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Crested Butt to Ouray

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Crested Butt to Ouray

I need help planning a trip from Crested Butt to Ouray. We are going to see wildflower festival in CB and then continue to Ouray. From CB, covering all scenic areas how we should plan our trip, the trip is for four days and we will go to Mesa Verde National Park too if we can. Please help...thanks

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3. Re: Crested Butt to Ouray

Mesa Verde National Park is a bit too far from Ouray to do as a day trip, IMO. You'll need to spend a night in Durango, Cortez, Mancos, or in the Park at Far View Lodge. Where are you going from Ouray? Returning to Denver? If so, you could make the loop around the San Juan Skyway from Ouray to Telluride to Mesa Verde, then back to Ouray before heading back to Denver.

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So here's one possible itinerary:

Day 1. Head to Gunnison then west on Hwy 50. You'll be passing by Blue Mesa Reservoir and through the Curecanti National Recreation Area. You might consider the Morrow Point Boat tour; but definitely plan on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park South Rim Drive. Allow at least an hour or two to stop at several overlooks, more if you want to hike one of the trails. Stop at the Museum of the Mountain West if you have time. Depending on your timing, you might want to have lunch or an early dinner in Montrose. Remington's at the Bridges has the best views in town. We like Camp Robber and Pahgre's, and Horsefly Brewery is a popular place. But you'll want to head toward Ouray well before dark for the views and so you can make a couple more stops. The visitor center at Ridgway State Park is interesting, and you don't want to miss the Dennis Weaver Memorial. (Turn west off the highway before you get to Ridgway) The huge eagle statue there silhouetted against the mountains and blue sky is just breathtaking. The Railroad Museum in Ridgway is an interesting stop, and there are some scenic overlooks and trails, too. If you are a western movie fan, Ridgway and the surrounding area are where the original True Grit movie was filmed. Look to the east between Ridgway State Park and Ridgway to see Chimney Peak and Courthouse Mountain. (a side note for John Wayne fans, the Country Lodge in Montrose is where most of the cast and crew stayed during the filming, and local western artist Bob DeJulio worked on the sets)

Continue to Ouray for the evening. If you didn't have dinner yet, O'Brien's is good; our family likes the pizza at the Gold Belt; and Maggie's is a quirky little place with great hamburgers and fries. Buen Tiempo is good for Mexican food. You'll probably have time for the short hike to Cascade Falls this evening.

Day 2. Ouray. I hope you're scheduling a jeep tour! It would be best to spend the night in Telluride, Cortez or at Far View Lodge if you want to visit Mesa Verde, but if you want to stay the night in Ouray, plan to get a very early start the next morning.

Day 3. Get an early start toward Telluride and Mesa Verde. Stop in Telluride to take the free gondola for unforgettable views. As you get to Lizard Head Pass west/SW of Telluride, be sure to pull off and drink in the views all around. On to Mesa Verde. A night at Far View Lodge would let you do some exploring late in the evening and the stargazing is great.

Day 4. If you didn't have time for the Balcony House or Cliff Palace tour yesterday, do it this morning. Then head for Durango and the drive to Silverton and Ouray. Spend most of the day exploring, stopping at overlooks and Ironton ghost town. Overnight Ouray.

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5. Re: Crested Butt to Ouray

Thank you so much MissWestSlope for your time. We all are mainly interested in scenic areas mostly and not museums or brewery etc. Yes, we will return to Denver.

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6. Re: Crested Butt to Ouray

I would suggest taking the long way from CB to Ouray. Take Kebler Pass and perhaps even the North Rim Road to get back toward Montrose. Hotchkiss would then be along the way and is full of orchards and all sorts of fresh fruits and veggies. The views along this route are spectacular, particularly if you come through crawford and back over to Rt. 50 via the North Rim Road which joins with 50 at the Blue Mesa dam.

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