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SURREAL SURROUNDINGS Ouray is the perfect destination for an authentic mountain adventure. The Victorian-era mining town is a beautiful community filled with fantastic opportunities to explore the surrounding wilderness in all four seasons.
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Visit Us Stop by the Ouray Visitor Center for a warm welcome, in-person guidance and helpful resources to enjoy all that Ouray has to offer. The office is located at 1230 Main Street, next to the Ouray Hot Springs. Hours vary by season.
Find visitor information here: www.visitouray.com www.ci.ouray.co.us/visitors/index.php www.ouraycolorado.com (800) 228-1876 or (970) 325-4746
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ETTING HERE G Chart a course to Ouray
HAT’S IN A NAME? 6 W The Switzerland of America is the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado
LIFE IN OURAY Fast facts and figures
10 AOFTOUCH HISTORY Visit historic sites and learn about mining communities
TERRIFIC TOURS Driving mountain passes and touring trails on horseback
MOUNTAINS Explore hiking and biking trails
N THE WATER 20 O Regional waterways offer incredible fishing and water sports
APS 25 M Maps of the southwest region and four-wheel drive trails
LIMBING & 30 CCANYONING
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CENIC DRIVES 38 SView more miles of vistas RTS & CULTURE 40 ABrowse remarkable artwork made by regional artists
ENUES 42 VEnjoy interesting events and entertainment
Information about local climbing spots and the Ouray Via Ferrata
CE CLIMBING 32 IScale frozen waterfalls
HOPPING 44 SScore delightful deals on Colorado-made goods
RINKING & DINING 46 DIndulge in delicious cuisine, craft beer and incredible cocktails
at Ouray Ice Park
EAR-ROUND 34 YRECREATION Snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobilng, sledding, skating and more
OUNTING SHEEP 48 CWhere to stay in Ouray ROUPS & 50 GGATHERINGS
EALTH & HEALING 36 HSoothing hot springs
High country celebrations and calendar of events
and spa services
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Get ti n g H er e
uray is centrally located in Southwest Colorado, making it the perfect basecamp for a variety of activities and adventures. Those visiting Ouray will experience an incredible scenic journey which leads to one of the most distinctive destinations in America. BY PLANE: The closest airport is a 45-minute drive from Ouray in Montrose, Colorado. Other regional airports nearby are located in Telluride, Durango and Grand Junction. Cities including Denver, Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Utah and Albuquerque, New Mexico also have airports within a 6-hour drive from Ouray.
BY TRAIN: Passengers can ride the Amtrak and disembark at the train depot in Grand Junction to continue their journey to Ouray. The train depot does not have any vehicle rental services, but visitors can take a cab to the airport and rent a vehicle there.
BY CAR: Highway 550 is the route to Ouray. Visitors can approach their destination only from the north or the south thanks to a rugged box canyon that surrounds the charming town. The drive is characterized by steep grades and hairpin curves, so use caution and heed all posted speed limits and warnings.
COME PREPARED: Technology is great, but it can fail you. Cell reception is spotty in the wilderness, so bring or buy maps to help you navigate. It is also a good idea to let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.
tips for driving Red Mountain Pass
Red Mountain Pass is a narrow, winding road with no shoulder or guardrails. It sits at the summit of the stretch of road dubbed “Million Dollar Highway” between Silverton and Ouray. It is a spectacular byway, and drivers should use caution. Confirm road conditions Weather can affect travel, especially across Red Mountain Pass. During heavy periods of snowfall, the roadway will occasionally be closed for maintenance and avalanche mitigation. Be sure to confirm road conditions before making the journey over the pass. Follow posted speed limits Because the road is filled with twists and turns, it is best to adhere to posted speed limits at all times. This also allows some time for passengers to enjoy the jawdropping views from 11,000 feet. Stay on your side Though it can be comforting for drivers to hug the canyon wall, the roadway is narrow and filled with turns. Be respectful of other drivers and stay on your side for the safety of everyone on the road.
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The Utes relinquished all mining rights in the San Juan Mountains and moved to reservation lands when the Brunot Treaty of 1873 was signed.
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he Utes native to this region called their small settlement in the valley Uncompahgre, meaning hot water spring. As Spaniards and European settlers pushed into the Ute territory in the 1800s, Chief Ouray (pronounced youray) sought to bring peace between his tribe and the foreign entities. Though he achieved his goal at the cost of his land, in 1876 the town was named after him. Today, Ouray is still a small settlement, but it is a place for remarkable experiences. With many claims to fame, Ouray is also known by many nicknames, including Switzerland of America and Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado. Towering peaks on three sides of the valley and self-sustaining agricultural operations earned Ouray the title of Switzerland of America. The Victorian architecture and alpine lifestyle also lend guests to draw similarities to Swiss communities.
As the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado, Ouray is known for its amazing accessibility to outstanding outdoor activities year-round. Hundreds of square miles in the county are dedicated open spaces on federal and state lands. Some popular areas of interest include Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, Ouray Ice Park, Box Canyon Falls Park, Uncompahgre National Forest and Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area. The expansive natural playground creates opportunities for adventure year-round. Ouray is a basecamp for almost every activity, including biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, jeeping, rafting and rock climbing, and snow sports like ice climbing, skiing and skijoring. Whether visitors are here to soak in serene alpine scenery like those in the Alps or conquer and climb that mountain, Ouray is open for business.
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hriving in the mountains often means being prepared for the challenges that come with living in an isolated region. Creating a sustainable lifestyle for folks in Ouray means the town is packed with unique businesses and services that meet the daily needs of these rural residents. The town is so small, once you arrive, you can walk to most locations. Ouray has local grocery and supply stores, as well as service stations and an array of drinking and dining options. Retailers provide access to apparel, gear, gifts, home goods and other items. Residents and visitors can also access other services, such mailing and shipping from the U.S. postal service, UPS and FedEx. This is helpful for transporting artwork, souvenirs and other objects that might not fit in your luggage. The Ouray Public Library houses helpful resources and visitors can access free Wi-Fi when the library is open. In addition to these services, a theater provides a venue for entertainment and a variety of churches and other public centers welcome community members to congregate and host events.
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240 days of sunshine 22 inches of annual rainfall 138 inches of annual snowfall WINTER TEMPERATURES
10° to 40°f 0° to 20°f SUMMER TEMPERATURES
70° to 80°f 50° to 40°f
FACTS & FIGURES incorporated time zone latitude longitude elevation population
Oct. 2, 1876 Mountain Standard
5 peaks over 14,000 feet nearby
The original 1969 Western True Grit was filmed in Ouray, as well as Butch and Sundance: The Early Days.
38.022778 -107.667278 7,792 feet 1,008
tall Box Cañon Falls
An episode of the TV series MacGyver features Ouray as the hometown of the main character’s grandfather. The 80s sports drama Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone features downtown Ouray. More recently, a popular Netflix series called The Ranch is set in a fictional town called Garrison, and the opening sequence features a recognizable photo of Ouray. EXPLORE
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In its heyday, Ouray and its surrounding mountain settlements included nearly 30 working mines producing minerals such as iron, silver and gold.
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H isto ry
Travel back in time to 1875, one year before the town of Ouray was officially settled. At the time, people were beginning to discover precious ores in the mountains and formed the first mining district, Uncompahgre. Uncompahgre is translated from Ute to mean “where water makes rock red.” This name was bestowed on the region due to the color the water turns due to heavy metals and minerals. The box canyon proved to be a stable site for mining, with the additional benefit of it having spectacular views.
The title Ouray became permanent in 1876, named after the highly respected Native American, Ute chief Ouray, who led the Tabeguache band. When white settlers arrived in the valley the Tabeguache had inhabited the area for many years prior. Chief Ouray was known for working with the white settlers who moved onto Ute land to keep peaceful relations, at the cost of his land. Later, he traveled to Washington, D.C. and was appointed “head chief of the Ute,” helping create new reservation lands in Colorado.
