Hiking in Ouray is one of the most popular warm weather activities. There is a wide variety of hiking trails for both beginners and experienced hikers. Some hikes can be done in a few hours while others will provide an all day experience. All take you through some of the most amazing landscapes Colorado can offer: alpine meadows teaming with wildflowers, towering mountain views, cool mountain gorges and flowing waterfalls.
From our hotel, it is an easy walk to the Box Canyon Falls trail that will take you from the bottom of the falls to the top. From there is easy to access the Ouray Perimeter Trail. This family-friendly hike will take you around the top of Ouray with spectacular views of some of Ouray’s best loved icons: Mt Abrams, Hayden Mountain, Box Canon Falls, and the Amphitheater. We also are just a short distance from the trailheads for the Sutton Mine trail, the Twin peaks trail, Ice Park loop trail
Other favorite hikes include the Blue Lakes trail, the family-friendly Baby Bathtubs trail, Cascade Falls, the Portland Trail and the Ice Lake Trail. Additional information on all trails can be found in the Ouray hiking guide and trail updates are posted by the US Forest Service.
Remember, Ouray is approximately 7800 feet above sea level. Please take time to acclimate to the altitude if you are coming from lower lying areas. Try some of the easier trails like the Perimeter trail or Baby Tubs first. Take plenty of water to avoid dehydration and always let someone know where you will be hiking.
Consider purchasing a Search & Rescue Card while you are here. For only $3.00 a year or $12.00 for five-years, you are covered by the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Fund (COSAR). This fund reimburses counties for large costs associated with backcountry rescues such as helicopter air lifts. These cards are available at Ouray Mountain Sports and the Ridgway State Park