Ouray - Southwest Colorado

Includes Ridgway


OURAY is a quiet little community wedged tightly into a portion of the Uncompahgre River Valley. Named for a Ute chief, Chief Ouray was responsible for keeping peace between the Europeans and Native Americans in the southwest region of Colorado. Later settled as a mining town in the 1870's, the area contained rich deposits of silver and produced over $20 million in gold. Tourism and mining still support the town today.

Ouray Hotsprings a nice way to relax
Sit Back and Relax as You Soak in Ouray's Hot Springs
Alpine Loop Scenic Byway near Ouray, Colorado
The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a Must Experience


A newspaper once published "Ouray is to jeepers what Oahu is to surfers." The four wheeling roads often follow sheer drops and cut into cliffs, and the scenery is some of the best. The Alpine Loop covers 65 miles of roads between the towns of Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton. Depending on winter snows, the Loop opens in late May or early June and closes in late October. Give 1-2 days to cover all the byway has to offer on either an ATV & 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Cross country skiing is also popular, especially around Red Mountain Pass. Be sure to take one of the many mine tours, visit the historical museums, Box Waterfalls, and the hot springs. Also visit the Ouray Ice Park, a center of ice climbing, climbing is free. In January, go to the Ouray Ice Festival where exhibition climbing, free clinics and gear demos take place. The Ice Park also provides a beginner's climbing facility, the School Room, where beginners can receive instruction from local climbers.

Snowmobiling near Ouray, Colorado
Snowmobile the Ridgeway Snomobile Trails
Ice Climbing at the Ice Park
Learn Ice Climbing at the Ice Park


RIDGWAY is nestled between the verdant San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests with the rugged San Juan Mountains serving as a dramatic backdrop. Rich in ranching history and scenic beauty, Ridgway offers something for everyone. Recreational activities, including hiking, 4-wheeling, boating, fishing, hot air balloon rides, cross-country skiing, swimming, and rafting. The San Juan Skyway begins its southerly route on US Highway 550 in Ridgway, offering scenic views of emerald pine and golden aspen forests at every turn and ending in Durango. The Byway covers 236 miles of terrain across southwestern Colorado. Ridgway Snowmobile Trails offer snowmobilers a chance to discover just why the San Juans are the most photographed mountains in the world. The Owl Creek Pass trail takes riders up 10,114 feet into the peaks to enjoy the breathtaking views and scenery the mountains offer.

Ouray is near: Montrose, Silverton & Telluride

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Premium Ouray Businesses

Ouray County 4-H Event Center & Fairgrounds  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures against the spectacular mountains of Ouray County: indoors, outdoor, formal, casual, large, small, fairgrounds, 4-H or business, we offer you the perfect center for your event.

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Featured Ouray Businesses

4J+1+1 RV Park & Campground  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Same Family (4J+1+1) ownership for OVER 50 YEARS! Campground along the Uncompahgre River in Ouray. Cross the foot bridge from your RV site to the public hot mineral springs pool, dining and shops.

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Old Hundred™ Gold Mine Tour  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A family excursion in Silverton! See gold, crystals, minerals. Mine Tour: Tram Ride into Galena Mountain, Guided Walk through spacious tunnels a hundred years old. A must day trip from both Durango or Ouray.


Ouray County 4-H Event Center & Fairgrounds  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures against the spectacular mountains of Ouray County: indoors, outdoor, formal, casual, large, small, fairgrounds, 4-H or business, we offer you the perfect center for your event.

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Ouray Inn  link to Colorado vacation
Any day in Ouray is a Good Day! Family run Hotel Inn with Full breakfast, 32 inch flat screen TVs, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. An easy ten minute walk to the local Hot Springs Pool.

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Ouray Victorian Inn  Colorado vacation make reservations
In the San Juan Mountains, The Victorian Inn is one of Ouray’s most popular hotels. The ultimate escape from scheduled hectic lives. Our family friendly hotel offers charming, well-appointed rooms and suites.

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Ridgway - Ouray Lodge & Suites  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
A non-smoking retreat with spacious, well-appointed lodge rooms and suites near Ouray, CO. Walk to restaurants in Ridgway. Enjoy mountain views, continental breakfast, WI-FI in every room, indoor pool.

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Ridgway State Park  link to Colorado vacation
5-mile long reservoir near Ouray, surrounded by mountain scenery. Ridgway State Park: 283 campsites, 3 yurt/tents, swim beach, nature trails, fishing, gift shop, nature programs. GROUP EVENT FACILITIES.

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Ouray Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway -UPDATED-
San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Uncompahgre River Rafting & Kayaking

Jeep & 4WD:
Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway
Switzerland of America Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails -UPDATED-
Lake City, Ouray, & Silverton Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails -UPDATED-

Hot Springs:
Ouray Hot Springs

Montrose Snowmobile Trails
Ridgway Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Montrose & Ouray Area Map

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