Why Adventure with Us

We are Telluride’s premier source for mountain adventures—creating the most tailor-made guided experiences in the San Juans!  We pride ourselves on our safety record. Our local, knowledgable, expert guides offer high-end, full-service, customized excursions.

Summer Adventures in Telluride!

San Juan Outdoor Adventures will entertain you with summer rock-climbing adventures, via ferrata, mountaineering, hiking, backpacking, and camping.

You have kids? They’ll love our fabulous Kids’ Camps.

We also do inspiring women-specific adventures, personal-growth adventures, survival skills courses, and cutting-edge mountaineering.

Our expert instructors and naturalists entertain you and guide you. You’ll gain an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of Telluride’s majestic San Juan Mountains. We give you the industry’s highest quality instruction in a supportive learning environment and create a memorable outdoor experience for people of all ages and abilities.

Backpacking & Camping

You want to sleep in a tent, hike, and backpack?
Let’s plan it now.
One night, two nights, three nights?
Tell us what you want.

These summertime trips take you deeper into Telluride’s luscious wilderness, where you’ll find beauty by day and sound sleep at night, where you’ll fall asleep under tall pines and towering peaks, near high alpine lakes and trickling streams.

Your meals? Gourmet backcountry fare, prepared by our guides.
From sunrise to sunset, you’ll love it.


Via Ferrata

A via ferrata, which is Italian for “road of iron,” or kletterersteig, which is German for “climbing path,” is a mountain route equipped with fixed cable, stemples, ladders, and/or bridges. Telluride’s via ferrata is a thrilling and technical hike along the east end of the Telluride canyon, offering spectacular views of Bridal Feil Falls and the Telluride valley.


Rock Climbing

Our signature adventures are our rock-climbing trips. Whether you’re 4 or 40 or 70 or whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned mountaineer, we’ll tailor an outing for you. Our Telluride rock-climbing adventures can go “gentle” or go “vertical.”

You’re timid? That’s OK.
We’ll give you confidence, at your pace.

You want to test yourself?
We’ll lead you to real alpine rock where you will use your “spider” skills.



Hiking in Telluride’s beautiful San Juan Mountains is the quintessential wilderness adventure. You can walk through exquisite high alpine basins blanketed in wildflowers beneath towering summits and clear streams.

Your outing with San Juan Outdoor Adventures will be designed especially for you, whether it’s a gentle walk or a power hike. Our guides and naturalists will entertain you with stories about the natural and cultural history of the Telluride area.


Mountain Bike Touring

Leave the car traffic behind and explore quieter, more adventuresome places — whether it’s leisurely rail-trails, backcountry jeep roads, or alpine singletrack —we’ll show you Telluride on your mountain bike. Interested in touring for some distance camping at night? Maybe you’d like to ride and soak in a local hot springs? We’ll design an adventure with your comfort and enjoyment in mind.



Mountaineering is the heart and soul of the Telluride experience.

You want to ascend a peak? Let’s go!
You want technical snow climbs or couloir climbs or rock climbs? Onward!
You prefer a casual walk? We do that too.

Photos you make along the way will be fabulous reminders of your adventures with San Juan Outdoor Adventures. Your friends will envy you!


Adventure Kids Camp

We offer our Kids’ Camp, every Monday through Wednesday in the summer.

These multi-element excursions give your kids the opportunity experience the best Telluride offers. Your youngsters will meet other youngsters in multi-age groups. It’ll be one day of rock climbing, one day of outdoor games and art exploration, and one day of nature hiking.