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Exploring Scenic Ouray, Colorado

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Nestled in the gorgeous San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Ouray is often called the “Switzerland of America” thanks to its breathtaking alpine scenery. If you plan a trip to this charming mountain town. You’ll find plenty of incredible sights and activities to fill your itinerary. Here are some of the top things to check out during your Ouray getaway.

 

Marvel at the Views from the Ouray Perimeter Trail

One of the best ways to take in the stunning peaks surrounding Ouray, Colorado is to hike the Ouray Perimeter Trail. This moderately challenging 9.2-mile loop circles the town, winding past waterfalls, canyons, and panoramic mountain vistas along the way. The trail is accessible year-round, though some sections may be snow-covered or muddy during certain times of the year. Bring your camera – the views along the route are incredible with mountains jutting up in every direction. Stop frequently to snap photos of the ever-changing scenery.

 

Soak in the Healing Waters at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool

After a long day of hitting the trails, unwind in the soothing geothermal waters of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Channeling water from natural hot springs located up the canyon, the massive pool maintains a comfortable temperature between 94-105°F year-round. The mineral-rich waters are renowned for their therapeutic benefits. Let your worries melt away as you soak up the sweeping mountain views from the pool. Ouray Hot Springs Pool is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you’ll have ample opportunity to enjoy a relaxing dip.

 

Drive the Scenic San Juan Skyway

No visit to Ouray Colorado is complete without driving at least part of the 236-mile San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway loop, considered one of the most spectacular drives in the United States. Nicknamed “America’s Most Beautiful Drive,” this all-day road trip whisks you past mountains, canyons, forests, rivers, lakes, and historic mining towns. For an unforgettable experience, drive it in a single shot to immerse yourself in the dramatic terrain fully. Or, take it section-by-section over a few days to allow ample time for pulling over at roadside lookouts and trailheads along the way.

 

See Waterfalls along the Ouray Ice Park Trail

In addition to its renowned ice-climbing terrain, Ouray’s Ice Park also features a delightful hiking trail open in the summer months. The easy 1.4-mile roundtrip hike switchbacks up the Uncompahgre Gorge, passing thundering waterfalls along the way. The most famous and photogenic falls in the area are Lower Cascade Falls and Upper Cascade Falls, both fed by melting snowpack high above town. But you’ll spot plenty of smaller cascades and cataracts tumbling down the canyon walls as you walk. Bring a swimsuit if you’d like to take a brisk dip in the falls’ chilly plunge pools.

Stroll Along Main Street and Pop Into Shops & Galleries

Ouray’s quaint Main Street comes alive in the summertime, inviting visitors to meander past historical buildings now housing shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Peruse antiques, handmade crafts, clothing, and gifts inside storefronts housed in preserved 19th-century buildings. Stop for a scoop of creamy ice cream or a cup of small-batch coffee roasted right in town. When you need a break from browsing, relax on a bench in Rotary Park and simply admire Ouray’s alpine charm. Don’t forget your camera to capture photos of the picturesque streetscape

With incredible scenery, outdoor adventures, soothing hot springs, historical charm, and a lively downtown area, Ouray makes an ideal basecamp for exploring southwest Colorado’s alpine wonderland. Follow this list of things to do to make the most out of your upcoming Ouray escape. The stunning San Juan Mountains will be calling your name long after your Colorado getaway ends. Book accommodations to visit at Twin Peaks Lodge.