5 Aug 2020
While Telluride may be an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it can also be heaven for kids! From enjoyable activities as a family to adventures for kids alone, Telluride can be fun for the entire family during the summertime.
From easy to difficult, Telluride has an amazing array of hikes. Many of the easy kid-friendly hikes begin right in Telluride with easy access from any of our vacation rentals.
A few of the more moderate hikes that are great for kids of all ages (or parents carrying a kid on their back) include Bear Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Jud Wiebe. All of these take just a few hours, are not overly strenuous, and offer varying forms of shade throughout the hikes.
No matter how difficult it is, all hikers should come prepared with plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, as well as comfortable shoes and clothing.
Click here to see some of the best hikes in Telluride.
When the river is flowing just right, water tubing is a great family-friendly activity in Telluride! Families can start in the calm water near Town Park and cruise down the river to the end of town. There are several great spots to exit the river and disembark the tube before heading down the valley floor - remember, you’ll have to walk back to where you started! Be sure to keep your butt up while traversing down the river or you’ll come home with some bruises.
Tubes can be rented from Bootdoctors or purchased at Ace Hardware.
Telluride is a great place to let kids explore mountain biking! With a varying level of trails, including the new Telluride Bike Park, there’s something to challenge all ages and skill levels on the mountain. Plus, our local rental companies have some of the best bikes around - trust us, it’ll be hard to get off of it.
Click here for the best places to go biking in Telluride.
Stand-up paddleboarding has become extremely popular in the area, and it’s easy to see why! This water activity is great for all ages - and it’s a great workout. Glide across Telluride’s serene alpine lakes while enjoying the views of the surrounding mountains. Don’t forget your life jacket!
Click here for more information about stand-up paddleboarding in Telluride, as well as where to rent equipment.
When the river is high, the adventurous get going! Whitewater rafting in Telluride is a short season, but a fun one. Families can spend a full day or ½ day on the San Miguel, Dolores or Uncompahgre Rivers and take in the sights of the red-rock canyon walls from the water.
Most whitewater is level two and not extremely technical or difficult, making it great for families of all ages. Generally, these routes are designed for ages eight and up.
Click here for more information about rafting and the best guides in Telluride.
Giddy up! Families can experience Telluride’s stunning beauty on the back of a horse! With an array of trails throughout the region that offer stellar views of the surrounding vistas, horseback riding will give families that authentic ranch experience - and kids will love riding the horses, too!
In addition to horseback riding, several companies in the area also offer wagon rides (some with dinner included) - a great option for families looking for an enjoyable cruise through the wilderness.
Click here for more information on horseback riding in Telluride.
Telluride is the festival capital of the country and while adults can enjoy all of the live music and booze, there are also plenty of activities for kids to partake in, too.
Bluegrass Festival is known for its family tent, kids’ parade, talent show and so much more, while the Jazz Festival has a kids area, parade, face painting and more. Plus, most festivals allow free admittance for children under the age of 12. It’s a great way to bond as a family - and enjoy the best of both worlds.
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE ADVENTURE CENTER
Looking for adventure right in the heart of Mountain Village? The Mountain Village Adventure Center is the perfect spot! Kids can enjoy a ropes course, bungee trampoline, try bouldering or even experience the mining sluice.
Click here for more information about rates and operating hours.
TELLURIDE TOWN PARK
Telluride’s Town Park is more than just the home of all of Telluride’s festivals - it’s a kid’s dream! From a fishing pond and swimming pool to playgrounds, baseball fields, skateboarding, sand volleyball and indoor ice rink, the adventures are endless!
Click here for more details about everything that Town Park offers, including hours of operation and rental information.
Whether it’s a rainy day or you simply need a relaxing day off from all of the outdoor adventures, the Telluride Historical Museum is a great place to spend some time as a family. From walking tours to the history of this quaint mountain town, the museum has it all.
Click here to read more about the Telluride Historical Museum’s programs and exhibits.