ASPEN GROVES | MINDFUL RUNNING | GOURMET MEALS | LUXURY SPA RESORT | SPA MASSAGE
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 female 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 an aromatherapy massage 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
4-Day, 3-Night Retreat Itinerary
Day 1 Thursday | Arrive in Mountain Village
Once everyone has arrived at The Peaks Resort + Spa, we’ll convene at 2 p.m. for our official Retreat Opening Meet + Greet. After introductions, we’ll review the weekend’s itinerary. Then we’ll take the gondola to the valley floor for our first Mindful Running Form Clinic and relaxed shake-out run on serene trail on mostly flat ground. After some free time to freshen up, we’ll meet 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 to a nearby trailhead for a scenic trail run featuring alpine views, lakes and rocky peaks. After a picnic lunch, we’ll return to the resort for some free time to relax and enjoy the spa and/or enjoy your aromatherapy spa treatment (included in your package).
Late afternoon, we’ll have our first Mindful Running Workshop, in which you’ll learn about how stress affects your body as runner and some of the key principles behind making stress for you instead of against you. In the evening, we’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
Time on trail: 3-4 hours including stops
Day 3 Saturday | Intentions Mountain Views
After breakfast, we’ll again meet our guides and drive to a nearby trailhead for a spectacular alpine route run with non-stop views throughout. We’ll take our time to soak up the views along the way and take some breaks, as no doubt we’ll all feel the effects of running at this high elevation. After the run, we return to our hotel for lunch and luxurious down time. If didn’t have your massage yesterday, this is your day to be pampered! At this afternoon’s Wellness Workshop, you’ll learn how to shift your focus from outcomes to process to find more ease and flow. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition items from the Mindful Running store. We’ll close this workshop by setting intentions. This evening we’ll walk to a nearby restaurant for a fabulous dinner.
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.
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
• Gourmet restaurant dinners
• Access to The Spa at The Peaks Resort
• 60-minute aromatherapy massage at The Spa at The Peaks Resort
• Daily group trail runs with professional mountain guides
• Ground transportation between hotel and trailheads
• Dedicated Retreat Leader
• Mindful Running Workshops
• Trail snacks/energy food
• Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag
⚠️ Covid Health + Safety Protocols are in place. Read about them here.
Balance Payment Deadline: 45 days before retreat begins
Max Group Size: 14 women
Shared Room Package (per person): $2,995
Private Room Package (per person): $3,395
*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.
😊 The Flexible Booking Policy is in effect, which you can read about 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.
- 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/