San Miguel County is famous for its outdoor recreation. If you would like to arrange for an adventure during your stay please coordinate it in advance of your arrival with your event coordinator. Your dates will be secured with professional guides and group rates will be added to your registration fee.


Horseback Riding

Explore the spectacular scenery of the San Juan Mountains on a well-trained horse familiar with mountain terrain.  Enjoy the wildflowers, bird and other wildlife as you ride through aspen forests and alpine meadows.   Chose the outfitter you prefer below.


Fly Fishing

With some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains, and a variety of lakes, ponds and alpine creeks, Telluride is an angler’s paradise. To make the most of your fishing outing and gain access to private waterways, we recommend heading out with a local guide.  Check out our local outfitters below to find one you'd enjoy spending the day with.


River Rafting

Telluride's experienced whitewater rafting companies lead a variety of rafting trips down the San Miguel River, the Dolores River, or through the famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Choose from half-day or full-day adventures and experience one of the most exilierating activities this region has to offer.


Rock Climbing

Telluride is lucky to have a diverse array of climbing locations and rock types to meet the needs of almost every climber. From Ophir’s traditional and bold multi-pitch routes, to pocket-pulling sport climbs near Bridal Veil Falls, to the sandstone bouldering in beautiful Ilium valley.

Read over the resources below to head out on your own or if you would like an expert to take the reins and guide you to the pitch that perfectly matches your skill level, check out the two outfitters below.


Hot Air Balloon Rides

A hot air balloon flight is one of life’s very special treats and worth doing with one of the best: San Juan Balloon Adventures! Co-owners Gary and Carolyn Woods, now in their 22nd year of operation, have shared the “gentle adventure” with visitors from every state in the U.S. and almost every country in the world! This family business focuses on quality and personalized service.

Located only 50 minutes east of Earthstar.



Whether you are an avid cyclist, mountain biker or simply a lover of good old fashioned physical activity in the out-of-doors, San Miguel county is one of the best places in the world get out on a bike.  During your stay at Earthstar you might want to consider renting a bike and exploring the mountains on your own or joining an experienced guide on a personal tour catered to your skill level and interests.


Hot Springs

After a long day of hiking or simply a lovely way to begin your morning, head over to Orvis Hot Springs, less than an hour east of Earthstar, to soak in the healing waters of their all-natural hot springs.  

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4x4 Tours

Let someone else do the driving.  Tour the mountain scapes, glacial lakes, and world famous Colorado wildflowers with a professional guide in the back seat of a custom vehicle.  Whether it's a trip to one of our infamous Ghost Towns, a thrill seeker's dream atop Black Bear Pass or a day visiting various mining camps followed by a gourmet lunch and soak in the healing waters at the posh Dunton hot springs, the world is your oyster up here.



The natural beauty and splendor of the surrounding mountains and wildflowers will take your breath away as you tee off at 9,417 feet, an altitude that puts Telluride Golf Club amongst the highest golf courses in the world. The altitude works to your advantage as Telluride's air creates less resistance against the golf ball during flight, translating to longer drives.