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Ouray's Canyons

Ouray is blessed with spectacular canyons; written about by Michael Dallin, enjoyed by experienced canyoners and celebrated annually at the Ouray Canyoning Festival (August 8 – 12, 2018).

Canyoning / Canyoneering is not only fun, it is a great opportunity to spend time in nature. We have tours departing daily during the summer months, meaning Ouray’s spectacular waterfalls and canyons are accessible to all! No experience is necessary and the minimum age to participate is 12 years old. All we ask if for a reasonable level of fitness and a minimum of two people to confirm a trip. That’s it!

Join Canyoning Colorado in Ouray this summer for an adventure you won’t forget!

“I don’t know that you can really experience the beauty and ruggedness of the Ouray area without getting down into some of their incredible canyons.” – See more TripAdvisor Reviews

Ouray's History

Ouray is found in southwest Colorado, deep in the San Juan Mountains; 7,792 feet above sea level. Founded as a silver and gold mining town and named in 1876 after a famous Ute chief. Once mining activity began to dwindle, the Million Dollar Highway was built, bringing tourists and keeping the town alive!  -Waterfalls: Marc Conly / Roadside History of Colorado: Candy Moulton

Here you’ll find a historic town with two-thirds of the original Victorian structures, now occupied by a small intimate community. The town itself is nestled in picturesque rugged mountains; surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks. –

Ouray, Canyoning Colorado

The only way to discover Ouray is to drive, which is an experience in itself…

No matter how many times you visit, Ouray’s views slam you in the face every time. Sandwiched between imposing peaks, tiny Ouray juts might be that littlebit of paradise John Denver waxes lyrical about in ‘Rocky Mountain High.’ Here the mountains don’t just tower over you, they actually embrace you – the peaks leave barely quarter of a mile of valley floor in town! -Lonely Planet USA

Million Dollar Highway; among America’s most memorable drives, this breathtaking stretch passes old mine head frames and larger than-life alpine scenery. – USA’s Best Trips; 52 amazing road trips

Ouray nicknamed the Switzerland of America for its resemblance to a village in the Alps. -Eyewitness Travel USA

Looking for a Jeep Tour in Ouray?

There’s lots of great operators in Ouray. We recommend Alpine Scenic Tours who we conveniently share a shop with at 408 Main Street (June – September). The open air vehicles offer heated bucket seats, which makes a pretty comfortable ride up to Yankee Boy Basin & Imogene Pass. As well as their 6 and 9 seater trucks, Alpine Scenic Tours have a brand new Jeep Rubicon available for private tours.

Getting to our Mountain Town

Ouray’s closest airport is Montrose Regional Airport, direct flights are available from Dallas (American Airlines), Houston (United Airlines) and Denver (United Express).  If you decide to fly to Montrose, you can rent a car at the airport or book a shuttle to Ouray with Western Slope Rides. For those feeling a little more adventurous you might like to hire a Jeep from Switzerland of America or Colorado West.

There are three other airports in the region, Telluride Regional Airport, Durango-La Plata County Airport and Grand Junction Regional Airport. If you are looking to explore more of Colorado and make a spectacular day out of your journey,  you can take the Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Denver to Grand Junction.

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