Situated at the end of a magical box canyon, located high in the San Juan Mountain, offers a plethora of Telluride hiking opportunities. Surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, BLM and preserved wilderness area it is no surprise that hiking is the most popular summer activity in Telluride.
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The Hotel Columbia is the perfect home base for your next Telluride hiking adventure. Whether you are looking to take a leisurely stroll down the San Miguel River Trail or tackle the eleven miles Sneffels Highline hike, most trailheads are conveniently located just steps from the Hotel Columbia. After a day of adventure, the luxurious amenities offered by the Hotel Columbia are ideal for resting your weary bones. Amenities such as: heated tile floors and heated towel bars in the bathroom, gas-burning fireplaces, steam showers and even private hot tubs will have you feeling revived and ready for a new day of adventure. A restful night’s sleep on our deluxe, pillow-top mattresses, and our complimentary, deluxe-continental breakfast, lace up your hiking boots for another day of exploring the Telluride region.
Telluride’s miles of trails can keep even the most avid hiker content for weeks. The region is home to abandoned mining camps rich in history and lure, three mountain peaks that are in the exclusive 14,000-foot club, four majestic waterfalls including Colorado’s longest free-falling waterfall: Bridal Veil Falls and countless of other hiking trails winding through some of Colorado’s most beautiful scenery.
Right out of the Hotel Columbia’s doorstep is the always popular Bear Creek Falls trailhead. This hike begins above Town Park and leads hikers two-miles up into the surrounding high country. Early in the hike you experience serenity as you pass through meadows filled with aspen trees and wildflowers. At the top of the hike you are rewarded with the magnificent and powerful Bear Creek Waterfall. This is a great place for a picnic or just enjoying Mother Nature before beginning the trip back to the Town of Telluride.
Another popular hike is the Jud Wiebe. Just up Aspen Street is the trailhead for this 2.7-mile loop. The Jud Wiebe trail loops above Telluride with panoramic views of Bridal Veil Falls and Ingram Falls, the historic town of Telluride, and the Telluride Ski Resort. This loop continues down Tomboy Road and finishes at Oak Street, one block from where it begins.
For the more adventurous, the Sneffell’s Highline Trail starts by following the beginning of the Jud Wiebe route. It then continues into higher elevations through the amazing high country that Telluride is famous for. You will hike through aspen groves, wonderful wildflower filled meadows, and several season streams. It is not uncommon to see herds of deer and elk, coyotes, soaring eagles, and the elusive red tail fox.