Ghost Towns Gold and silver mining in Colorado brought an influx of prospectors and their families to the region in search of riches. Today, the remnants of the Gold Rush include abandoned mining communities nestled in the mountains. Explore these historical sites near Ouray. In your exploration of these abandoned sites, be cautious of any unprotected shafts, and don’t allow children to wander unsupervised. Take only photos, and leave only footprints, don’t further the destruction of these sites by carrying away any pieces of history.
Many businesses such as saloons, hotels, blacksmiths and others were established that summer. Ouray was very small, and there were no transportation routes, making it difficult to live there. By 1878, the town had grown to over 800 residents. Though the terrain still made the trek to Ouray dangerous, especially during the winter. This is where Otto Mears enters the story.
OTTO MEARS Mears was called upon to build a road to link Ouray to the Red Mountain Mining District. This road was imperative to the future success of Ouray, because they were competing with Silverton to build the road first and gain access to the district. At the time, Mears was considered “the Pathfinder of the San Juans,” which is why he was called in for the task. After completing the road in 1883, he then offered the town of Silverton the
same deal, then connected the two roads. He persuaded San Juan County to pay the expenses for building the roads, then greatly benefitted by charging his own toll prices to travelers. This is how the Million Dollar Highway came to be.
RAILROAD BRINGS GROWTH By 1887, the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad made its arrival in Ouray, boosting the population even more. Only three years later, there were over 2,500 residents. But it looked like Ouray may have been hitting the peak of their heyday. >>
IRONTON Ironton is easy to reach compared to most ghost towns. It is located on the San Juan Skyway between Silverton and Ouray, and is accessible by two-wheel drive year-round. In 1893, Ironton was founded as part of the Red Mountain Mining District. It was an important transportation hub between Ouray and other mining camps of Red Mountain District. Travelers staged there before heading over the pass. Due to its flatter landscape, building was easier. At its height, the population hovered around 1,000 residents. Ironton had its own mines, two daily trains from Silverton, chain stores from Ouray and Silverton, as well as hotels, saloons and other necessities. The last official resident, Milton Larson, passed away in the mid-1960s.
Walking Tour Visit the Ouray County Historical Society website to access a document to assist in a selfguided walking tour of downtown or take private guided tours featuring 36 buildings in just under 2 hours. Tours cost $10 per person (12 years and older). Call (970) 325-4576 to schedule a guided tour.
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H istory SILVER CRASH The Sherman Silver Purchase Act, which helped add a substantial amount to the local economy, was repealed in 1893. Many lost its jobs due to this and several mines closed down. Although, Ouray was not hit the hardest by the crash due to their proximity to rich gold mines. They still continued to thrive into the early 1900’s, but its population plateaued.
By the 1920s the mines began to become overworked and the population shrank. If Ouray was to survive, it needed
to attract tourists. The citizens rallied together and created a large geothermal community pool. After this, many other hot springs around Ouray opened up and kept the tourism thriving all the way until the present day.
GEM OF THE WEST Although many other places like Ouray didn’t survive the mining bust and eventually became ghost towns, we are lucky to still have this spectacular town today. Well preserved and taken care of, “The Switzerland of America” remains a gem of the West.
37.932464° N, 107.571092° W
Built by prospectors in 1884, this town was once a bustling mining town, with a population of 450 people. There was a hotel, saloon, post office, a general store and even a local newspaper, the Animas Forks Pioneer. Because of its location, Animas Forks was plagued by avalanches as well as a record-breaking blizzard in 1884 that lasted 23 days. By 1910, mining operations had ceased, by 1920 Animas Forks was a ghost town. The town is located on a 65-mile system of roads known as the Alpine Loop. This loop connects the towns of Lake City, Ouray and Silverton. The road from Silverton to Animas Forks is passable by two-wheel drive vehicles during summer months, but the road beyond Animas Forks is four-wheel drive only.
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Ouray County Historical Society The Ouray County Historical Society is a very valuable resource for both locals and visitors. It is a nonprofit organization responsible for keeping community heritage alive and well. The group manages the county museum which features interesting exhibits highlighting artifacts from Ouray’s earliest days, as well as mining, ranching and railroad exhibits. Located in a three-story building constructed in 1887, the museum was originally the Ouray Miner’s Hospital. The
museum has 29 rooms and a variety of exhibits. The hours of operation change with each season, so be sure to visit www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org. The Ouray County Museum located at 420 Sixth Ave. houses a bookstore that features maps, posters, postcards, collectables as well as literature on history, geology and recreation in the region. See the website on www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
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Easy ways to to u r th e mo u ntain s xplore the rugged San Juan Mountains from the comfort of a Jeep, or log some serious miles on winding mountain bike trails. Consider capturing a photo from a pristine view during a mountain hike or delving deep into the backcountry on horseback. Ouray has a dirt trail in every direction, leading to somewhere spectacular in the middle of nowhere. For armchair adventurers and seasoned explorers alike, Ouray has earned its reputation as an ideal destination for people of all ages to enjoy.
DRIVING DIRT ROADS Ouray is most famous as a Jeeping and off-highway vehicle destination in summer and fall seasons. The area attracts visitors on four wheels from around the world. Spend sunny days driving on the dirt roads around abandoned mountain settlements.
SIX BASINS PROJECT Most of the trails are maintained and well-used by businesses and locals. These individuals created the Six Basins Project to protect and preserve the landscape and heritage in the region’s backcountry basins. The volunteers at this nonprofit organization provide education, signage and improved sanitation at established sites. With the increase in visitors over the years it is important the preservation of these wilderness areas continue. Find out more at www.sixbasinsprojectinc.com.
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Road Etiquette & Off-Road Rules • Drivers traveling uphill have the right-of-way. So, that means when traveling downhill, yield to the driver driving uphill toward you. It is easier and safer. • Drive very slowly around curves. When approaching a shelf road or one-lane part of the trail, stop and get out to look for vehicles that may be approaching before moving forward. Sometimes it’s impossible to pass or very dangerous to back up, so avoid having to do either if possible.
Jeep Tours For those unfamiliar or uncomfortable navigating fourwheel-drive mountain passes, don’t hesitate to hire a local guide. Numerous companies offer tours, and the local guides make these trips unforgettable. In addition to easy sight-seeing, tours offer a historical overview of the areas they explore.
• Don’t pick the wildflowers and don’t drive or walk on fragile alpine tundra because it can take these plants more than 10 years to return. • Tread lightly and pack out all trash. • Off roading does not mean to stray away from designated roads. Stay on the roads and do not travel off road. For more information visit www.stayonthetrail.org
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Explore an old mine
Horses are integral to the history and heritage of our mining town. For an authentic Wild West adventure, saddle up with one of the area outfitters. Journey into Ouray’s mountain wilderness on horseback. Trotting along mountain trails leads riders through natural wildlife habitats and historical mining sites. Expeditions include easy trails with postcard views in every direction, the full multiday camping experience, and everything in between. There is an equine experience out there for everyone in Ouray!
With the number of mines scattered across the San Juans, taking a guided tour of Bachelor Syracuse Mine or Old Hundred Mine is an excellent educational experience for all ages and groups. Travel into the mountain and learn about the mining tools and operations. Guests can even try their hand at panning for gold. Entering an abandoned mine is illegal if they are privately owned, and they are also extremely dangerous and potentially harmful to health.
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OPHIR PASS 9.8 miles For a moderate, scenic route across the San Juan Mountains, take the spectacular Ophir Pass to Telluride. At 11,790 feet, Ophir Pass Road is nearly 10 miles of highclearance terrain along a very narrow, rocky shelf. While a 4WD vehicle is strongly recommended, it may not be required. Access the popular pass from Highway 550. The road will eventually end at Highway 145 just south of Telluride.
CORKSCREW GULCH 6.8 miles Corkscrew Gulch is known for its sharp switchbacks. The narrow and steep unpaved road features sweeping views of aspen trees. It was originally built in 1882 to provide access between Silverton and mines on Red Mountain. Access the off-road route from Corkscrew Gulch Trail and climb to the red soil summit at 12,000 feet. Explore nearby relics of the mining era or continue the cruise by heading north to Hurricane Pass for an incredible view of Lake Como.
