Down the Gondola (Telluride)

Ah Haa School For the Arts

All year round, the Ah Haa School For the Arts offers high-quality classes for both children and adults.

To view an event feed for classes and lectures, click HERE. To view a feed specifically for kids and teens, click HERE.







Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Colorado. Reaching 365 feet in height, the falls are surrounded by opportunities for various outdoor activities such as hiking, four-wheel drive exploring, or biking.








Hiking Trails

In Telluride, everyone’s backyard is full of hiking trails, leading you higher into the San Juan Mountains and 360 degrees of stunning views. Here are some of our favorite hiking trails that start in Telluride:

Ajax Peak

Ballard Mountain

Bear Creek Falls

Blue Lake

Bridal Veil Basin

Bridal Veil Falls

Cornet Creek Falls

Imogene Pass

Jud Wiebe Trail

Lewis Mine

Liberty Bell Trail

Silver Lake

Sneffels Highline

Wasatch Trail

Historical Museum

Built in 1896, the building that now houses the Historical Museum has a rich history of its own. Once Hall’s Hospital, it is one of the oldest buildings in Telluride. Today, there are several permanent exhibits that detail Telluride’s past from the geological formation of our canyon, to the mining camp communities, to the rebirth of Telluride as a ski resort town and summer festival retreat.






Pandora Mill

Although you can’t go inside, looking at the Pandora Mill gives you an interesting look into the mining days of Telluride. The mill processed ore from the Smuggler and Tomboy mines, which were transported via aerial trams that ran down the mountain. The mill is also very close to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, so consider doing a two-in-one trip!






River Trail

Next to the San Miguel River, the River Trail runs the length of the town of Telluride. Perfect for walking, jogging, or biking, the views of the box canyon will be unbeatable.

Accessible throughout the whole town. To the east, the trail connects with the Idarado Mining Legacy Trail that includes signs explaining Telluride’s mining heritage. On the west end of the trail, it connects to the Valley Floor Trail and bike path.




Telluride Town Park

Basketball Courts

Basketball HoopThe Basketball Court is in the center of the park. There are no leagues scheduled. you can check out a basketball at the Parks and Recreation Office in the Park.



Horse ShoesThere are two horseshoe pits near the tennis courts and swimming pool. They are free, and are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Imagination Station Playground

Imagination StationYour kids can run around for hours at the Imagination Station Playground, which is open all year round.



Kids Fishing Pond

Fishing Pond WideKids 12 and under can fish in the pond and can catch up to four fish.

 Sand Volleyball

Volleyball CourtsTwo outdoor, sand volleyball courts are located near the tennis courts. There are open play and pick-up games throughout the summer. The best time to find other players is on weekday evenings around 6PM.

Skateboarding and Trick Riding

Skate ParkOpen daily, pads are not required but encouraged. Bikes are welcome.



PoolIf the river is running too fast, or it’s too cold for your tastes, try swimming in our Community Pool!

Tennis Courts

Tennis CourtTwo outdoor tennis courts are located in Town Park near the swimming pool. In 2009 the courts were resurfaced with a cushioned “Premier Court.”


Toddler Playground

Toddler PlaygroundRight next to the Kids Pond is a playground suitable for younger kids.


Amenities Available at the Parks and Recreation Office in the Town Park:

  • Basketballs
  • Fishing Rods / Tackle
  • Footballs
  • Frisbees
  • Soccer Balls
  • Softballs / Bats
  • Tennis Racquets and Balls
  • Volleyballs





You can spot locals and tourists alike floating down the San Miguel River on summer afternoons. There are no guides or lifeguards, so be cautious of your surroundings! (It is recommended to wear a helmet and proper water shoes.) Start at the Town Park entrance, and get off at the Gondola, or near the Shandoka Parking Lot. Tubes can be bought at ACE Hardware on Colorado Avenue.





Valley Floor

Telluride’s Valley Floor is the large section of protected land on the right side of the road as you drive into Telluride.  On Aug. 4, 2009 the Telluride Town Council approved the Telluride Valley Floor Conservation Easement, making the Valley Floor “Forever Wild.”

Perfect for running, fishing or hiking on the San Miguel River Trail, cross-country skiing in the winter or taking photographs of elk and other wildlife.