Ouray enjoys a bountiful snowfall in most years and the high alpine terrain around Ouray Colorado gets even more. To ensure a longer lasting and great 4WD season, Ouray and the surrounding counties call on their road and bridge department personnel to clear the roads. In early May (weather depending of course), Ouray County starts the plowing efforts. Typically, Camp Bird Road (Ouray County 361) gets the first days of plowing. The bulldozer driver and a volunteer head up the way, slowly moving snow from the road to the side. This road is plowed past Twin Falls and up to the location of the bathrooms. The remainder of the basin remains unplowed for the time being.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Summertime in Ouray, Colorado, is a fantastic time to get into the high Rocky Mountains. One of the best ways to enjoy the flora and the fauna when in Southwest Colorado is to take a jeep tour. There are three jeep tour companies in Ouray that can take you into the backcountry, across many historic roads and past many ghost towns. Three reasons to take a jeep tour are:
Ouray Colorado is in the heart of hard rock mining in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. Numerous silver and later gold mines surfaced in the latter part of the 1800s several years after the Civil War ended; the town of Ouray incorporated in 1876. At Ouray's peak population, there were 2500 people living in the city limits and there were thousands of others living in the nearby towns (like Ironton or Sneffels) that are now long gone. Five things to do in Ouray to learn about and experience the life of the hard rock miners of the late 1800s are: