Winter in the Land of Ice & Steam
Celebrate Winter in Ouray
With a blanket of snow and the twinkle of colorful lights, Ouray just exudes holiday spirit. We’re bundling up for another fantastic winter season and invite you to celebrate a peaceful and relaxing holiday season with us.
WinterFest – Ouray’s cheery answer to holiday stress!
Let Ouray be your relaxing, friendly and spirit-filled getaway from the stress of the holiday season. We are here for you with friendly shop owners, unique treasures for your loved ones, great treats, soothing sulfur free hot springs, soft beds, and unique winter culture and adventure for the whole family! Upcoming events include a solstice stargazing night, New Year’s Celebrations and Fireworks, Ice Rink Games and Soups & Toddies at the Ouray Ice Park. For full details on weekend events, click here.
Soak in the wintry views
The Ute Indians who once inhabited southwestern Colorado came to the beautiful Ouray area to enjoy its natural hot springs. Today, visitors and locals of all ages continue to enjoy the unique mountain setting and soothing waters found here.
In the winter months, after an exhilarating climb at the Ouray Ice Park, cross-country ski or snowshoe treks, skiing adventures in the high-country, or a pleasant day of shopping Ouray’s unique businesses, soaking in the hot springs is a perfect way to end the day. Fluffy snowflakes fall through the steamy air to land on delighted swimmers, creating a magical and romantic setting. To learn more about Hot Springs in Ouray and surrounding areas, click here.
Ski without the crowds
Visitors can enjoy the small-town hospitality of Ouray and access world-class skiing at the nearby resorts and ski areas in Telluride, Silverton and Durango. For a milder ride, Ouray’s own Lee’s Ski Hill offers a free tow rope and some fun turns right in town. For solitude and pristine powder, nothing beats the backcountry slopes of the San Juan Mountains. Before you venture into the backcountry on your own, you should familiarize yourself with avalanche safety; better yet, go out with one of our professional guides.
It’s an Ice Adventure
Cold temperatures and expert “farming” combine each year to make the ice conditions in the Uncompahgre River Gorge superb for the fast growing sport of ice climbing. Most of the photos you see of Ouray’s official winter sport, ice climbing, can be a little intimidating. World class athletes come to Ouray and are portrayed hanging at crazy angles from their ice axes, traversing impossibly thin rock faces and icicles, and basically awing the casual bystander with their supernatural skills. What you may not realize when you look at these pictures is that Ouray is actually the perfect place to try out ice climbing for the first time, or to improve your skills with the help of our certified climbing guides. It’s even better when you invite a whole group of friends to join you. The Ice Park is planning on opening right around Christmas, so give yourself the gift of a new adventure this year! Click through here to learn a few more facts to temp your secret inner ice climber.
Live like a local
Ouray County may just hold the title for most craft brewers per capita in Colorado, and it’s a distinction we’ll gladly claim. With 3 breweries, 2 distilleries, 3 coffee roasters and 2 chocolatiers to our 4,500 locals, we definitely like our craft beverages and sweets! Tempt your beer taste buds and sweet tooth more after the link!
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.