Day 4 + 5: Telluride, CO

I decided to combine day 4 and 5 of our trip into one post because we arrived in Telluride, CO, yesterday late afternoon and stayed til early evening. Excuse the photo dump, but there were so many great ones from today. There are two ways to drive from Durango to Telluride, one is the longer route, which takes you through Silverton and on this crazy, windy road called million dollar highway. I’m pretty sure this might be the most dangerous road in America, but the views are beautiful, so I recommend you take it.

The other way back tracks you towards Cortez and then up to Telluride. Also a great way to go, so much beautiful scenery – we took this one today since we needed to get back to Cortez to head to our next location tomorrow.

Where do I even begin this city is so beautiful?! Nestled between the mountains, Telluride is the perfect spot to spend, at least a week. Honestly, I wish we had more time to spend here. With lot’s of choices for hotels, lodges, rentals, Telluride is the perfect family spot. There’s hiking, biking, Razor riding during the summer and skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Everywhere you go is accessible by free gondola rides, bikes or you can walk. There are so many restaurant choices and several boutiques to shop in downtown Telluride.

We stayed at The Peaks Resort and Spa in Mountain View, which is a 13 minute gondola ride from Telluride. I’m pretty sure the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in and we had a two king bed room. So. Much. Space! The only thing to note about this town is that it has cooler temps year round and therefore there’s no AC in any of the hotel rooms. While it was cool when we went to bed, without the windows open, it can get a little warm. Would this deter me from coming back? NOPE!

We debated staying in Telluride another night and waking up early to hike Bear Creek Falls, but we ended up heading towards Cortez as it got us a couple of hours closer to tomorrows destination, Pagosa Springs. After waking up, spending the morning walking around Telluride we took a Razor tour with Telluride Adventures Tours. We were a little nervous as the weather forecast called for rain, but it was sunny during our whole ride.

We headed up into the mountains and were up around 10,000 feet above sea level!! The views were incredible! The only thing we wished we had seen on our tour were bears, which are common for the area, but not while we were zooming around.

We did however see a herd of cows and scare the shit poop out of them. Literally! But I managed to get some pics of them running for their lives, so there’s that.

Jim, our awesome tour guide, took us to Beaver Creek during the tour. We could see where the beavers have gnawed up the trees to create several dams along this creek. It was incredible to see! Look how big this dam is!!

By the end of the tour we were all a dusty + muddy mess, but we all had the best time. We even thought for a hot second I had acquired a tick on our journey, but hallelujah, it turned out to be a false alarm. I remain tick free! Now that we’ve looked more into it, ticks are not super common in this area, but being that we spend time in TN, we are apparently tick paranoid. haha

After our tour we climbed into the car, dust + mud and all and off we went. On the highway to Cortez we came across Trout Lake and stopped to take a few pictures before the rain came and pushed us on our way.

Tonight we’re staying in Cortez, CO, at the Hampton Inn on our way to Pagosa Springs, CO, tomorrow.

Thanks for following our journey. You can also watch our daily stories over on Instagram.

xo, Alissa