The 10 Best Outdoor Activities in Ouray, Colorado (CO)

June 11, 2021 Jasper Kershner

Surrounded on all sides by snow-capped peaks and set at the narrow head of a deep valley, Ouray touts itself as the "Switzerland of America." With no nearby ski area to attract the tourism of other alpine Colorado towns, Ouray has kept much of its authentic turn-of-the-century charm. The whole town is registered as a Historic District and includes many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Its free Ice Park attracts amateur and pro ice climbers from around the world.
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1. Bear Creek National Recreation Trail

Ouray, CO
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5.0 based on 30 reviews

Bear Creek National Recreation Trail

Beginning at an elevation of 7,900 feet and ending at 9,200 feet, this eight-mile, easy-to-moderate trail allows hiking, horseback riding and trail biking as the only forms of transportation.

Reviewed By Robyn3274 - Robbinsdale, United States

We loved this trail. It's long without being an all day thing, and it's challenging without killing us. It is definitely not for small children as most of the trail is shale rock that basically drops off the side. The hike is wonderful and the views are spectacular. We hiked it once in the evening and once in the morning and neither time did we see anyone else on the trail.

2. Yankee Boy Basin

CO Route 550 South Camp Bird Mine, Ouray, CO http://soajeep.com
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5.0 based on 457 reviews

Yankee Boy Basin

Surrounded by several mountain peaks (Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Cirque Mountain, Stony Mountain, and Gilpin Mountain), Yankee Boy Basin is a popular scenic area visited by hikers, photographers, four-wheelers and nature lovers.

Reviewed By Tuxtails - Savannah, United States

We camped in the area and then drove all the way up to Sneffel's trailhead, such a beautiful area with lake, waterfall and flowers. I would love to come back and explore and hike more.

3. Peak Mountain Guides

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5.0 based on 40 reviews

Peak Mountain Guides

As certified AMGA and IFMGA licensed guides we are part of an international collaboration of professionals working to keep pace with the evolving nature of mountain craft. This assures the best practices we teach are current, relevant, and have been distilled over two centuries of guiding experience. We offer guided rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and skiing as well as a thorough progression of courses.

4. Canyoning Colorado

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Canyoning Colorado

Canyoning Colorado is an outdoor activity operator that solely focuses on canyoning / canyoneering. We are passionate about canyoning and everything we do encourages safe exploration in a natural environment. Canyoning Colorado works hard to educate its customers to international standards while delivering a fun and exhilarating experience for all.

5. Colorado West Jeep Rentals and Tours

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5.0 based on 573 reviews

Colorado West Jeep Rentals and Tours

Ourays most modern Offroad Tour Company!!! We offer the newest fleet of tour vehicles and current model year jeep and Polaris Razor rentals. We offer a 2020 Jeep Gladiator...The Coolest Tour Truck in the Tri county area!!! Others imitate...but we have the original. All covid measures in place to limit contact between passengers. All tours trucks are cleaned with soap and water between tours. Disinfectant is on all the trucks. Tours are limited to two families or 10 people per CDC guidlines. Family owned for almost 30 years in Ouray.

6. Imogene Pass

San Juan National Forest, Ouray, CO
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5.0 based on 137 reviews

Imogene Pass

Reviewed By RichSGF - Springfield, United States

Imogene pass is not for the faint of heart. We were lucky enough to take Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours in our tour guide was funny informative and kept his cool the entire time The trip was somewhat adventurous and did have its problems the driver said that he had tried to get up this past four times earlier and due to the rain in the mud it was just not doable but we got lucky and plowed through and made it to the top. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in Switzerland without actually going there, you would want to take this journey. The sights the colors the blue skies and the flowers were just amazing. Thanks to the crackerjack crew of the company and the owner, they made our journey ever more memorable. It may be a while for some folks are able to get back up there again as the road is in pretty rough shape but when it’s safe do give it a shot.

7. Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours

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Alpine Scenic Jeep Tours

Taking bookings for the 2021 season beginning June 1. Ouray's most affordable and comfortable scenic jeep tour. We cater to the discerning adventurer who cares about comfort. We have a roomy passenger seating area equipped with cushy bucket seats. Each seat has its own seat heater and seat belts. The seats and truck are elevated for superior views. Getting in and out of our truck is easy due to our unique gate/ladder system. Our tour trucks are Ouray's finest. Alpine Scenic Tours utilizes modified Dodge Ram trucks designed to negotiate the San Juan's most rugged terrain with smoothness, style and safety. Our guides are experts at the local history, geology and fauna. You are in the best of hands at Alpine.

8. Red Mountain Pass

Ouray, CO http://codot.gov
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5.0 based on 108 reviews

Red Mountain Pass

Reviewed By HKSTrips

A great high altitude mountain road through magnificent scenery. Make a stop at the little Western town of Silverton, and most importantly, don’t rush it. This is NOT a road for those in a hurry.

9. Action Adventures Trail Rides

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Action Adventures Trail Rides

Reservations for the 2020 season are available on our website. Situated amidst the beautiful, mountainous country of Western Colorado, family-owned-and-operated Action Adventures Trail Rides has provided high-quality horseback experiences to generations of visitors. Rides are available to guests of all levels, from Wrangler Rides that teach novices the basics to overnight wilderness excursions that take more advanced students through the remote Colorado wilderness. Small and intimate by choice, the storied outfitter breeds, raises, and trains all of their own livestock, with repeat clients often returning to be reacquainted with the same horse they rode last time they visited. Wrangler Ride - 1 hour - $50 Buckaroo Ride - 2 hour - $90 Ranch Hand Ride - 4 hour - $175

10. Canyon Creek Jeep

827 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427 +1 970-325-4833 [email protected] http://www.canyoncreekjeep.com/
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Canyon Creek Jeep

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