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Situated in a river valley at 7,800 ft. and offers residents and visitors alike some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery in the state. Ouray has a year-round population of about 840 and that number swells during the summer tourist season. The stages carried the passengers to Ouray, Colorado over the toll road Otto Mears built. The toll road followed the route that is today called "the Million Dollar Highway." In Ouray, travelers rejoined the Denver and Rio Grande to finish their trip. The remainder of the journey went via the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad through Montrose, the Black Canyon, Gunnison, and Marshall Pass.