Located in a box canyon, amid the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by forests and cliffs, Telluride is an excellent choice for families of all ages who are thinking about reserving a vacation rental. For those wishing to experience nature, scenic mountain views, waterfalls and lakes, this is the place to visit, as it offers all this and more.
There are many parks in Telluride, as well as hiking and off-road trails and rivers which provide endless days of adventure. As this will be a trip of a lifetime, don’t forget to pack a camera to record the majestic views and memories you will make with your loved ones.
Telluride Town Park
Telluride Town Park offers 36 acres of year-round entertainment for the entire family, and is even dog friendly. There is a toddler playground and fishing pond where kids can fish for trout. The larger Imagination Station playground for kids of all ages features plenty of areas for creative play along with lots of slides, climbing features and swings. In the summer months, take a dip in the Town Park pool which offers lap swimming, open swim and a tots’ splash area.
Sports enthusiasts can make use of basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, as well as a 9-hole disc golf course, horseshoes and a skateboard park that is open year-round. Young and young-at-heart will enjoy the bike park located just beyond the skate park. During winter months, enjoy indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, the sledding hill and the groomed nordic ski track. Don’t worry about bringing equipment to this popular park, as they offer skate, ski and sled rentals at the Nordic Center. Footballs, volleyballs, tennis racquets, basketballs, soccer balls, softballs, bats, fishing rods and tackle, and even Frisbees can be checked out with a valid driver’s license.
Located near the base of the Chondola, near the Galloping Goose bus stop at the west end of the Meadows Run Parking area of Mountain Village, this playground is equipped with a climbing structure featuring monkey bars, slides, bridges and fun for kids of all ages. Easily accessible by car or you can take the Gondola from Telluride to Mountain Village, then the Galloping Goose or in winter, the Chondola.
Sunset Plaza Playground
Located in Sunset Plaza, in the heart of Mountain Village, this playground features various climbing structures, a slide and imagination station with tic-tac-toe and steering wheels.
Down Valley Park
Another large, multi-use park is just a 15-minute drive down valley from Telluride on the west side of Highway 145, just north of mile marker 82. This park features climbing structures, a large slide, plentiful swings and more for kids who want to run and play, as well as a smaller toddler playground area.
This park also features a lake with a beach area for lazy summer days playing in the sand, or in winter, ice skating. With a hiking trail, baseball fields, horseshoes, pavilions and restrooms, this park offers something for everyone in the family.
Bear Creek Falls
With the trailhead accessible right in the center of Telluride, the Bear Creek Falls trail offers a family friendly hiking opportunity that offers majestic views of the surrounding area. This well-maintained, two-and-a-half-mile trail leads you to the falls and breathtaking mountain and valley scenery.
Feel the mist of the falls or walk into the waterfalls’ cold water. There are many shaded areas to stop during your hike to the top, and a few places to stop and wade in the water, as well. Don’t worry about parking as the trail begins right in town and is open all year. Bring lots of water and sunscreen, and pack a lunch to enjoy at the top of the falls.
One of the most popular locations for locals and visitors alike, located on the backside of the Telluride Ski Resort, this area offers alpine beauty and fun in summer and winter. Fish for rainbow and brook trout, often seen jumping out of the crystal clear water, paddleboard, hike, or even camp in the summer.
Winter months offer one of Telluride’s most scenic snowmobiling experiences (only accessible by snowmobile in winter!). You can easily enjoy a full-day or overnight trip to Alta Lakes, exploring nature or enjoying a family picnic. Don’t miss the ghost town located in the Gold King Basin area on your way in or out of the Alta Lakes area, where you can explore the remnants of an old gold miners’ camp and see some of the Victorian era mining buildings that are still standing.
The Valley Floor boasts three miles of conservation lands and preserved meadows dotted with plantlife, wildlife and wetlands. Enjoy a ride on the free town shuttle, the Galloping Goose, or take a short, easy hike on the trail which begins in town. You can also access the Valley Floor trail easily from Highway 145.
The Valley Floor offers trails for hiking, cycling and nordic skiing throughout the year and it’s a perfect, quiet spot for watching the kids toss rocks into the river, enjoying some quiet contemplation or catching a glimpse of Telluride’s elk or other wildlife grazing.
River Rafting and Tubing
The perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking sights of valleys and mountains of Telluride while cooling off on a hot summer day is on the water. A rafting season usually runs from May through October on the Animas, Gunnison and Colorado rivers. Several local river guides offer either full- or half-day river rafting tours down the San Miguel or Dolores rivers, as well. Tubes are available for purchase locally and are perfect for floating down the San Miguel river.