About Ouray

Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 feet snowcapped peaks - Ouray has been eloquently nicknamed the "Switzerland of America."

Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures, both private and commercial, are still occupied, and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.

Reward yourself - escape to the dramatic and breathtaking beauty of Ouray. Take a step back in time and experience our legends and unique landscape. Enjoy the Victorian architecture, friendly mountain people, and a peaceful atmosphere that runs on its own time. Relax in therapeutic mineral Hot Springs Pool and see the awe-inspiring Box Canon Falls, clear mountain streams and alpine wildflowers. Transform yourself in this year-round recreational playground.


Elevation: 7,800 feet

Population: 800

Highest Peak: Mt. Sneffels (14,150 feet)

Major Industry: Tourism

Home of the Famous Ouray Ice Park