I fell in love with Ouray, Colorado (pronounced You-ray by the locals) the first time my mother-in-law introduced me to the small alpine town where her parents homesteaded in the 1920’s. Today Ouray is known by many names—The Switzerland of America, The Gem of the Rockies, The Ice Climbing Capital of the U.S., and The Jeeping Capital of the World. This former silver and gold mining town is as rich in history as it is in beauty.
Ten things I love about Ouray.
Jeep rides through the mountains
Abandoned mining towns
Fire Hose Water Fights on the Fourth of July
Exploring historic Main Street
Standing at the top of the world
(Imogene Pass, elevation 13,114 feet)
While in Ouray …
Lodging – Ouray Comfort Inn is my top recommendation. It’s just one block off of historic Main Street, meaning most everything is within walking distance. Ted and Betty Wolfe’s hospitality and attention to detail keep me coming back time and again. www.ouraycomfortinn.net, (970) 325-7203.
Jeep Tours/Rentals – Adventures in Pink is fictional, however my inspiration came from Switzerland of America Jeep Tours. Bob and Brandy Ross own the real “little blue building on Seventh Avenue,” and they have the best maintained vehicles in town. So if it’s adventure you’re after, they’ll take good care of you. www.soajeep.com, 866-990-5337.
Other Suggestions –
- Cascade Falls – Just head east on Eighth Avenue and you’ll run right into it.
- Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee – During the day, you can watch them make their fantabulous chocolate and it won’t cost you a thing. However, you’ll likely want to indulge in one of their magnificent truffles or a one-of-a-kind Scraps cookie. www.mouseschocolates.com
- Box Canyon – www.ouraycolorado.com/listing/boxcanyon
- Ouray Hot Springs Pool – www.ouraycolorado.com/discover-ouray/hot-springs-pool.php
- Bachelor Syracuse Mine – You can actually go into a mine and learn how the miners lived. www.bachelorsyracusemine.com
- Find more about Ouray at www.ouraycolorado.com.