The San Juan Mountains around Telluride are an extraordinary place to hike in the summer. The area is ripe with trails of all lengths and difficulties, stunning vistas, and peace and quiet. Enjoy the breathtaking wildflowers, which are at their peak beginning in early July, and the golden aspens in fall. The Telluride wilderness provides great opportunities for fun in the backcountry with the whole family, whether you enjoy hiking, climbing, or camping.
Best Hikes Around Telluride
A nice 2.5 mile walk up to a beautiful waterfall! The Bear Creek Trailhead starts at the north end of Pine St.
A fairly strenuous hike beginning at the south end of Aspen. Cross the bridge and go uphill! Gorgeous views from the bench at the top of the hike.
Sneffels High Line
A full day through beautiful terrain including an elk calving area. Guaranteed to be an enjoyable and tiring day! Start at the Jud Wiebe trailhead.
Drive out past Trout Lake and up a mountain road to the Hope Lake trailhead. Hope Lake at the top is a worthy destination and a great place for a picnic. Go early to avoid thunderstorms!
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is the longest free falling waterfall in Colorado. With an old home sitting on top of the falls (now owned by Idarado Mines), the falls cascades down 365 feet. To get to the falls, head east out of town. Continue past the Pandora Mill an your left to the Valley View Area Parking. From here, you can continue to drive up the swtichbacks to the falls, or you can park and hike.
Begin by driving or hiking up to Bridal Veil Falls on the east end of Telluride (high clearance vehicle recommended). Enter the gate at the top of the falls, and continue on the narrow road for about a mile. When the road splits, stay left and continue up the switchbacks toward the basin. The hike is about 5.25 miles.
See our full list of summer hikes on our sister site Telluride.com