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.

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.

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  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures against the spectacular mountains of Ouray CO, whether indoor, outdoor, formal, casual, large, or small, recreation or business, we offer you the perfect site for your event.

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Featured Ouray Businesses

4J+1+1 RV Park & Campground  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Same Family ownership for OVER 50 YEARS! Campground along the Uncompahgre River your Ouray vacation home base - walk to everything. Cross the foot bridge to a huge public hot mineral springs pool.

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Farabee Jeep Rentals  link to Colorado vacation
Drive one of our top-of-line, off-road-ready Jeep Wrangler to spectacular sights in the WEST! Rental locations: Moab - Utah; Death Valley - California; and in Colorado - Lake City, Ouray, Silverton, Telluride.

Jeeping and Offroad Vehicals 


Ouray County 4-H Event Center  email this Colorado cabin Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Image your wedding pictures against the spectacular mountains of Ouray CO, whether indoor, outdoor, formal, casual, large, or small, recreation or business, we offer you the perfect site for your event.

Weddings, Elopements & Honeymoons Groups and Reunions 


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

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Ouray Victorian Inn  Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
In the San Juan Mountains, Ouray offers the ultimate escape from busy schedules and hectic lives. Our family friendly hotel offers charming, well-appointed accommodations with an array of choices. WI-FI!

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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 rooms and suites. Enjoy spectacular mountain views, continental breakfast, WI-FI in every room, indoor heated pool. Walk to restaurants in Ridgway.

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Ridgway State Park  Colorado vacation make reservations
Near Ouray, mountain scenery surrounds this magnificent lake & campground: 283 campsites, 3 yurts, swim beach, nature trails, fishing, water activities, group event facilities, gift shop, nature programs.

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Riverside Inn & Cabins  link to Colorado vacation Colorado vacation make reservations Photos available on Colorado vacation page
Open All Year - Inn along the Uncompahgre River amidst the San Juan mountain peaks in Ouray, CO. Riverside rooms, kitchen suites, cozy log cabins; some pet friendly. Jeep rentals. Seasonal discounts.

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Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs  email this Colorado cabin
Nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains in Ouray, enjoy the natural hot springs waters, fitness center, complimentary breakfast. Plan your wedding or honeymoon will help with all the arrangements.

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For more travel information contact:

Ouray Activities and Maps

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

Rafting & Kayaking:
Uncompahgre River Rafting

Jeep & 4WD:
Lake City Jeeping & ATV Trails
Ouray & Telluride Jeeping & ATV Trails
Silverton & Ouray Jeeping & ATV Trails

Hot Springs:
Ouray Hot Springs

Snowmobiling:
Montrose Snowmobile Trails
Ridgway Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Montrose & Ouray Area Map


 
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