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Trip List by steelcitygal

Ouray the Switzerland of America

17 May 2006  Best Views in the World create the Clearest Mind you've ever Experienced!
3.0 of 5 bubbles based on 4 votes

ATV and Jeep Trail in the vicintiy of Ouray, Colorado surrounding the Million Dollar Highway

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Ouray, Colorado
  • Category: Perfect week or more
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. la papillon bakery

    Best Bakery on the Western Slope! Great breads and pastries. Stop in for a heary breakfast sandwich before hitting the trails. The beigneits are the best west of New Orleans and the sandwiches they make are great to carry along for a mountaintop lunch while 4-wheeling! They can get very busy, so if you are in a rush, take it to go, or plan ahead and show up earlier!
    219 7th Street, Ouray

  • 2. Ouray Hot Springs Pool
    Ouray Hot Springs Pool, Ouray, Colorado

    Great pool to spend the whole day or just an hour! A perfect way to relax and unwind after a full day of ice-climbing or 4-wheeling! Lots of hotels and local magazines offer discount coupons. Be aware that it is an extra $4 to be able to access the slides. There is also an extra charge for rafts, floats, noodles, etc. If you have a child under the age of 12, they will have to take a swimming test to be able to go in the deep end of the pool (diving board area). There are family 4 pack passes that are available for a cheaper price. If there is lightning withing a short distance, they will close down the pool until it passes, so be aware that if you arrive in the afternoon, you might not have alot of time to swim! But, all in all, this is a very nice pool for young and old alike. Even when there are alot of people there, it does not seem crowded because it is so large

  • 3. The Ouray Ice Park
    Ouray Ice Park, Ouray, Colorado

    Frozen Waterfalls greet beginners and seasoned experts alike. Winter Adventure in the first Ice Park of its kind in the world! Become a member and save money at a,l kinds of establishments (hotels, too!) in the Ouray area.

  • 4. Ouray
    Ouray, Colorado

    Great link to explore all Ouray and the San Juan Mountains have to offer

  • 5. Alpine Loop
    Alpine Loop, Colorado, United States

    There are many 4 Wheel Drive Roads that make up the Alpine Loop in the Ouray/Silverton area of Colorado. Make sure to tke a least 2 days to explore this area. Some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado can be found in this area. See the headwaters of the Rio Grande River at the top of Stony Pass. See ghost towns from the 1800's and abandoned mines up close. Relax on the shore of a real glacial lake at 12,000'! There really is no other area that offers so much room to explore...

  • 6. Lake Como

    This is a beautiful glacial lake that can be seen from many 4-wheel drive roads in the Ouray Area. Access from California or Hurricane Passes or through the Poughkeepsie Gulch, but this is an extreme road only really safe for very experienced 4-wheelers. This lake is truly like nothing you have ever seen with its jewel blue still waters.

  • 7. Art Glass

    In a little shop on the main drag, you will find a beautiful glass shop. Everything there is made on site by Sam Rushing, a local artist. It is not the shop that is the experience here, though. If you are lucky, you will happen in at a time when Sam is actively creating. If so, you will be invited to make your way through the back of the shop, through the storage area, up the stairs, and into a back allley that houses his glassblowing area. He melts the sand in an oven that tops 1500 degrees. He colors the glass, adds lead to some, blows, swings, and pounds the molten glass into vases, bowls, glasses, and other works of art, all while telling you all about the process, the chemistry of it all. It truly is amazing! I never knew so much about glass! His ornaments have even been featured in the Smithsonian...the kids just loved watching the demonstration and are looking forward to going back again next year. They even offer samples of their famous wassail (a great mix to purchase at only $5).