Monday, April 18, 2016

Ouray, Colorado

Ouray, Colorado

Ouray is a small, mountain town wedged into a steep canyon below the San Juan Mountains. The magnificent setting is reminiscent of the European Alps so the high altitude community is often referred to as the “Switzerland of America”.

The vacation resort is famous for it’s Box Canyon Falls which offers superb ice climbing during the winter and a relaxing hot springs that’s open all year round. It’s also the gateway to Yankee Boy Basin, a beautiful valley chock full of mining history and summer wildflowers.

Connecting Ouray to the lofty city of Silverton, the Milion Dollar Highway is considered one of the most dangerous roads in America, but if you can handle the sharp turns, steep ledges and lack of guard rails, I believe its the most scenic passageway in Colorado.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, it's always a tough project but it's fun.

  2. We took the kids to visit a mine in Ouray in the 1980's, about the same time we took the Durango-Silverton railroad ride. I remember my husband's knuckles turning almost white while he was driving that highway and we were all told to be very quiet if we valued our lives. I don't think I'd want to drive it, but the view from it was incredible. My poor husband was so busy trying to stay on the road he missed that view.

    1. That Million Dollar Highway is one scary route. The driver definitely has to keep his eyes on the road. Silverton is another nice mountain town up there. I'm hoping to ride that narrow gauge railroad someday.