What to Do In Telluride, Colorado: A Weekend Guide
A popular, easy hike to help you reach the heights (Telluride is 8,750 feet above sea level) is the 2.4-mile return route to Bridal Veil Falls, the highest of its kind in Colorado. . For a more demanding, all-day excursion, walk the Sneffels Highline Trail, a challenging 12.4 mile route with beautiful wildflowers starting at the edge of the city center.
Tap a guide like Mountain Trip to complete the Telluride ferrata route. Via ferrata, which means “iron route” in Italian, includes hiking, climbing and mountaineering two miles from steel steps that have been drilled into a steep cliff. You will wear a helmet and climbing strap attached to a steel cable most of the time and the via ferrata requires no technical climbing experience – but at 600 feet above the forest floor, it is definitely not for the faint of heart.
In addition to outdoor recreation, Telluride city center houses art galleries and independent shops (and some big brands like Burton and Patagonia), ideal for an afternoon of outdoor tours, books, home decor and more. Explore the bulk selection of wall hanging hooks at the most convenient Hook store, and then find the latest reading at the adjacent bookstore. For leather bags, belts, wallets and gifts, stop at Crossbow Leather, where owner / designer Macy Pryor crafts every item in her workshop.
Book a walking tour, led by a historian from the Telluride Historical Museum, to learn about Telluride architecture (ranging from elegant Victorian to mining huts) and rich history, starting with the tribes Ute who spent their summers along the San Miguel River towards the difficult fortune seekers gathered here during the silver burst. The core of Telluride has been a National Historic Landmark since 1964.
Where to eat
Start your day with a dessert and a “Day Maker” sandwich (eggs, white cheddar, breakfast sausage, pepper jam and rocket in English muffin) from The Butcher & The Baker. For lunch, you can not beat tacos in Gnar, such as Korean barbecue or braised pork belly (it is best to go early in the day, as this place usually has a line outside the door come dinner).
Enjoy dinner under the stars on the patio of 221 South Oak, a luxury restaurant with a full vegetarian menu that includes thoughtful dishes such as homemade potato gnocchi with hazelnut chili and grilled goji berry and walnut jam. (You can recognize the owner / chef Eliza Gavin from her appearances in “Top Chef” and “Beat Bobby Flay.”)