TOP-A-TEN YURT TRIPS
It’s your dream, we’re just in it.
Join our experienced chef/mountain guide Eric Thoren on a worry-free stay in our private yurt located on the top of the mountain. Take your pick from a multitude of homemade gourmet cuisine options and sit back and soak in the mountain scenery as your appetizers and meals are prepared. Eric will happily guide you on a hike suitable to your needs, from a leisurely stroll along one of the many hiking trails to summiting Bald Mountain if you’re feeling extra adventurous. As the night draws to an end, enjoy an epic sunset and soak in the starry night sky far away from any light pollution. Once utter exhaustion has set in, you can cozy up in our heated yurt, all bundled up in our provided mummy bags on cots or an air mattress. Wake up to warm coffee and a continental breakfast, then it’s your choice whether to hike down the mountain or be chauffeured back down by your guide(s).
What to Bring: All food and camping gear is provided on the trip. You are required to bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the variable weather conditions the mountain experiences, as well as your own pillow for sleeping. Alcoholic beverages are not provided, but you are certainly welcome to supply your own libations.
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Telluride Outside’s 4WD tours allow you to access the magnificent San Juan Mountains and revisit Telluride’s historic mining legacy. Our tours are conducted in new, highly customized vehicles for safety and comfort. Touring vehicles have an open cab so guests may converse with their guide while traveling. A removable canopy provides protection in all weather conditions without compromising the “open air” experience. Our guides bring a highly professional and knowledgeable touch to each trip. Their uncanny ability to entertain will keep you engaged throughout your high alpine experience.
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This exhilarating, airy traverse, installed by local iron-worker Chuck Kroger, has become an iconic Telluride outing and a must-do for adventurous visitors. A guided trip can help take the stress out of the outing and help mitigate the inherent risk of the route. Our guides come from a background of big mountain expedition guiding and all have extensive experience on the Via Ferrata. The route precariously traverses rock faces up to 600 feet above the forest below, exposed in sections that would be impassable without steel cables and iron rungs along the way. The Telluride Via Ferrata provides unmatched views of Bridal Veil Falls (the highest free-falling waterfall in Colorado), the town of Telluride far below and the surrounding peaks of the San Juan Mountains. Our guides will ensure that it is an enjoyable and memorable experience for all. Technical equipment, including helmet, harness, and via ferrata lanyard are included in all of our trips. Mountain Trip is the only American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) accredited guide service based in Telluride. We are taking reservations for open and private via ferrata tours of the Telluride and newly installed Ouray routes!
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VIA CLASSIC Telluride’s Via Ferrata, “Iron Way”, is truly unique. It emerged from the wild mind and unrelenting hands of a local legend. Charles Frederick “Chuck” Kroger was a pioneering climber, ultra-runner, cyclist, master craftsman, and mountain renaissance man who left this world too soon. His creation is a series of narrow hiking paths and rugged iron ladder stairs welded into a conglomerate cliff towering above the town of Telluride. Climbers secure themselves into a metal cable that runs along the face of the rock, enjoying breathtaking exposure and spectacular views. VIA LINK-UP If you’re a novice to beginner rock climber looking to add a little more spice to the Via Ferrata, a “Via link-up” will not disappoint. Start your day with an introduction or refresher to rock climbing safety systems and equipment. Then climb three to four pitches of 5.fun to 5.10 (depending on preference). These multi-pitch routes top out on the Via Ferrata. From there enjoy a lofty snack or lunch and continue along the classic Via Ferrata route. This is a full day of fun, stunning vistas and excitement!
GUIDED TREKKING & CLIMBING
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PEAK ASCENTS Home to more than a dozen peaks over 14,000 feet and 300 over 13,000 feet, the rugged and beautiful San Juan Mountains are undoubtedly the finest range in the state for mountaineering and bagging peaks. Our location, nestled in the heart of Colorado mountain adventure, grants us unparalleled access to many of these famed—and no doubt, fun—Telluride peak ascents.
ROCK CLIMBING From single-pitch top-rope outings to committing, exposed multi-pitch traditional routes that ascend 1,000 feet, the San Juan Mountains feature the best in guided rock climbing. We offer full- or half-day rock climbing trips, depending on your goals, objectives, and group size.
TREKKING With a number of scenic trails that begin right in town, and a vast majority of others located a bit further out that require a ride in one of our company rigs, the San Juan Mountains provide access to hanging valleys, endless ridge lines, and beautiful alpine lakes, making trekking in Telluride a true world class adventure.
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Established in 1984, TMG is the longest standing guide service in town. All of our trips and programs can be custom built, to your group, for a multi-activity adventure itinerary. Give us a call anytime to plan some fun in the mountains or desert outback! Summer through Fall we offer Via Ferrata, Rock Climbing, 14ers/Technical Summits, Experiential Education, Desert Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Multi-Day Desert Climbing Safaris and Hiking programs. Winter through Spring we offer Avalanche Education, Backcountry Touring, Lift Assisted Backcountry Touring, Snowmobile Assisted Backcountry Touring, Big Lines Base Camps, Cabin Based Backcountry Touring, Ice Climbing, Desert Rock Climbing, Canyoneering and Multi-Day Desert Climbing Safaris.
Diff Auto Rental
Take the wheel and explore the beautiful San Juan Mountains in your own brand-new Jeep Wrangler. We’ll customize a route for you based on your trip desires, ensure you’re proficient with the vehicle operation, and get you on your adventure. You can conquer high elevation mountain pass, cross shallow streams, learn of our rich mining history, snap photos of wildflowers, stop in one of several ghost towns or easily gain access to a remote trailhead. Available as a half, full, multi-day or weekly rental. NOW AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND. Availability limited during peak summer dates – Book Your Jeep Now!
RZR Off-Road Tours
Telluride’s newcomer-of-the-year adventure goes, hands down, to firing up your RZR and hitting the high mountain, off-road trails. Telluride Outfitter’s exclusive fleet of Polaris RZRs will provide for unforgettable experiences with a guided tour of the majestic San Juan mountains. Cruise through rugged terrain side-by-side as you absorb the crisp mountain air and take-in the sweeping views. The RZR off-road tour is extremely popular and space on a daily basis is very limited!
The waters of the San Juan Mountains are an angler’s dreamscape. From the freestone San Miguel to the glassy Dolores, the beauty of our surroundings is matched only by the variety of our fly fishing opportunities. Within casting distance of Telluride are countless high country lakes and more than 200 miles of trout streams. The guide staff of Telluride Outside includes some of the most accomplished anglers and instructors in the western United States.
Telluride Outside guided trips teach baseline paddle boarding skills on high quality equipment from the Telluride-based Sol Paddle Board company. Just minutes from downtown Telluride lie two fabulous paddle boarding destinations: Trout Lake and Wild Boy Lake. Located at approximately 10,000 feet, each offers superb scenery and the perfect setting for learning the sport. These are well-hosted, high quality excursions for the whole family. All equipment is provided and no experience necessary.
You may find some of the best views in Colorado are while riding the trail on horseback at Circle K Ranch. This method of travel provides for a peaceful, yet adventurous experience during your stay. The most popular, Rio Lado Creek, ride allows for a short ride along the Dolores River and then up the trail through old growth spruce and aspen groves over a 2 hour time frame. More adventurous and longer rides may be combined on a 3 hr + basis that includes lunch. The wranglers even offer corral rides for those 6 years and under. There’s no more of a classic way to spend a morning or afternoon in beautiful southwest Colorado. Circle K is a 45-minute (one-way) drive from Telluride. Transportation is not provided.