Aspen Groves | Mindful Running | Mountain Views | Luxury Spa Resort | Gourmet Meals
Make every moment in the mountains count during this women-only four-day women’s trail running and wellness retreat. Our locally based team–including certified running guides– knows this destination inside and out and are with you every step of the way to have an unforgettable immersion in Telluride’s unparalleled mountain beauty. Trail running at at such high elevation can be tough, which is why we’ve selected trails that strike an ideal balance between runnability and scenic reward. What does that mean exactly?
You’ll enjoy a mix of running and hiking on well-established trails on rolling terrain that will involve some uphills and downhills, but avoids major climbs, exposed terrain or high peaks. Since running at 9,000 feet in elevation is challenging, we’ll keep the pace relaxed and take frequent breaks to snack, hydrate and enjoy the views.
We’ll spend about half the day on the trail, practicing the mindful running techniques offered by your retreat leader and savoring each day’s run, always ending with a picnic lunch followed by free time to explore the town, enjoy the spa at The Peaks Resort, including a spa treatment included in your retreat package.
Participant Photos + Testimonials
Telluride Trails Were Amazing
“The trails in Telluride were amazing, and super challenging, even for experienced trail runners. I was glad to have the support of our guides and the group to keep me going. The Peaks Resort + Spa is an amazing resort, and having time off each afternoon to enjoy the spa and pools was critical so I could rest enough to continue for consecutive days.”
– Lauren D., Crested Butte, CO
Inspiring and Supportive Individuals
“I was surrounded by vast mountains and inspiring and supportive individuals full of passion and perseverance. I was able to shine line on my life and clearly see areas where I needed a hard rest.”
–Barb D., Portland, OR
Start Planning Your RetreatTelluride Trail Running + Wellness Retreat
• Three nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Peaks Resort + Spa
• Daily buffet breakfast at The Peaks
• Casual (sometimes picnic-style) lunches
• Fine dining dinners
• Daily access to pool, fitness center and other amenities at The Spa at The Peaks Resort
• $250 spa credit at The Spa at The Peaks Resort
• Private restorative yoga class for runners
• Daily guided mindful runs
• Ground transportation between hotel and trailheads
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag
Balance Payment Deadline: 90 days before retreat begins
Max Group Size: 15 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $3,495
Private Room Package (per person): $4,295
*Shared room packages have two beds. Solo travelers may choose this option and will be paired with another retreat participant.
If traveling with a friend, you may list your friend as your preferred roommate on your Retreat Participant Intake Form.
You may customize your retreat package with various add-on services.
😊 Read the full booking terms and conditions here.
This retreat is rated Level II, which means we recommend you have a base fitness level that allows you to run up to 8 miles at a time on roads. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run–really!
- Daily runs at this retreat range from 5 miles to 9 miles on singletrack trails.
- Two guides accompany the group to support the different pace groups, so there’s no pressure to run faster than you’re comfortable.
- Trail running experience isn’t necessary. Your retreat leader provides trail-running tips for running in this terrain, though you must have good fitness for running.
- You’ll encounter trails with loose rocks, and some exposure to heights. You can walk/hike trail sections as you need.
- The trail surfaces are a mix of loose sand, rock and dirt trail. Very little ground will be truly flat–you have to focus on your footing, which is why we stop often to take photos and soak up the views.
- Trail running shoes and a hydration pack that can carry at least 1 Liter of water are required.
- Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday | Arrive in Mountain Village
**PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE PEAKS RESORT IS UNDERGOING RENOVATIONS IN 2022 AND THERE WILL BE SOME CONSTRUCTION TAKING PLACE DURING THE DAY. HOWEVER, WE WILL STILL HAVE FULL ACCESS TO AMENITIES SUCH AS THE RESTAURANT AND SPA.**
Once everyone has arrived at The Peaks Resort + Spa, we’ll convene at 2:00 p.m. for our official retreat opening meeting held in the Golden Slipper Meeting Room. After introductions, we’ll review the weekend’s itinerary and review our Group Agreement. If you were unable to check in before the meeting, you’ll have time to do so now and change into your running clothes before we meet at 3:30 p.m. to take the gondola down to the valley floor. Here we’ll immediately start our shake our run along the Valley Trail, and pause for our Mindful Running clinic before continuing our shake-out run mostly flat ground. After the run, we take the gondola back up to the resort, where you’ll have about an hour to shower and change before we walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner in Mountain Village.
Time on trail: 1 – 1.5 hours including stops
Day 2 Friday | Practicing Mindfulness on Alpine Trails
After breakfast, we’ll meet our guide and drive about 20 minutes to the start of today’s spectacular trail run overlooking the historic mining town of Telluride. Our point-to-point run with rolling hills through the alpine ends in town, where we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch outside (weather permitting). After a picnic lunch, we’ll return to the resort for some free time to relax and enjoy the spa amenities included with your stay at The Peaks Resort.
This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing yoga class designed for runners that is designed to support optimal post-run recovery. You don’t need any previous experience with yoga to get the most from this soothing, stretchy class with a certified yoga instructor. After yoga, you’ll have time to change before we head to dinner at a restaurant in Mountain Village this evening.
Time on trail: 2 – 3 hours including stops
Day 3 Saturday | Intentions Mountain Views
After breakfast, we’ll again meet our guides for a 20-minute drive to the historic village of Ophir, where we’ll enjoy a spectacular loop run that takes us past remnants of Colorado’s mining past, waterfalls, jagged peaks and turquoise lakes. This run has it all! We’ll start off at a slow pace, hiking the gradual uphills as we warm up. We’ll find a comfortable running pace once the trail flattens out and contours around several basins surrounded by jagged peaks.
We pause throughout the run to soak up the views and manage our fuel and hydration (i.e, snack breaks!). At the run’s end, we’ll return to The Peaks for a casual lunch. Enjoy some downtime back at the resort and spa, and if didn’t have your massage yesterday, this is your day to be pampered! Late this afternoon, we’ll meet in the Golden Slipper room once again for an intimate sharing circle, where we’ll reflect on our mindful running experiences so far. Then we’ll go directly from here to our celebratory fine-dining experience at Allred’s, Telluride’s premier mountaintop restaurant. With the picturesque San Juan Mountains as a backdrop and the town of Telluride just below, you’ll enjoy a memorable dining experience.
Time on trail: 3-4 hours including stops
Day 4 Sunday | Wellness + Wild Wisdom
In order to make the most of our final morning, we start a bit earlier today after a light breakfast, then meet our guide and drive to the trail for our final mindful run in this beautiful place. Today’s point-to-point run is on a winding downhill route ending on the Galloping Goose trail. After the run, we’ll immediately return to the hotel with a little time to shower, change and check out of our rooms. Then we’ll meet in the dining room for our final lunch and our official Retreat Closing Meeting, during which we review your key takeaways from the retreat and how you will continue to apply them to your running lifestyle once you return home. Our program will wrap up at around 1:00 p.m..
Time on trail: 1 – 2 hours including stops
The total run distance for this retreat will be between approximately 22 and 28 miles. Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners in some cases. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
Note that since all the runs take place at high elevation, our pace will be relatively slow and involve lots of hiking sections. Hydration packs, a hat, shell jacket and trail-running shoes are required.