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Ouray + Ice Climbing

No one can pronounce it correctly, so don’t let that be an immediate scare. This tiny Switzerland-type mountain town is majestic, it doesn’t matter what season you visit. For most of us, this place is remote and not easily accessible for a winter weekend getaway. However, should you have plans to be in the area visiting family, or if you can escape for 3-4 nights, then Ouray – hurray, here you come.

Ouray is also known as one of the best and most accessible ice climbing venues in the world because you can walk from your hotel to the Ice Park and then park for a soak in the hot springs. The Ouray Ice Park is for children of ages and climbing abilities of all kinds. There is a group called the kids climbing college, that will suit up kids and up them on the ice wall, climbing up 40 feet in a matter of minutes, and lends itself to wonderful vacation photos. The Ice Park itself is over a mile long, is free and has over 100 routes to explore. Usually it is open from mid-December through mid-March, weather, of course, a factor. There are two great local guide services for beginners, San Juan Mountain Guides and Peak Mountain Guides.

Soak in the Season

And while in Ouray, that’s right, another hurray, take a soak, in sulphur free hot springs! We’ve stayed at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs which provides private guest-only free soaks in a multitude of tubs with phenomenal views. Two other lodging facilities with hot springs on site include The Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and The Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings.The Ouray Hot Springs Pool is the city-owned public facility featuring three different temperature sections.Ouraycolorado.com .

Editors Note: 

While staying and relaxing in Ouray and enjoying all of the small time charm that is little Gem of the San Juans, come into the Silver Nugget Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Serving Monday-Saturday 8 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm.

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