"Furry Friends Love Cold Weather Fun Too!"
Good news Furry Friends, the chill is in the air, but the fun is not over. Nordic Skiing is a favorite puppy past time in the Telluride Area.
Here are the areas you and your mom and dad can frolic feely through the snow and get a great exercise at the same time!
Read more below on where to go, where to get equipment and a few other friendly reminders!
Where to go?
The Priest Lake trails are located 12.5 miles south of Telluride, on the east side of Hwy 145, just past the Materhorn Campground. The trail head is at the Forest Service facility about 500 yards past the campground entrance. These trails feature a variety of interconnected loops over rolling terrain.
This is an 8km groomed track for skate and diagonal skiing and is appropriate for all levels.
The Trout Lake Railroad Grade is distinguished by its consistently receiving significantly more snow than any other Nordic trail in the region. It is always the first and last trail skiable for the season.
Skiers are encouraged to access the trail from the top of Lizard head Pass. Doing so reduces impacts of traffic and maintenance on the Trout Lake Road for Trout Lake residents. Eight miles south of Telluride on Hwy. 145, park at the USFS Ranger station. Ample parking and restrooms are available at the USFS rest station at the top of the Pass. TNA plans to set up a new sign-in station at the top of the RR Grade. Currently, the only station is located at the bottom of the RR Grade. Please remember to use it! This is an 8km groomed track for skate and diagonal skiing and is appropriate for all levels.
Puppy etiquette, please remember:
- Only let your dog visit with other skiers or dogs, when welcomed.
- When off-leash your dog must be well-behaved, within your sight at all times and must listen to your verbal commands.
- Always clean up after your dog by using a poop bag or pooper scooper or flick off the trail.
- Both you and your dog need lots of water. Eating snow is bad for dogs. You are both at high altitudes and working hard. Keep drinking water.
Here are several Telluride Outfitters that can answer more questions, get your mom and dad set up , and on your way to a day of snow, sun, and fun!
Telluride Nordic Center 970.728.1144
Telluride Sports 970.728.4477
Paragon Outdoors 970.728.4525