Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
As the colors begin to change, a trip over one of the many four wheel drive roads around Ouray is a definite must!
In the more than twenty years I have lived in the area, I had never actually experienced one of the most famous and difficult trails in the area: Black Bear Pass. That is why, when Greg from San Juan Jeep Tours came by the other day and invited me along, I jumped at the chance.
Perhaps one of my favorite hikes, the Portland Trail is a nice easy trail that explores the area around the Ampitheater above Ouray.
As the weather begins to change, and the chill of Fall begins to fill the air, the days get shorter and the leaves show the beginnings of change. Nothing quite compares to a soothing soak in all natural hot spring waterafter a day of exploring Ouray.
Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere!
Long before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name "Uncompahgre", or dirty water, was given to the area to protect the secret of the hot springs.
Ouray Hot Springs Pool has existed, in some form, since the early 1800s. Even before the discovery of gold and silver in the San Juan Mountains, Southern Utes extoled the virtues of Ouray’s geothermal waters. Since 1927, the facility has been instantly recognizable for its distinct oval shape surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains. Despite the Ouray Hot Springs Pool’s popularity, the facility has not been upgraded in quite some time and is showing signs of nearly a century of use. In the fall of 2012, the City of Ouray organized a committee of community members to begin investigating the feasibility of repairs and renovations to the beloved Hot Springs. In August of 2015, the Ouray City Council weighed the various plans and options and approved a master plan for the Pool. Renovations will begin on September 6, 2016, with a complete closure of the Hot Springs facility (gym facilities are anticipated to remain open). The Hot Springs facility is anticipated to reopen in May 2017.
Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Colorado is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains and pictures abound. One of the great hikes accessed from town is the Sutton Mine Trail where some spectacular views beckon professional and amateur photographers alike. This hike is a fairly short out and back. From the trailhead, the hike is 2.2 miles to the Neosho Mine and the wonderfully decorated Antique Store.
Rediscover all the delicious food that Ouray County has to offer.
Ouray, CO, July 6, 2016: Tantalize your tastebuds and savor Ouray County’s lively culinary scene at Fork Fest 2016, coming to Ridgway and Ouray on Aug. 19 and 20. Sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts, Fork Fest began in 2013 as a fresh local twist on the erstwhile Ouray Culinary Festival of the 1980s. This year, organizers have expanded the scope of the event, shifting it from May to August, and including activities in Ridgway as well as Ouray. Throughout the weekend, foodies from near and far will delight in all the delicious food that Ouray County and the greater Uncompahgre Valley have to offer, and will learn new ways to prepare it for friends and family at home.
Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding area is filled with amazing scenery and a variety of adventures. Regardless of the season, there are always a number of ways to enjoy a visit to the area, the hardest thing might be choosing which activities most appeal.
Above Yankee Boy Basin and the Twin Falls, Governor's Basin is a short ride that offers spectacular views!
Wildflowers blanket the mountains and meadows in a rainbow of colors. Blue Columbine, pink Elephants, scarlet Kings Crown, red, orange and yellow Indian Paintbrush, stark white Mouse Ears and brilliant yellow Black Eyed Susans are just a few varieties of flowers smiling at the sun in the high country.