who love beer. Their beer is unique because the water used comes straight from the Rocky Mountain snowmelt and are made with premium malts and hops. If that isn’t enough incentive for you, they have won several awards and medals! Stop by The Telluride Brewing Company and you won’t be disappointed!

Telluride Brewing Company from Brett Schreckengost on Vimeo.

How to Get to Telluride: