• Taste the Local Craft

    Taste the Local Craft

    food, breweries, distilleries

    Local Food Guide

  • Just Jeeping Through

    Just Jeeping Through

    off-road, trails, mud, and winches

    4x4 and Jeeping

  • Steam off Some Snow

    Steam off Some Snow

    we could stand to lose a little

    Hot Springs and Pools

  • Ouray, Colorado

    Ouray, Colorado

    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.

  • The San Juans

    The San Juans

    our favorite range of The Rockies

    Free Visitor Guide

Come Relax in our Hot Springs

Our famous sulfur-free hot springs are the perfect place to steam off a long day of adventures!

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Jeeping Capitol of the World

Ouray has earned the much-deserved reputation as the "Jeeping Capitol of the World". Jeep roads, rated from easy to difficult, traverse a variety of terrain from extreme high mountain passes and rugged winding roads to areas of spectacular wildflowers that blanket the ground throughout the spring and summer. Four-wheeling enthusiasts travel here all summer long for the breathtaking scenery and then again during the fall months for the spectacular amber colors. In fact, the world-famous Jeep® Jamboree holds its annual rally here every fall. The roads and vistas are truly spectacular.

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Driving the San Juan Skyway

The San Juan Skyway is one of the most scenic drives in America, spanning elevations from 6,200 feet near Cortez to 11,008 feet at Red Mountain Pass. Along the route you'll find fresh alpine forests, historic mining towns, expansive cattle ranges, and prehistoric Indian ruins.

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July is Wildflower Season Along the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

ClassicVisionsPhotography Govenor Basin 6When the high country snows begin to melt and temperatures rise, the wildflowers begin to bloom in full force in the San Juan Mountains. Wide open meadows are covered in color and a drive along the San Juan Scenic Byway with some small detours is the perfect route for counting and capturing these high summer beauties.

The San Juan Scenic Byway is a 236-mile loop of highway that travels through Southwest Colorado and includes the cities of Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Dolores and Telluride along the route. Along the Million Dollar Highway (the section of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton) waterfalls occur around every twist and turn in the road. Of particular note, the new Bear Creek Overlook and Otto Mears Memorial has a spectacular view of the thundering Bear Creek Falls and the Uncompaghre Gorge.

For those who are looking for a short hike to view the flowers, check out the Twin Falls area of Yankee Boy Basin. If you want to search out more wild vistas, take one of the many Jeep roads into the high country. Governor's Basin and Clear Lake are two of our favorites. Jeep tour companies also provide comfortable and relaxing tours into the area that give you the added bonus of a great commentary about the natural and mining history in the area.

No matter which road you choose to travel, always leave with a full tank of gas, a picnic and a camera. Your wildflower journey is about to begin!

Exploring the San Juan Mountains

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Ouray is proud of its long 4x4 history and designation as the “Jeep Capital of the World.” Since the 1940’s, 4x4 vehicles and Jeep tours have been crisscrossing the San Juan Mountains as adventurers explore the rugged mining trails, ghost towns, and spectacular scenery. Waterfalls, wildflowers, stunning vistas and historic mining structures await those who venture into the mountains.

Summer Events Not to be Missed

When warm temperatures arrive in the mountains, it’s time to head to play outside. Ouray offers so many special events throughout the summer that will enhance your visit to the area. Whether you love live music, arts and culture, history, or live theater, here is a sample of the fun events happening in Ouray this summer! For a complete list of events throughout the summer, click here to visit our online calendar

 

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There is something truly special about celebrating July 4th in Ouray, Colorado. A treasured tradition for generations of visitors and local residents, this day long patriotic and historic celebration will bring out the joyful child in everyone. From the early morning pancake breakfast and Ourayce 10K, to the spectacular fireworks that boom through the canyon at dark, activities abound all day long. The 51st Annual Jeep Raffle kicks off around the Fourth, and supports fireworks, student scholarships, and community events.Bring your camera, your patriotic spirit, and your water gun.

The Wright Opera House also has a full schedule of live music performances, weekly Wednesday night indie films and the ever popular melodrama, which kicks off at the end of June. For thier full schedule, click here.

At the end of the month, Ouray turns into an artists' enclave with the Artists' Alpine Holidays, one of the longest-running juried art shows in Colorado. Spanning a full week, the event includes a juried exhibition, plein air painting workshops, an art auction and lots of socializing with your creative counterparts.

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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