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Play OUTSIDE: Water Edition

25 May 2014
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Summer in Telluride

With summer fast approaching, the move from snow sports to water sports is imminent and we couldn’t be more excited! Whether you’re a dip your toe in kind of gal, or a dive in head first type of guy, you’re sure to enjoy one of these great aquatic activities:


Pack a picnic, grab a friend and rent a canoe for a leisurely afternoon in paradise. Canoeing is a fun, relaxing sport that you can do on any of the area’s high-alpine lakes. Bring your fishing pole for an extra dose of fun!


A year-round activity for some, fly-fishing in the Telluride area is truly world-class. If you’re a beginner or just looking for some advise from our local pros, hire one of our suggested guides and take to the water. The San Miguel, Dolores, Uncompahgre and Gunnison Rivers are among the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains – each offering unique fly fishing opportunities.

Hot Springs

DUNTON: By reservation only and upon availability, this rustic yet elegant vacation retreat allows the general public to soak in their private hot springs and enjoy gourmet meals on-site.

OURAY: Just a 45 minute drive from Telluride, Ouray has several soaking options for those looking to relax. Orvis Hot Springs is clothing optional and has several pools. The public hot springs in Ouray have water slides, and several pools of varying temperatures. The final hot springs option open to the public is at the Weisbaden Hotel and even has an underground vapor cave!

SUP-ing (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding)

The latest rage in water sports, SUP boarding is fun, challenging and a great work out for the core! Rent a board from one of our local retailers and head to Trout Lake, the San Miguel River, the pond in Mountain Village or Alta Lakes. Not only will you enjoy learning something new, but you’ll also take in the beauty of Telluride and its surrounding areas.


There are a few pools in town that can be enjoyed by everyone during the summer months. You can find one in the Town of Telluride at our own Town Park. The other two are located in the Mountain Village at the Peaks and Hotel Madeline. For some fun with the kids, look no further than the Peaks pool. You’ll find a water slide in the indoor/outdoor pool with unbelievable views! For a high-altitude swimming experience visit the Hotel Madeline’s roof top pool and spa – you can see and have it all.

Not only is the San Miguel River beautiful but it can provide endless laughs and adventure, too! So call one of our favorite outfitters, strap on a life jacket and climb on a raft or into a kayak for an unforgettable experience. You’ll enjoy jaw-dropping scenery, tales from knowledgeable guides and excitement through every rapid with friends and friends by your side!