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Things to Do near Ouray, Colorado

Our part of Southwest Colorado is known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado. Here, you can explore massive waterfalls and abandoned mines. Hike along scenic mountain trails, like Bear Creek Trail. Or, simply relax at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. For more information on everything the Ouray area has to offer, feel free to contact us. We'll be glad to answer your questions.

Box Canyon Falls

Box Canyon Falls consists of a 285 foot waterfall, traveling through a very narrow slot canyon. The surrounding park, constructed by the city of Ouray, allows you to experience the falls up close.

The park consists of two trails. The lower trail is a steel walkway the runs through the canyon to to base of the falls. Expect to get wet, very wet, along this trail. The upper trail is also made up of a steel walkway. The upper trail traverses the top of the canyon, where you'll get stunning views of Box Canyon.

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Ouray Hot Springs

Ouray Hot Springs is a set of geothermally heated mineral pools, owned and operated by the City of Ouray.

The location consists of five separate pools, and includes an adult-only soaking section (family-friendly swimsuit required), a couple of water slides, an obstacle course, and a swimming area with several lap lanes.

The water at Ouray Hot Springs contains minerals, including iron, manganese, and potassium. And, the pools free of sulfur, so they don't have that obnoxious smell associated with similar bodies of water.

Bear Creek Trail

Bear Creek Trail is a 12.4 mile out and back trail long trail that begins at Highway 550, near Bear Creek Falls. Elevation gain is 4,698 feet.

The trail takes you through the surrounding Ouray backcountry, past mountain stream and aspen forests. You'll also get the chance to check out abandoned mines, such as Yellow Jacket Mine and Grizzly Bear Mine.

Note that this trail is narrow, with some exposure to high cliffs and steep drop offs. You'll need to be an experienced hiker to handle the entire trail; however, hiking up to Grizzly Bear Mine is a 4.8 mile round trip is less strenuous, and the views are well worth your time.

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