Welcome to Winter in Ouray!
Ice, Snow & Steam
This winter will be an exciting time of revisiting history and historic change in Ouray. From new events, to classic winter activities and adventures, to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool multi-million-dollar renovation, Ouray will be bustling with activity.
What makes Ouray a special winter destination? World class ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Park, and uncrowded backcountry skiing in the San Juan Mountains, Nordic ski and snowshoeing adventures with epic views, sulfur-free hot springs and the authentic spirit of the mountains found in our historic city. Add unique shops, craft beer, spirits, coffee and chocolates, locally-owned and run restaurants, and boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts and you have the perfect winter getaway destination.
Winter officially starts with the eight-week Winterfest season between Thanksgiving and the annual Ouray Ice Festival in January, with different major activities happening every weekend, as well as many other events throughout the week. Click here for all the WinterFest fun!
Photo Courtesy of the Ouray Ice Park, Dan Chehayl
Ice, Ice Baby
As temperatures begin to drop in the Uncompahgre River Gorge in Ouray, the scientific and intricate work of building the world’s biggest and best recreational ice park begins for the local ice farmers. If you've never climbed before, now is the time to add it to your bucket list. Or, just spend a beautiful winter day watching the adventurous climbers in the park from one of the many overlooks. Learn more about ice climbing in Ouray here.
Winter Along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop
If you have more than a few days to travel, don’t miss the chance to stop and soak in our partner destinations along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop, which offer their own charming winter festivals, great resort skiing and unique Colorado experiences. The Loop includes the communities of Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs, Pagosa Springs, and Ouray and Chafee Counties. Each destination is about a three-hour drive from the next and makes for a perfect multi-day getaway in Colorado.
A New Era for the Ouray Hot Springs Pool
In operation since 1927, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool has served the local and regional communities as the premier destination for relaxation, family fun and amazing views. After 89 years of operation and countless visitors, the pool facility was beginning to show its age. The long-awaited, multi-million-dollar renovation project started in the fall of 2016 and addresses structural and filtration issues, introduces modern amenities, and creates some beautiful new and improved soaking areas with completion expected in May of 2017. Learn more about the project and other local soaking options here.
The Fitness Center, locker rooms and shower facilities will remain open throughout the construction project from 10 AM – 6 PM daily. Project details, updates and a live webcam of the project are available at the Ouray Hot Springs website. For hot springs soaks during the construction period, we encourage visitors to seek out Ouray County’s other public hot springs at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings and Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray and at Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway. Private hot springs for are also available for guests of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in 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.