Yoga and Hiking Retreat in Colorado
September 19th-24th 2019
This retreat provides an exhilarating experience that combine daily yoga immersions surrounded by waterfalls, wildflowers, and high alpine lakes with moderate level hiking in the captivating wilderness of San Juan National Forrest. We stay in charming B&Bs and explore Ouray and Telluride, two of Colorado’s quintessential Rocky Mountain towns.
Starting in Ouray, “The Switzerland of America,” we’ll discover the craggy folds and striking box canyon that encompass this historic mining town. We’ll hike along the Perimeter Trail for spectacular panoramic views above town, before relaxing in nearby hot springs, western saloons or on the porches of family-run B&Bs. We’ll continue south to fully explore all corners of Telluride as we hike hand-selected trails highlighting the best scenery of the area, including a gondola ride up Telluride Mountain for a bird’s-eye view of the sweeping mountain terrain. Each night, you’ll have the opportunity to roam the lively streets full of breweries, specialty shops and daily festivities before we go back to the B&B.
Day 1: Arrive Ouray
Upon arrival to Montrose Regional Airport, we’ll take a private transfer south to the fertile valleys and red-canyon walls surrounding Ouray (approx. 1 hour). Known as the “Switzerland of America,” this 1870s booming mining town now serves as an outdoor mecca boasting numerous hiking trails, hot springs and off-roading adventures. We’ll check into our B&B, meet for dinner followed by an evening yoga experience under the stars.
Day 2: Hike the Perimeter Trail
After morning yoga and breakfast, we’ll embark upon a scenic hiking trail around the town and cliffs of Ouray. The Perimeter Trail, originally a network of connecting paths carved out by mule and horse, leading miners to and from nearby excavation sites, is now a popular hiking trail and local legend. Starting clockwise from the visitor center, enjoy hiking around towering quartz cliffs, cascade waterfalls, abandoned mine shafts and gorge tunnels for panoramic views of town. Tonight, you’ll have the option to take a soak in the Ouray Hot Springs or for a more intimate experience, visit the medicinal pool and vapor cave at Weisbaden Spa (for an additional cost) before dining in town. Our second yoga session location will either take place on the trail or before the Hot Springs.
Hike: Perimeter Trail: 5 mi. (+1083/-1096ft.), loop
Day 3: Transfer to Telluride, Gondola & Hike Telluride Mountain
This morning, we’ll take a private transfer out of Ouray’s box canyon to Telluride, known for world-class alpine skiing, cultural events and outdoor adventure (approx. 1 hour).
Drop off your luggage before heading to the Gondola Station and a scenic ride to the top of Telluride Mountain for a solar powered yoga practice. From the top, delight in a downhill hike along the ridgeline trail, zig-zagging through quaking Aspen forest, towards Mountain Village. Explore Mountain Village, another ski-village and winter haven, before taking the gondola back up and over. Stay on the gondola for a picturesque ride back down to town or if you want to add a few extra miles, exit the gondola to hike the Telluride Trail downhill instead.
Hike: Ridge Trail: 2 mi. (+60/-1027ft.), one-way
Hike: Telluride Trail: 3 mi. (+36/-1749ft.), one-way
Day 4: Hike Bear Creek Trail
Head to the Bear Creek Trailhead near the south end of town, for a remarkable day of hiking to Bear Creek Falls. Enjoy lush forest of aspen and pine groves as you hike this popular trail through the preserved Uncompahgre National Forest, to a gushing 80-foot waterfall. Soak in the stunning views of the falls and ravine before returning the way you came. Finish the day at a nearby brewery or outdoor patio café in celebration of an all-around rewarding day.
Hike: Bear Creek Trail: 5 mi. (+1119/-1142ft.), out-and-back (shared-use trail)
Day 5: Hike Jud Wiebe Trail
After morning Yoga and breakfast, we’ll hike to the north side of Telluride for a different perspective of town and the surrounding mountain terrain. Named in tribute to a local resident who planned trails and recreational opportunities for the public, enjoy hiking within the forests and mountains overlooking Telluride. Walk through town to the Jud Wiebe Trail for a steep ascent along a dirt mining road. Hike up a set of switchbacks through patches of alpine wildflowers and towering evergreens for the best panoramic views yet to be had in Telluride. Traverse downward winding through aspen, arriving at Cornet Creek Bridge back near town. Our second yoga practice will either take place on the trail or at a location near our B&B upon our completion of hike.
Hike: Jud Wiebe: 3 mi. (+1213/-1,194ft.), loop
Day 6: Onward Travel
Depending on your travel arrangements, you’ll have the opportunity to take a morning stroll on the easy-going River Trail along the San Miguel River, before taking a private transfer back to Montrose Regional Airport (approx. 1.5 hours, included).
Cost: Dependent upon single or double occupancy, starting at $1,800
Is this retreat for me?
This retreat is designed for all levels of yoga practitioners including beginners. All hikes are graded easy to moderate averaging around 3-5 miles (2-4 hours) along well–marked and well-traveled dirt trails. This retreat is perfect for beginner to seasoned hikers who enjoy hiking in the mountains and high alpine forest, to explore the terrain and striking scenery of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Range. We’ll have the opportunity to discover new trails each day, conveniently located a short walking distance from overnight B&Bs in historic mountain towns.
We stay in clean, comfortable, and charming B&Bs to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay while exploring Ouray and Telluride.
All accommodations are conveniently located only a short walking distance to each town’s main plaza and nearby trailheads. Additionally, each offers individual character and welcoming hospitality.
This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.
If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify me upon registration so I can request this option.
Breakfast is included each morning and ranges from buffet to a set menu served family style. Most breakfasts include a hot dish (eggs, pancakes or waffles), meats, cheeses, yogurt, fruit, baked goods, coffee, and tea.
Note: Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip, so you can choose from nearby options. For lunches, you can find markets, cafés or restaurants located within each town for dining out or to purchase a packed lunch to take with you on hikes. For dinner, you can dine at local restaurants all within a short walking distance from your night’s stay.
Getting to Ouray
Upon arrival to Montrose Regional Airport, a private shuttle will pick us up outside the arrivals exit for a private transfer to Ouray and our overnight accommodation (approx. 1 hour, included).
Getting from Telluride
On the final day of departure, a private transfer will pick us up from your overnight accommodation in Telluride for a shuttle back to Montrose Regional Airport (approx. 1 hour, included).
For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.
5 Nights at hand-selected charming B&Bs
All private transfers (including baggage)
Detailed pre-departure information pack
Daily guided yoga and hikes
Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
Personal equipment- a list will be sent to you upon completion of registration.
Gratuities and tips
What if I become ill during my trip?
This trip allows for plenty of flexibility, so if you're not up for hiking, that's Ok. If you need medical services, I’ll have a list of all local resources. In addition, we can ask for assistance at our B&B.