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- Visit Ouray
- 1230 Main Street - Ouray
- Colorado 81427 - United States
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Tucked into a dramatic box canyon along the San Juan Skyway, Ouray, at first glance, is one of Colorado’s most striking towns. The San Juan Mountains rule here - continue west, and prepare to climb Red Mountain Pass, one of the state’s most arduous roads and a gateway to the famed Million Dollar Highway.
Gold and silver mining history is still very alive here, where numerous shaft remnants linger just outside town. Roads like Engineer and Imogene Pass, leading right from town, make for exciting jeep tours. If you only have time for one, you might consider Yankee Boy Basin, which is chock-full of tumbling rock spires, wildflowers (in summer), and old mines.
In late September, when changing Aspens are at their peak color, Ouray hosts the Jeep Jamboree, an organized festival and celebration of its exciting four-wheel-drive roads. The Uncompahgre National Forest, surrounding Ouray, is an excellent place for hiking and camping. Summer is top tourist season here since Ouray, pummeled by serious snowstorms, closes many of its doors during the winter.