Ouray is a bustling town with plenty of activities and sightseeing opportunities.

Hot springs are an excellent relaxation place that children adore. Hiking, climbing, biking, and walking on winding mountain paths provide amazing opportunities to take in the spectacular views. Magnificent mountains offer the breathtaking richness of the surrounding nature. And at the end of it all, delicious eating, drinking, and shopping in Ouray’s quaint, cozy establishments are the perfect end to another day of spring and summer activities.

However, if you want to explore a little further away, the Colorado Western Slopes offer plenty of nooks and crannies to discover, all within driving distance from Ouray. 

By making Ouray your camp base, you can have unforgettable adventures in beautiful Colorado.

Via Ferrata

If you enjoy climbing, the Ouray Via Ferrata is the perfect destination for you. The route begins off the Ice Park Loop trail at the South end of the New Funteer access trail and crosses the Uncompahgre River, continuing North and ending just past the “Upper Bridge.”

The Ouray Via Ferrata includes sections of narrow rock ledge, rungs across blank rock sections, climbing and descending sections, and cable traverses. The entire route is protected by continuous safety cable.

Black Canyon

Black Canyon is part of the Gunnison National Park and surrounds part of a deep, steep-walled gorge by the Gunnison River. Roads and trails along the north and south rims offer dramatic views of the Black Canyon’s drops and the famous Painted Wall cliff, while the winding East Portal Road descends to the river. 

The Black Canyon takes its name from its steepness, which makes it hard for sunlight to penetrate into its depths. As a result, the canyon is often shrouded in shadow, causing the rocky walls to appear black. It is home to deer, elk, and even golden eagles.

The San Juan Skyway

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Sunset view of the rugged Cimarron Ridge South, 11,526 ft (3,513 m), part of the San Juan Mountains, seen from Owl Creek Pass Road, near Ridgeway, Colorado, USA.

 For those who enjoy long car rides in breathtaking surroundings, the San Juan Skyway is definitely for you.

It is a 236-mile loop that runs through Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Dolores, Cortez, and Durango. The views are amazing as you pass through canyons, forests, peaks, and creeks. You will see historical mining towns and even some of Colorado’s ghost towns testifying to the past of the area. While driving through the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests, you can stop to admire the view, take photos, or even enjoy a picnic in places of unequal beauty.

Mesa Verde National Park

Drive through the San Juan Natural Forest and dive in history at the Mesa Verde National Park. Mesa Verde offers amazing sightseeing by delving into the archeological heritage of the Pueblo people who lived there until 1300 AD. You will find archeological sites, dwellings, farming complexes, and many details of the lives of these ancient people.

What’s more, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, and eating. If you are not keen on sports, you can take your car and go on a drive along the Mesa Top: you will still enjoy great views of Pueblo architecture and life from the comfort of your vehicle.

A day trip to Mesa Verde will take you back to another era and give you images you will treasure throughout your life.

Visit Montrose

Montrose is only 36 miles from Ouray and is packed with activities. You will find botanic gardens and the Montrose water sports park, alongside museums such as the Ute Indian Museum and the Museum of the Mountain West.   

There is something for everyone. Montrose offers plenty of splendid places for eating and enjoying life while you will also discover amazing opportunities for hiking, walking, and biking in astonishing scenery and wilderness. There are also plenty of sporting activities such as golfing and fishing. Your day will be filled and you will return to Ouray with both your soul and body nourished.

Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train

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Time to explore Colorado by train! Take your car to Durango and hop onto the vintage steam locomotive. Relive how people used to travel and explore the mountains and the astounding views of the area. This train has been operating since 1881 and continues to this day.

For almost three hours, you will feel like you live in another era. The train reaches Silverton where you can take a stroll and returns to Durango a couple of hours later. The route taken depends on the season and weather. The surrounding nature, canyons, and spectacular wilderness will amaze you, especially since only a train can reach some of these places. These are adventures worth having!  

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