Kiddin' Around All Summer
Family fun-filled days stretch endlessly and the whole world is out there just waiting to be explored.
HIKE – Kid-friendly hiking destinations like the waterfall at the top of Bear Creek, the Jud Wiebe and the River Trail. Explore the single track that follows the San Miguel River on the Valley Floor or the Keystone Gorge Trail that begins in Lawson Hill. Just remember to bring snacks.
BIKE – Remember your first bike ride? It was the ultimate freedom. Add some single track and you’ll be giggling louder than your kids. Start with the River Trail, then head one of two ways: east to the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, or west to the Valley Floor and out to Society Turn via the paved bike path or single track that follows the river.
SPLASH – The mountains around Telluride are the headwaters of many tributaries and home to crystal-clear alpine lakes where families can add fishing, rafting or stand up paddle boarding to their outdoor adventure mix. Kids can fish at the Town Park pond or float on an inner tube down the San Miguel. Town Park also has a swimming complex with shower facilities and a heated outdoor pool ideal for perfecting your butterfly or underwater handstands.
Kids Camps & Programs
HAVE AN AH HAA MOMENT – The Ah Haa School for the Arts keeps art as central to the town’s core as powder skiing. The school offers classes and workshops with a robust schedule of full-day and half-day art camps for kids ages 4 to 12, and a variety of classes for teens, ages 13 and up.
ROCK ON! – If music makes your youngster tick, check out the Rock and Roll Academy’s Summer Rock Camp. Weeklong sessions guide students through the process of being in a band, from choosing music and instruments to giving a concert.
SCIENCE IS COOL IN SUMMER – In Telluride, science is cool. The Pinhead Institute sponsors a series of summer STEM camps for kids, including all-day camps in collaboration with Telluride Academy, and mornings-only “Mini Missions”. There’s also the free Punk Science Series, which brings experts to town for cool activity-based lectures, and art and science collaborations with the Ah Haa School.
ADVENTURE TIME – Telluride Ski and Golf’s Eco Adventures offers full-day camps and overnights. Kids get to enjoy fun games like capture the flag, go horseback riding and more. Older kids can try the challenging ecoXploration with activities like mountaineering and mountain biking, as well as capture the flag and horseback riding.
THE BACKYARD AND BEYOND – Since 1981, Telluride Academy has defined summer for kids. The award-winning non-profit youth organization offers one-week- to one-month-long outdoor education programs for children and teens, with a fascinating array of activities. There’s also the Academy’s Artistic Adventures, offering students theater, photography, film-making and music programming.
BE RAD – Telluride is pretty extreme, and so are its kids. Sure, we let them skateboard, but we’ll make sure they do it right. Telluride Skate Camp sessions are held at the Town Park skate park where experienced instructors teach kids how to board – and that being nice, respectful and supportive are ways to be rad, too.
THE GO-TO PLACE FOR FUN - Want thrills and adventure for the entire family? Visit Telluride Ski and Golf’s Adventure Center in Mountain Village for guided activities from mountain biking to rafting, rock climbing to horseback riding, paddle boarding to 4x4 tours. Adults and kids can also enjoy the ropes course, water walkers and bungee trampoline in the Village Core.
PACK A SUNSET PICNIC - A sunny summer evening, live music, family-friendly activities and astounding views. It’s the perfect evening for kids and grown-ups alike with the Sunset Concert Series, kicking off at 6 p.m. each Wednesday in June, July and August.
TOUR THROUGH TIME - The Telluride Historical Museum brings history to life with programs for kids including the popular outdoor mining sluice where mini-miners can stake a claim and pan for hidden gems. The annual exhibit, “The Valley Floor: Changing Identities of a Telluride Treasure”, explores the complex story of the gorgeous gateway to Telluride. History buffs young and old can also enjoy a weekly historical walking tour of Telluride.
BEST LIBRARY ... ANYWHERE ... EVER - Looking for a kid-friendly indoor venue where you can be in the mountains but not on the mountain? Go no further than the Wilkinson Public Library, where all ages will find opportunities to play, explore and learn. With story hours, a cooking club, arts and crafts and a Story Walk on the River Trail, WPL embraces Telluride’s kids, and vice versa.
TAKE A RIDE ON THE ‘G’ - Riding the Gondola never gets old. From Telluride, unload at the Station St. Sophia where you can visit the Nature Center. Then take the “G” down to Mountain Village, look for the bouldering rock, enroll your kids in a program at Eco Adventures, shop and have lunch. The Gondola will be waiting to take the whole family back to Telluride when you’re ready. And it’s free.
FESTIVALS ... A FAMILY AFFAIR - If you’ve experienced a Telluride summer, then you know festivals. The major music fests all have kids’ areas with face painting, bouncy houses and more. Some even have kids’ music workshops. The word “festival” is a verb here in Telluride, and to festival is now a family affair.