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Ouray is a small Colorado mountain town just a 6-hour drive southwest of Denver. It is home to breathtakingly beautiful mountain landscapes, hot springs, endless hiking trails, a quaint downtown, and more. Ouray is the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers, mountain enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, families on vacation, and couples wanting to spend some quality time in nature.Finding your perfect Ouray vacation rental
Ouray is the ideal vacation destination for anyone wanting to unwind in a tranquil, natural environment. The vacation rentals here reflect the cozy-chic mountain feeling of the town with wooden design features, plush furnishings, jacuzzis, and fireplaces. Relax in a luxurious, oversized rental, with plenty of space to sleep large groups and families. Couples can go for cozy, smaller rentals. Opt for a garden with a balcony to enjoy spectacular mountain views throughout your stay. Book a vacation rental with plenty of yard space to walk around and enjoy the summer sun. Pet-friendly rentals are available for people traveling with pets.
Vacations in Ouray
The area and getting around
If you’ll be arriving in Ouray by plane, the closest airport is Montrose Regional Airport, which has domestic flights and is 40 miles, or a 1-hour drive away from Ouray. Ouray is around a 6-hour drive from Denver International Airport. If you’ll be coming from Denver, car rental companies are available at the airport and in the city.Getting around Ouray
Although the downtown district of Ouray is quite small and walkable, it is still advised to have a car during your time in Ouray. Many of the points of interest in Ouray require a car to get around, especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the nearby mountains. Downtown Ouray is filled with plenty of shops and restaurants which can be reached on foot.
Travelers and activities
Even if you’re not already an experienced ice climber, Ouray is the place to learn! Ouray Ice Park is a great place for beginners to try their hand at ice climbing, where you can ice-pick your way up an icy mountain while suspended to a rope. Don’t worry, the tours are completely safe and done with guided professionals who will be with you every step of the way! If you’re a more experienced ice climber, try a slightly more advanced ice climb with San Juan Mountain Guides.Ouray for families
Enjoy the outdoor family destination of a lifetime with an array of family-friendly offerings in Ouray. Do the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, where you can walk 1,500 feet inside a hill called Gold Hill, which is known for its abundance of precious metals like gold and silver. A professional guide will lead you through the mine and will tell you about the fascinating history, legend, and lore of the mine. Kids can even pan for gold at the end!
Ouray is known as the “Switzerland of America” because the mountains here resemble the mountains in Switzerland.
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Relax in some of the largest thermal pools in the United States at Ouray Hot Springs. The clear, warm waters of the springs were first constructed into a swimmable pool in the 1920s and are still popular among visitors today. The pool is fed by seven different springs and is surrounded by scenic mountains and forests. Head here for a day of family fun.2. Walk through Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
At Box Canyon Waterfall & Park you can walk along a bridge that is suspended to the walls of a canyon. The bridge leads through many crevices throughout the canyon and passes by cascading waterfalls. Be sure not to miss out on this unique and memorable experience!3. Take a scenic drive through Red Mountain Pass
Also called the “Million Dollar Highway,” the Red Mountain Pass is an 11,000-foot high, 25-mile-long stretch of highway in the San Juan Mountains. Take a leisurely drive here and soak up the breathtaking views of the scenic surroundings. There are many stop off points where you can park and get out of your car to take photos and see the views.4. Visit the Ouray Alchemist Museum
The Ouray Alchemist Museum is located in the building behind the Aspen Drug Store Wall. Take a fascinating tour with the expert owner to learn all about herbalism, alchemy, the history of pharmaceuticals, and more! If you’re a history lover, this tour is a must!5. See why Ouray is called “Switzerland of America” at Yankee Boy Basin
This stunningly scenic Alpine basin is a vibrant shade of green in the summertime and snow-covered in the wintertime. There are several mountain peaks which surround the basin, as well as many hiking trails and four-wheeling paths. Bring your cameras, this is one of the most photogenic places in all of Colorado!