YANKEE BOY BASIN 18.8 miles
Waterfalls flowing and wildflowers blooming in the lush basin makes this route a popular place to drive in the summer and fall seasons. The out-and-back road takes tourists through a historic mining district, past Twin Falls and to a beautiful meadow filled with wildlife at 10,000 feet in elevation.
17.5 miles As the second highest drivable pass in Colorado, Imogene Pass offers a thrilling ride revealing incredible views. The three-hour route is steep and rocky. It includes views of Black Bear Pass and Savage Basin. Drivers can follow the road all the way to Telluride or return to Ouray by turning around at the historic Tomboy townsite and mining district.
ALPINE LOOP 65 miles There are many infamous passes in the area, so one of the best ways to experience the wild variety of mountain passes is to drive the Alpine Loop. This loop will take drivers up and over Engineer Pass at a towering 12,800 feet, and Cinnamon at 12,640 feet. Though it will take approximately 5-7 hours to complete, visitors may want to allow extra time to explore the beauty of the ghost towns and abandoned mines that still cling to the jagged landscape.
MORE ROUTES There are dozens more dirt roads permitted for four-wheel-drive adventures. Using Ouray as a basecamp, head south to Silverton, where drivers will find over 40 additional passes and jeep roads twisting through the landscape, providing jeepers the opportunity for endless exploration. Get an official trail map, talk to a jeep company and educate yourself on the skill level of each trail ahead of time. Be sure to plan accordingly. See the map on page 30 to review trails in the region. For updated trail conditions see www.soajeep.com/trail-maps-conditions.
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ex p l o r e o n fo ot From stunning summits and hiking along the valley, there is a certain type of trail for everyone in Ouray. TYPES OF TRAILS Area trails can vary from steep and jagged terrain to meandering paths welcoming to beginners and those looking for a walk in the woods. The variety of routes allow for people with a range of physical fitness levels to stroll through canyons, forests, meadows, mountains and more. Lace up a pair of comfortable boots and head out on one of nearly 80 area trails maintained by the Ouray Trail Group. For more information on trails visit www.ouraytrails.org.
UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER WALK LOOP
OURAY PERIMETER TRAIL
The North Ouray Corridor, aka, the Uncompahgre River Walk Loop, is a pleasant path along the riverbank. The trail travels about two miles in the valley highlighting beautiful views of Gold Hill. Visitors can access the path from the Ouray Hot Springs parking lot. Dogs are welcome on the trail as long as they are leashed. In the winter, this spot is a perfect place to enjoy cross-country skiing.
If you are looking for a moderate trail right in town, check out the Perimeter Trail. This 6.5 mile trail will take hikers around in a loop above the town, allowing for a wilderness experience with close proximity to the community and all of its features. It has varied points where hikers can access or exit the trail. Starting at an elevation of 7,700 feet at the trailhead across from the Ouray Visitor Center, hikers can expect an elevation gain of 1,600 feet and should allow 4-5 hours to complete.
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Avid hikers looking for a rewarding workout, head just south of town to the Bear Creek Trailhead. Whether it’s the scenery or the elevation gain, this is a hike sure to take your breath away! This 8-mile hike boasts over 2,600 feet in elevation gain as you ascend an old mining trail constructed in the 1870s.
Miles and miles of trails connect outdoors enthusiasts with access to the best backcountry views. For more information on the dozens of hiking opportunities available in the area, check out www.ouraytrails.org. Before you go, purchase a map at Ouray Bookshop or Ouray County Historical Society and Museum.
Pe da l over peaks If biking is your passion, you’re in luck. Ouray offers some epic single and double track biking opportunities. BEGINNER Located between Silverton and Ouray, Mears Trail is an easy bike and hiking loop accessed from Old Mears Road. The 3.6 mile loop from Crystal Lake to Larson Brothers Mine gains just 300 feet in elevation and features views of old mining structures, as well as mountain meadows filled with wildlife and wildflowers.
INTERMEDIATE The Dallas Creek Loop is a must if you are looking for a scenic challenge. This highly popular, single-track loop will take riders 40 miles through some epic scenery from Ridgway to Ouray and should take approximately 5 hours to complete.
ADVANCED Alpine Trail is 14 miles of multiuse singletrack. For those extreme adrenaline junkies, there are some intense rides out there in the backcountry. Imogene Pass and Last Dollar Loop is a heart pounding 50-mile trail, topping out at over 13,000 feet and should take riders around 6-10 hours to complete.
Man y mor e mile s to explore RAIL TRAIL For splendid scenery, without the lung-busting, legburning side effects, try pedaling along the Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail. At approximately 24 miles total (12.6 miles one way), riders can travel from Ridgway to Ouray and back, meandering through the valley floor, using former stretches of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad line. Eventually, this route will connect Montrose, Ridgway and Ouray on a 65-mile route along the river.
RAT Thanks to Ridgway Area Trails (RAT), bikers now have over 20 miles of a multiuse trail system to explore. Established in 1989, RAT is a local chapter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association that plans and constructs multiuse trails for non-motorized recreation. Grab a map and enjoy exquisite weather and more miles of Rocky Mountain riding. For more information on area rides and future trail projects, see www.copmoba.org.
KID-FRIENDLY TRAILS Top of the Pines is an education center and basecamp on 175 acres that offers an array of outdoor pursuits for residents and visitors. TOP offers children, as well as visitors with disabilities, a truly memorable experience. In addition to easy-to-moderate hiking trails that meander through mountain meadows and ponderosa forests, which are groomed for skate-skiing in the winter, the venue includes a 1.5 mile mountain biking trail free of obstacles for riders of all ages and abilities. EXPLORE
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Water Fish i n g
T Kokanee salmon are freshwater fish that migrate upstream to spawn, and they average 16-18 inches in length.
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he mountains are filled with trickling streams stocked with all types of trout, and anglers can catch kokanee salmon in lakes at lower elevations. These pristine fishing waters make Ouray a special place to cast a line. The San Juan Mountain Range in Southwest Colorado is home to an array of flowing rivers and placid ponds that provide a perfect habitat for native fish, and allow nearby flora and fauna to thrive. Whether planning a solo outing or family adventure, fishing is a safe, simple outdoor activity for people of all ages. Equipment is available
from a variety of outfitters and retailers for rent or purchase. The local professionals can offer advice on current conditions and accompany guests on guided fishing trips.
Angler’s Parad ise FLY-FISHING The Uncompahgre River and its tributaries have boulders, logs and native plant life that create ideal conditions for trout. The fish bite best at dusk and dawn because they prefer cooler temperatures to midday heat in the summer and fall season. Some popular places to enjoy fly-fishing, including Dallas Creek, Canyon Creek and Upper Cow Creek, weave through public and private lands. Avoid trespassing on private property. The San Miguel, Cimarron and Animas rivers also offer quality fly-fishing experiences for amateur and veteran anglers alike.
RESERVOIRS Ridgway Reservoir in nearby Ridgway State Park is stocked with rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Visitors can enjoy floatfishing at the reservoir, or cast a line from one of two fishing piers. The park also gives guests access to cleaning stations. Silver Jack Reservoir in the Cimarrons, located in the Silver Jack Recreation Area, is where anglers can find native brook and rainbow trout. Only human-powered watercraft are allowed on the water, and the water level in this small lake fluctuates with the seasons.
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Ridgway State Park & Reservoir Ridgway State Park is an inviting wilderness and recreation area located 15 miles north of Ouray.
Bald eagles nest in Colorado from October to February. Sport them near well-stocked rivers and reservoirs with groves of cottonwood trees.
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Ripe with wildlife, the park is also a mecca for outdoor recreation of all kinds. It includes an abundance of trails to explore and the reservoir is ideal for aquatic activities of all kinds. Some of those activities include boating, canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, wakeboarding and water-skiing. With over 200 sites for tent and RV camping, the park is a popular place to stay with more than 5 square miles to explore. Guests can also access several amenities at Ridgway State Park, including a marina with boat ramps and picnic and playground facilities.
