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The Gem of the Rockies

Known as the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray has a little bit of everything for everyone, for every season. From the splendor of spring and summer to the vivid colors of fall and the serene wonderland of winter, the awe-inspiring beauty and boundless activities await.

Soak and Relax: The Ouray Hot Springs

The Hot Springs Pool draws visitors from all around the world to its famous sulphur-free mineral water. The Hot Springs underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017, making this historic hot springs a first-class destination. Our Hot Springs have drawn weary travelers to the water for over 90 years. The temperatures range from 80 to 106 degrees and are perfect for anyone looking for relaxation or family fun.

It’s an Off-Road Jeep/OHV Adventure

If you’re interested in four-wheeling and OHV, Ouray is the place for you! Whether you are experienced or new, one of the town’s local guides can take you on your next jeeping adventure. Make sure to follow the regulations and grab an OHV permit before heading out.

The Alpine Loop

This loop follows 75 miles of historic trails, crossing routes traveled by Native Americans and passing old camps and mining towns.

Brooklyn Road

Enjoy the expansive views and a drive past a mine site!

Yankee Boy Basin

Located just below Mt. Sneffels, this route is gorgeous during the spring.

Corkscrew Gulch

The gulch is an in-demand route, and rightly so. The trail is breathtaking in the fall!

Imogene Pass

This steeper route takes you past gorgeous views and provides a bit more of a challenge.

Be a Good Neighbor: Jeeping Road Etiquette

  • If you are traveling uphill, you have the right-of-way. So, that means when you are going downhill, you have to yield to the driver driving uphill toward you. It is easier to see to back up if you are going downhill!
  • Drive very slowly around blind curves. If you reach a shelf road or one-lane part of the trail, stop and get out to look for vehicles that may be approaching before heading across. Sometimes it’s impossible to pass or very dangerous to back up, so avoid having to do either if possible!
  • Don’t pick the wildflowers and don’t drive or walk on alpine tundra. It can take 10 years for a tiny plant to grow back.
  • Tread lightly and pack out all trash.

The Breathtaking Beauty of Ouray’s Waterfalls

The local waterfalls in town provide our best attractions accessible to nearly everyone, regardless of fitness level. The best time to experience the waterfalls is in the spring when the melt from the snow creates raging currents over the rocks.

The Box Cañon Falls can be seen from a short hike from the Fall’s visitor’s center. A small fee is charged for the maintenance of the stairs and trail system, but the view is more than worth the price. Water melts from the high country to descend over the 3-sided box canyon, then joins with the Uncompahgre River through the town. Bring your camera to the Falls—you can get a wonderful panorama of the whole town from the top!

Cascade Falls, easily seen from almost everywhere in Ouray. Visitors can drive nearly all the way to the base of the falls, then park and walk the short distance to see the beauty up close. The trails leading to Cascade Falls also form part of the Perimeter Trail, a moderately-difficult trail surrounding our town.

Stroll Down Main Street for Shopping

Our mountain town offers a variety of shops, an antique shop, galleries, and stores, so you have access to what you need when you need it. Visit one of our clothing stores, a chocolate shop, a very popular kitchen store, or even a toy store right here in town.

Stroll Down Main Street for Shopping

Our mountain town offers a variety of shops, an antique shop, galleries, and stores, so you have access to what you need when you need it. Visit one of our clothing stores, a chocolate shop, a very popular kitchen store, or even a toy store right here in town.

Lace up the Boots and Take a Hike

Ouray’s magnificent system of trails is a result of the mining activity of the 1800s and the legacy of Native Americans moving through this region. Many trails follow historic narrow gauge railroad grades or mining service roads, passing by countless ghost towns and abandoned mining structures. We have a trail to whet any outdoor enthusiast’s appetite.

Stay Safe & Honor Hiking Trail Etiquette

Remember always to be prepared by bringing along adequate supplies and letting others know where you are going and when you expect to return. Below are some trail etiquette rules and a checklist of what to take on your journey into the high country.

  • Hike with at least one partner, staying on the marked trails and traveling in single file.
  • Pack it in, pack it out.
  • Pick up after your dog and obey leash laws.
  • Don’t pick wildflowers, disturb wildlife, or tamper with disturb historic sites.
  • Honor posted signs and do not trespass.
  • Check daily conditions.
  • Mountain bikers yield to hikers and horses; all users yield to horses.
  • Riders and hikers traveling downhill yield to those traveling uphill.
  • Avoid hiking or riding in muddy conditions.
  • If you use earphones, keep the volume low to hear potential threats or other travelers along the trail.
  • Make sure children know what to do if separated. (Hug a tree and stay put.)
  • Call 911 in case of emergency. (Ouray Mountain Rescue, under the direction of the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office, is always on call for assistance.)

Fishing

Ouray is surrounded by rippling lakes, active rivers, and bubbling streams that keep anglers excited for the next day’s catch. Grab the supplies you need for your next fishing trip when you visit one of our outdoor fly shops. Only 10 minutes from the Chalet, the Ridgway Reservoir is a fun fishing location with beautiful views.

