Summer Activities

Summer view of the Ouray Victorian Inn looking towards the AmphitheaterSummer activities abound in Ouray. Here summer means excitement and high energy as the mountain passes open up and the rivers and waterfalls start running.

Ouray’s old-fashioned July 4th weekend is the highlight of the summer. Carrying on a 100 plus year tradition, the town puts on a party that includes a traditional parade on Main Street, picnics and the famous Firehose Water Fight.  The weekend culminates with a grand Jeep parade down the mountain followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

 With over 300 miles of jeep trails, Ouray is the jeep capital of the world. Take these roads into the back country to explore the San Juan mountains. Follow the paths of the early miners who came looking for treasure buried in the mountains and  visit the ghost towns they left behind.  Photograph the acres of wild flowers that bloom in July in the upper basins. Challenge your driving skills on the jeep trails.

 But back country jeeping and photography are only a few of the things to do and see in the San Juans. Miles of trails await both beginning and experienced hikers and mountain bikers. History and railroad buffs will find much to learn at the Ouray County museums. Birders can look for the over 140 species seen here, including the rare Black Swift. Fishing, golfing, rafting, shopping, and of course the Hot Springs Pool all provide days of activities. Come see for yourself.

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