Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Telluride

SUPing the San Miguel River

What's SUP?

Stand-up paddling continues to grow in the community and leave it to Telluride to export this seemingly serene activity to one that can technically challenge the most seasoned paddlers. What started out as a way to exercise and strengthen one's core in beautiful tropical destinations, SUPing quickly made it to the mountains and high alpine lakes. Especially nice areas to paddle around Telluride include Trout Lake, Priest Lake and Alta Lakes. The water is calm and oftentimes you will see locals with a fishing rod while balancing on their board. Choose any of these lakes and you won't be disappointed. 


For those seeking a challenge, take a board on the San Miguel River. The best place to "put-in" is from the free day parking lot off of Mahoney Drive. The best time to SUP the river is in late spring/early summer when its level is relatively high. Paddlers must navigate eddies, natural obstacles like tree branches and sandbars while meandering across the valley floor. There is even a beaver dam that you float over (better on your knees). Make sure to take in the views of the spectacular box canyon and Ajax behind you while also keeping an eye out for wildlife. This route is best done with two vehicles where one can be left in the free parking lot and the other near the "take-out" area to be used as a shuttle back to town. 


SUP Boards can be rented in town, delivered to Bear Creek Lodge, or even delivered to Trout Lake. Consult the Bear Creek Concierge team for any of these options.