The mountains surrounding Ouray provide some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States, much of which can be seen driving a regular passenger car. Download our guide to Scenic Drives
Ouray Hot Springs Pool
Several natural springs supply the pool with hot water, crystal clear and free from the strong smell of sulfur typical of hot springs. Temperatures at the source of these springs are approximately 150 degrees. The Pool is open from Year Round. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is scheduled for cleaning and maintenance: August 12 & 13, October 14 through 23, 2008. These dates are subject to change. Please phone the Ouray Hot Springs Pool at (970)325-7073 for more information or to verify the dates of closure for cleaning and maintenance.
Box Cañon Falls & Park
The Park is located at the west end of Third Avenue. To reach the entrance to the falls by foot, walk two blocks up the left fork at the end of Third Avenue. At the top of the hill, you will find the entrance to the Park and the Visitor Center. To drive from town, follow Hwy 550 south of Ouray, taking an immediate right onto CR 361 after the first hairpin turn. Follow the signs to the right, going over the Uncompahgre Gorge to the drive-in entrance. In 2001, this breathtaking park was designated an important bird watching area by the National Audubon Society. It supports one of the state’s largest populations of Black Swifts, a protected species. These birds nest in their preferred habitat— the canyon walls sheltered by overhanging rocks near waterfalls.
The Lower Cascade Falls trail is rated an easy hike, which takes you up to the base and last in a series of seven waterfalls that carries snowmelt off the mountains and down one of two flumes through Ouray. The Falls are high in the redstone cliffs overlooking Ouray, and can be seen from many vantage points around the city. The lower trail is short, but steep. The trailhead starts at a parking area at the east end of Eighth Avenue. Several interpretive brochures are available to enhance the hikers experience.
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