Bike, Hike, Like
Some claim the town’s name comes from, “To Hell You Ride”. Cyclists in the USA Pro Challenge rode into the popular resort town yesterday afternoon in a blaze of glory from cheering fans after a 125.7 mile ride from Durango. Fortunately we can experience Telluride without such a trek. I’m reminded of the many summertime adventures found in the region.
The spectacular mountain setting draws outdoor lovers – casual walkers to extreme adventurers. With dozens of challenging trails and terrain, mountain bikers make Telluride a destination. The free gondola that connects Mountain Village with the town of Telluride is outfitted with bike racks during summer months. The San Juan Scenic Byway gives road cyclists the same opportunity the pros faced climbing to 10,222′ altitude on Lizard Head Pass.
Hiking, fishing, rafting, 4-wheeling, rock climbing, bouldering – an entire summer’s worth of possibilities. Less rugged options also abound. Golf, spa treatments, shopping and, of course, plenty of dining. Float above the picturesque valley in a hot air balloon, relax and soak up the rays poolside or challenge the family to disc golf.
Park the car, ride the FREE gondola between the valley nestled town and the resorts of Mountain Village. After just one trip you’ll agree that locals have the best commute imaginable. Some of the gondola cars are even pet friendly.
Delve into the regions history with a walking tour of the National Historic Landmark District of Victorian homes, downtown storefronts and mining relics. The New Sheridan Hotel was constructed in 1895 after the original Sheridan burned down. Recent renovations keep the hotel a hub of activity in restaurants, Telluride’s oldest bar and 26 award-winning guest rooms.
As if scenery, history and outdoor sports weren’t enough Telluride fills the summer and fall calendar with weekend festivals. Still coming in 2012:
The Ride: Telluride’s Rock Festival – Aug. 25-26
Telluride Film Festival – Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Imogene Pass Run – Sept. 8
19th Annual Blues & Brews – Sept. 14-16
Mountain to Dessert Ride – Sept. 22
Fall Tilt Bike Race – Oct.6