Ouray is Only 2.5 Hours from Mesa Verde
In addition to seeing Ouray on their Colorado vacation, many people drive to Mesa Verde National Park and visit the ruins of the ancestral puebloans. It is a spectacular look into the history of the continent and establishes human existance in the region as early as 550 AD. The ancestral puebloans lived in the region until sometime around 1300 AD and many of their villages remain. Twenty-four present day tribal nations trace their ancestors back to the inhabitants of Mesa Verde.