Switzerland of America
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 and 4x4 roads and hiking trails, 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.Our famous sulfur-free hot springs are the steamy part of your Ouray getaway. Nothing beats a hot springs soak after a day of adventures. Explore our five public and private Ouray hot springs. After an exhilarating adventure on foot, or climbing up a wall of ice, or a pleasant day of shoppingOuray’s unique businesses, soaking in the hot springs and viewing the snow-covered canyon walls from the water in winter is truly a restorative experience. There are four local developed hot springs in Ouray. These include the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, the vapor caves of the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings, the pools at the Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and guests at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs can enjoy private hot springs during their hotel stay. Stay in our valley and soak to your heart's content! Ouray’s mountains are right at your front door, so if you crave adventures that take you away from the pavement, here are some unique ways to fill your days in the Recreation Capital of Colorado. From hiking and rock climbing, canyoning to horseback riding, to fishing and rafting, our natural landscapes and waterways are waiting to be discovered. In winter you'll find ice climbing, back country and nordic skiing, and snowshoeing adventures. Our adventures are family-friendly, so don’t forget to bring the kids along! The history of the San Juan Mountains is just as rich as the scenery. Take the famous Million Dollar Highway south of Ouray to explore the ghost towns in Ironton and the Red Mountain Mining District. This area features historic headframes, tunnels, homes and cabins. During its boom time, this valley was home to as many as 10,000 people, 100 businesses, a post office, jail, schools, newspapers, saloons and gambling halls. Visit the Ouray Historical Society Museum for a complete history of the area, venture underground at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour in Ouray to experience what life was truly like for the miners of the 1800s, or take a Jeep Tour to see the historic ghost towns found amidst the surrounding mountains.