Exhilerating Off Road trails all around
An out of the way location
a little piece of the past
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...more
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...more
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...more
1400 Main Street, Highway 550, Ouray, Colorado, 81427, United States
Good for: Business
Built in 1886, this is Ouray's landmark hotel. It was remodeled in 2002 and now has a spa and...more
What a wonderful hotel. Rooms are very clean. I understand they have rooms with kitchenettes,...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
They are polite, cheerful, have superior Jeeps and tires, and are ready to pounce on their late fee.
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.
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 14more
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.
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...more
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...more