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Guide Services Open for Summer

By admin - Posted on 20 May 2013

Mountains and Rivers Open for Business

Telluride Outside launches 29th guiding year


As Mountain Film 2013 approaches for Memorial Day weekend, Telluride Outside roams the mountains and rivers of southwest Colorado.  All five T.O. summer guide services are now in operation for the season.


Fly Fishing:  Thanks to a relatively low snow year, early season fly fishing conditions are exceptional for late May.  Here are our predictions for the next few weeks.


Dolores River:  The Dolores is the first local river to fall into fishing shape as runoff recedes.  Early-season runoff pulses have already drained snow and we expect the Main Fork and West Fork to be completely fishable by mid-June.  Conditions on Telluride Outside's 9 private water leases, including Lightenburger, Roaring Fork and Dunton Hot Springs, should be ideal in the second half of June.


San Miguel River:  Cool spring conditions have preserved the San Miguel's snowpack more than in 2012, but we still expect a shorter-than-normal runoff period.  The San Miguel should become fishable in the third or fourth week of June.


Uncompahgre River:  Our early season savior, the Uncompahgre is fishing lights-out at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk State Park.  Large brown trout, cutthroats and rainbows are being caught on a variety of techniques.  The dam-controlled Uncompahgre will probably provide a compelling clear water destination right through the runoff period on the Dolores and San Miguel.


cutthroatGunnison:  Is it greedy to catch many big fish?  The Gunnison, a river that generally rewards the strong wader and long caster, is enjoying a preseason halo of major hatches and happy fish.  The Gunny is flowing only 300cfs, so wading anglers have exceptional access and crossing ability.  Fish it now, because low water signals
tough fishing in the late summer and fall.


[complete guided fly fishing info]



Tiffan reaching

Whitewater Rafting:  Our home river, the San Miguel, provides terrific rafting opportunities just minutes from Telluride.  Cool weather has delayed runoff, pushing our rafting season back toward mid-summer when most customers visit Telluride.  With a low snowpack, however, we predict rafting to last into early July, at latest.  The San Miguel will be tons of fun for the next month, so please join us for one of the following daily trips.        

         ~ Half day Upper River, class III+
                ~ Half Day Lower River, class II+
                ~ Full Day Upper/Lower, class II+ & III+

                ~ Full Day Norwood Canyon, class III


                [complete rafting information]

in your face 


ophir pass4-WD Tours:  2013 promises a banner off road touring season as our thin snowpack retreats from Telluride's famous alpine passes: Imogene (13,110 feet), Black Bear Pass (12,859 feet) and Ophir Pass (11,789 feet).  Here are our predictions on opening dates for each pass:


Ophir Pass:  Today!
Imogene Pass:  June 5-10

Black Bear Pass: June 20-25


Yes, our passes will open weeks ahead of normal, so call now to schedule a half or full day tour to one or more of these magnificent places.  All Telluride Outside 4-WD tours contain a heavy dose of mining history, so you're sure to come away a more knowledgeable traveler...or at least a better story teller.


[complete 4-WD touring info]

black bear pass 

bikingMountain Bike Tours:  Telluride Outside's Galloping Goose downhill tour has quietly become one of our most popular trips.  Our 17-mile downhill route is now completely snow-free, so visitors in late May and early June will have an unusual opportunity to ride one of Telluride's favorite trails.  It should be noted that this "famous" trail is ideal for riders of any ability, so bring your family and friends and let's ride.  Telluride Outside also guides custom mountain biking trips on many of the region's advanced trail systems, including the Alta area, Last Dollar and Beaver Park, and the Mill Creek trail network.


[complete mountain bike tour info]






photo tour

Photography Tours:  We began guiding photography tours in 2010 and now, entering our fourth summer, photography has become a mainstay with several regular guides and a wonderful breadth of subject matter.  Like all Telluride Outside guide services, our photography tours are highly instructional and require no prior experience.  





We shoot 12-months a year, so like fly fishing, this guide service is never out of season.


[complete photography tour info]


Call now to book your 2013 guide service trips with Telluride Outside.  A huge THANKS to our loyal customers -- we look forward to seeing you in the coming months.

Telluride Outside

Box 685, 121 W. Colorado Ave.
Telluride, CO 81435
800.831.6230 ~ 970.728.3895
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