Renowned internationally as a world-class ski destination, Telluride receives tens of thousands of visitors every year. However, aside from its unmatched ski slopes, this historical town nestled in the Rocky Mountains has a lot more for vacation-goers looking for unique experiences rooted in nature.
While the annual ski season lasts from November to April, the region is a year-round destination for those seeking respite from urban living. If you’re planning a vacation with family or friends, here are three experiences you must not miss the next time you’re in Telluride.
Telluride is a haven for those who love fly fishing and offers fishing enthusiasts a unique opportunity to fish large Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout found abundantly in the Gunnison River that flows through the region.
In fact, according to surveys by the State Department of Wildlife, the Gunnison is home to one of the largest concentration of fish in Colorado. Whether going with family or friends, you can opt for a one-day or multi-day adventurous fishing trip that takes you deep inside the Gunnison National Park—a spectacular landscape brimming with wildlife.
For a more authentic experience, you can combine your fishing adventure with a stay at the beautiful fishing lodge on the river, the one-of-a-kind property owned and operated by the hospitality and real estate entrepreneur Todd Herrick and his family since 1985.
White Water Rafting
If you’re planning a trip to Telluride, white water rafting on the Gunnison rapids should be a must-do on your list. With stunning views of the Black Canyon, rafting across the Gunnison Gorge can be combined with overnight camping for a true experience of Colorado’s gorgeous wilderness.
For the best value of your buck, combine your fly fishing trip with whitewater rafting. To ensure a safe and memorable experience, choose a seasoned and well-equipped local outfitter with professionally trained guides.
Bespoke Farm Stay
If your idea of a perfect getaway involves sunlit mornings and laidback days in the lap of nature, skip the cookie-cutter hotel rooms and indulge yourself by staying at a local farm. Farm living in Colorado is a unique opportunity to get a first-hand experience of sustainable agriculture, slow living and a truly organic lifestyle supported by clean air and peaceful surroundings.
For personalized attention and access to hundreds of acres of lush orchards and homegrown food by the riverside, explore staying at a family farm, such as the historical Gunnison River Farms, developed by Todd Herrick Telluride into an oasis for urban dwellers seeking a wellness retreat away from the mad rush of tourists. The riverfront farm offers a host of recreational and relaxing activities, including yoga, meditation, farm-to-fork dining, hiking, peach harvesting, outdoor workouts, culinary workshops, and more.
Aside from the above, Telluride offers several other activities for outdoorsy travelers. With an enviable lineup of festivals through the year, the town is a hotspot for social, arts and cultural events. At the same time, its extraordinary natural beauty serves as a tranquil escape rooted in local history and culture.