It has now been almost 17 months since we ditched the suburbs to live in our RV and travel this beautiful country. In that time we have not re-visited the same place until now. I should clarify that is with the exception of Florida since going back there is like going home, not visiting a new place. Anyway, we loved our visit to Telluride, CO so much last year that we decided to go back again this year while we were in the area.
It was like deja vu. We did almost exactly all the same things as last year. One of the fun things to do in Telluride is to ride the free gondola. There is a very nice, spacious parking garage (where even our big truck can fit) up in Mountain Village. Last year it was $7 to park there for the day, which seemed reasonable, but this year we were pleasantly surprised to find that the parking is now free!
From the parking garage you can access the start of the gondola ride into Telluride, and it is a beautiful ride.
The gondola takes you to the Mountain Village shops first. Then you change to a different gondola that goes up the mountain where you can either get off and check out the scenic viewpoints, or continue on down into the town of Telluride.
The town of Telluride is so cute! I could never get tired of this place.
Bear Creek Falls is a popular hike that you can access from the end of one of these roads. It’s a 2.5 mile hike up to the falls and then of course, 2.5 miles back down. The views hiking up are amazing! When we were here in August last year there was no more snow on the mountains, but this year being earlier in the season, there was still a little snow left.
Once we made it up to the falls it started raining, just like last year. Did I mention deja vu?
I would really like to make it up here sometime while the sun is still shining so my pictures aren’t so cloudy.
Once we got back down the trail, we were starving and went to the same Mexican restaurant we ate at last year, Esperanza’s. We had the same waiter who sat us at the same table. This repeating a day from last year was getting pretty funny. If we had to repeat a day though, this was a good one because it really was one of my favorite places we went to last year.
After our late lunch/early dinner, we headed back to Mountain Village on the gondola again. There are condos all over this area because it is a ski resort in the winter time. I would love to come here to ski sometime!
More pictures from our return trip on the gondola.
And finally a few more pictures of this beautiful area. I absolutely love this part of Colorado! If I had to settle down and live in a house without wheels (which I don’t want to do), I think I could live somewhere in southwestern Colorado. It is awesome!