Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
The North Rim of the Black Canyon - One of the Best Kept Secrets of Southwest Colorado!
Often, I am asked what I would do if I just had a couple of days to explore the area, and the answer is difficult at best. After over 20 years, I am still finding new adventures, and the list of things to do and see grows daily.
When is the Best Time for Taking Pictures in the San Juan Mountains? You Decide!
Southwest Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Of course, I may be a little bit biased, but there are thousands of people who agree with me. Regardless of the time of year, there is something spectacular to be seen wherever you look. From abundant wildlife to breathtaking views, it is difficult to say what might be the best.
At long last, the leaves are turning, and soon all of the San Juan Range will be a rainbow of fall colors!
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.
Take the back roads in Ouray County and see more in just a short drive!
Often referred to as the Jeeping Capital of the World, Ouray and the surrounding area boast over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads. Each trail is filled with spectacular scenery; a journey into the colorful past that is the Western Slope of Colorado. Abandoned mines, wildflowers, mountain lakes and waterfalls are just a few of the sights awaiting you on any given trail.
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.
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.
The possibilities are limitless when it comes to outdoor excitement in and around Ouray in the Summer.
From rafting to hiking, rock climbing and canyoning to horseback riding, all of which boasting a variety of difficulty levels, it is impossible to say which is the most fun, or suited to you and your group. Only you can decide!