We did and we stayed.
From epic waterfalls cascading down the pinnacle of the box canyon to a cacophony of wildflowers exploding along the trail to couloirs of Colorado champagne powder draping down thousands of feet of vertical, this gem of a town sparkles with positive energy in every season.
We opened our biggest Bootdoctors store in Telluride, Colorado in 1998 and have been loving it ever since.
What is it about Telluride?
Is it the variety of ski runs from mellow cruisers leading to high altitude restaurants featuring delicious chili or varietals of wine? or the breath-taking steep descents down slim couloirs that challenge the hardiest of snow riding adventurers?
Is it the ever-changing weekly menu of Summer festivals, opening our minds with ideas, our hearts with inspiration, filling our ears and souls with music, stretching our bodies in new yoga poses or surprising our palates with unique preparations of wild mushrooms, locally grown greens and a burst of fermented grapes in a stemmed glass?
Is it the trails we travel on foot, on bikes, on snowshoes, on snowmobiles, or on skis to discover hidden magic environs deep in wilderness?
Is it the fantastic soaring views that reward us for our efforts of trekking up to the beckoning mountaintops that surround us?
Or is it the warm smile of a local stopping on the “sunny side” of main street just to share a hello?
We just can’t decide. Perhaps it’s some mysterious recipe whose ingredients we try to identify, classify and prioritize, when in fact, it is one authentic experience containing all the ingredients of an insolvable mystery.
We invite you to collect your own ingredients for your recipe for joy in our little box canyon. Then let’s meet at the Buck* so we can share tales of discovery.
For ideas for your Summer trip to Telluride, visit our on-line guide to adventure.
Telluride is a mecca for mountain bikers and road bicyclists. We have a huge fleet of top bikes from Specialized, Pivot and Yeti plus kids’ bikes and kids’ trailers so the whole family can go together!
Rent a bike on-line and save time!
Telluride’s new bike trails are poised to open soon. Get your pass today on-line.
Feeling the altitude? How about an electric pedal assist for your first high alpine ride? You can cruise the bike path along the Valley Floor to the brewery and back without strain! Reserve your E-bike here.
There is no better way to experience the serenity of a high alpine lake than on a Stand Up Paddle Board.
We offer ½ day and full day SUP Tours that are perfect for all ages. Prefer to go on your own? Rent a SUP and head to the water!
Reserve on-line ahead to ensure your SUP is available when you want to go!
2019 is a banner year for river running. The San Miguel River is a winding, narrow high alpine river that offers fun whitewater rapids and magnificent natural surroundings.
Book a half day rafting adventure for your family and friends.
Take a Hike
Explore the multitude of trails that weave throughout the area. Stop in to Bootdoctors on Main street to pick up a trail map, water bottle, sunscreen. Be wise don’t hike or bike in flip flops! We have a variety of hiking, biking and trail running shoes and America’s Best Bootfitters poised to make you custom footbeds that will improve your walking, cycling and running experience guaranteed!
Want to know more about the history of this magical box canyon? We offer hiking tours with local historians who will share details from the Native American Utes residency up through the mining era, the 60s hippy take-over to the ski town renaissance.
Which plants are native? Which have medicinal properties? Our experts on flora and fauna take you on guided hikes exploring the unique plant life that thrives above 8,000 feet. Discover flowers that only grow above 9,000 feet!
We invite you to get creative with your own personal recipe for Summer fun. We hope to become your No. 1 choice of small town to visit this Summer!
Author Penelope Gleason has been cooking up fun times in Telluride for over 21 years.
She may be found paddling, peddling or backpacking or sometimes just kicking back enjoying a smoothie in an outdoor café on Main street. She looks forward to meeting up with you on the trail!
Hatch green chili and margaritas are not the only “local flavors’ you can discover in Taos, New Mexico.
Custom fit ski boots and carefully selected outerwear from unique sources dedicated to sustainability are some of the other treasures you can discover at our flagship Bootdoctors’ store in Taos Ski Valley.
Bootdoctors has been the locals choice since 1986, never wavering from their drive to exceed our guests’ expectations with personal expert help.
Travel writer Michael Dax and photographer Gabriella Marks searched for one-of-a-kind outdoor shops and found our original Bootdoctors’ store in Taos Ski valley, NM. Here is an excerpt of the article they wrote:
“I desired the kind of personal service and attention to detail that only a local, community-based shop could provide. Not only do stores like the ones listed below care deeply about their customers, but often, their management and staff have decades of experience to draw upon and are able to tailor their advice to your interest and ability level. ‘With our employees and our customers, I feel like we have become more of a family,’ Linda Mogetz of BootDoctors in Taos Ski Valley says. This was exactly the kind of service I was looking for, and on top of that, supporting stores like this can be essential to maintaining local economies.”
