Located along America's
most scenic highway, The San Juan Skyway, Ouray has been a special
destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This
small, intimate community nestled in some of the most spectacular
scenery anywhere, is repeatedly referred to as the Switzerland of
The town is surrounded by
the San Juan Mountains and the Uncompaghre National Forest. The
San Juan Skyway winds through town following a north-south canyon.
Also near Ouray is Box Canyon Falls, one of the premier ice
climbing spots in America.
Ouray is considered by
many to be an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Conquer the mountains on
foot, bike or four-wheel drive vehicle. Powder snow, deep and
untouched, and ripe for cross-country adventures on skis,
snowshoes or snowmobiles is typical of winter in the San Juans.
The Ouray Ice Park, the world's first and only ice climbing park,
displays dramatic, frozen waterfalls dotted with climbers dressed
in their bright colored gear.