Five Incredible Day Trips Just Outside of Telluride

Day trips near Telluride

With all of the wonderful outdoor activities, concerts, festivals and various special events that are always going on in the area, you’re sure to have plenty to see and do when you visit lovely Telluride, Colorado. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t venture out of Telluride for a day or two during your visit to check out other popular nearby spots and attractions. These are only a few of the many day trips that you might just want to add to your vacation schedule to heighten your enjoyment of an already excellent vacation experience.

1. Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde national park day trip

History buffs will definitely want to take time to experience this park that has been designated as a top destination for historic monuments. Mesa Verde National Park is home to thousands of protected archaeological sites that include hundreds of cliff dwellings. Come take a guided tour that takes you through the lives of the early Pueblo people who made the area their home for over 700 years. You’re also welcome to visit the park’s Chapin Mesa Museum, spend some time on the many hiking trails and check out the abundance of wildlife that populates the park.

2. Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This is the perfect day trip for the entire family, and those of all ages are sure to have a great time on this fun train ride. These tracks were once used to haul silver and gold mined from the San Juan Mountains back in the 1800s, but today’s passengers take the ride for the nostalgia and the exceptional view that is provided during the ride. Lock in your reservations for the train today.

3. Ouray

Town of Ouray in Colorado

Head on over to neighboring Ouray for a fun day of playing and swimming in the year-round, sulphur-free Ouray Hot Springs swimming pool. This large pool offers an area for swimming laps, a shallow area for small children, a large slide and another area that is used for those who want to play some water volleyball. Ouray also offers the perfect terrain for those wanting a serious four-wheel-drive experience.

4. San Juan Skyway

San Juan Skyway in winter

If you love a good road trip, then you’ll enjoy this most scenic of all drives on the San Juan Skyway. Your 236-mile journey will provide you with extraordinary views as you travel through the San Juan Mountains, several historic mining towns and the Uncompahgre National Forest. Several designated stopping points are available to allow you to get a better look at various highlights and stretch your legs, and you’ll also find an assortment of outdoor activities to enjoy along the way.

5. Montrose

Chimney Peak near Montrose, CO

Nearby Montrose is the place to go for those who want to check out both beautiful Gunnison National Park and Black Canyon National Park, which is considered one of America’s most breathtaking treasures. You’ll also find a wonderful selection of climbing activities, a new water park that is packed full of sporting activities that range from mild to wild and some of the best cycling trails in the area.

Start Making Your Vacation Plans Today

Here at Telluride Rentals, we have an incredible residence available for you to enjoy when you’re not busy with these wonderful day trips and all that Telluride has to offer. Just contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you select the perfect luxury home or condo for your Colorado vacation. We have a great many locations available, so please let us know if you have a special request to be near any certain attraction or event.

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