Our Guide to the Top Spring Activities in Telluride

A view of downtown Telluride in the spring
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When winter subsides and spring arrives in the San Juan Mountains, it’s the perfect time to start spending even more time exploring Telluride’s great outdoors. From getting those last runs in on the ski slopes or exploring with an early season hike, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the mountains. Or, you can relax with a soak in a hot spring or attend one of Telluride's many events. Book a Telluride vacation rental to enjoy these spring activities in the mountains!  

Late Season Telluride Skiing 

Depending on the season’s snowfall, late season skiing can extend into the spring and make for some of the best days on the slopes! With some days in April having temperatures in the 40s and 50s, you can ski the day away enjoying the blue skies and warmer temperatures. Usually, the ski resorts are closed by early April, so plan accordingly if you are looking for a spring ski day experience! 

Take a (Muddy) Hike 

Once the snow has melted, hiking trails begin to open up. However, prepare for them to be muddy! But, if you aren’t deterred by muddy hiking boots, early hiking season can prove to be a perfect way to spend time outdoors and experience the beauty of the Colorado Rockies! For a moderate out and back trail, head to Bear Creek. A 5-mile trip that includes waterfall views, this trail is the perfect way to spend a sunny spring day. Bridal Veil Falls Trail is another waterfall centered hiking trail that is a 4.8 mile out and back trip. With spring being more of a shoulder season between ski season and summer, you can avoid the crowds and have the hiking trails to yourself! 

Day Trip to Hot Springs 

Feeling sore after a long hike or a day on the slopes? Head to a hot spring outside of Telluride! The nearby town of Ouray sits just about an hour drive away and is home to an array of hot springs! Visit the Ouray Hot Springs for a relaxing soak or a thrilling ride down a waterslide. Or head to the Wiesbaden Hot Springs & Spa for a relax in the geothermal waters or opt for a massage.  

Kayak or Raft Near Telluride 

The melting of the snowpack also brings life to Telluride’s water sports! Rafting season typically begins around late May and can extend into early fall. You’ll find half-day or full-day raft trips on the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers as well as through the Gunnison River in Black Canyon. 

Attend a Telluride Spring Event 

In the spring, Telluride is host to a variety of events that will delight every interest. The Telluride Balloon Festival features a gathering of hot air balloons that fill the skies! Or attend the Telluride WOW Festival that celebrates health and wellness with classes and individual sessions. You can also enjoy the art of documentary film with the Mountainfilm festival which is hosted every Memorial weekend. The 2021 festival will be online this year inviting guests to participate virtually!  

Find Your Telluride Vacation Rental 

From pet-friendly homes, rentals with a hot tub, to properties in Mountain Village, you’re sure to find the perfect escape for you to enjoy Telluride’s spring season.  

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