Destination guide

Hip-hip-Ouray in the San Juan Mountains

Known as the Switzerland of America, Ouray is a Victorian mining village set under the towering peaks of the Rockies. The area is a world-class ice-climbing destination but you don't need to pack a pick for a weekend in the mountains. You can bathe in hot springs, hike to Box Canyon Falls, or visit the Ouray County Museum and take an old mine tour, while thrill-seekers can try white-water rafting on the Uncompahgre River. Movie buffs will recognize the river as the backdrop to Clint Eastwood's "True Grit." After dark, venture out for dinner and drinks in Ouray's lively downtown.

Things to do

Gorge on Ouray's history in the Uncompahgre Forest

For a small town, Ouray has a wealth of museums. Learn more about its gold and silver mining history at the Ouray County Historical Museum, which also arranges walking tours of the town's restored Victorian buildings. The Ouray Alchemist Pharmaceutical Museum, an exact recreation of a frontier pharmacy, is a retro lover's dream. For outdoors enthusiasts, head to the Uncompahgre Gorge, a deep canyon formed by the Uncompahgre River. Nearly 200 feet high in some parts, it's scattered with waterfalls that in the winter months freeze over to form America's premier ice-climbing park.

Activities

A mountain Mecca for thrill-seekers

An outdoor enthusiast's dream, Ouray is not a place for relaxing. As the ice-climbing capital of the US, winter draws crowds of ice climbers who come to conquer the region's frozen waterfalls. Visit in summer and you'll find it's a thrill-seekers Mecca, with mountain biking and hiking trails, and hair-raising off-road SUV expeditions. There is one way to relax, however. Visit one of the natural hot springs which surround the town, take your boots off and soothe your aching bones in the bubbling thermal waters.

Weather

Winter in the Rockies is ice, ice baby

Tucked away in the San Juan Mountains in the Rockies, this small town experiences all seasons, often in one day. Summers are generally warm, but cool at night and with the chance of rain and thunderstorms in July and August. Fall is when temperatures drop dramatically, but the sun still shines. Book a Ouray vacation rental in winter, and you could experience freezing temperatures and extreme snowfall, so pack for the Arctic. Spring is the nicest time to visit, with mild temperatures, a glimpse of sun, and rarely any rain.

Natural features

There's an Ouray of wildlife in the Colorado mountains

Ouray is a small mining town surrounded by the towering peaks of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Colorado Rockies. Moments from the main drag is the entrance to Box Canyon Falls Park, home to a 285-foot waterfall. There is an entrance fee between May and November, but the rest of the year it's free to enjoy. Birders come to spot the rare black swift, which migrates here each summer. Further afield you'll find the San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests. The arid plains is where you'll find large herds of elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Ouray

The nearest airport is in Telluride, CO (TEX-Telluride Regional), located 13.4 mi (21.5 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Ouray?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,376 vacation rentals near Ouray. From 37 Cabins to 618 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ouray for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ouray?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ouray:

  • Purgatory Resort: 165 vacation rentals
  • Telluride Ski Resort: 1,092 vacation rentals
  • Idlewild Estates: 16 vacation rentals
  • Solar Ranch: 21 vacation rentals
  • Timber Ridge: 31 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ouray?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Ouray. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ouray Hot Springs Pool: 1,392 vacation rentals
  • Box Canyon Falls Park: 1,351 vacation rentals
  • Ouray Ice Park: 1,391 vacation rentals
  • Bear Creek Falls: 1,380 vacation rentals
  • Ouray Alchemist Museum: 1,393 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ouray listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Ouray?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 37 Cabins in Ouray. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ouray include:

  • Houses: 618 rentals available
  • Cottages: 37 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 577 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ouray?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 271 vacation rentals with pool available in Ouray. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.