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- Ouray Visitors Center
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- 1230 Main Street - PO BOX 145 - Ouray
- Colorado 81427 - United States
Like thousands of other small mountain communities in Colorado, Ouray started out as a mining town when gold and silver were discovered in 1875. Unlike others though, because of the majesty of the surrounding mountains, the cascading waterfalls and the natural hot springs, visitors flocked to Ouray as much for its beauty as the miners did for the riches they hoped they would find.
Prior to the discovery of precious minerals and the influx of miners, for centuries the Tabeguache Ute Indians migrated to this idyllic setting during the warm months, hunting the abundant game and soaking in the magical hot springs water. They worshipped this spectacular valley, referring to it as their sacred place. Little is left of their visits, only the name, "Ouray", in honor of their famous chief who was instrumental in keeping peace between the Ute Indians and the many settlers.