SPONTANEOUS VISITS The Park Visitor Center loans free items to guests that purchase a day pass to encourage recreation, including fishing poles and tackle, life jackets and activity backpacks equipped with a journal, binoculars, a magnifying glass and an activities guide.
R I DGWAY STATE PAR K 28555 Highway 550, Ridgway, Colorado (970) 626-5822 www.parks.state.co.us/ridgway Daily Park Pass $9 Park Amenities • Marina • Picnic & playgrounds • 14 miles of trails • Swim beach
• Campgrounds: fees $29-$37 • Yurts: fees $87 • Event facilities available for rent
pring snowmelt signals the start of recreation on the river for whitewater rafters and kayakers. As powdered peaks transform into streams, the water flow varies, and it determines the difficulty levels of the rapids in the river below, which are rated from Class I to VI. River rafting in optimal conditions is safe and fun for people of all ages. Many local companies offer excellent guided rafting experiences on beautiful mountain waterways, and these certified professionals are ideal resources for receiving the most updated information on conditions, access and available gear.
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When some people look at the San Juan Mountains, they see some solid sandstone and high-quality quartzite – in other words, a beautiful landscape to scale with the right tools.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep have soft hooves, instead of harder hooves, which help them climb steep, rocky slopes with ease.
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Ouray is an incredible jungle gym for experienced rock climbers. With over 150 routes in the region, and many close to town, access to world-class climbing is literally just outside the door. Variety in the local landscape yields limitless locations for mountaineers to enjoy bouldering, traditional climbing, top roping, sport climbing and free climbing. In addition to classic American mountain climbing, Ouray offers a unique European experience: the Ouray Via Ferrata. Visitors can also enjoy canyoning in gorges carved by wind and water. Canyoning combines a fabulous combination of climbing, scrambling and repelling in a wetsuit along a path normally taken by the water through the canyon. Canyoning season is limited
to when the weather is warm and the water is low, usually from late May to early September.
CLIMBING GUIDES The sport of rock climbing can be a challenging and exhilarating activity. Dozens of outfitters provide guided experiences for every skill level. Certified guides are professionally trained to help hone advanced skills or instruct beginners through the basics. Guides are not only coaches and teachers, they are also local experts with firsthand knowledge of current conditions. If you forego a guide, look for more information on regional climbing locations and professional tips, purchase the Ouray Rock Climbing Guide at local bookstores.
WHERE TO CLIMB Rotary Park and The Pool Wall are two locations that offer beginners the best opportunities to expand their skill set. The Pool Wall has a short approach and climbers can choose between a wide variety of routes. To the west of town, visitors can also climb the Sandias using the Old Twin Peaks Trail for the approach. Climbing Overlook Cliff rewards athletes with gorgeous views of the Uncompahgre River canyon. Access Overlook Cliff from the Sutton Mine Trail. More challenging routes for rock climbers are available along Camp Bird Road at Roadside Attraction and Upper Camp Bird Road.
O uray Via Ferrata Ouray’s scenic Uncompahgre Gorge is a popular destination for visitors revelling in vistas and audacious adventure seekers. The Ouray Via Ferrata, constructed in 4,000 feet (three-quarters of a mile) of climbing in the gorge above the roaring rapids of the Uncompahgre River. A via ferrata, Italian for “iron path,” is a climbing route that uses steel cables, rungs and ladders to allow climbers to secure themselves to the mountain route and limit the risk of falling. Cling to the narrow rock ledge and navigate the iron rungs of the route constructed by worldclass climbers, guides, engineers and rigging professionals. It includes vertical and horizontal sections for interesting and varied movement. The European-style experience in Ouray features unforgettable features such as “Stairway to Heaven” and The Skyladder” and the newly added “Sky Climb.” Navigating the Ouray Via Ferrata is a free activity available seasonally, but hiring a local guide is recommended for visitors without previous climbing experience. The Ouray Via Ferrata is rated 4b on the Fletcher/ Smith Italian VF Rating System, and it meets or exceeds safety standards outlined by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the European Committee for Standardization. Access to the Ouray Via Ferrata begins at Ice Park Loop trail at the end of the New Funteer access trail.
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I c e Cli mbing As c e n d fr o z e n waterfa lls at O u ray I c e Par k OURAY ICE PARK Frozen waterfalls transform the Uncompahgre Gorge into an ice climbing mecca. The Ouray Ice Park highlights 11 distinct climbing areas featuring over 100 routes for mixed climbing and nearly three miles of vertical terrain. As the largest manmade ice park in the world, it attracts visitors from around the globe. Ouray Ice Park typically opens in mid-December, weather permitting. Climbing hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The park is run by the nonprofit organization, Ouray Ice Park, Inc. The organization raises money for the park through its membership fees and the annual Ouray Ice Festival.
THANK AN ICE FARMER After the fall harvest comes freezing temperatures ideal for farming a different kind of crop – ice. Thousands of hours go into “growing” the ice routes before the park opens in mid-December. Using overflow from the City of Ouray and nearly 300 sprinklers, Ouray Ice Park employees known as “ice farmers” spray gallons of water down the canyon walls of the Uncompahgre Gorge to create amazing walls of solid ice. The excess water is routed through a complicated network of pipes and valves. To form large pillars of ice, the ice farmers use ropes and chains affixed to the side of the mountain. As a polar molecule, water’s slight charge helps it to stick to these objects, which help guide the freezing water to form into world-class climbing routes.
Gear Climbers are required to wear crampons and a helmet in climbing areas at all times. Ropes, anchor materials, harnesses, ice axes and warm, layered clothing are recommended. For equipment rentals, visit a local outfitter.
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C ur r e nt C o n ditio ns Monitor real-time weather conditions right from your phone. 1. Download the My AcuRite app. 2. Create an account or sign in. 3. Go to the hamburger menu in the upper lefthand corner and click settings. 4. Select “Share Weather.”
OURAY ICE FESTIVAL Each January, Ouray Ice Park hosts the annual Ouray Ice Festival. The four-day festival is the largest fundraising event for the park, and all proceeds directly fund operational costs of the world-class ice park. The first Ouray Ice Festival was held in 1996. Since that time, the Ouray Ice Festival has grown into an energetic
gathering of enthusiastic climbers, gear manufacturers and spectators. From clinics and demonstrations to competitions and celebrations, the Ouray Ice Festival includes more than 100 activities and events. In fact, the international festival is the largest of its kind in North America. Each year, familiar faces return to climb, socialize and test new equipment.
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Seas o na l ve ntu r e s f o r ev ery ex p l or er pring, summer and autumn offer incredible outdoor recreation and backcountry touring opportunities. Then the extraordinary fall colors fade into a white winter in Ouray. Fresh snow coats the peaks and settles in the valleys, bringing more of the landscape to life. Frigid temperatures make Ouray the perfect place to get comfortable and cozy after a day of chilling and thrilling outdoor adventures. Though Ouray is best known for its access to ice climbing, these are some of the other activities to enjoy during the winter months.
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SNOWSHOEING & CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
SNOWMOBILE & SNOWCAT TOURS
There are miles of trails around Ouray primarily used in the warmer months for activities like hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. In the colder months, some of these natural paths are still open to the public and perfect for exploring the scenery in solitude. Some popular places to enjoy snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing include Ironton Park (trailhead is located about 9 miles south of Ouray) and the North Corridor Trail (trailhead access from the Ouray Hot Springs parking lot.)
Red Mountain, Molas, Coal Bank and Owl Creek passes offer incredible scenery, but those views can be difficult to access without the right equipment. Snowmobiles and snowcats are vehicles designed to climb and navigate along snowy terrain. In Ouray, folks can bring their own sled (that’s what locals call snowmobiles) to explore the trails or rent one from a local outfitter. These companies usually offer guided tours as well. If you want someone else to do the driving, a snowcat excursion is a great alternative.
DOWNHILL & BACKCOUNTRY SKIING Avid skiers can access world-class terrain in the San Juan Mountains. Lee’s Ski Hill in Ouray is a familyfriendly ski hill where individuals can practice turns in town. Nearby resorts in Telluride, Silverton and Durango allow skiers of all skill levels more options to glide down slopes safely. Visitors can also access some of the most pristine powder and technical terrain in the San Juan Mountains. Before venturing into the backcountry, familiarize yourself with avalanche safety and current snowpack conditions. For the best experience in the backcountry, hire a local guide.
