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Ouray Introduction

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and wildflower-filled meadows, Ouray lives up to its "Switzerland of America" moniker. It's set in the San Juan Mountains and is a world-class destination for ice climbers and canyoners. Hikers will find themselves hypnotized by the stunning alpine scenery, while 4WD enthusiasts can bump along rugged mountain trails. Ouray also offers its fair share of R&R, whether you're soaking in a bubbling hot spring or sipping cocktails by a fireplace.

Hotels in Ouray

Ouray swaps chain hotels for characterful inns and guesthouses run by friendly locals. B&Bs will get your day off to a good start with freshly-brewed coffee and homecooked breakfasts. After a day of adventure, you'll love relaxing on the porch and chatting to new friends in the cozy saloon. Perfect for couples, luxury hotels in Ouray promise a romantic stay. Many are housed in handsome historic buildings reimagined with boutique decor and modern amenities. Spa-inspired properties treat guests to on-site hot springs and outdoor pools. Discount hotels in Ouray keep things simple with comfortable rooms and continental breakfast buffets.

In the last hour, the most popular choices were:

  • Hot Springs Inn has been booked 5 times; click Hot Springs Inn for more info.
  • China Clipper Inn has been booked 5 times; click China Clipper Inn for more info.
  • Bridal Veil B&B has been booked 5 times; click Bridal Veil B&B for more info.

Where to stay

Hotels in Ouray put you in the heart of the historic town center. You'll be within walking distance of shops and cafes, as well as lively restaurants and bars. There's plenty of choice along Main Street, as well as the surrounding avenues. Hotels in this area are a great choice if you want to browse the town's independent boutiques and art galleries. Discount hotels and RV parks can be found along Highway 550. For more choice, look to nearby towns such as Ridgway, Montrose, and Silverton, as well as Durango and Gunnison. For luxury accommodation and easy access to some of Colorado's top ski hills, head to Telluride.

Things to see

Ouray is a 7th heaven for outdoor lovers. Scenic hiking trails wind through Box Canyon Falls Park, including the famous Ouray Perimeter Trail. The 6-mile loop trail starts across the street from the visitor center and unlocks knockout views over the landscape. Adventure sports, such as canyoning and white-water rafting, will get your heart beating faster. If you don't want to work up a sweat, join a scenic 4WD tour that will take you deep into the San Juan Mountains. Bird-watchers flock to Box Canyon Falls, home to one of America's biggest colonies of protected black swifts. You can also tick off sparrows, warblers, grosbeaks, and other alpine species. After an exhilarating day of adventure, throw on your swimsuit and head to mineral-rich Ouray Hot Springs Pool. The historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa is another great place to soak your muscles, offering crystalline outdoor pools and a subterranean vapor cave.

How to get to Ouray

Ouray straddles Highway 550 in Southwest Colorado, 40 miles south of Montrose and 70 miles north of Durango. Most travelers arrive by car as public transport is limited. The San Juan Skyway Scenic & Historic Byway loops around Colorado and is a great way to discover the area. Denver International Airport is 300 miles away and offers flights to destinations across North America, and beyond. Montrose Regional Airport, a 45-minute drive north, is well served by local airlines and also offers car rental agencies.