Ouray Visitor Information
Make the Ouray Chalet Inn your base camp for all your adventures around Ouray! Here are some tips to make your visit safe and fun for everyone.
You are a mile above sea level. There is less oxygen here which can cause shortness of breath, headaches, insomnia, weakness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Tips for Avoiding Altitude Sickness
- Go easy on alcoholic beverages.
- Drink more water.
- Eat foods high in carbohydrates.
- Sleep a little longer until you adjust to the altitude.
Reduce the Rays
Our high altitude brings you close to the sun so you can easily get a severe sunburn, even on a cloudy day.
Tips for 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.
Drink Lots of Water
Colorado’s air is dry. Carry a canteen or other water container and drink small amounts of water frequently.
Tips for 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.
Stay Safe On Your Ouray Mountain Adventures
Tips for Ouray 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.