America's Best Trail Towns: Telluride, CO

You don't need snow (or a trust fund) to enjoy this legendary ski town.
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Photo by Whit Richardson/Aurora Photos

Ensconced in the San Juan range, Telluride is blessed with paths that lead from sidewalk to summit. It’s high-end here, but mountains and music suffused this place before the cash did, and its soul belongs to the outdoors.

Why You’re Here Mt. Sneffels is among the most aesthetic peaks in the state. For a moderate snow climb, tackle the Lavender Coulior in June. Area dayhike: Ballard Mountain.

On the Town

PERK The Cowboy Coffee 131 E. Colorado Ave

PUB Smuggler’s Brew Pub 225 S. Pine St.

DRINK Quaffing Face Down Brown Ale from the taproom at Telluride Brewing Co. is like drinking a spring from its source. 156 Society Dr.

DOTelluride Via Ferrata