Summer Activities

Summer in Telluride, with its host of outdoor activities, festival and other cultural events is our favorite season.  Spend some time with us deep in the San Juan Mountains, breathe in our crisp mountain air and bask in our beautiful Colorado sunshine.  Spend a day hiking, biking or fly fishing, have a relaxing dinner at one of our many dining and drinking establishments, and stroll down historic Main Street perusing our shops and galleries.  There is no better base camp location than Hotel Columbia….in town and on the river. 

Please visit out Staff Picks to go in-depth on just a few of our favorite activities and and please contact the concierge staff of the Hotel at 970-728-0660 or so we can help you plan something truly special.


Hiking is the most popular summertime activity in Telluride. Telluride and the surrounding region are covered by an abundance of scenic nature trails and windy jeep roads for any level of hiker. Hikers have the option to choose a quick afternoon hike to a multi-day excursion. Beginning in early July, wildflowers begin to flourish throughout the mountains.

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The San Juan Mountains provide a variety of terrain perfect for mountain biking and cycling. There are numerous trails that start from the town of Telluride that explore old mining roads and basins high in the mountains. For a more casual mountain biking experience, the River Trail is the perfect beginner-intermediate bike trail located in front of the Hotel. Bike rentals can be easily done at Telluride Sports or Paragon & Bootdoctors.

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Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast or a beginner, fly-fishing in Telluride is an adventure for everyone. Our sparkling streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes are plentiful and easily accessible. Telluride and the surrounding area have some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains. With an outfitter, you can choose from numerous half-day and full-day fishing trips or access private waters.

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White Water Rafting

White water rafting is the perfect summertime activity for any age and skill level. After every spring, the melting snowpack creates for many gushing streams and rivers, which are the perfect conditions for rafting. Whether you want to leisurely float down a calm river or ride through exhilarating rapids, Telluride and the surrounding area can provide you with either of these experiences. Local tour services lead a variety of half-day or full-day rafting trips down the San Miguel River, the Dolores River, and the Gunnison River in the famous Black Canyon.

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Glider Rides

Soaring above 14,000-foot peaks, meandering valleys, and open meadows on a glider plane, is a beautiful and thrilling way to see the San Juan Mountains. Glider Rides are offered throughout the year from the Telluride Airport, weather permitting. If you want to see Telluride and the surrounding area from an aerial perspective, this would be the perfect activity to try.

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Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is a refreshing summertime activity that provides you with exceptional views of the San Juan Mountains while being taken by horseback through various forests, open meadows, and streams. Horseback rides are available from one to two hour rides. Customized day and overnight rides are also available.

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Golfing in Telluride


Located at 9,500 feet, the Telluride golf course is one of the highest alpine golf courses in the country with stunning views of Mount Wilson and the surrounding jagged mountains. The 6,739-yard course, located in Mountain Village, offers meandering fairways that wind through beautiful tree groves and numerous sparkling ponds and streams.

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Rock Climbing

Telluride’s jagged peaks and extensive canyon walls provide numerous climbing and bouldering routes. From classic routes on Ophir Wall to moderate climbs on Pipeline, the climbing is diverse and plentiful. There are a number of guide services that can help you begin your first or next climbing adventure!

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4x4 Jeep Tours

Telluride’s rich mining background and its rugged mountain terrain make 4X4 jeeping an experience of a lifetime. Several tour companies offer a variety of 4-wheel jeep tours over the mountain passes that surround the box canyon. For experienced drivers and for the more daring, you can also rent a jeep or bring your own. Jeeping season begins around Memorial Day and continues until late October.

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