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Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop 1

Scenic Byway: Alpine Loop

In the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the Alpine Loop Scenic and Historic Byway traverses sweeping tundra landscapes and crests two alpine passes. Tiny, fragile flowers hug sheer slopes tinged with cinnamon and saffron hues. On lower elevations, creeks gurgle through forested canyons. The 63-mile backcountry route connects Lake City with Silverton and Ouray. The recommended direction for following…

Soak & Stay: Hot Springs Lodging in Ouray

In the steep mountains of Colorado’s southwest, plan an overnight stay in Ouray. Known as the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray and its alpine views will give you the chills (as will the low nightly temperatures). Warm up in Ouray’s natural hot springs. You can relax in the town’s public hot springs pools, or indulge in the exclusive springs inside some…

Winter in Ouray 2

Winter in Ouray

Ouray may not have its own ski area, but when it comes to winter sports, there is plenty to keep you busy. This hamlet in southwestern Colorado enjoys an envious location in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The town sits at 7,700 feet, and is surrounded by peaks that soar another 5,000 feet. No wonder that some have…

Full-Moon Snowshoeing 3

Full-Moon Snowshoeing

I love snowshoeing. I love the sound of nothing but aluminum crampons crunching over a packed trail, and, even better, the thumping of 25-inch tails on fresh powder. I love the solitude; the cold, high-mountain winter air and the reward of blazing new trail that I know others will follow. It wasn’t until I started snowshoeing that I felt I…

In Hot Water: Mother Nature’s Hot Springs

No matter the season, slipping into natural hot springs is a relaxing, rejuvenating way to while away the hours. Heated by the planet’s interior, water bubbles up through cracks and fissures, typically gathering a load of minerals along the way. When the water finds its way at the surface, it’s Mother Nature’s hot tub. For all the talk about the…

Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures 4

Head to Ouray in Southwest Colorado for Outdoor Adventures

Ouray is the Colorado town for the outdoor enthusiast, no matter what your level of physical activity is. High in the rugged Rocky Mountains, the tiny town of 800 offers hospitality to the visitors who have been lucky enough to discover the secrets the tiny town and surrounding area protect. Box Canyon Waterfall With thousands of gallons of water a…

Never A Dull Moment Dining in Ouray 5

Never A Dull Moment Dining in Ouray

In its own majestic corner of the world, Ouray Colorado has a special magic about it. The quaint town in southwestern Colorado offers fantastic year-round outdoor activities, luxury lodging, and wonderful dining. While some establishments are open year-round and others only seasonally, there is something for everyone’s tastes in Ouray. Ouray Brewery For a state that is known for its…

Discover Luxury at the Historic Beaumont Hotel and Spa in Ouray

Nestled in a picturesque valley in Southwestern Colorado, Ouray feels as if you’ve stepped into a fairy tale. Nicknamed the “Switzerland of America,” Ouray has a quiet and majestic charm that can be felt throughout its history. With waterfalls cascading into the city, nearby steaming hot springs, babbling brooks echoing off the surrounding mountains, and a surviving old world grandeur…

R&R in Ouray: Chart a Course for the China Clipper Inn

When it comes to deciding the most gorgeous mountain setting in Southwestern Colorado, it might end up with a coin toss to see whether Ouray or Telluride would win. If the locals have anything to say about it, the coin lands on the side of Ouray, which has earned the nickname “Switzerland of America.” And, close to the center of…

Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray 13

Hot Spot: Soak Away in Ouray

Calming waves of hot mineral water envelop the body. Relaxed eyes gaze at mountains and forest. Nothing but sky hangs overhead. Simmering in an outdoor pool of earth-heated water may be the hottest way to enjoy Colorado’s wet side. The state offers at least 47 natural hot springs ranging from therapeutic resorts to wilderness soaking holes. Some feature mega-size pools,…