Private Jet Trips to Telluride

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Wilson Peak near Telluride

Wilson Peak near Telluride. ©Kevin Day/Tanager Photography

There are hundreds of reasons to take a private jet trip to Telluride in the summer, but topping the list — especially for those who want big adventure — is heading into the beautiful backcountry that surrounds this southwest Colorado town. Here are three of the marquee ways to experience the raw nature of Telluride’s mountains.

Climb Wilson Peak, Lizard Head Wilderness

Colorado stands taller than any other place in the Americas. Literally. With 54 peaks that exceed 14,000 feet above sea level, this is where the continent crests.

Of these “fourteeners,” Wilson Peak is one of the most recognizable (just don’t confuse it with its neighbor, 14,246-foot Mount Wilson). For years, this hulking pyramid with an apron of aspens at its base has crowned several Coors commercials. Hearty, acclimated and aerobically fit hikers can reach its 14,017-foot summit in four strenuous miles, beginning in the gorgeous Silver Pick Basin on the northern slope of the Lizard Head Wilderness. As for the views? A handful of other “fourteeners” and the La Sal Mountains in Utah.

Sneffels High Line Trail, Mount Sneffels Wilderness

If summit fever is not your thing — but strenuous hiking in the wilderness is — try the northern side of town and the 13-mile Sneffels Highline Loop Trail. Strolling through aspen groves covered in a carpet of wild strawberries, the trail rises into two alpine basins where elk raise their young in early summer. The ragged and colorful peaks that crown these valleys are among the most spectacular in Colorado.

Drive over Imogene Pass to Ouray

Not into the marathon endurance required of strenuous backcountry hiking? Well, you can still gain access to the beautiful remote places above Telluride via four-wheel drive vehicle. The most famous route is the rugged road over Imogene Pass (which crests at 13,114 feet), which leads experienced drivers through tundra and forest to the charming town of Ouray. Stop by the ghost town of Tomboy, where millions of dollars in gold ore was mined from the adjacent mine. Add chills to the journey by reading the memoir “Tomboy Bride” ahead of time. You won’t believe what residents of this town endured to stake out a living in the high-altitudes of the San Juan Mountains.

Note: Only experienced backcountry private jet travelers should try these adventures. For hiking, bring at least 64 fluid ounces of water, clothing for all seasons and plenty of food. Inspirato’s destination concierge can help make travel and transport arrangements for you to these trailheads and backcountry tours.

Published with permission from Inspirato.com

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