Things to Do
Make Ouray your destination for a day trip or stay longer at one of our many hotels, motels, or bed and breakfasts. Whether you have just a few hours to spend in Ouray or several nights, we have plenty to keep you busy. This incredible vacation destination has so much to offer - regardless of one's interests - whether you're a history lover, adventurer, shopper, traveling artist, or a family with children, we have something for everyone.
We're Kind of "Big" on Adventure.
Summertime in Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast's dream; sunshine, raging rivers, a vast trail system and surrounding National Forrest lands each provide for an unforgettable outdoor experience. Your choice of summer recreation is endless.
Explore the mountains on foot, horseback, four-wheel drive, raft or climb the shear cliffs- there's a route for everyone. The panoramic vistas, mountain basins with waterfalls and wildflowers, are waiting to be captured on film - so don't forget your camera.
Please only take photographs and leave only foot prints. Pack it in and pack it out.
Ouray is the place to be in the wintertime with ice climbing, hot tubbing, and a cool mountain-town vibe, you'll have everything you could want for an amazing winter vacation right at your fingertips (or your ice picks). Accommodating to both the adventurous and leisurely traveller, we're confidant you'll find just what you need here.
Come winter, "The Switzerland of America," as Ouray is nicknamed, is wrapped in a blanket of crisp, white snow and offers plenty of activities and events to warm the hearts and souls of visitors of all ages. One of the most popular winter attractions is the Ouray Ice Park, which is home to more than 200 ice and mixed climbs most within a 15-minute walk of the entrance. From mid-December through mid-March, Ouray is full of climbing activity and good cheer, with "Have an Ice Day" greeting you from almost every open merchant and lodger's window. The Park's signature event, the Ouray Ice Festival, takes place in January. Known as the priemier international gathering of its kind, the festival draws top athletes from around the world. It's not unusual to run into a world famous athlete at one of the coffee shops, pubs, or at one of the slideshows and adventure film screenings in town.
If powder is more your speed, Ouray has just the ticket. The San Juan Mountains beckon winter adventurers looking for back-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling to cut fresh tracks in deep, untouched powder. Visitor's can enjoy convenient access to three different world-class ski resorts in our area, each only a short drive away.
After a hard day of play, there is nothing better than a relaxing and rejuvenating soak in natural, sulfur-free hot springs. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is open year-round and offers more than a million gallons of crystal clear natural hot springs water. Consider staying in one of the three lodging establishments that offer on-site hot springs pools, soaking tubs and vapor caves.
This activity is supported by the Colorado Tourism Office, a state agency