Ouray is the ultimate ode to majestic mountains in America. At the head of a narrow valley, it fills a tiny bowl where waterfalls tumble off precipitous cliffs that extend to towering mountains all around. The town was founded in 1876 when gold was discovered. Within a decade, Ouray had become the county seat with 1,000 residents, and one of the West’s landmark hotels was constructed. Mining kept the town lively until the mid-20th century. By 1967 the mines had closed and the Beaumont fell victim to a dispute and was closed for the next 36 years.
The hotel is glorious again, but in keeping with the Old West mining heritage, most streets remain unpaved. In summer, outdoor adventurers use the town as a base camp for exploring the magnificent surroundings by foot, horseback, jeep, or mountain bike. The town’s vast hot springs pool, box canyon waterfalls, and vapor caves are unique world class attractions. Shops, restaurants and lodgings collectively offer romantic reflections of the rowdy past and remarkable locale.
For more information, check with the local Chamber of Commerce
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