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Summary

This 5-day itinerary in Telluride, Colorado, offers a blend of hiking, local dining, shopping, and unique adventures like stand-up paddleboarding and trekking the Via Ferrata. From exploring ghost towns to enjoying the views from the town's free gondola and rooftop bars, there's an activity for every type of traveler.

🏞️ Day 1: Welcome to Telluride

  • Arrive in Telluride, hydrate, and explore Main Street with its stunning views of Ajax Peak, local shops, and Bridal Veil Falls.

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🏘️ Main Street Telluride

Main Street Telluride is a picturesque street lined with charming local shops, inviting ice cream parlors, and the majestic backdrop of Ajax Peak. Take a leisurely stroll, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and don't forget to stay hydrated to adjust to the altitude.

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Tips

As you explore Main Street, be sure to indulge in a scoop of delicious ice cream or savor a grilled cheese sandwich in Elks Park. Additionally, take the time to pet the friendly local dogs and capture the essence of Telluride with a classic photo in front of the Telluride flower box.

🏞️ Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado's tallest free-falling waterfall, offers a mesmerizing display of natural beauty. The awe-inspiring views and the soothing sound of cascading water make it a must-visit attraction in Telluride.

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Tips

When visiting Bridal Veil Falls, take a moment to absorb the tranquility of the surroundings and capture the perfect photo to commemorate your experience in front of the falls.

🏞️ Day 2: Hiking and Gondola Rides

Start with a hike to Bear Creek Falls, enjoy lunch at La Cocina De Luz, and end the day with a free gondola ride to Mountain Village.

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🏞️ Bear Creek Falls

Bear Creek Falls is a scenic, moderate hike that offers stunning views of Telluride. The trail begins right in town and takes you on a short, yet beautiful journey to the falls, which overlook the picturesque town of Telluride. The trail is not too strenuous, making it perfect for those looking to further adjust to the altitude while admiring the breathtaking scenery from above.

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Tips

Start early to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty and be back in time for a delicious lunch at La Cocina De Luz.

🍽️ La Cocina De Luz

La Cocina De Luz is a charming spot known for its fresh and authentic Mexican food with mountain views. After the invigorating hike, this is the perfect place to relax and savor a post-hike lunch while soaking in the serene mountain atmosphere.

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Tips

Indulge in the delicious Mexican cuisine while basking in the warm mountain rays on the patio.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (970) 728-9355
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 30 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: 123 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
🔗   Profiles: Facebook

🚡 Free Gondola to Mountain Village

The free gondola to Mountain Village offers a unique way to see Telluride from above and is a popular activity, with over 2.8 million riders using it annually. As you soar above the stunning landscape, you'll be treated to unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, providing an unforgettable experience.

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Tips

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking vistas during the gondola ride to Mountain Village.

🌌 Day 3: Ghost Town Adventures

Explore Telluride's ghost towns with a tour or off-roading adventure, starting with breakfast at Ghost Town.

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🍳 Ghost Town Coffee Shop

The Ghost Town Coffee Shop is famous for its sweet latte and avocado toast, making it the perfect spot to fuel up for a day of adventure. The cozy ambiance and friendly staff add to the charm of this local favorite.

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Tips

Enjoy a hearty breakfast here to prepare for the exciting day ahead.

Travel Information
📍   Address: 210 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435

🏚 Alta Ghost Town

Embark on a journey to the Alta Ghost Town, where you can explore the remnants of the Alta townsite while being surrounded by breathtaking views. The historical significance and rugged beauty of this site make it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

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Tips

Consider joining a guided tour to gain deeper insights into the area's history and to fully appreciate the unique experience.

Travel Information
📍   Address: Telluride, CO 81435

🏄 Day 4: SUP and Shopping

Experience stand-up paddleboarding at Trout Lake, followed by shopping in town and drinks at the Sheridan Hotel Rooftop.

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🏞️ Trout Lake

Trout Lake is a serene, clear blue lake nestled amidst the picturesque mountains of Telluride, offering the perfect setting for stand-up paddleboarding. The tranquil waters and breathtaking mountain views create an idyllic backdrop for a memorable paddleboarding experience.

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Tips

Renting stand-up paddleboards from Mountain Adventure Equipment ensures a hassle-free experience. They not only deliver high-end SOL paddle boards to your vacation rental but also provide the convenience of driving them up to Trout Lake for a nominal fee, saving you the trouble of transportation.

🏨 Sheridan Hotel Rooftop

The Sheridan Hotel Rooftop is a captivating oasis offering specialty watermelon margaritas against the backdrop of stunning panoramic views. As the sun sets over the majestic Ajax Mountain, the rooftop provides an unparalleled vantage point to witness the beauty of Telluride. If you're fortunate, you might even catch a breathtaking rainbow arching across the sky, adding a touch of magic to your evening.

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Tips

Ensure to time your visit to the Sheridan Hotel Rooftop to coincide with the sunset, enhancing the experience with the ethereal glow cast over the landscape.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +19707284351
🌐   Website: http://www.newsheridan.com/
📍   Address: 231 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
🔗   Profiles: LinkedIn YouTube Facebook Instagram X (Twitter)

🏞️ Day 5: Via Ferrata Adventure

Trek the Via Ferrata for breathtaking views above Telluride, followed by a memorable last meal in town.

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🏔️ Telluride's Via Ferrata

Embark on a thrilling trek along a rock face 600 feet above Telluride, offering unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

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Tips

Opt for a guided tour provided by Mountain Trip for a safe and supported experience, complete with expert guidance, equipment, and invaluable advice.

Travel Information
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Black Bear Pass Summit, Telluride, CO 81435

🍽️ Allred's Restaurant

Allred's Restaurant, perched at the top of the gondola, offers a dining experience like no other, boasting panoramic views of the majestic mountains and the town below. Indulge in exquisite culinary delights while witnessing the enchanting Alpenglow, creating a truly unforgettable dining experience.

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Tips

Ensure to secure a panoramic seat to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas as you savor your last meal in Telluride.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (970) 728-7474
🌐   Website: https://allredsrestaurant.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1.5-2.5 hours
📍   Address: San Sophia Station, Telluride, CO 81435
🔗   Profiles: Instagram