Visit Ouray this summer - Canyoning Colorado

Visit Ouray

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'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.

Canyoning Colorado will be running tours daily, meaning Ouray’s spectacular waterfalls just got more accessible! No experience is necessary, but we do require a minimum of two people for the tour to go ahead.

Canyoning / Canyoneering is not only fun, it is a great opportunity to spend time in nature. Come and see us 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.”
Canyoning Colorado TripAdvisor Review

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?

There’s lots of great operators in Ouray. We recommend Alpine Scenic Tours who we conveniently share a shop with. Visit us at 408 Main St, Ouray CO 81427.

Let the experts help plan your trip:

Montrose Regional Airport
If you decide to fly to Montrose; rent a car at the airport, or for those feeling a little more adventurous, hire a Jeep from Switzerland of America!

Durango-La Plata County Airport
If you decide to fly to Durango; rent a car at the airport!

Explore more of Southwest Colorado from Grand Junction; fly into the Regional Airport and hire a car, or take the Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Denver.