The U.S. Forest Service and local Ouray Trail Group work together to maintain more than 60 incredible hiking trails in the immediate area, from easy, short hikes, to longer more difficult hiking trails, to even more technical mountaineering. The San Juan mountains tend to be steeper than other mountains in Colorado so plan for a hike to last a bit longer when hiking on Ouray Colorado hiking trails.
From the short walk to Cascade Falls or following the meandering footpath of the Portland Trail, both excellent first-time introductions to area hiking, to the challenging Horsethief/Bear Creek Loop Trail, the San Juan Mountains near Ouray has something for hikers of all interests and abilities.
Several trails are easily accessed from the hotel including the Ice Park Loop, Sutton Mine Trail, the Ouray Perimeter Trail, Twin Peaks Trail, Old Twin Peaks Trail, and the Oak Creek Trail. These trails vary in length and steepness. All of them are pure delight!
Whatever your hike, though, returning to relax your tired muscles in the 108-degree mineral hot springs at the Box Canyon Lodge is truly a welcome relief.
A complete list, detailed descriptions, difficulty ratings and current conditions of all trails in the area can be found at the Ouray Trail Group website. Several hiking books by Kelvin Kent, outlining local hikes, are also available. Two of these are Ouray Hiking Guide, Favorite Trails Of Ouray, Colorado, and Trails Less Traveled, 27 Adventurous Hikes Out of Ouray Colorado. We sell these books at the motel, so let us know if you want to purchase any. We also sell the Ouray Trail Group map of all the trails in Ouray County. We are happy to mail it to you in advance if you would like.
The Ouray Perimeter Trail is a new trail and it undulates in and around the City of Ouray. Check out the Ouray Perimeter Trail Map for further details.
You can also read our blog for more information on hiking trails and some pictures.