SLEDDING & SKATING Winter sledding and skating is more than a family-friendly activity in Ouray, it is a beloved tradition for people of all ages. After enough accumulation on Vinegar Hill, the city blocks traffic between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in town to make way for sledding. From midDecember to late February, Rotary Park becomes a popular place to play broomball and ice hockey on a natural ice rink. As long as the conditions are favorable, the rink is open to the public for skating. At night, the rink is lit, providing a special skating experience under the stars. Bring your own skates, or grab some rentals from Ouray Hot Springs Pool nearby.
FISHING & HORSEBACK RIDING Sure, fishing and horseback riding are popular summer activities. However, around Ouray, a number of places offer these special opportunities year-round. Schedule an experience with a local outfitter to gain access to the best fishing spots on private lands, or revel in the quiet, snow-covered scenery on horseback, as your companion trots along beautiful backcountry trails.
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hile on vacation, you can begin to feel fatigued and worn-down from all your adventures. Luckily, Ouray has many natural hot springs and spas perfect for winding down. The springs in Ouray are sulfur-free, so there is no overpowering odor. FAMILY-FRIENDLY Made for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike, the Ouray Hot Springs has something for everyone. While parents enjoy infinity pools and incredible views of the San Juan mountains, kids have many options as well. The shallow pool offers many sports and safe areas for smaller children, while the activity pool features an inflatable obstacle course and even a climbing wall. For those feeling extra adventurous, you can slip on down one of those speedy water slides.
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only do you get a great night’s rest in one of their luxury rooms, but you can also venture out to the patios for an extra surprise. Made out of pristine redwood, you can enjoy stunning mountain views from one of their four personal hot tubs. Open only for resident use from the early morning into the late night, you can enjoy watching the sunset and sunrise from one of these geothermal pools.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE Resort-style experiences don’t have to be reserved for bigger getaways when Twin Peaks Lodging exists. With an on-site hot springs, spa, tiki bar, restaurant, swimming pool and more, they have what it takes to make your visit unforgettable. The
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• Solar thermal hot pools Mineshaft, located within the lodge, offers delicious burgers, barbecue, pizza and desserts. For adult guests, the sanctuary hot springs is an indoor oasis made for soothing, quiet reflection. Both the outdoor soaking tub and swimming pool are open for children at limited hours. Lastly, the Sage Spa can do anything from manipedis, facials, massages, scrubs and waxing.
LOUNGING IN LUXURY For an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience, visit the Wiesbaden Hot Springs. A highlight of this tranquil place is the vapor cave, a hot spring located inside of a natural chamber. For a private excursion, guests can book the Lorelei pool, an outdoor soak with a personal waterfall. If that wasn’t enough, they also offer a fullservice spa. From therapeutic massages, body polishes and Himalayan salt stone massages, they can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Looking to stay the night? Not a problem! They offer a wide variety of rooms, as well as a cozy cottage, a small, historic home, and even a few pet-friendly places.
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S c en i c D ri ve s V i ew m o r e m i le s o f v istas For those who believe life is about the journey, not the destination, the region surrounding Ouray is surrounded with spectacular scenery and breathtaking vistas. CAMP BIRD ROAD Round trip 1 hour During its heyday, the Camp Bird Mine produced over a million troy ounces of gold. The road to this famous mine is a compacted dirt surface that can be rough to travel. Though it won’t require four-wheel drive, you will need a vehicle with high clearance. Heading south on 550, just past the first switchback, turn right at the sign for Box Canyon Falls then continue left at the Y-shaped intersection, following signage for Yankee Boy Basin. The mine is approximately 5 miles. Don’t attempt to take a two-wheel-drive vehicle past the Camp Bird Mine as the road quickly becomes rugged.
OWL CREEK PASS Round trip 2 hours This pass is the setting for popular Western films, including John Wayne’s True Grit. The dirt road is smooth and well maintained but it can be rutted in places. A high-clearance vehicle is optimal for this drive. Turn right 2 miles north of Ridgway on County Road 10 when you see the sign reading Owl Creek Pass and Silver Jack Reservoir. After that, continue to follow the signs for Owl Creek Pass.
THE MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY Round trip 3 hours For reasons not entirely clear, this scenic stretch of road has acquired the nickname of “Million Dollar Highway”. As part of the larger San Juan Skyway, this 25 miles is filled with majestic mountain vistas, ghost towns and abandoned mines. The drive between Ouray and Silverton is beautiful and breathtaking. Simply take Highway 550 following signs to Silverton. The road is fully paved and accessible year-round.
BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON Round trip 3 hours No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls and startling depths of
the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Take Highway 550 to Montrose. From there turn on Highway 50 East, then turn left onto Highway 347 N for 4.5 miles. Start at the Park Visitor Center and its amazing overlook. From there explore the many overlooks or drive the rim to see the entire canyon.
COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT Round trip 5 hours Along the 7-mile Rim Rock Drive, take in towering masses of naturally sculpted rock from the many scenic overlooks. To reach the entrance to the Colorado National Monument, drive north from Ouray on Highway 550/50 to Grand Junction. When you reach Grand Junction, follow Highway 50 north to the intersection of Grand Avenue (Highway 340) and turn left onto Highway 340. From there, follow the signs to Colorado National Monument to enter the park at the East Grand Junction Entrance.
GRAND MESA SCENIC BYWAY Round trip 5 hours Although this scenic drive is pretty year-round, it’s best enjoyed in the fall months. Drive north from Ouray to Delta and turn east onto Highway 92. Just east of Delta, you’ll turn north onto Highway 65 toward Cedaredge. During your journey, you’ll climb to an altitude of over 10,000 feet. The 530 square miles of the Grand Mesa makes it the largest flat-topped mountain in the country.
THE SAN JUAN SKYWAY LOOP Round trip 7 hours This 232-mile loop passes through the mountain towns of Ridgway, Telluride, Cortez, Durango and Silverton. You can start the loop by driving either direction on Highway 550 – south through Silverton or north via Ridgway. The San Juan Skyway is considered one of the most scenic drives in America.
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Culture A C r eati v e C o m m u n ity
The beauty of the surrounding wilderness is perfectly juxtaposed with its ruggedness. Like snowmelt finding its way from the peaks to the river, mountain living provides a constant flow of inspiration. This is all to say that Ouray is an ideal landscape for all kinds of artists to call home. The community’s dedication to fine arts, and its support of local creatives keeps the residents engaged with dozens of cultural events and fine arts activities. Thanks to collaboration between diverse businesses, organizations and programs, the public can enjoy performative theater, live music, hands-on classes, educational lectures, films, exhibits and tours. From coffee houses and historic theaters, to city parks and local bars, every venue in Ouray is an opportunity to see displays of a regional artist’s work and performances from local celebrities. To celebrate and observe authentic, original works of art, simply stop by these community hubs for creatives. Ouray Made products are handcrafted fine arts, books, home goods, prints and more, made by our residents.
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Admire artwork at nearby galleries Some people have a special knack for photographing fantastic landscapes, while others can paint those same open spaces professionally. Ouray’s incredible artists create distinctive, original works, including drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, pottery, baskets, jewelry and much more, for residents and visitors to browse and buy. From glass blowing demonstrations and pottery classes to sketching and photography workshops, the vibrancy of the art scene on the Western Slope grants people of all ages a creative outlet and engaging experience filled with personal discovery and cultural education.
OURAY ALCHEMIST PHARMACEUTICAL MUSEUM 533 Main Street (970) 325-4003 www.ourayalchemist.com For a one-of-a-kind experience that will transport you back in time, visit the Ouray Alchemist Pharmaceutical Museum. Book a private tour to observe the unique collection of Wild West pharmacy artifacts, gathered over the last 40 years. Additionally, the building is modeled after an old pharmacy storefront, giving it a historic feel.
