Telluride’s rich mining history combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains makes a trip into Telluride’s high country one that will not soon be forgotten. Traveling into these mountains will show you Telluride as you have never seen before!
The Hotel Columbia is the perfect home base for the best of Telluride Tours, a 4x4 off-road adventure. Whether you are looking to travel down a scenic back road or reach the summit of a sky scraping peak, most trailheads are conveniently located a short distance from the Hotel Columbia. After a day of adventure, the Hotel Columbia offers the finest in luxurious amenities, such as: heated tile floors and heated towel bars in the bathroom, gas-burning fireplaces, steam showers and even private hot tubs. A restful night’s sleep on our deluxe, pillow-top mattresses and our complimentary, deluxe-continental breakfast, will help prepare you for another magical day in the San Juan Mountains.
Today, the mines in the mountains surrounding Telluride are silent; however, hundreds of miles of historic mining roads and abandon mine ruins tell the tale of Telluride’s past. A visit to one of the many ghost towns in the surrounding high country will make you feel as if you have stepped back into the days of the Wild West. 4x4 Telluride tours are one of the best ways to learn about the fascinating mining history of this area.
The mining roads etched in these mountains also provide access into the beautiful high country surrounding Telluride. On a 4x4 tour you will enjoy stunning 360° views; you will travel through high mountain meadows filled with wildflowers, and you will experience the serenity of waterfalls, alpine lakes and clear mountain streams. There is also the possibility of spotting a variety of local wildlife.
Tours range from high clearance required vehicles crossings to white knuckle adrenaline filled mountain passes. Depending on your preference full day, half day or two-hour tours are available. Knowledgeable and friendly guides are happy to accommodate your needs and special requests. Most importantly your safety and comfort is their number one priority.
A few of our favorite Telluride tours are:
- Ophir Pass – This drive that takes you through the town of Ophir into the beautiful high country. This tour also normally visits the ghost town of Alta.
- Imogene Pass/Tomboy Road - A drive up Imogene Pass begins on Tomboy Road and climbs to over 13,000 feet. This tour offers breathtaking views as well as a visit to the historic mining town of Tomboy perched mountainside above Telluride.
- Black Bear Pass - To really get your blood pumping, try a tour up the infamous Black Bear Pass. This route begins above the town of Ouray clinging to mountaintops as it rises above tree line ultimately dropping you above Bridal Veil Falls and back down to Telluride.
For additional information, please visit: www.tellurideoutside.com.