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Summer in the San Juan Mountains

Late Summer Adventures!

The month of August and early fall bring warm days, cool nights, and gorgeous colors that make hiking, rock climbing and canyoneering perfect family adventures.

Warm up your road-weary muscles with a loop on the Ouray Perimeter Trail, which connects short hikes and iconic sights like Cascade and Box Canyon Falls to circle the city and its unforgettable views. Ouray has close to 100 area trails to explore, twelve of which leave from town and range from easy to epic. For a bit more vertical gain, and one of the most unique perspectives of town, check out the Twin Peaks or Bridge of Heaven trails (not for the faint of heart). If you’re more inclined to get elevation behind the wheel, check out our local Jeep and ATV rental companies and climb your way up steep, rocky passes.

Ouray has recently gained a reputation for some of the best rock adventures around. There are rock climbing areas for beginners and families, and an ever-growing number of high quality routes for more advanced climbers. Areas like the Pool Wall have quickly become popular with visiting climbers, as well as visitors watching and soaking in the hot springs below. Most unique though, are our canyons, many of which exit right into downtown Ouray. Located on the floor of the box canyon and surrounded by high mountains carved by wind and water; Ouray hosts the highest quality alpine canyons in the United States. Canyoning in Ouray pairs climbing techniques like rappelling, down-climbing, and scrambling with the added thrill of swimming through rapids and sliding into pools. Ouray is home to local guide companies that offer safe, appropriate climbing adventures year-round, as well as the Ouray Canyoning Festival, which brings canyoning enthusiasts from all over the world together in Ouray every August.

Nothing feels better after a day of hiking, climbing, or any adventuring than a long soak in the healing hot springs.  Late summer is wonderful for soaking, especially when the evening temperatures begin to dip and you can watch the Alpenglow on the Amphitheater. Ouray offers many opportunities for soaking in the valley, and all of the mineral-rich waters are sulfur-free, relaxing and exhilarating.   

About Ouray

Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray is home to hundreds of miles of historic Jeep roads, sulfur-free hot springs with stunning views and the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.

Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures, are still occupied, and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.


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