Summer in the San Juan Mountains
The summer season is gearing up in Ouray. The spring run-off has begun and the waterfalls are glorious. Hiking and jeeping trails are opening up and the Ouray Hot Springs Pool is open for summer hours.
Plan your summer getaway around a tour of our region’s hot springs and spend some time soaking up the different and unique facilities it offers. In Ouray County, the historic vapor caves and outdoor pool at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodging and the naturally landscaped pools at Orvis Hot Springs are both open to the public. If you want a private hot springs experience, consider a stay at Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs or the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, which offer their on-site hot springs exclusively to their guests. The Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway also offers mineral-rich solar heated salt water pools that are open only to its guests.
Spring Snows Set Up Summer Water Fun
Dreaming of summer? Planning ahead can make all the difference between a great vacation or one that leaves you thinking, “I wish we had . . .” Booking early can get you great package discounts with local lodges and outfitters.
Rafting– Get your perfect whitewater fix by taking advantage of our local whitewater at the right time.
Fishing– Knowing what’s biting on what regional river is the secret tip for the perfect fishing trip at any time of year.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle-Boarding) - One of the hottest trends in outdoor water sports is Stand Up Paddle-Boarding, and the scenic reservoir at Ridgway State Park is the perfect location to try it for the first time. Our local outfitters in Ridgway offer rentals and lessons.
Equipment & Boat rentals- Plan a day on the reservoir at Ridgway State Park and get the whole family out on the water. Rentals are available for a variety of watercraft, from motor boats to kayaks.
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.