What can you do in Ouray with children?

There is nothing more fun than visiting Ouray with children!

The area offers so many opportunities for families to enjoy themselves that children will never get bored. Ouray has sports activities, a lot of sightseeing, and new adventures to try. Toddlers, children, and teenagers will find themselves laughing and enjoying their family time spent in the area.

If you’re asking yourself what’s there to see and do with your family in Ouray, here’s a list of fun activities for you and your family!

Hot springs

Everyone loves playing with water and splashing, especially toddlers and children.

Ouray’s hot springs offer various pools: shallow pools, hot pool, water slides, and even a pool with a waterfall. The scenery is spectacular as the hot springs are surrounded by tall forested mountains. Children and parents alike can enjoy a full time having fun in the hot springs.

Box Canyon City Park

A beautiful park with a suspension bridge, Box Canyon City Park is children-friendly and offers plenty of picnic sites.

Families will enjoy the views as well as the stunning local flora and fauna. There is even a trail that does not have steps, which is perfect for very young children or babies on strollers. 


For those who love fishing, Ouray gives you plenty of choices for fly-fishing.

Thanks to the many rivers and streams in the area, families will find fly-fishing opportunities abound. The Cimarron, San Miguel, Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers are filled with fish in mid-summer. So, grab your fishing rod and enjoy a good time in the outdoors!

Check out some great ideas for family adventures on RIGS guide service! They specialize in family fun and offer everything from guided fly-fishing trips to full-day raft, kayak, or stand up paddleboard trips.


Rafting in Ouray | Stay at the Ouray Chalet Inn

The area surrounding Ouray is brimming with rivers, streams, and cascades. Rafting is the perfect way to enjoy them all.

The snow that melts in summer from the San Juan Mountains fills the rivers with water and creates the perfect rafting opportunity to enjoy the sensational scenery while having tons of fun.

You can choose from several rafting spots. Families with young children will enjoy the easier and safer rafting trips offered by the lower Gunnison River and the Uncompahgre River.

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour

What child doesn’t love Wild West adventures and stories?

The Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour is perfect for children looking to immerse themselves into an authentic Wild West experience. Visitors can go in the mine along a trail, 1500 feet deep into the mountain, and feel like pioneers mining for gold.

Ouray County Museum

Another opportunity to dive into the past is a visit to the Ouray County Museum.

The Museum holds child-friendly exhibits about the mining past of the area and other artifacts that children can enjoy to discover. The exhibits cover mining, ranching, and railroading activities people used to do in Ouray.

Lower Cascade Trail and Falls

If you’d rather avoid a long mountain hike because of your young children, then the Lower Cascade Trail and Falls is perfect for you.

This short and easy hike delivers a beautiful view of the Cascade Falls. It is located on the outskirts of Ouray and is easy to reach. For anyone wishing to continue their hiking experience, the Lower Cascade Trail joins the five-mile-long Perimeter trail.

Bach’lers stable

Most children love horseback riding. Make your children feel like real cowboys and cowgirls at the Bach’lers stable!

This is the perfect opportunity for them to enjoy riding in a spectacular environment. Rides vary from one hour to up to three and children will feel they are real cowboys and cowgirls.

After a great day out with the family, relax at the Ouray Chalet Inn. Book a room now online or call us now on 866-337-3585 for your ultimate family experience!