Rock Climbing, Zip Lining, Hiking, Jeeping and Biking Top Family Fun in Beautiful Ouray
Ouray, Colo., – nicknamed Switzerland of America – is a remarkable place to spend your family summer vacation. Jeep tours to spectacular vistas, hiking and biking trails for miles and relaxing hot springs tubs await.
Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs makes it easy for families to make unforgettable memories with The Family Adventure Package. It includes two nights lodging and a guided half-day adventure with San Juan Mountain Guides above Ouray. Fly over the Uncompaghre River Gorge on a zip line, climb to new heights on rock walls, and learn general rope and rappelling skills. All this for only $799 (plus tax) for two adults and two children. Additional guests can be accommodated for an additional fee.
Families won’t want to miss out on the plethora of other activities in Ouray, most of which are available within walking distance of Box Canyon Lodge, enabling a virtually car-free vacation.
There are 76 area hiking trails, 12 of which begin within the Ouray city limits. The Box Cañon Falls Trail starts just down the street from Box Canyon Lodge at the west end of Third Avenue. It offers unbelievable views of the falls, as well as the chance to see Black Swift, which nest along the canyon walls. The Lower Cascade Falls Trail provides access to Ouray’s most notable waterfall, which is visible from nearly every point in town. This quarter-mile hike, accessed two blocks uphill from Main St. on Eighth Ave., is a great place to picnic. One of Ouray’s newest trails, the Ouray Perimeter Trail, also begins at the Lower Cascade Falls and connects many of the trails around Ouray.
Ouray is an amazing experience on two wheels, with something for cyclists of all levels. For a laid-back, family trip plan a leisurely ride along the river just north of Ouray. The River Road goes all the way into Ridgway and back (approximately 25 miles) and is a scenic route over rolling ranchland. Dallas Trail, at an elevation of about 9,000 feet, is a popular, yet difficult, mountain bike trail. Another challenging route is the eight-mile-long Portland Trail, which is a shorter, intense, single track.
Jeeping is such a popular pastime in Ouray that the city has been nicknamed “Jeep Capital of the World.” The immediate vicinity offers limitless opportunities for four-wheelers, from easy scenic drives to rugged challenges, abundant with wildflowers, ghost towns, abandoned mines, animal life and breathtaking vistas. Routes range from extreme high mountain passes (Imogene Pass), to areas of spectacular wildflowers (Yankee Boy Basin), and mountains blanketed in alpine forests (Last Dollar Road).
Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs are the perfect way to top off a fun-filled day in Ouray. The tubs – with temperatures ranging between 103-108 degrees – offer spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Nearby, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool offers more than a million gallons of natural hot springs water. There are several soaking sections, a diving area, a water volleyball are and two waterslides.
About Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs
The Box Canyon Lodge is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four, all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the “Award of Excellence” by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has also earned the four key rating from Green Key, a well-known eco-rating program.