How to Spend 24 Hours in (and Around) Telluride This Summer

You can experience the quaint mountain town of Telluride easily in 24 hours or less. Whether you live in Colorado or the surrounding area or are flying in for a vacation, below are top recommendations when you only have 24 hours in and around Telluride, Colorado. 

We lived in Grand Junction for over ten years. When we lived there, one of our favorite weekend activities was an adventure to the San Juan Mountains to dink around Telluride, Ouray, and Ridgway. 

Spend 24 Hours in Telluride This Summer

Telluride is a small town tucked away in a massive box canyon. It is best to get into town and start the day early to find a place to park and beat the crowds. 

Ride the Free Mountain Village Gondola in Telluride

Hop off the gondola at the first stop to take pictures. From there, if you want to hike around (and if it is not wintertime), there are trails to run, walk, or bike. We love the Telluride Trail for a morning hike. It goes straight down into town. Lots of people run this section as well. There are great views.

Hike the Telluride Trail

Self-Guided Tours

Brown Dog Pizza has awesome gluten-free pizza. They have regular pizza and many other delicious menu items. Ask for a table upstairs with a window to watch the town meanderings. 

Eat Brown Dog Pizza in Telluride

Treat Yourself to Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee

Ahhh, time for a post-soak snack and coffee. Head on over to Ouray’s main street strip and grab a delicious dessert or coffee at Mouse’s Chocolates & Coffee. You deserve it – you probably hiked (or went skiing) at high elevation today. 

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