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AGO GALLERY 445 Main Street • (970) 325-0270 www.agogallery.com With a wide range of artwork from different disciplines representing more than 40 local artists, Ago Gallery specializes in fine art in the heart of the San Juans. Showcasing and selling work from both local and regional artists, this gallery of gorgeous work includes photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass and more.
OURAY GLASSWORKS AND POTTERY 619 Main Street (970) 325-7334 www.ourayglassworks andpottery.com A plethora of unique, handmade creations can be found within the walls of Ouray Glassworks and Pottery. Custom orders are welcome, or you can select a piece from the available collection. Here you can find wine glasses, terrariums, pitchers and mugs. They also offer special vessels to preserve a loved one’s ashes.
MOUNTAIN DOG ARTS 825 Main Street (970) 239-3434 www.mtndogarts.com Whether you’re looking for custom coffee mugs, handcrafted earrings or a complete room re-do, Mountain Dog Arts is the place to feed your creative mind. The shop features work from three resident artists as well as three additional member artists. Each piece sold in the store is made 100% locally and can be shipped anywhere. Not to mention, the venue hosts regular art lessons, open studio sessions and art parties.
SKOL STUDIO & DESIGN 812 Main St. (970) 325-7290 www.skolstudio.com Art can be equal parts fashion and function. At Skol Studio & Design, browse unique handcrafted architectural metalwork, furniture, local photography and more. While the business specializes in creating custom designs for the interior and exterior of both commercial and residential properties, owners Jeff and Nicole Skoloda also have a collection of incredible artwork on display. Go online to request a gallery showing.
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venue s Enjoy entertainment in interesting venues
Performers enlighten the community with classical concerts, inspiring dance recitals, powerful poetry readings and compelling live theater. Talented musicians, dancers and thespians bring highquality entertainment to residents and visitors. Ouray also hosts popular events like film festivals and outdoor concerts that attract audiences from surrounding Western Slope communities.
Ouray’s annual International Film Festival is an incredible event that premieres a variety of short and feature-length films.
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OURAY COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS GUILD
OURAY COUNTY ARTS ASSOCIATION
472 Main Street • (970) 626-2970 www.ocpag.org Founded in 1983, The Ouray County a Guild supports the community, and especially youth, in growing their passion within performing arts. Putting on events centered around music, dance and poetry, this nonprofit offers something for everyone. Their flagship programs are the San Juan Chamber MusicFest as well as the Dave and Mary Wood Classical Concert Series.
www.ourayarts.com Hosting arts galleries and workshops for residents and students in the area for 60 years, the Ouray County Arts Association strives to help the community pursue their passions. Providing spaces for artists to display their work, receive feedback and even apply for scholarships, the organization hosts ongoing events across multiple venues in Ouray for everyone to enjoy.
OURAY MOUNTAIN AIR MUSIC SERIES www.facebook.com/OurayMusicSeries A wonderful, free event for the entire family, the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series is held on Thursday nights in June. Fellin Park serves as the backdrop to music from small artists from a range of different genres, delicious food from local restaurants and leisurely community bonding. The event supports a different local nonprofit organization every week.
UPSTART (970) 325-3501 • www.upstartmoves.org A collaboration of local theatre artists, UpstART selects and performs plays. Many of their shows have deep, moving, heartfelt messages. Every summer, they perform Shakespeare plays in a highly interactive way, bringing the audience into the show.
THE WRIGHT OPERA HOUSE 472 Main Street • (970) 325-4399 www.thewrightoperahouse.org Since 1888, The Wright Opera House has been the premier venue in Ouray for theatre, music, movies, social events and education. The iconic building is on the United States National Register of Historic Places and serves as a cultural hub for the community, hosting events such as the Ouray International Film Festival.
Literary conne ctions to Western culture OURAY PUBLIC LIBRARY 320 Sixth Ave. • (970) 325-4616 www.ouray.colibraries.org Ouray public library offers extensive collection of resources, such as archives, books and more. It is a great place to find information on outdoor activities, including safety and travel guides. The library is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. year round. During the summer months, it opens from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays, too. Visit the website for more information about book club meetings, coding and cooking classes, craft workshops and children’s storytime.
TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK Building a more connected community can be as simple as sharing a book. So, don’t be surprised to see small wooden cases filled with free books scattered along the town’s sidewalks. Little Free Libraries are a wonderful resource for residents (and guests) to exchange an old gardening guide or fantasy novel for some new reading material. Here’s where you can find them: Sixth Ave., Ouray (private residence across from the Ouray Public Library. 735 Main St., Ouray (Wildflower Boutique) 1230 Main St., Ouray (Ouray Visitor’s Center)
WE CAN MAKE YOUR DREAMS A REALITY If you are looking for New Construction or Remodeling, we can work with you to customize your Dream Home. Our projects include simple remodels to multi-million dollar new construction. No matter the size or the style our objective is the same, quality construction that is built to last in the most economical way possible. Give us a call, or visit our website and message us there. 970.626.2626 blackthorncustombuilders.com
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Shopping R etai l th era py Seize the day to score delightful deals on Colorado gifts and goods. Unlike big box stores, Ouray retailers offer customers a little more fashion and flair. Of course, our stores stay stocked with seasonal apparel and outdoor gear. However, shoppers can also find unique items and handmade goods, including great gifts, souvenirs, home decor, housewares and local artwork. Browse each space for more quality products, such as accessories, flowers, kitchenwares, personal care products and much more. Stop by these independent businesses and boutiques to see what’s in store! LITTLE BUCKET OF FLOWERS 731 Main Street • (970) 318-0310 www.littlebucketofflowers.com Walking down Main Street, you may happen across a patio filled to the brim with flowers, plants and other garden accessories. If so, you’ve found yourself at Little Bucket of Flowers, where all your floral needs and wants can be fulfilled. From stunning floral arrangements, potted and hanging plants, garden decor and even bird houses, they can help send you on your way with a living reminder of your visit.
OURAY BOOKSHOP 505 Main Street, Suite 110 (970) 325-4044 www.ouraybookshop.com Stop by to browse the special selection of books, puzzles and artwork, while enjoying a complimentary coffee and snack. From popular novels and new indie reads to Colorado and Ouray history and books by local authors, Ouray Bookshop keeps readers entertained and informed. The store is also a great resource for comprehensive maps and trail guides.
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O’TOYS 229 Sixth Ave. • (970) 729-2388 www.otoysouray.com You don’t have to be a kid to stop by this toy store -- just a kid at heart. From nostalgic toys to modern games and puzzles, you can find something to suit your taste. The staff will even play a game with you before purchasing to make sure it’s the right one for you! Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, you can stop in to help put one of their puzzles together at the puzzle table.
MOUNTAIN FEVER SHIRTS & GIFTS 644 Main St. • (970) 325-4408 With one of the largest selections of T-shirts and hoodies, Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts carries popular clothing brands, such as Champion and Gear Sportswear. Inspired by mountain living, the graphic designs on these shirts are unique to the small shop. Shop for more goods, like aspen vases, holiday ornaments, painted ponies and interesting minisculptures made with old nails.
gifts and goods. Since 2007, this retail shop has been a staple for finding items for the home as well as bath, beauty and grooming products.
TWIG & FEATHER 812 Main St. • (970) 708-7605 To make a house feel more like home, the key is variety in the colors and textures of different goods. Twig & Feather is a home decor shop filled with cozy blankets and bedding, luxurious rugs, modern lighting solutions, mirrors and a limited selection of furniture. Coasters, candles, tea towels and glassware.
KHRISTOPHER’S CULINAIRE 545 Main St. • (970) 325-7311 Though the kitchen is the center of the home, Kristopher’s Culinaire is a high-quality homegoods store that has it all. From bakeware and kitchen utensils to personal care products and locally-made greeting cards, shoppers are sure to find fun, quality products to take home. The speciality store also carries a variety of food products made in Colorado, such as coffee, tea, honey, olive oil, candies, jams, jerky and salsa.
