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  • 6 unforgettable trail runs
  • Run through 2 wilderness areas
  • Amazing views and high mountain passes

7-Day San Juan Adventure


The 7-Day San Juan Running Adventure is a scenic tour of the best trail runs in the Telluride, Silverton and Ouray areas. This tour will give you the opportunity to run trails to cascading waterfalls, run through beautiful forests of aspen, visit historic mining ghost towns and enjoy multiple runs through the alpine tundra of the San Juan high country. Starting in the town of Telluride you will travel to the small town of Ophir, climb up and over Ophir Pass, visit the historic town of Silverton and finish in the colorful town of Ouray.


Dates : July 16 – July 22, 2017        Duration: 7 Days

Group Size: 4 – 10 Participants, 2+ Guides        Difficulty Rating:

Price: $2,495, Double Occupancy        What does this include?

  • P1130938What to expect

    During this 7-day adventure you will have the opportunity to run on five separate outings. The first few days will be spent in the Telluride area and will consist of two short acclimatization runs, followed by a long scenic run through the forest on the second and an unforgettable run through the alpine tundra and wildflowers on the third. From Telluride we will work our way east and enjoy two more days of stunning trails as we work our way to the Ouray area. Here you will have the opportunity to run old historic mining roads while passing through ghost towns dating back to 1880 as well as an exhilarating run into Ouray on a trail that is literally cut into the mountain side. Many of the runs during this adventure are considered to be of moderate level and we encourage participants to arrive in good running condition. This is a perfect trip for both experienced trail runners and those new to the sport looking to experience the joys of running on beautiful mountain trails. During this all inclusive adventure you will spend three nights at a historic hotel in the colorful town of Telluride, one night perched high on the top of Ophir Pass at the cozy Opus Lodge, one night at an old Victorian hotel in historic Silverton and one night in beautiful Ouray.

  • Please note that daily runs are subject to change due to weather and trail conditions. Summer in the San Juans typically produces afternoon thunderstorms that we can plan around by starting and finishing our daily runs early. In the event of bad weather, especially above treeline, MOST planned runs have a contingency option that will give us a safer run for the day. All runs are optional and you can choose not to participate at anytime.

    Day 1: Arrive in SW Colorado

    There are many options for flying to SW Colorado with the easiest and most popular option being Montrose (MTJ). If possible, please choose a flight that will arrive in the afternoon so that your hotel room will be ready for you when you arrive. We will meet you at the airport when you arrive and drive to the small town of Ridgway where we will spend the night and have a nice welcome dinner.

    Lodging: Ridgway
    Meals included: Dinner

    Running Gallery - 15278Day 2: Acclimatization hike/ run

    Most people on this trip will be arriving from lower elevations and will find that it might take a few days to get used to thin air in the San Juans. With this in mind we will help your body acclimatize to this higher elevation with a light hike/ run on our way to Telluride.

    Lodging: Telluride
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Run: 6 miles

    Day 3: Deep Creek Trail

    Summer 2014 - 15162Today we will go for a run on one of Telluride’s finest forested trails. The Deep Creek Trail is a scenic rolling trail that runs through giant aspen groves, open flower filled meadows and past cascading waterfalls. Slightly higher than yesterday’s run, this trail will have a few short climbs that will require some hiking but has mostly rolling terrain that everyone will enjoy running.

    Lodging: Telluride
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Run: 10 miles

    Day 4: Lizard Head Wilderness Alpine Run

    Today’s run is one of our favorites!. The Lizard Head Wilderness is home to multiple stunning 13-14,000ft peaks as well as some of the most scenic trails systems in the area. This loop through the alpine wilderness will begin with a climb from Lizard Head Pass to the high alpine where we will spend most of the outing. Summer 2014 - 14915Following the run we will travel to Ophir and shuttle everyone to the top of Ophir Pass and the Opus Lodge. For those with extra energy to burn, running or hiking to the top of the pass is always an option.

    Lodging: Opus Lodge, Ophir Pass

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 10 miles

    Day 5: Alpine Run Near Silverton

    Home of the Hardrock 100, Silverton is a quint town in the heart of the San Juans with a reputation for great trail running. TIMG_2141 2oday we will choose from one of the many options in area and enjoy the spectacular scenery the area has to offer. Following the run we will spend the night at the historic Wyman Hotel in downtown Silverton.

    Lodging: Wyman Hotel and Inn, Silverton

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 7+ miles

    Day 6: Alpine Run to Ouray

    Today will be our final run and one of the best of the trip. Starting up 4wd road, we will climb to the top of Engineer Pass where we will gain some of the best views of the entire trip. From here we will head down on a single track trail through fields of wildflowers and alpine tundra across the American Flats in the Uncompahgre Wilderness. Before descending down into Ouray this trail will make one last climb and traverse a spectacular breathe taking ridge known as The Bridge of Heaven. Running Gallery - 20985As a bonus to today’s run, this trail will lead us directly into the town of Ouray and our hotel. Following the run we will have a farewell group dinner at one of Ouray’s restaurants and a relaxing soak in the town’s hot springs.

