Off Season Outdoor Fun!

Off Season also known as Telluride’s ‘shoulder season’ and ‘mud season’ is in full swing! Off Season refers to Spring and Fall or the period of time between the ski resort closing and Summer Festivals season beginning, and the period at the end of all the Summer Festivals before the mountain opens. Luckily if you are hoping to get away this Spring, The Hotel Telluride is one of the few resorts open.  We do still have rooms available for April and May!

While Off Season is more typically a slower time of year in Telluride, many visitors enjoy the tranquility of it. With a lot less traffic, fewer cars in town and fewer people it is reminiscent of Telluride in the 1970s before the ski resort became such a popular destination. Telluride’s off season appeal also gives people a chance to enjoy this former mining town and have an easier time imagining what it was like during the mining era. If you are an outdoor enthusiast off season promises unspoiled landscapes with little foot traffic for competition.

 Spring is breeding time for the local wildlife, with the hunting ban during these months you may be lucky to spot a herd of elk, deer, coyotes, or even a more rare spotting of a moose or lynx! Moose, formerly native to the region, were very recently reintroduced in this area and have been spotted in Ophir.

As with most places in the world the Spring climate in Telluride ranges from snow days, to rain, to temperatures in the mid 50s! Avid local skiers are still finding pockets of hike-to locations to ski the unspoiled terrain. As a guest, if interested in skiing over the off season it is recommended that you do not ski alone as there is no ski patrol on duty and only a select few on the slopes.

There are some great hiking trails open and ready to welcome hikers. The most low impact hike in town-the river trail- is located about a block and a half from our hotel, it’s a well groomed trail that runs 4.25 miles and is a perfect trail to take dogs for a walk. Two local favored hikes the Jud Wiebe and Cornet Falls hike begin at the end of Aspen Street and share the same trailhead. Cornet Creek Falls is a half a mile hike to a waterfall which this time of year is mostly frozen over, if wearing  sneakers a pole or yak traks are recommended if it has snowed recently, otherwise you should have no problem. The Jud Wiebe Trail is a brisk 3 mile loop trail which boasts a 1,140 foot elevation gain and might not be the best first hike to take upon arrival to Telluride- its recommended to bring water and get acclimated first! Bear Creek Trail is a shorter hike at 2.5 miles one way or 6 round trip which leads to Bear Creek Falls, also still slightly frozen over. This hike is easy going, though it can be muddy. On your way up stop to admire town park and snap a photo.

On a bike, Bear Creek is doable. The Galloping Goose Trail a 6.7 one way trail is a beautiful ride, stop in for a pint of beer at the Telluride Brewery at the end of ride, and try to award winning Face Down Brown Stout. The Bike Path, is a 3 mile paved trail west of town which runs the length of the parcel of land preserved land known as ‘down valley,’ pause to take in our growing priarie dog population and admire the landscape.

Not recommended to attempt this time of year are trails that include the Sneffles Highline, Imogene Pass, Tomboy Road, Bridal Veil Falls, Black Bear Pass, and Ophir Pass.

For ambitious hikers, you can rent snowshoes at Paragon and hike up to Alta Lakes. See the old mining ruins and take the iconic photo of Mount Wilson perfectly framed by the remains of a window within an old wooden building.

Come visit us during our Spring off Season and bring your hiking boots! There is plenty to see and do!

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