ROCKIN’ P RANCH
BLOOM MODERN MERCANTILE
512 Main St. • (970) 325-0434 Owned and operated by an energetic mother-daughter duo, Rockin’ P Ranch is an upscale
retailer that carries a large inventory of Western accessories and apparel. The store offers women’s clothing, jewelry, scarves, purses, boots, furniture, rugs, lamps, decor and fine art.
OURAY DOG COMPANY 1900 Main St. • (970) 325-2188 Shoppers can find things for their furry friends too. Ouray Dog Company offers personable and professional boarding and grooming services. But this small business is more than a doggie daycare for precious pets. It also carries an array of fun and functional pet accessories, toys and treats.
645 Main Street • (970) 325-0645 Bloom Modern Mercantile is a boutique full of apparel, including pajama sets, loungewear and luxurious robes, as well as accessories such as jewelry, handbags and wallets. The store also stocks specialty snack items made in Colorado and other housewares and homegoods like dishes, glassware, candles and decor.
THE BLUE PEAR 645 Main St. • (970) 325-0645 www.bluepear.net Customers can discover all sorts of curiosities at The Blue Pear. It is a popular place to purchase quality
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O uray d ish e s o ut d e l i c io u s c uis in e Though Ouray is a quiet mountain village, it captures everything special about Colorado in the small box canyon. Though the settlement began as a bustling mining camp in the late 1800s, today it is a blooming outdoor playground and paradise. Residents and visitors love to gather at the local watering holes to relax and exchange adventure stories over a pint of beer and consume more calories than they burned that day enjoying Ouray. SUNRISE FARE
Every person should start their day with a nutritious meal. Plenty of places give guests a chance to grab a pastry and cup of coffee for the journey to the trailhead or sit down and enjoy a hearty breakfast.
It is important to take a break from activities to refuel for afternoon adventures. Sit down at one of these lunch spots in town or take something to go.
MOJO’S COFFEE located at 325 Sixth Ave. will get guests in the mountain mindset. The small cafe serves hot and iced coffee and tea beverages, as well as breakfast burritos, waffles and more with drive-thru and delivery options. MOUSES CHOCOLATES AND COFFEE serves great coffee, teas, shakes and smoothies alongside handcrafted candies, chocolates and decadent dessert items. Order online to pick up at the store, 520 Main St. or schedule a delivery. ARTISAN BAKERY located at 460 Main St. serves coffee and tea beverages alongside artisan baked goods, breakfast and lunch with takeout services. Locals love these customizable sandwiches and wraps made with high-quality ingredients. TIMBERLINE DELI is a bustling cafe at 803 Main St. with a casual atmosphere and pleasant outdoor patio. Guests often grab a fresh-baked pastry, or select from the menu of made-to-order sandwiches and wraps. The deli also serves salads, sandwiches, soups and a small selection of desserts.
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THAI CHILI RESTAURANT offers excellent service and traditional dishes, including Thai curry, at 430 Main St. Call ahead for takeout or order online for lunch or dinner. GOLDBELT BAR & GRILL is a family-friendly restaurant at 800 Main St. that opens at 11 a.m. to serve burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps and pizza. MAGGIE’S KITCHEN at 703 Main St. is the place to go for casual, diner-style delicacies. People from around the world stop in to sign the wall (or ceiling, table, seat, doorframe, etc.) and enjoy burgers and sandwiches served with classic sides such as coleslaw, french fries and onion rings. OURAY MEAT & CHEESE MARKET located at 736 Main St has highquality ingredients. In addition to fresh meat and cheese, the market features grab and go sandwiches, ready to heat meals and other essentials for an impromptu picnic.
FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE When happy hour rolls around, Ouray’s local breweries do it right with signature cocktails, local brews and more. OURAY BREWERY is the perfect place to enjoy a cold craft beer and comfort food-style dishes located at 607 Main St. MR. GRUMPY PANTS BREWING COMPANY located at 703 Main St. is a legendary local hangout complete with a wood-burning stove and stellar line-up of easydrinking brews. RED MOUNTAIN BREWERY offers guests American comfort food with international influences paired with exceptional craft beer at 400 Main St. OUTLAW RESTAURANT at 610 Main St. is a signature stop on a stay in Ouray with an extensive cocktail menu. This restaurant was one of John Wayne’s favorite haunts while filming True Grit.
Fi n e D i ning Freshen up after happy hour for a fine dining experience paired with fantastic vistas in Ouray. Guests can enjoy gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts from these upscale eateries. BON TON is an Italian-inspired restaurant serving seafood, steaks and giant plates of pasta located at 426 Main St. BRICKHOUSE 737 is an intimate restaurant with exposed brick and artwork that serves eclectic American cuisine and cocktails located at 737 Main St. KJ WOOD DISTILLERS uses the Rocky Mountain glacial waters of the high country, blended with incredible regional ingredients in their distilled libations to craft creative cocktails and mocktails. Located at 929 Main St., the downtown distillery is an elegant spot to sip on a nightcap. IMOGENE HOTEL AND ROOFTOP BAR at 740 Main St. has tasty handcrafted cocktails and a Cajun-inspired menu made with locally-sourced ingredients. Though it is only open seasonally, the spacious venue also offers a selection of wine and craft beer on tap along with breathtaking views.
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C o u nti n g S he e p W h er e to stay i n O uray
uality sleep is paramount to preparedness for any and every adventure. Fortunately, Ouray is filled with an array of accommodations for overnight guests ranging from simplistic camping under the stars to lavish lodging. Whether scheduling a solo trip to explore the San Juan Mountains or planning a family vacation filled with outdoor recreation, Ouray has affordable accommodations for every need. Pitch a tent in the Uncompahgre National Forest, find a room at a historic hotel, rent a cozy cabin closeby or park your RV next to all the action. No matter where you choose to stay, it is surely surrounded by gorgeous vistas.
CAMPING Sleeping beneath thousands of stars under such a clear sky is a surreal experience. As the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado, access to campsites is abundant, especially for tent campers. All campgrounds allow primitive tent camping, and a wide selection of parks offer access to additional amenities and sites for car campers and RVs with electric and sewer hookups.
CABINS & CONDOS
BED & BREAKFAST
ROOMS IN TOWN
HOTELS WITH HOT SPRINGS
Rent a rustic cabin in the woods or modern condo in the mountains. Booking a vacation rental such as a house, cabin or condo gives guests access to the comforts of home, including a kitchen to enjoy homemade meals. Vacation rentals tend to market more variety in space for optimal sleeping arrangements for longer trips, too.
Energy is essential to exploring all that Ouray has to offer. Luckily, local bed and breakfasts provide guests an incredible morning meal to ensure the day begins on a positive note. B&Bs are a great fit for everything from overnight stays to extended vacations. Most choices are near attractions and restaurants.
People visiting Ouray often spend more time outdoors than indoors on their vacation, even in the winter. Downtown is filled with B&Bs, vacation rentals and places to camp. However, guests can also find hotels, motels and inns with vacancies. Book a room or suite with easy access to dining, entertainment and shopping.
There’s nothing quite like relaxing in the geothermal hot springs after a long day. In fact, soaking in the natural hot springs is proven to be beneficial for quality sleep. Guests can schedule to stay at a hotel where guests enjoy exclusive access to hot springs during their stay. With several options in Ouray, there is somewhere special for everyone.
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4J+1+1 RV PARK & Campground
CAMP · RV · RELAX
Home Body • Curiosities •
790 Oak Street · Ouray, CO · (970) 325-4418 · 4jrvpark.com 645 Main Street • Ouray, CO • 970.325.0645 • www.thebluepear.net
Home Furnishings and Decor, Style/Decorating Service, and an electric mix of delightful gifts.
RE/MAX Cimarron Realty 970-626-5400 www.cimarronrealty.com 112 Village Square weSt, Suite 100, ridgway, co 81432 located at Hwy. 62 and 550 at tHe main interSection/traffic ligHt in ridgway “Buying and Selling made eaSy” SerVing our communitieS – ridgway, ouray, montroSe, and telluride
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812 Main Street • Ouray, CO • 970.708.7605 • www.twigfeather.net
CRAFT BEER, SPECIALITY MARGARITAS, ARTISAN PIZZA AND MEXICAN CUISINE.
