Mountain Biking, Rafting and Hiking - The High Points of a Telluride Summer

26 July 2013

Telluride, Colo. Summer 2013—One look at the mighty San Juan Mountains that surround the historic town of Telluride in southwest Colorado is a good indicator that summer fun comes with some serious pitches and elevations. And it requires some serious equipment to make the most of whatever adventure visitors have in mind. Options range from heart-thumping mountain bike rides, rafting rapids in rivers left icy from the winter runoff, or casting a line into a serene mountain stream. Then, there are the more social activities such as jeep tours, horseback trails rides, hot air balloon rides, and kid’s camps. The legendary Butch Cassidy may have robbed his first bank here more than a century ago, but today’s wild times come from the outdoors--not outlaws.

Planning and outfitting a modern day adventure in and around Telluride can be organized efficiently at the aptly named Adventure Desk inside Telluride Sports on Main Street in the center of town. Their experienced staff of long-time locals can help visitors pick what to do--and what gear they’ll need to do it. Whether mountain biking around town or on a technical single track trail, planning a camping trip for one night or several, or prepping for a trip to the river for either fly fishing or floating, all the necessary equipment, clothing, and accessories are available in this single location.

These steeply pitched mountains draw mountain bikers of all ability levels. Trails range from easy to difficult, and dazzling views are the norm. Telluride Sports has a full fleet of mountain bikes for rent with front and full suspension. They also rent “tag-alongs” for younger children, tow-behind carriages and baby joggers for $27 day. Bike rentals can also be picked up in Mountain Village at either Telluride Sports in Gondola Plaza or Neve Sports. One of the most popular options is to take a free gondola ride from downtown up to Mountain Village, rent a bike, and then with the expertise of the Telluride Outside guides, take a tour down the single-track trails back into town.

The rivers and streams around Telluride offer plenty of water recreation. Rafting and fly fishing trips can be booked with Mild to Wild Rafting right inside Telluride Sports. Half and full day raft trips on the Upper and Lower Animas River in Durango with family-friendly and novice experiences on the lower section at $49 for adults and $38 for children or a full day for $89 and $69. For advanced intermediate and high adventure rapids, full day trips on the Upper Animas River are $255 for a full day trip and multi day trips are also available.

Fly fishing trips have space for both novices and experienced casters. Expert guides know where the best spots are for catching Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brooke, and Brown Trout. Plus they can recommend the right lure, show how to tie the perfect fly, and provide tips for improving an angler’s cast. Half-day trips are $230 for one person, $270 for two people, or $350 for three anglers. Full day trips that include lunch are $300 for an individual, $400 for two people, and $450 for three anglers. Prices include use of a top-of-the-line Orvis rod and reel, lightweight waders, and all the needed tackle. For a combo western experience, fly-fishing/horseback riding packages are now available starting at $580 for a full day for two people with group pricing available.

For a water workout, kayaking provides a plenty of paddling and skill development to go with the scenery. Individual and family instruction and trips can be arranged with the Telluride Kayak School through the Adventure Desk.
Then, there’s the four-wheeling jeep jaunt with Telluride Outside, or a Jules Verne style adventure in a hot air balloon with San Juan Adventures. The San Juan Outdoor School provides an introduction and instruction on the basics of rock climbing while nothing captures the Old West like mounting up for a horseback ride at Circle K Ranch. The Adventure Desk can also get children enrolled in the Kids Day Camp where they can explore their own definition of fun with the San Juan Outdoor School.

Little ones not quite ready for all this adventure? The Adventure Desk can also make arrangements for daycare through Telluride Sitters.

For mountain bike rentals and reservations, visit, or call 970-728-3134. For information on rafting, horseback rides, jeep tours, rock climbing, other activities or Kids Camp, call 970-728-4477 ext. 211.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is


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