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Ouray Things to Do

  • Box Cañon Falls

    The fall is 285 foot high. Thousands of gallons a minute are dropped into this boxed canyon. A quite dramatic scene.Stairs are going down into the canyon, to a dark little beach under the rock, where you get sprayed by the water (very welcome and cooling down in Summer).Caution! The path leading you above the falls is narrow and slippery when it...

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  • Get Into the Loop! - Alpine Loop

    This is what we came to Colorado for...taking RedRover on these mountain 4wd trails. And it doesn't disappoint. The Alpine Loop Back Country Byway is a series of 65 miles of trails that wind up the side of the mountain peaks, past old mines, down into lush valleys and past waterfalls. The trails vary in difficulty, so choose your poison. If you get...

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  • Enjoy the Hot Springs

    The indians that frequented this area, knew of the therapeutic benefits of these hot springs long before the miners came and claimed the area. Actually, the towns original name, “Uncompahgre”, the Ute word for “hot water springs”. In 1927 the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, a 250’ x 150’ pool, was created and is still a top attraction here. The pool...

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Ouray Hotels

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  • Hot Springs Inn

    1400 Main Street, Highway 550, Ouray, Colorado, 81427, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Rivers Edge Motel

    What a wonderful hotel. Rooms are very clean. I understand they have rooms with kitchenettes,...

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  • Beaumont Hotel

    Built in 1886, this is Ouray's landmark hotel. It was remodeled in 2002 and now has a spa and...

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Ouray Restaurants

  • Backstreet Bagels is on Main Street

    Good bagels. A little pricey ($6.35 for the Meatlover's) but so is everything else in Ouray, as it's expensive to transport things in and energy costs are high.My husband loves the cinnamon rolls but I didn't think they were anything to write home about.Luckily you can refill your own coffeee, because there was a long wait for our food.It was busy...

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  • A bad experience at one of my favorites

    Bon Ton is located on Ouray's main street in the basement of the St. Elmo, an old, restored hotel. The decor is cozy and the atmosphere strikes a nice balance between casual and elegant. On past visits we always experienced excellent food and service and I recommended Bon Ton to anyone asking about a good restaurant in Ouray.Last November we...

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  • great lunch at Backstreet bagel

    Have been here a few times and every time the food and service has been great. Really good bagels with loads of choice of fillings plus pastries and other snacks. Also did a good selection of coffees. Top place to stop of for lunch right in the middle of town. Also, it's a smoke free restaurant.

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Ouray Nightlife

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    by goingsolo Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Open at night, depending on the season. There's little to do in Ouray at night, so soaking in the hot springs under the stars on a clear night is about the best plan. See Must See Activities for contact info

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Ouray Transportation

  • Million Dollar Highway

    There is no bus service to this area. The main road, hwy 550, is incredibly scenic and worth the drive. Heading south from Ouray, the road climbs Red Mountain Pass and then two other passes before passing through the San Juan National Forest en route to Durango. Heading north, US 550 continues on to Ridgway and eventually connects with I-70 near...

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  • Yankee Boy Basin

    To get there you go south of Ouray on US highway 550 to the Camp Bird Mine turnoff (this is also the turnoff for Box Canyon Falls) the road is marked County Road 361. At approximately 5 miles is the Camp Bird Mine, the road then narrows and starts to climb. It is here that a 4 wheel drive vehicle is recommended. We didn't go much farther than the...

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Ouray Shopping

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  • The best place for wine at fair prices

    First of all we thought it was funny this shop had two counters: one for the pharmacy stuff and at the other side, one for wine, beers and liquor. I thought these 2 articles were incompatible? Apparently not!As we know nothing about American wine, we asked the owner to help us to make a choice. We shall never forget the bottle of "ROAD KILL" 2001...

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  • Sports and Crafts

    Ouray's small compact downtown has several craft stores and many which cater to ice climbing and other sports.

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Ouray Local Customs

  • Ouray Ice Festival

    In late January, there is an ice climbing competition in Ouray Ice Park. Climbers from around the world travel to Ouray to take part in the competition.

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  • Jeep Jamboree

    An annual event in late September. Caravans of jeeps travel the mountain roads to view the autumn colors.

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Ouray Warnings and Dangers

  • Ouray "law enforcement": beware!

