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)