Telluride is seriously one of the most gorgeous towns on earth. Deep in the San Juans pressed up against the towering Dallas Divide, Telluride is filled with truly endless trails, views, and adventures. What makes Telluride so special even among mountain towns is how condensed everything is. The town is squished in the middle dozens of sharp mountains including many famous 14ers (14,000 foot mountains). On top of that, when the fall colors of October arrive, the beauty only multiplies as aspen scatter across the mountainsides and valleys. Because of this, October is probably the most magical time to visit Telluride. Check these awesome things to do in October deep in the San Juans…
Do the famous Via Ferrata
Love exposure, amazing views, and climbing rocks? Then you’ll love this. This epic adventure takes along the sheer cliffside near Bridalveil falls, the apex of Telluride valley. While some parts are on ladders on overhanging cliffs, many parts are just a walk along a flat ledge. This may seem scary, but there’s nothing to fear. Via Ferratas are done using gear to protect you from falling. Click here for more info on how to hike the via Ferrata (coming soon) or check out guided trips.
Photograph the Dallas Divide
The Dallas Diivde is a bit out of town but it’s totally worth seeing. Actually, if you are heading into Telluride from the north, it’ll be right on your way. Dallas Divide overlook lies 10 miles south of Ridgeway on the left. The Dallas Divide is an iconic overlook at all times of year, but the fall foliage of October makes it truly breathtaking.
Grab some coffee at Ghost Town Coffee
Ghost Town Coffee isn’t a fall spectacle, but it is a great place to stop for a drink in between your October adventures. I love this coffee shop’s ambiance tucked into a patio on Main Street. In addition to the decor and atmosphere, the coffee is absolutely delicious.
Ride the free gondola to epic views
The gondola is one of Telluride’s best features and the best part is, this time of year it’s FREE. The views while going up the gondola are truly amazing. As you go up, you can see the entire town of Telluride tucked between the huge mountains. October makes for even more amazing views as Aspen groves fill the mountainside and contrast against the white color of the mountains. Be sure to take in the views at the top before heading back down.
Downhill mountain bike the Village Trail
After riding the gondola up, I highly recommend riding the scenic and iconic mountain biking trail, the Village Trail. This trail is best for beginner/intermediate riders and is filled with some of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen. As you descend, you’ll be greeted with picture perfect views of mountains being framed by orange and yellow aspens.
Get dinner at High Pie Pizza & Tap Room
Once again, not a fall necessity, but an amazing way to end a day being surrounded by fall colors. Just the smell as walk past High Pie Pizza will make you want to stop by for a slice.
Drive a Mountain Pass
Telluride’s scenic road may be pretty at all times of the year, it’s especially true in October when fall is in full bloom. Telluride is known for it’s many scenic dirt mountain roads that usually require 4wd. Fall is definitely one of the most amazing times to explore these. I highly recommend exploring scenic Imogene Pass, a dirt road connecting Telluride and Ouray, Ophir Pass, a dirt road accessed just south of Telluride, or Black Bear Pass, which also heads east form Telluride. These 3 passes all require 4WD and some off roading experience. If you don’t have a 4WD vehicle, there are plenty of 4×4 rental companies in town. If you are not comfortable driving yourself, you can also take an off roading tour like this one. Not an adrenaline junkie? Drive south of Telluride on the 145 all the way to Lizard Head Pass. This road is paved and has just as beautiful of views.
Hope this helped you plan a trip to Telluride in October! IF you have any questions fell free to let us know in the comments section below!