Where there is always a cask on tap! 602 Clinton St Ridgway, CO 81432 970-626-5333
515 Main St Ouray, CO 81427 970-325-3315
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Ho sti ng an d t oasti n g i n th e h i g h c o u ntry Ouray is the perfect place to host a celebration or gathering for as few as five to as many as five hundred guests. From parties to professional workshops, the town features a variety of venues and places to stay for every occasion, big or small. The spectacular scenery and access to an array of activities makes Ouray the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy quality time together in any season. Whether you want to design your dream destination wedding or plan a collaborative coworking conference in a more casual setting, every event will shine with the help of our hospitality professionals.
VENUES FULL-SERVICE CENTERS
Yarrow, or Achillea lanulosa iis found in semiarid and sub-alpine climates, commonly covering the forest floor. The flower with fernlike leaves is a member of the sunflower family.
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Ouray Community & Conference Center The local community center includes two meeting rooms: The San Juan Room and The Massard Room. Each one is equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, as well as a variety of tables, chairs and linens. With many windows and wooden floors, The San Juan Room is a warm, open space that includes a small kitchen. It can accommodate up to 150 people. For larger groups, The Massard Room can accommodate over 300 people. It is ideal for bigger gatherings, such as community presentations, school functions, fundraising events, dances and receptions. The Massard Room includes a fully-equipped commercial kitchen with convenient serving areas.
OURAY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS & 4-H EVENT CENTER Whether hosting an event indoors or outdoors, the Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4-H Event Center offers multiple venues in a single location for special events. From intimate gatherings to large-scale community events, the fairgrounds includes 5,000 square feet of indoor space, two outdoor patios, a covered barn with stalls for livestock and the largest rodeo arena on the Western Slope.
OUTDOORS Top of the Pines, Fellin Park, National Forest and BLM lands
OTHER UNIQUE FACILITIES Historic Beaumont Hotel, Wright Opera House, The Venue at Citizens State Bank, Elks Lodge and Western Hotel, Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast, Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs, Red Mountain Alpine Lodge
2022 Events Events are subject to change.
JANUARY • PARC Flat Ice Festival & Winter Games
• Ouray 100 Endurance Trail Run
• Main Street Trick or Treat
• FJ Summit
• Ouray PARC One-Wheel Races
• Ouray Ice Festival
• Chicks Climbing & Skiing Clinics & Auction
• Annual Quilt Show
FEBRUARY • Burn’s Night Dinner & Celebration • Cabin Fever Days
• Artist’s Alpine Holiday • Ouray Canyoning Festival • Highgraders’ Holidays Mining Competitions
NOVEMBER • Friends of the Library Luncheon & Fashion Show • Veterans Dinner & Turkey Bingo • UpstART Fall Production
• Winter Arts & Crafts Show
• Imogene Pass Run
• St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
• Jeep Jamboree
• Brunch for Books
• Yule Night
• Wine Cheese & Chocolate Festival
• Elk’s Easter Egg Hunt
• Oktoberfest & Jeep Raffle
• Santa Delivers
• Historic Beaumont Halloween Ball
• Youth Climbing College
• Compassion 5K Run/Walk
• Ourock Festival
• Ouray County Nordic Council Banquet
Jeep Raffle For over half a century, the Ouray Jeep Raffle has been a successful, communityoriented fundraiser that now supports the Six Basins Project, the Ouray Trail Group, other local environmental nonprofits that promote trail responsibility in and around Ouray and the mission of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association. Jeep Raffle tickets sold out at a record-breaking speed in 2020. Make sure you are notified when the next Ouray Jeep Raffle is on by subscribing to our mailing list www.OurayCo.org
• New Year’s Eve
• Historic Mine Tours • Mother’s Day Brunch • UpstART Spring Production
JUNE • Ouray County Historical Society walking tours • Mountain Air Music Series • Ride the Rockies • Western Mining Artifact Show
JULY • Fireman’s Ball • Independence Day Celebration
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Featur e d B u s i ne s se s A C C O M O D AT I O N S
Basecamp 550 20725 Highway 550, Ridgway (970) 400-7275 www.basecamp550.com Campground & lodge with mountain views
4J + 1 + 1 RV PARK 790 Oak St., Ouray (970) 325-4418 www.4jrvpark.com
Ouray Inn 191 Fifth Ave, Ouray (970) 325-7203 www.choicehotels.com Spacious rooms with mountain views
P R O F E S S I O N A L
JAS Designs P.O. Box 472, Ouray (970) 948-8587 www.jasdesignsllc.com Custom residential design services
Vacation Rental Collective (970) 633-0721 www.bookvrc.com
S E R V I C E S
Katrina Toucke Video Productions (970) 231-7980 www.KatrinaToucke.com
Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway (970) 626-5181 www.ridgwaycolorado.com Think Outside
Mountain Top Resort 970-325-4736 www.mountaintopsocial.com 225 County Rd 23 Ridgway (located at Ouray KOA)
OCRA The Ouray Chamber Resort Association PO Box 145, Ouray www.ourayco.org
Silverton Chamber of Commerce PO Box 565, Silverton (970) 387-5654 www.silvertoncolorado.com
Ouray Visitors Center (970) 325-4746 1230 Main St., Ouray www.visitouray.com
Western Slope Business Solutions 300 Eighth Ave, Ouray (970) 274-1139 www.westernslopebusinesssolutions.com
S H O P P I N G
Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts 644 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4408 www.mountainfevershirts.com The best selection in the West!
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O’Toys 229 Sixth Ave., Ouray (970) 729-2388 www.otoysouray.com Come play in Ouray
Rockin P Ranch 512 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-0434 Ya’ll come see us now!
The Blue Pear Bloom Modern Mercantile 645 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-0645 www.thebluepear.net
O U T D O O R S
Durango Hot Springs 6475 County Road 203, Durango (970) 247-0111 www.durangohotspringsresortandspa.com
Ridgway Adventure Sports 109 N. Lena St., Ridgway (970) 626-8500 www.ridgwayadventuresports.com We put the adventure in Ridgway sports
Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour 721 County Road 4A, Silverton (970) 387-5444 www.minetour.com Experience mining in action!
Rigs Fly Shop & Guide Service 1075 Sherman St. Unit 101, Ridgway (970) 626-4460 www.fishrigs.com
Switzerland of America 226 Seventh Ave., Ouray (970) 325-4484 www.soajeep.com Scenic Jeep tours and rentals
D I N I N G
Ouray Brewery 607 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-7388 www.ouraybrewery.com Great food. Great beer.
Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery 515 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-3315 www.coloradoboyouray.com
R E A L
Thai Chili Restaurant 740 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4100 www.thaichilico.com
True Grit Cafe 123 N. Lena, Ridgway (970) 626-5739 www.truegritcafe.com
Lindsey & Company Real Estate 635 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-4663 www.ourayrealproperty.com Buying or selling? We’ve got you covered!
Monroe Group 200 Rabbit Brush Court, Ridgway (970) 596-0770 www.monroerealtygroup.com
United Country Sneffels Realty 150 Liddell St., Ridgway (970) 626-3555 www.toddssneffelsrealty.com
Wild West Realty 801 Main St., Ouray (970) 325-6651 www.wildwestrealtyllc.com
E S TAT E
Alpenglow Cohousing Sherman Street, Ridgway (970) 318-6428 www.alpenglowcohousing.org A CoHousing Community in Ridgway, Colorado
Ouray Brokers 257 Sherman St. Ste A, Ridgway (970) 325-0300 www.ouraybrokers.com Serving all of Ouray county
Blackthorn Builders P.O. Box 257, Ouray (970) 626-2626
ReMax Cimarron Realty 112 Village Square, Ridgway (970) 626-5400 www.cimarronrealty.com A new perspective. Changing the way you see real estate
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As Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado, Ouray is a beautiful basecamp to explore history and nature. On every adventure, be sure to stay on marked trails to preserve the habitats of every resident, including the native flora and fauna.
Visitors Stop by Ouray Visitor Center located at 1230 Main St. or scan the QR code for more information
photo by Ryan Nott