Shortly after we moved to Colorado, my husband set out to climb all of the Colorado fourteeners. These are mountains that are over 14,000' tall- Colorado has 58 of them! He's very close to finishing but some of the ones left are pretty far from the Front Range. So when he knew he'd be climbing some near Telluride this summer we decided to make it a family trip. Telluride is a good 7 hour drive from us so not somewhere we'd be likely to be back close to for a while.
Telluride consists of the actual town and Mountain Village (the ski resort base). One of the wonderful things about Telluride is that the town and village are connected by a free gondola! It's just about a 12 minute ride pretty much eliminating the need for a car while you are there no matter where you stay.
We started out by taking tbe gondola one short leg to the center of mountain village. The kids were happy to climb the rock wall that's right in the center park. It's free and kept them busy for quite a while!