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
Phone: 970 325-0220
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
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
Phone: 970 325-4576
Just outside of town, its a short trail to the falls. Heading south on main street, turn left on 8th Avenue
In between seasons. Its still too early for ice climbing season to begin, although there has been some snowfall