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Downtown Ouray, Colorado

Ouray [3] is a small town in Southwestern Colorado, magnificently situated in the San Juan Mountains and nicknamed "The Switzerland of America" for its scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Get in

Ouray is at the northern end of the Million Dollar Highway, a famously scenic stretch of road (US highway 550) through the San Juan Mountains with its southern terminus at Durango. If you're arriving from Durango, plan to take an hour and a half on the road, which has many tight hairpin turns over high passes and deep valleys and is not for the faint of heart. The northern approach on US 550 from Montrose is less dramatic. There is no air service to Ouray, but Durango has commuter air service linking to Denver and other major cities.

Get around


  • Box Canyon Falls, CR 361, Ouray, CO, 81427, (970) 325-7080, [1]. 8 am - 8 pm. Box Canyon Falls is a 285 foot waterfall that plummets into a narrow, quartite canyon with walls overhanging the falls by nearly 100 feet. The falls are reached via a short and easy 500-foot hike. $3 adults, $1.50 children (5-12 years), $2.50 seniors (65+).
  • The Sandman, 640 Main St, 970-325-4071. Robert “The Sandman” Stouffer is one of the few practitioners of a type of sand art made by pouring into bottles colored sand that he’s harvested from around the country.


Box Canyon Lodge & Pool. Houses four hot spring "tubs" for registered guests.

Ouray Hot springs Pool. naturally fed large hot springs pool. admission $10 major credit cards accepted.




  • Ourayle House, 215 Seventh Ave, 970-903-1824.


  • Christmas House Bed and Breakfast Inn, 310 Main Street (35 Miles S. of Montrose, Colorado), 1.888.325.9627, [2]. checkin: 3 PM; checkout: 10 AM. Five luxury suite with private 2 person jacuzzis, private 2 person steam saunas, private fireplaces, Queen Beds, Private Baths, Sat TV/VCR/DVD, Free Movies, Free USA Long Distance Calls, Coffeemakers, CD Stereos, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Gourmet Menu Breakfasts served at your private table at your chosen time. Romantic getaway honeymoon specials!! $115 to $180.


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