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Ouray –“Switzerland of America”


Vacation in Ouray

The city of Ouray, Colorado aka “Switzerland of America” is a popular tourist destination, offering a wide variety of things to see and do. Among the most popular are: Switzerland of America Inc. Jeep tours,  the natural hot springs and the San Juan skyway. The city boasts several top-rated B&Bs for your stay as well as hotels and vacation rentals.

You’re sure to have a great time in Ouray if you visit any of these top attractions:

Ouray Hot Springs Pool

The hot springs are a great family destination. Surrounded by mountains and breath-taking views, the springs offer clean facilities and offer different areas with different temperatures to suit your preference. Visitors are sure to leave the springs centered and relaxed.

Switzerland of America Inc.

These jeep tours take you up trails and through the mountains and forests of Ouray. The SoA tours are perfect for the entire family and may be the best experience of your entire trip. Tours are varied, going to Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass and California Pass to name a few. While driving, your guide will give you the history of the area as well as interesting blurbs and facts. You can find Switzerland of America at 226 Seventh Avenue in the city proper.

San Juan Skyway

Driving along the San Juan Skyway, you will be treated to dramatic cliffs, thundering waterfalls and wildflowers aplenty. 236 miles of scenery leaves nothing to be desired; there is something for everyone in the family to fall in love with. Stop at one of the national parks and enjoy bicycling, kayaking, skiing and fishing!

Animas Forks

Visit a real ghost town that has been abandoned since the turn of the century. Kept alive as a mining town from 1890 until 1930, the town is empty though houses and buildings still stand. Though abandoned by people, you may find a mountain goat or two taking up residence in Animas. You can easily get to Animas Forks without a 4x4 vehicle but it is recommended for a smoother ride.

Box Canyon City Park

A walk through the park costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for children but is well worth it. If you are afraid of heights, start off on the lower trail which will lead you to the thunderous falls in about 5 minutes time. After seeing the falls head on, you may want to brave the upper trail leading down to the falls from above.

Ouray is a very family friendly area, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Whether you spend a week or a weekend, you're sure to leave happy and planning your return trip to the beautiful city.


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