Brave the Canyon Walls

Canyoning is a popular activity for both the residents of and visitors to our town. Descend our many steep canyons scattered with cascades, bubbling rivers, and streams. There are endless canyons to choose from, both in Ouray and the surrounding areas.

Canyoning is a complex activity, so make sure you’re trained and with one of our local guide company, Canyoning Colorado, before setting out.

Festivals

We hold many different festivals throughout the year such as the Canyoning Festival and the Ice Festival. The Sherbino Theater (Ridgway) and Wright Opera House almost always have performances showcased, and nearby towns also hold fun festival activities, such as the Telluride Fire Festival and Bluegrass Festival. Whenever you may be visiting, be sure to check to see if one of our local festivals are taking place!

Summer Music Festival

Annual Ouray Ice Festival

Summer music in the park concerts are a Colorado tradition. The Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray features a different artist or group each weekend in June. Then in July, head a few minutes up the road for the Ridgway Concert Series for a concert each July weekend. The concerts are free and for music lovers of all ages, so dig out your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes!

Dining

Ouray is home to many restaurants where you can settle down for a good meal after a long day of adventures. Our streets are lined with a variety of sit down restaurants, bakeries, and more!

The Ouray Ice Park

Ouray is home to the Ouray Ice Park—one of the best ice climbing locations in the world. Whether you want climb for fun or competition, or are interested in learning some new ice climbing skills, the Ice Park is the perfect place to do it!

Visiting in January means coming to the Ouray Ice Festival. Both novice and pro ice climbers participate in the fun events that raise funds for the Ice Park such as music, food, clinics, and presentations by experienced ice climbers.

RAT Trails

Ridgway Area Trails are a system of trails built for varying levels of hikers and mountain bikers. Whether you want to venture along the “Big Cheese” trailhead or challenge yourself with the “Rat Trap” trailhead, these trails offer beautiful views and rewarding ascents!

Visitor Tips

Avoid Altitude Sickness

  • Go easy on alcoholic beverages.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat foods high in carbohydrates.
  • Sleep a little more until you adjust to the altitude.

Staying Safe in the Sun

  • Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF is recommended, especially for your lips.
  • Wear a brimmed hat and sunglasses (100% UV) to protect your face and eyes.

Staying Hydrated

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty; thirst is not a true indicator of your body’s need for water.
  • Don’t drink from lakes, streams or other natural water sources without purification first. Even clear water contains microorganisms that can make you sick.

Mountain Safety

  • Establish a route, know your limits and never travel alone. Let someone know where you’re going and when you will return.
  • Carry a first aid kit. Layer your clothing and be prepared for inclement weather—hypothermia can occur even in summer months.
  • Do not feed, touch or play with wild animals.
  • When driving, watch for deer and elk on the road, particularly in the early morning and late evening hours.
  • When you stay at the Chalet, let the front desk know when you are going into the mountains and what time you expect to be back. We’ll send help if you don’t show up again! We want everyone to be safe and enjoy the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains.

Discover the Region with Day Trips

Dallas Divide

The Dallas Divide, just north west of Ouray, Colorado, is one of the premier locations to photograph fall colors in Colorado. There are wonderful views from the viewpoint on CO-62. For a more intimate view, it is worthwhile to head south, away from paved roads and the crowd. Aside from the more famous Last Dollar Road, a couple of other dirt roads in the area offer great views, as well as the opportunity to hike or mountain bike.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, North Rim

The Black Canyon of Gunison, Colorado is one of the newest National Parks in the U.S. The entrance to this spectacular park is only eight miles east of Montrose off Hwy 50. The canyon, one mile deep at it’s deepest point and 1,150 feet at its narrowest, was carved out by the Gunnison River. Begin your visit at the visitor center and enjoy exhibits that explain the history, flora, fauna, and geology of the park. The best way to see the canyon is on foot!

San Juan Skyway

Colorado’s San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway is often considered an essential journey for road trippers, the highway delivers jaw-dropping vista after vista and is listed among the most spectacular drives in the world. Traveling through the dazzling multihued San Juan Mountains and through popular mountain towns like Durango, Silverton, Telluride and Ouray.

Colorado National Monument

The magnificent Colorado National Monument was established in 1911 to preserve one of the grand landscapes of the American West. The Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking views. The drive is ideal for bicycling as well as motor tours Enjoy panoramas of the park’s great rock sculptures, canyons, distant valleys, and mountains. There are a variety of picnic areas after your finish your viewing, hiking, or rock climbing!

Your Adventure Starts at the Chalet

The Chalet is located right in the heart of Ouray. You are within walking distance to Cascade or Box Cañon Falls, the Ouray Hot Springs, and the Ouray Ice Park, as well as all the available delicious restaurants, fun galleries, and gift shops. No matter where the day takes you, the comfort of the Chalet awaits.

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Ouray Chalet Inn 
510 Main St.
Ouray, CO 81427

Ouray Chalet Inn

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