I feel like I’ve been on the small mountain town tour lately—last weekend I roadtripped to Ouray, Colorado and spent an afternoon in Telluride. This week, I spent three nights in Golden (home of the Coors brewery, and little else). I had never been to Ouray before, and although I wasn’t too impressed with the town itself, its surroundings were stunning.
A few Ouray stats:
Elevation: 7,700 feet.
Population: 803 (seriously).
Free wireless: at the café next to the chocolate shop.
Ice climbing: at the Ouray Ice Park.
You see it a lot in the Rockies, these high peaks, but what makes Ouray stand out from the other mountain towns is that it’s nestled into a narrower-than-normal valley, and the 13,000-foot peaks surround it on THREE sides.
Stop in for a soak at the Orvis Hot Springs on your way. And enjoy scenes like these on your way home:
More on Ouray:
Orvis Hot Springs:
Ouray Ice Park: