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Ouray, Colorado Travel Guide

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In its historic beginnings, Ouray was home to miners seeking out gold and silver in the surrounding mountains. Today, tourism is Ouray's primary industry, but most of the buildings from its late 19th century origins still stand. The entire town is registered as a National Historic District.

The massive, 13,000-foot tall peaks that almost entirely ring Ouray is part of the tourist draw. Ouray itself is tucked at a narrow end of a valley. Called "the Switzerland of America" because of this unique positioning, Ouray is perhaps surprisingly not a ski town at all, but an ice town. Ouray is home to the Ouray Ice Park, the first artificial ice climbing park worldwide. Visitors can climb dozens of frozen waterfalls, which range from 80 to 200 feet in height.

In the summer, the mountains are blanketed with wildflowers and attract hikers and especially off-roaders. Rough, four-wheel-drive-only roads take visitors through the mountains to Telluride or the beautiful Yankee Boy Basin. Of course, the many historic buildings, including the Beaumont Hotel and Wright's Opera House, are open year-round, as is the unique Ouray Hot Springs swimming pool.

Ouray is about 35 miles south of Montrose via US 550. Without four-wheel-drive, Telluride is an hour and a half away via a loop around the mountains.

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SouthwestOuray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray has been eloquently nicknamed the "Switzerland of America."
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You'll want to discover all of Our Side. Delta County features playgrounds from 4, 000 ft to 11,000 ft. and all the fun stuff in between. Small country farms, orchards burgeoning with fruit, winemakers busy at their craft and chefs stirring it up.
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SouthwestEncompassing more than one thousand square miles of untamed beauty, Hinsdale County stands unrivaled when outdoor recreation, unique geology, wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and historic significance come into play.
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