    PROLOGUE: A few weeks ago, I was driving south on Route 550 towards the town of Ouray, when I passed a local resident (legally). After a furious honk, she began tailgaiting me. I slowed down almost to a crawl, hoping she would pass, but she continued to tailgate. In town, I pulled into a parking lot in front of a convenience store, hoping to...

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  • Small-town "law enforcement" tactics --...

    Driving just outside of the town of Ouray, I passed (legally) a local resident. After furious honking, the car tailgaited me for about 7 miles into the town of Ouray itself. Not feeling safe, I pulled into a parking lot and the car followed me, but to my surprise, it passed by me and drove away. After a few minutes, I continued on my way. A few...

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  • Red Mountain No Side Rails

    Nestled up in Ouray Red Mountain In The Month Of December for sure. Use Caution during this month alot of snow and sleet the roads are very narrow so use Caution, to take in this Breathtaking adventure. One of the Most beautiful places in America To Visit and to drive through!Need more side Rails! Resting places are scarce through here and i saw no...

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Ouray Tourist Traps

  • by tbayly Written Aug 18, 2006

    Switzerland of America’s Jeeps do not have the heavy duty manufacturing package that other Jeep rental places in Ouray have; their tires are not as high quality as those used by other rental places; and they are aggressive in charging extra at the end of the day for any lateness, scratches and other cosmetic defects. Therefore, they are significantly more expensive. To top it off, their owner’s son who manages the place is surly, belligerent, and completely lacking in warmth or gratitude to his customers.

    Don’t rent from Switzerland of America. Instead, rent from other rental companies in town because they are less expensive, kind and cheerful, and have better Jeeps with larger and better tires that are expressly made for off-roading and keep the Jeep higher off the ground.

    Fun Alternatives: Riverside Inn & Cabins Jeep Rental
    1805 North Main Street
    Ouray, CO 81427
    (800) 432-4170
    www.ourayriversideinn.com

    They are polite, cheerful, have superior Jeeps and tires, and are ready to pounce on their late fee.

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Ouray What to Pack

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    by GrumpynAM Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always bring along a warm jacket or sweater in the summer. The weather in the mountains can change rapidly. It can be sunny and warm and 10 minutes later cold, cloudy and rainy. Since you cannot see the clouds moving in you can really be caught off guard.

    Photo Equipment: Camera with extra memory cards or lots of film, extra batteries, telephoto lens, tripod.

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Ouray Off The Beaten Path

  • Yankee Boy Basin

    There are several abandoned mining sites in this area as well as Mount Sneffels, one of Colorado's climbable 14ers.Take forest service road 853 (Camp Bird Road) near Box Canyon Falls

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  • Bachelor Mine tour

    In 1884, three bachelors discovered silver near Ouray. The mine later produced $90 million in silver. The tour leads you through the mine on a mine train with real miners as guides. There's also an opportunity to pan for gold.1 mi north of Ouray on Hwy 550 and turn right on CR 14

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  • Ouray County Museum

    The museum in located in an 1887 miner's hospital and has several exhibits that depict the town's mining history. There's a re-created mine and other exhibits. 420 6th Avenue

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Ouray Sports & Outdoors

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    by goingsolo Written Apr 25, 2004

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    Manmade park which caters to ice climbers all over the world. In January, the park hosts the Ouray Ice Festival, with ice climbing competitions for climbers of all levels

    Equipment: Ouray Ice and Tower Guides provides climbing lessons and equipment.
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    Ouray's ice climbing is its claim to fame

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Ouray Favorites

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  • Vehicle Safety Tips

    The following tips may seem second nature to some...but in case you were wondering...(courtesy of the OHV Colorado/Tread Lightly informational brochure for Colorado Trails)* Four-wheel drive and high-clearance vehicles are recommended in many places* Uphill traffic has the right of way but common courtesy works best* Loose gravel and rocks can be...

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  • Tread Lightly

    Take only photos, leave no trace...It goes without saying, to protect our natural areas, stay on maintained trails. Driving on delicate areas destroys wildlife, which in turn contributes to soil erosion in vast areas and causes a chain reaction of natural destruction. There's plenty of off-roads trails here...use them.Any garbage you create while...

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  • Travel information

    Contact the Ouray Chamber Resort Association 800 228 1876 or www.ouraycolorado.com for more information on travel and activities.

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