Hike and Jeep into History this Summer with the Telluride Historical Museum
(TELLURIDE, Colo. – July 12th, 2023)
For almost 20 years the Telluride Historical Museum (THM) has brought history to life beyond its walls through unique outdoor tours. The Telluride region is known for beautiful recreational opportunities and gorgeous scenery, it just so happens most of those routes or trails are brimming with history as well.
The Telluride Museum’s “Hike into History” series is an annual offering of unique excursions into the wild and the past. THM is excited to present this summer’s line up of these special tours. On August 5th, join seasoned local guides Connie Colter and Dalen Stevens to explore the lesser known trails around Woods Lake. Participants will dive into the layered history of the area and learn about wildflowers and edible plants. This will be the moderate hike option of the year departing from the Down Valley Park at 9 am. It will include approximately 3.5 miles of hiking.
If you’re looking for a more strenuous tour join THM and Sheep Mountain Alliance on August 19th, in celebration of Sheep Mountain’s 35th anniversary. Sheep Mountain will give attendees insight on their environmental advocacy over the past 35 years while exploring the lower portion of the Sneffels Highline. Ruthie Boyd, Sheep Mountain Alliance Program Coordinator, stated “we will be pointing out public lands on the route that have been conserved through advocacy and environmental policy for their outstanding values to our ecosystems and communities.” This will be a strenuous out and back exploration of the bottom of the Sneffels Highline Trail and will depart from the Museum at 9am. Participants are welcome to continue hiking following the program but are cautioned to plan accordingly as the Sneffels Highline is typically a difficult, full-day hike.
Finally, jeep and hike on one final adventure on September 23rd with THM Board Member and mining historian, Rudy Davison. Davison will lead a jeep convoy to explore the Corkscrew Gulch Turntable, a narrow gauge railroad remnant near the ghost town of Ironton. This program requires a 4×4 vehicle and the museum is looking for volunteers with space in their vehicles.
All participants are encouraged to bring plenty of food and water to the events, and to pack weather appropriate gear. Please take your activity level into consideration when joining one of these programs. These expertly-led and researched tours are truly special opportunities to explore and learn about new and old places in the region. More information is available for each hike on the museum website, where tickets are also available for purchase. Call or email Director of Education and Outreach, Theresa Koenigsknecht, at [email protected] 970-728-3344, with questions or for more information about this exciting series.