If you’ve ever walked through an aspen forest, consider
yourself lucky. These tall, slender trees with white bark and delicate little
leaves are only found in certain parts of Colorado, Telluride being one such
area. Each year for only about two weeks, their leaves turn from a light green
to a magnificent golden yellow. This year, the weather has been slightly askew
and, though we are no meteorologists, we foresee that the forests surrounding
Telluride will show their fall colors a few weeks early. That means that if you
hope to see some gorgeous fall foliage in Telluride, be sure to come out and
experience the beauty during the first couple weeks of September!
Top 5 for Fall
1.) Gondola The Telluride Free Gondola is
the only one of its kind- transporting people from Telluride to Mountain
Village every day in just 13 minutes. Not to mention, the ride gives you
breathtaking views of town, the Box Canyon, the Wilsons, and the valley beyond.
Perfect for an aerial view of the fall colors.
2.) Hiking There are several trailheads
right here in town that will lead you through beautiful aspen groves, perfect for
experiencing the wonder of their fall foliage. Take a short walk on the Jud
Wiebe trail, or a full day hike on Sneffels Highline and you will not be
disappointed. If you head out in the early morning or late afternoon, the light
will be especially beautiful against their golden leaves.
3.) Mountain Biking Bring yourself and your
bike up the Free Gondola to any of the many mountain biking trails that begin
at the top of St. Sophia Station. One of our favorites is the Prospect Prail, a
great 10 mile single track trail that brings you through the ski area and back
down into Mountain Village. If you’re experienced and looking for a thrill,
check out the Mountain Village Downhill Park, an expert rider’s playground.
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4.) Golf and Disc Golf That’s right, free
disk golf! There is a course in Mountain Village that begins just across from
the Town Hall Plaza. If you are unfamiliar with this fantastic game, you
basically just aim for the targets (metal baskets), with the goal landing the
disc in the basket. The winner is the player with the fewest number of throws
throughout the course. Simple! Grab a Frisbee and get out there, a perfect
activity to do while the aspens are in full golden hue.The course is open from
7am till Sunset. If you aren’t so good with a Frisbee, look into the Telluride
Golf Club, a fantastic 18 hole course with the most breathtaking views of the
San Juan Mountains.
5.) Fly Fishing There are a handful of
beautiful fishing spots right here in Telluride’s backyard. Get outside and
breathe the crisp mountain air this September, you may even catch something!
Check out our list of favorite fly fishing spots at nearby rivers and lakes.