There's plenty to keep active families busy in Telluride. Hiking, biking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and rafting are a few of the favorites. If you're looking for something a bit more laid-back, you can find a festival (hot-air balloon, music, film) every weekend, and most have a children's activity tent. Take time to check out the boutiques and amazing views from Main Street -- the perfect place to snap a family photo, with the mountains as a backdrop. Stay in the historic mining town or sleep slopeside in the modern, European-style Mountain Village and commute between the two on a free gondola ride. Before you leave, your family can try to strike it rich on a gold-panning expedition (you can keep what you find!). The Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour includes live demonstrations and a ride on an electric mine train into Galena Mountain.
The Telluride Kids' Camp (ages 5 to 12; $70 per day) at the Children's Ski & Snowboard School in Mountain Village offers arts and crafts, nature walks, swimming, and more. You can also drop off babies as young as 12 weeks at the Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa's nursery (starts at $15 per hour) or sign up preschoolers for its Pioneer Camp (starts at $70 per day).
You get a free day at Telluride Kids' Camp with every stay (three nights or more) at the Mountain Lodge at Telluride. Rates start at $339 a night for four people in a posh two-bedroom condo (compared with $579 per night during peak ski season). Visit mountainlodgetelluride.com, or call 866-368-6867 and request promo code JR.
Contact information: 888-355-8743 or visittelluride.com