Whether you’re in the mood for rafting, hiking, climbing, history, or just enjoying outstanding scenery, Ouray Colorado is in an ideal location for adventure. Situated in the stunning San Juan Mountains, Ouray is a quaint Colorado destination town, and the Ouray Victorian Inn is the perfect place to stay when you want to see and do it all. Located at the base of the Million Dollar highway, Ouray Colorado boasts some of the most stunning features in the area right downtown, including Box Canyon Park, the Ouray Ice Park and the Ouray Hot Springs. Stay at the Victorian Inn and you’ll enjoy a pleasant room and down-home hospitality close to a host of Ouray County’s premier attractions. From exploring breathtaking ghost towns to driving the sensational Million Dollar Highway, an entertaining time is just a short trip away.
Year around, visitors to Ouray Colorado can play in sulphur-free hot springs at the Hot Springs Pool, explore the history of the area at the county historical society or the Ouray County Railroad Museum, take the walking tour of the well-preserved Victorian era historic district, shop in the unique boutiques and art galleries on Main Street and enjoy a range of high-quality dining experiences at Ouray’s many restaurants and cafés. In addition, each season has its own charms and signature activities, so you’re guaranteed to have plenty to do whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.
Winter brings the challenges of ice and the snowy beauty of the San Juan Mountains, signaling the start of the winter sports season. In Ouray, ice climbing leads the list of active outdoor sports, though cross-country and downhill skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing are not far behind. The thrill of racing through snowy drifts, speeding over frozen ponds and tracking through the sanctuary like forests.
Even if you’re not the winter sports type, fun is still abundant in Ouray during the winter months. Photographers will also find a lot to shoot, being surrounded by shining, pristine vistas. Indeed, the vast expanses of white give the mountains a stark majesty that brightens everything under the winter sun. Hot tubbing is even more enjoyable when the temperature drops.
The calm awakening of spring attracts visitors seeking warm the sunshine and snow-capped mountains around Ouray, Colorado. Bighorn sheep and elk come down to graze along side the highways and eagles perch on nearby trees. The aspens and wildflowers are green and the town is coming alive; shops and restaurants are open even though the streets remain uncrowded. Crews clear the lower Jeep trails and the hiking trails are generally dry and passable.
This also is a great time of year to explore the many scenic and historic byways that crisscross the San Juan Mountains. Try your hand at driving the Million Dollar highway, completing the San Juan Skyway loop or exploring the roads along the Unaweep Tebeguache Byway.
Spring is the ideal season for rafting and waterfall watching. The winter runoff from the mountains is at its peak so the rivers are running high, and the falls in Box Canyon, at Cascade and throughout the back country are gushing. If you’re into angling, fish such as fly fishing year around.
Wildlife watching is at its best during springtime. Elk and sheep come into town and actually seem to pose for the photographers. Eagles and migratory birds can also be seen overhead most times of the day.
Summer activities abound in Ouray Colorado. 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 old 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 rugged trails, Ouray is the Jeep capital of the world. Many visitors take these roads into the back country to explore the awe-inspiring San Juan mountains and test their off-road driving skills. You can follow the paths of the early miners who came looking for treasure buried in the mountains and visit the ghost towns they left behind. And photographers will love the acres of wildflowers that bloom during July in the upper basins.
But jeeping and taking pictures are only a few of the things to do and see in the San Juan Mountains. 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 found here, including the rare Black Swift. And fishing, golfing, rafting, shopping, and the Hot Springs Pool all provide hours of relaxation and entertainment.
For many, autumn is the best time to visit Ouray, Colorado. The change from midsummer is quite dramatic as the leaves begin to turn the forests into seas of crisp yellows and oranges. The brilliant fall colors bring photographers and visitors from all over the world, yet crowds also lessen in contrast to the peak summer months.
However, there is still much to do in Ouray as many summer activities usually extend well into the autumn months. For those who prefer cooler weather, this is a perfect time to hit the Jeep trails, take off hiking or biking, get in a little horseback riding and slip into the Ouray Hot Springs Pool.
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