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Activities & Things to Do in Telluride, Colorado

There’s so much to do in Telluride and surrounding areas that you’ll need multiple trips to experience it all! Stay with us at The Victorian Inn each time you visit Colorado, and enjoy comfortable accommodations close to everything you want to see and do.

Telluride Gondola

The Telluride Gondola is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the U.S. Even better — it’s only a block away from our hotel. Hop on at the Oak Street Plaza in downtown Telluride and enjoy a gorgeous scenic ride to St. Sophia and Mountain Village. The gondola runs from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. and operates during the winter and summer (November to April and May to October).

Skiing at Telluride Ski Resort

Experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country at Telluride Ski Resort in Mountain Village. The mountain terrain is perfect for skiers of all levels, with groomed Nordic runs, challenging moguls, and more. When you need to take a break from the slopes, experience the mountain through snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and heli-skiing. Telluride Ski Resort is your outdoor adventure hub!

Telluride Helitrax

Telluride Helitrax offers a different way to ski in Colorado — by helicopter. Telluride Helitrax has access to more than 200 square miles of pristine terrain, offering you the ultimate heli-skiing experience. Several options are available to meet your skill level and expectations.

Hiking, Biking, & Sightseeing

Colorado is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, with waterfalls, mountain trails, nature centers, and pristine lakes scattered throughout the state. Take in the beauty of the area surrounding our hotel by going on a hike, taking a bike tour, or riding up the mountain on horseback. Be sure to visit Bridal Veil Falls, Colorado’s longest freefalling waterfall, which stands 365 feet tall, as well as the following nature attractions:

  • Galloping Goose Trail
  • Bear Creek Falls
  • Jud Wiebe Trail and Cornet Creek Falls
  • Ingram Falls
  • Idarado Legacy Trail
  • San Miguel River Trail
  • San Sophia Nature Center
  • Sneffels Highline Wilderness Area
  • Lizard Head Wilderness Area
  • Wasatch Trail Loop
  • Mountain Peaks – Mt. Wilson, El Diente Peak, Mt. Sneffels, & Wilson Peak
  • Blue Lakes
  • Silver Lake
  • Trout Lake
  • Hope Lake
  • Priest Lake
  • Alta Lakes
  • San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forest
  • Imogene Pass
  • Tomboy Road
  • Black Bear Pass
  • Ophir Pass
  • Ouray Hot Springs
  • Orvis Hot Springs
  • Wiesbaden Hot Springs
  • Ridgway State Park & Reservoir
  • Mesa Verde National Park

Downtown Dining

In addition to fun outdoor activities, you’ll find plenty of dining options in Telluride. Below are a few of the local favorites:

  • Cosmopolitan Telluride — Open from 4:30p to 10:00p daily. Offering locally sourced and fusion foods.
  • 221 South Oak — Featuring a fine wine list. Dinner only.
  • Brown Dog Pizza — World famous pizza serving for lunch and dinner. Delivery available in Winter.
  • Sheridan Chop House — Classic steakhouse with beef and bison. Open for brunch and dinner.

Shopping in Telluride

You’ll find the perfect gift to commemorate your trip to Telluride with downtown’s many local shops. Some of the area’s most popular shopping options include:

  • Alternative Edge — Snowboarding equipment and outdoor gear.
  • Elinoff & Company — Custom jeweler and art dealer. Impressive collection of the Impressionists including Monet, Pissarro, and Rivera pieces. 
  • Mountain Village — The Market on the Plaza showcases homegrown food and homemade products like art and jewelry.

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