Read more about their experience here…
(Story by Michael Dax; Photos by Gabriella Marks) This summer, after a few years of hemming and hawing-my standard process leading up to any big-ticket gear purchase-I finally decided to buy my first alpine touring skis.
Bootdoctors has always searched for the most innovative creators of outdoor gear. We seek out suppliers who strive for the highest quality while actively caring about the earth and engaging in sustainable sourcing.
Stio is a prime example of the best of outdoor industry suppliers. They are actual outdoors enthusiasts who integrate their own love of the outdoors with production of the finest products to help you engage in mountain recreation.
Galena Gleason, Bootdoctors’ Head of Purchasing, combines her lifetime of engagement in outdoor sports with her knack for finding the newest, most exciting lines to our customers. Stio approached Galena to be an Outpost partner the first year they started working with independent retailers. She explains that the clothing line immediately struck a chord with her:
“I took a quick glance at the line and knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for Bootdoctors. The quality of craftsmanship, sustainable values, and reasonable price points of Stio all align with the level of products that we strive to bring to our customers.”
A visit to the Jackson Hole headquarters reinforced her initial positive feelings. Galena:”I was able to visit the Stio headquarters in Jackson Hole 2 winters ago. It was very inspiring to see the design process from a to z being brought to fruition at the base of the Tetons. The Stio team is made up of very passionate lovers of the outdoors and it is evident in the product that is coming to market. They truly care about the consumer and are designing garments to withstand the rigors of adventure and time.”
Try it yourself!
The new 2019 Winter Stio is arriving daily in our Telluride Main street and Mountain Village stores. Come try it on. It may be a perfect fit with your activities, values and lifestyle.
VALUE DRIVEN BUSINESS
Stio’s values include being caretakers of the resources they use to create products, including Bluesign* approved textiles; being active outdoorsmen and women truly in touch with nature on a daily basis; being on the cutting edge of innovation; and balancing work with play.
Galena was also “pleased to learn they have a strong environmental initiative. The Bluesign* approved textile commitment speaks volumes to the ideals that are driving Stio as a company.”
At Bootdoctors we also believe firmly in the value of walking our talk. We wear the garments we sell and can speak the truth about their value. Galena has put Stio to the test herself:
“I personally own 2 Stio pieces and I find myself wearing them constantly. It is comfortable, stylish, and amazingly suited to withstanding even the harshest elements.”
Read more about the Stio values HERE.
HOW ARE THESE INNOVATIVE STIO GARMENTS MADE?
From the web site: “We work with cutting edge textile mills such as Polartec®, schoeller® and Toray®,which are among the most sophisticated and advanced mills operating in the apparel business. We continually strive to source environmentally friendly textiles…
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BootDoctors’ good friend and Master Bootfitter Bob Egeland addresses the
challenges and opportunities with the new generation of AT boots.
Check out his hints on making sure your touring boots take you as far as you want to push it.
Then come in to Bootdoctors in Taos or Telluride to get your next pair of touring boots properly fitted.
We have Master bootfitters who specialize in touring boots.
While his profession might leave some feeling a bit squeamish, Bob Egeland, a board-certified Pedorthist, is passionate about keeping people happy in their ski boots all day long. And finding a comfortable fit is his top priority, especially for backcountry skiers who don’t have the option to take a break in the lodge if toes start to tingle.
BIG IDEAS FOR FUN IN OUR LITTLE MOUNTAIN TOWN
Whether skiing, Nordic cruising or Fat Bike trail riding, we have all the gear
and friendly local advice you need for a great time at our 3 BootDoctors’ stores.
Shout out to all our great local businesses who helped make this a memorable experience!
– Read the full story, from ROSE & IVY Travel Guide –
When it comes to winter travel destinations, a memorable trip includes an ample amount of time spent on the mountain skiing or snowboarding, soaking in the beauty of nature snowshoeing, or Nordic skiing, rounded out with delicious meals to refuel. Telluride, Colorado is an outdoor and na
FROM TAOS: MENDING THE DIVISION OF SKIERS VS. SNOWBOARDERS
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After decades of upholding a ski-only policy, Taos Ski Valley’s decision to allow snowboarding proved a major point: we’re all in it for the pow. In the history of snowboarding, March 19, 2008 at New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley is marked with significance.