So, Mother Nature has given us exactly what we asked for. After such a dry year last year, all of the snow and precipitation has been a true blessing, and yet….
With such high accumulations of snow in the high country, four wheel drive trails are going to be opening late, but once they do, they will be beyond magical! The question now is: what to do in Ouray County right now? Adventure awaits in the San Juans!
1.) Take a Drive!
Just because the four wheel drive roads are still snow packed doesn’t mean there are no roads to explore! Lower altitude trails can be followed for quite a ways and of course, a drive along the Million Dollar Highway is beyond breathtaking any time, and right now, all of the seasonal waterfalls are a feast for the eyes. The amount of snow still blanketing the summit of Red Mountain Pass and Molas Pass is awesome to behold.
If you’re looking for something really different, take a drive out to the Black Canyon! Just an hour from Ouray, outside of Montrose, the Black Canyon is indeed a sight to behold! With a variety of hiking trails and picnic spots, a day in the National Park is an experience not to be missed.
2.) Take a Hike!
One of the most popular hiking trails in Ouray is the Perimeter Trail, which circles the entire town. The official beginning of the hike is across the street from the Ouray Visitor Center, and round trip, it is about 6.5 miles. The beauty of this hike is the variety of options on the trail. Intersecting a number of other hiking trails, adventurers have the opportunity to head back down into town without back tracking, or, if they are looking for more of a challenge, access a number of other trailheads from the Perimeter Trail itself!
A variety of hiking trails in and around Ouray are open and accessible right now. The Box Canyon Park is open and invites you to experience the roar of spring melt off. Cascade Falls Trail is a short, yet beautiful hike. Lower altitude hikes are going to be a little less muddy. The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, just outside of Ridgway offers a collection of wonderful trails for the adventurer looking to stretch their legs.
3.) Take a Soak!
One thing that Ouray is famous for are its hot springs! The local geology and overall mineral content the area combine in such a way that there is not the strong odor often associated with natural hot springs. Of course, this makes a soak in one of Ourays hot spring pools a much more appealing experience.
Recently renovated, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool offers five different soaking sections for the summer season, which begins on Memorial Day. Surrounded by spectacular views, with temperatures ranging from 88 to 105 degrees, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool is a wonderful family fun adventure!
Here at the Box Canyon Lodge, our four all natural mineral hot spring tubs are wonderful for a quiet relaxing soak after a day adventuring in the San Juans! Tiered on the hillside, with temperatures ranging from 101 to 107 degrees, and exclusively for the use of our guests, it is a perfect way to end the day in Ouray.
Southwest Colorado is beautiful regardless of the season, and the variety of activities almost endless! Take a break from the day to day, and experience life in Ouray!
See you soon.