If you have yet to experience a fall day in Telluride, it’s high time you get out there and hit the trails. After all, it’s the best way to explore the stunning mountain town in all its golden glory. Don’t just take our word for it, though, because we have plenty of jaw-dropping pictures to prove it.
As many a local would attest, this time of year brings much more than one might think. Turns out, autumn in the mountains isn’t just about waiting for the snow to fly (although yes, that’s still a big part of it). Truth is, fall is an absolute favorite among longtime locals and first-time tourists alike. With its colorful leaves and crisp temps, there’s no denying this time of year delivers stunning scenery akin to something straight out of a storybook. Seriously. And the best part is, there are plenty of ways to soak up all that golden goodness just steps from your door.
For starters, you can take a stroll down Main Street or on the River Trail, and just look up! The ski resort is popping with color and every surrounding aspen grove is lit up like … a Christmas tree? No, that’s not right. Lit up like … a perfect fall treat!
If you’re after more of a heart-pounding walk, be sure to hit up the Jud Wiebe trail — a go-to hike right in town — for an enchanted walk through meandering aspen trees. Additionally, Telluride’s surrounding mesas offer picture-perfect views chock-full of yellow, gold, and orange hues for days.
While we’re on the subject of leaf-peeping, here’s another way you can spot the most beautiful bounty of brilliantly painted branches: on a bike! While exploring on foot is a great way to go, catching the colors while zipping down the Meadows or cruising up Prospect delivers all the thrills one would expect.
Still not convinced fall is the best time of year to hit the trails in Telluride? Well, here’s some advice: Take a hike! No, really. Go take a hike in town, around a mesa, or up to a high alpine lake, and see for yourself. The weather’s ideal, the scenery picturesque, and the experience unforgettable. Oh, and there’s this, too; leaf-lined trails are just the beginning of an epic adventure during gold season. Explore Telluride in the fall, and you won’t be disappointed by a town that’s dripping in natural beauty and authentic hospitality alike.
Julie Peirano is a lifestyle writer based in Telluride, Colorado. When she’s not typing away about travel and trending news, Julie loves exploring the Southwest by way of rafting, camping, and skiing — and dancing, of course.