Box Canyon Waterfall and Nature Center is one of the most popular attractions in Ouray.
The Falls are formed where Canyon Creek narrows and drops into a narrow quartzite canyon. Thousands of gallons of water per minute spill into the canyon, spraying all those gathering for a closer look at this amazing force of nature. The Box Canyon Falls is accessible to from the Falls Trail. This easy 500 foot walk takes you to the base of the Falls where viewing platforms provide amazing close up views of the power of water.
The Park is also home to a wide variety of birds, wildflowers, and forest animals. The Native Plant trail and Visitor Center have interpretive displays that highlights the native species that abound in the park. Taking the High Bridge trail to the top of the falls gives visitors another view of the park and some of the unique geology that formed the Box Canon waterfalls.
The Box Canon Park also has been designated as an important bird area by the National Audubon Society. While dozens of species of birds can be found in the park, it is the beautifu and rare Black Swift that draws bird watchers from all over into the Park. The Black Swifts nest on the canyon walls in some of the most accessible viewing sites in the world.
There are several gazebos in the park which make great picnic spots.