Often known as the ‘Switzerland of America,’ Ouray is a world-famous tourist destination. Its splendid scenery, hiking trails, and outdoor recreational activities keep the visitors flocking to the place year after year. If you are also planning about visiting Ouray, below are a few things you should add to your bucket list-
Visit Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Box Canyon is one of the biggest draws towards Ouray. Thanks to its ultimate natural beauty! This waterfall drops down a distance and provides visitors with amazing scenic views. Start your journey to explore this area from the visitors’ center and get ready to see some of the wonderful trails and plantation that exhibits along the way.
If you want to get the views of the peaks and the entire town, the High Bridge Trail is a great option. While dogs aren’t allowed in this park, they can hike with you on other trails in the area.
The Adventure At The Ouray Ice Park
It’s best to plan your trip to Ouray in the winter. This chic town comes to life when it gets covered in ice and snow. Whether you want to try ice climbing or watch the other adventure-seekers do it, head to the Ouray Ice Park.
Depending upon the weather conditions, come by December and March. Though ice climbing is free here, the activity is best left to the experts with their own gear. You will most climb at just a short walk from the entrance. So, look for a good lodging in Ouray CO, and reserve your stay in advance to avoid the last-minute hassles.
Explore The Downtown Shops
Downtown Ouray has a plethora of shops and restaurants you must check out. Even if you are running short of time, you can still explore the area as it is small enough to walk through. From boutiques, kitchen stores to art galleries, Ouray has it all. You can also shop for touristy t-shirts before starting the adventurous journey.
Don’t forget to stop at the Ouray Brewing for tasting the local bear. Head to the rooftop to enjoy the warmth of the sun while enjoying the outside views. Stop by the Mouse’s Chocolate’s for a sweet treat.
Drive San Juan Skyway
If taking a drive in the nature is your cup of tea, then you can’t afford to miss the San Juan Skyway. This town is situated at an elevation of around 8,000 feet. The snow-capped mountains add more charm to its stunning beauty.
This 233-mile loop goes to the other beautiful Colorado town, including Telluride, Silverton, Durango, etc. You may not have enough time to drive the entire route. However, if you are in Telluride, try to plan a trip to Ouray to add more fun to your adventure.
Take A Dip Into The Hot Water Springs
There is a plentiful of hot springs in the Ouray area. Also, there are several ways you can relax in the soothing waters of these hot springs. The pools range in the temperature range from 88 degrees to 105 degrees; you can choose from the different spa options.
Meanwhile, the Ouray hot water spring pools are open year-round and offer sulfur-free water to soak in. Nothing feels better than taking a dip into these steaming pools after a tiring day.
Ouray has much more to offer; these are just a few things you shouldn’t miss while visiting there.