    Lodging: Ouray

    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    Run: 15 miles

    Day 7: Travel Home

    Today you will travel home. Please be sure to let us know your departure flight details so that we can arrange your transportation back to Montrose. If possible, please try to arrange a morning or late morning flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Lodging

    All lodging between our scheduled first and last night is included in the price. We believe that while on vacation the places you stay can dramatically affect a trip of this sort. Staying in nicer more comfortable places at a slightly higher cost does nothing but benefit the group. If you eat well, sleep well and enjoy your accommodations you will most likely perform better on our daily runs.




    The first night of the adventure will be spent in the small town of Ridgway on the way to Telluride. At 7,000ft, Ridgway boasts some of the best views of the San Juan mountain and is perfect place to begin our acclimatization. The next two nights will be spent in the beautiful ski town of Telluride. This famous and historic town will be comfortable place to rest after a long day of running and the perfect way to refuel for the next. From Telluride, we will start our journey to Ouray by spending one night at the top of Ophir pass at the cozy Opus Lodge. Built as a ski hut, the Opus Lodge sits at 11,700′, runs completely off of solar power has amazing views that seem to go on and on. Staying here is truly a unique experience that you will remember forever. From Ophir Pass we will travel to the historic mining town of Silverton and spend the night in the historic Wyman Hotel and Inn. Staying in this authentic Victorian style hotel, you will feel like you have taken a step back in time to when miners and gunslingers walked the streets of this classic western town. From Silverton we will finish our adventure in the colorful town of Ouray. Labeled as the “Switzerland of America” this old Victorian mining town has a charm that is hard not to love. With relaxing hot spring pools located in town, this will be a perfect way to finish a long week of perfect trail running.
    All trip prices are based on double room occupancy when staying in hotels. Most, but not all, of our accommodations have the option for single occupancy if you prefer. Please inquire with Highline for these options and additional costs.ScanImage3

  • Gear

    High in the San Juan Mountains temps can fluctuate significantly like in most alpine environment and we need to plan for any conditions we might come across. Please see the detailed gear list and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Difficulty: 3

    This adventure has intermediate level runs with possible distances up to 15 miles, moderate elevation gain with possible altitudes up to 13,000’

    P1130988Although we do our best to help you prepare for higher elevations it is a known fact that everyone acclimatizes differently. With this in mind, know that running at these altitudes will still be challenging for all whether you are acclimatized or not and you should not expect your body to perform as it does at home. Most runners should expect to hike many sections of these trails, especially during the first few days at altitude. During this time most will enjoy running only the easier flats and gradual down hill sections while hiking the uphills like many people do during longer ultra-marathon races. Because of the beautiful scenery through out our trips most people have no problem adopting this philosophy of “run when I can, hike when I can’t” and simply take in the beauty of Colorado while hiking.

    How strong of a runner do I need to be for this trip?

    Highline Running Adventures offers trips for everyone. You do not need to be an experienced trail runner, ultra marathoner or avid outdoor enthusiast to enjoy our adventures. We invite first time trail runners who might not have access to mountainous terrain at home and want to experience the joys of alpine trail running. Like any endeavor in the mountains, most will have a far better experience if they are in shape and should begin a training program well before the trip. Please study the detailed itinerary for the day to day distances and elevation gains. Keep in mind that we will typically have most of the day available to complete these distances and you will most likely have the option to take significant breaks at scenic over looks, lakes, mountain passes etc.. More importantly, one should be able to complete these distances day after day knowing there will be few rest days planned. We are available for training tips and advice for those who are new to this kind of running.

  • Cost Includes:

    • Experienced guides
    • All daily transportation to and from trailheads
    • All lodging
    • All breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches (See itinerary for what meals are included)
    • Transportation to and from Montrose Airport
    • All group equipment

      Not Included:

      • Hotel costs before and/or after scheduled trip dates
      • Personal trail food, gels, energy drink mixes
      • Any alcohol with meals
      • Trip cancellation insurance
      • Personal running gear and clothing
      • Guide gratuity


      If you have any questions regarding one of our trips or would like help deciding which trip is right for you please feel free to give us call. Once you have decided, just let us know and we will send you a registration form and other additional information you will need. We do require a non-refundable $500 deposit to hold your spot at the time of registration. We recommend doing so as soon as possible since all of trips are subject to availability and have a maximum of 10 participants. Final Payment is due 90 days prior to all trips. If registering within 90 days of the trip full payment will be due at that time.


      We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance for all of our trips.

      Because we must invest a certain amount to reserve your place on this trip with our lodging partners, transportation and hired help we can not always refund the your full amount if you need to cancel. We understand that every situation is different and we will do our best to work with you if you need to to cancel your trip for any reason. As a policy, our cancellation refund deadlines are as follows:

      • Cancellations more that 90 days prior to trip: Full refund minus deposit.
      • Cancellations between 45-90 days prior to trip: Refund 50% of trip costs minus deposit.
      • Cancellations within 45 days of trip: No refund.
      • A full refund will be given if Highline Running Adventures must cancel the trip.