Take I-70 west from Denver to Grand Junction. Head south on Route 50 to Montrose and then continue south on Route 550. Once you hit State Highway 62, turn right and then it is just another 23 miles to Highway 145 south. Exit on to West Colorado Avenue and follow the signs into Telluride. The entire drive should take approximately six hours or so.
What to Do
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Price: $9 per rider
About three hours into the drive, make a stop in Glenwood Springs; you’ll want to get out and stretch your legs anyway. I-70 will take you right through this quaint city, and it is the perfect time of year to enjoy the Giant Swing at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. This swing will launch you out over the Glenwood Canyon, up to 50 miles per hour, and around 1,300 feet over the Colorado River.
Telluride Horseback Adventures
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No visit to the mountains would be complete without a good old-fashioned horseback riding adventure. Telluride Horseback Adventures is the perfect introduction for kids or for those who are new to riding horses, but it’s also perfect for those who have more experience. “Ride with Roudy” as he takes you on one- or two-hour horseback rides, or you can personalize your own private ride. If you aren’t into riding horses, then check out the Belgian-Drawn Carriage rides. Whatever you and your family prefers, Roudy is sure to come up with a fantastic horseback adventure for everyone.
Take a Gondola Ride
One of the very unique gems in Telluride is the free gondola ride that takes passengers from Telluride to Mountain Village. This 13-minute gondola ride is a wonderful way to take in all the beauty that is Telluride. The gondola is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the entire United States, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
Bridal Veil Falls
Telluride is also home to the tallest free-falling falls in Colorado. Reaching 365 feet, the Bridal Veil Falls are an amazing sight to see. It is a four-mile hike up to the top of the falls, though many people are able to make the drive in a good four-wheel drive vehicle. However you decide to enjoy the falls, do not miss this spectacular scenic stop in Telluride.
One of the best things about Telluride is that there are absolutely no chain restaurants or stores anywhere in the city. That means any place you choose to dine is sure to be a unique and special experience. There is also a large variety of restaurants to choose from. Grab a slice of pizza at Brown Dog Pizza or try some of the special pastries at Cindybread Artisan Bakery. For something more upscale, check out 9545 Restaurant and Bar for American cuisine with a Rocky Mountain twist, or Allred’s for upscale dining at the top of the gondola ride.
Top of the Gondola
Mountain Village, CO 81435
Allreds is gourmet dining with amazing views. The restaurant is located at the top of the Telluride Gondola, and it is an experience in dining that takes gourmet dining and makes it accessible to all. With fantastic steaks, amazing cocktails and plenty of chops, ribs and other mountain fare, this restaurant promises a memorable experience. Plus, from Wednesday through Sunday, you can enjoy the music of Concert Pianist Bob Israel in the bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. To get to Allreds, simply take the free Gondola ride to the Station Saint Sophia, and you can’t miss the restaurant.
More To Do and See
St. Sophia Nature Center
565 Mountain Village Blvd.
Telluride, CO 81435
Telluride has lots to do for the whole family. After you’ve enjoyed the ride down the free gondola, make a stop at the St. Sophia Nature Center. It is a great place to learn all about the city of Telluride and the nature that surrounds it, and the kids can enjoy plenty of free nature crafts and activities. Environmental programs held year round promise free fun for the whole family. If you aren’t bringing the kids with you, be sure to stop in anyway, as the St. Sophia Nature Center will have plenty of information and maps for the different hiking and biking trails located all over Telluride.
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