Summer days in Telluride CO

Summer Days in Telluride


My family and I have just spent 2 jam-packed days in one of our favorite CO mountain towns, Telluride.  There is so much to do in this beautiful little town in the Summer, so if you’ve only thought about going to Telluride in the Winter for skiing, read on and think again.


Driving from Denver,takes about 6 hours - 5.5 if you are my husband;) and we normally break up the trip going there by staying in Buena Vista (see Side Trip to Buena Vista for my recommendations on BV). That means we can roll in to Telluride late morning and plan for some fun in the afternoon.


This trip, we got into town with just enough time to drop our bags and meet up with outfitters for a white water rafting trip down the San Juan. My husband and I have been on a rafting trip before, but this was the first time for our boys. Because my youngest, Bowen, is 8 we could only sign up for a trip that included class 2 and 3 rapids, but that seemed like plenty for their first time.


Our outfitters were Mild to Wild Rafters and I felt like they did a great job with the boys, and were very safe and professional. (link to Mild to Wild) If you use them ask for our guide, Rio, he was outstanding!


A couple of things I would do differently are wear bathing suits instead of workout clothes (duh) and bring along a water proof bag with snacks, water bottles, chapstick and  sunscreen. Even though the water was high and the river was moving fast, our trip took longer than expected and my lips have never been this chapped;)


After we got off the river we headed back to the Peaks, were we stay when we are with the kids in Telluride. There are so many amenities that make staying at the Peaks easy for my family. They have a great pool with fun slide, but also a game room where we play pool and pingpong (also the boys can check out xbox controllers for when their DTs from Forte Night get too bad)


I didn’t visit the Peaks’ Spa this visit, but every service I’ve had there has been great. They have a sauna and steam room along with a full menu of workout classes and a fantastic weight room. If you decide to stay there ask for an ’08’ room, 308, 408 ect. they are significantly bigger.


For dinner our first night we decided to visit one of our favorites in town, the New Sheridan Chop House. They have amazing cocktails - try to go early and have your cocktail on their rooftop patio - and the steaks are amazing.


Here are more of our favorites for dinner:


There (seems like a local hangout, go without the kiddos)

Brown Dog Pub ( great pizza)

Woodear (tacos and ramen - IDK, just go with it, all fabulous )



The next day was the 4th of July and when I tell you these people know how to do our nation’s birthday spectacularly, I mean it. We were really lucky to be watching the parade with my friend who's store sells Never A Wallflower, Kristin of Two Skirts. Apparently, you have to set your chairs out in the middle of the night or you are SOL. Fortunately;), Kristin is an insomniac and went down at 3:30 to put our chairs out in front of her store so that we had the best seats in the house.


Listen to me, even if you can’t sit in the front row, DO NOT MISS the parade. Not since we watched Barack Obama parade through Wheaton, IL on the 4th of July during his senate race have I seen such a great parade. From the group of veterans to the skate boarding club, everyone involved is really fun to watch, and you can’t find a more beautiful setting.


After the parade, they have free barbecue and ice cream floats at the park. Use this opportunity to stake your spot in the park for the fireworks that night. We didn’t do this and it was a mistake, when I say the park is packed for the fireworks presentation ( which they advertise starting at 9, but doesn’t really go off until 9:45), I mean shoulder to shoulder. Next time we will put down our blanket and chairs early in the day and go back for a picnic style dinner while waiting for the show to begin.



After the fireworks ended the gondola line to go back to Mountain village was looooooooooong, take a roadie and settle in, it’s still so much better than driving.


The next morning we slept in (or some of us did;), packed the car for the drive home, but had one more activity planned, hiking up to Bear Creek Falls.


If your family likes to hike, there are some great trails in Telluride, and every hotel has a handy map for you. My boys are luke warm hikers, so I knew we needed a big payoff at the end, and Beak Creek Falls is gorgeous.


Round trip from where we had to park - everyone had the same idea- the hike was about 5 miles, fairly steep in some places. My youngest is 8 and he got a little frustrated at the steepest parts, but made it. I would say this is a perfect hike for ages 10 and up, unless you don’t mind listening to a little whining. Take a look at these photos and I think you’ll see why this was my favorite part of the trip!

So there you have it, another amazing trip to one of our favorite places. The next time we are there for the 4th of July we will stay in town to reduce the amount of time we spend in the gondola line ( that or more wine for the wait;)


I hope you found this review helpful,and are already planning your trip! I have also added photos of what to wear in this fabulous town, please let me know if you have any questions!