Ouray CO is a fabulous destination for a multi-generational family vacation. Three reasons to choose Ouray for your next Colorado Vacation and family reunion are:
- There are activities for all ages and all levels of fitness in and around Ouray.
- There are great outdoor spaces for picnics and fun in Ouray County.
- Ouray Colorado is very affordable with numerous options for lodging and accommodations that can suit any budget and Ouray is exceptionally family friendly.
Activities for All Ages: Ouray is home to the Ouray Hot Springs pool. Soaking sections are great for those who desire a relaxing or less physically demanding activity. Younger kids are easily amused in the shallow sections and can play with toys and floats. Teens and tweens love the water slides that are included in admission; adults take time to talk and connect while soaking in the natural beauty of the area.
Other activities that appeal to all ages and fitness levels include historic carriage rides, a gentle walking tour through the National Historic District, a trip to one of the museums in Ouray County, or an excursion to the high alpine basins on a scenic jeep tour.
For those that are more active, a Family Adventure Day might be in order. San Juan Mountain Guides take groups rock climbing and set up a zip line across the Uncompaghre Gorge. For more serious hiking, numerous trails originate in town and can be as long and demanding as your heart desires. Close in hikes like Sutton Mine Trail or the Portland Trail make for great afternoon hikes. Short, little jaunts for youngsters include the Baby Bath Tubs Trail where you can soak your feet in the creek on most any day while marveling at the smooth rocks. For those a bit more ambitious, you can try the Twin Peaks Trail or the Oak Creek Trail. For those who want to horseback ride, Bach'ler Stables dishes up one or two hour loops just outside of town near the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.
Great outdoor meeting spaces: Ouray and Ridgway have some delightful outdoor meeting spaces; each town has a park filled with playground equipment and picnic tables, outdoor grills and grassy areas ripe for games of frisbee, tag, and catch. In addition to these typical parks and playgrounds, Ouray also has the Box Canyon Falls whereby you can picnic near the 285 foot waterfall that runs year round. There is also a great suspension bridge at that park over the gorge that provides incredible views of the surrounding mountains and a short hike to tire some too. Chipmunks and small songbirds greet visitors and provide much needed entertainment.
Further afield, picnic spots in the high alpine mountains (primarily accessible with a 4WD vehicle) make for exciting areas to spend a morning or afternoon bonding with family and friends.
Affordable Lodging & Accommodations: Of course, there are numerous hotels/motels in the Ouray area. The Box Canyon Lodge stands out since we have our own natural hot springs terraced on the mountainside for our guest use. We also have a nice area behind the motel with picnic tables and bench swings for our guests. In addition to our accommodations, you can always opt for a B&B like the China Clipper Inn or A Secret Garden. These establishments are very large houses and perfect for entertaining large groups (if you can rent the whole place). Talk to the proprietor to get an idea of what is allowed and what is not allowed. B&Bs that typically don't allow children make exceptions when the entire facility is rented.
There are numerous vacation home rentals available in Ouray and Ridgway too. These homes can help drive down costs since some/all meals can be eaten at the vacation rental. Splitting the bill between families also helps to keep the lodging affordable.
There are also two private campgrounds within the City of Ouray's limits as well as the Amphitheater Campground, a USFS facility that overlooks the area.
Create a precious family heirloom this summer; vacation in Ouray Colorado as a big family group. The memories of the time spent together running, jumping, talking, hanging, soaking, and bonding last for eons as new friendships form between family members. Spend some time in the San Juan Mountains and Ouray and you will fall in love with this part of Southwest Colorado!