Switzerland of America
Nestled in the heart of the majestic San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, Ouray is a charming and picturesque town known as the "Switzerland of America." With its awe-inspiring natural beauty, Ouray captivates visitors with its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and pristine alpine landscapes. This historic mining town offers a blend of outdoor adventure and small-town charm. From hiking and rock climbing to ice climbing and off-roading, Ouray provides a paradise for outdoor activities. After a day of exploration, visitors can relax in the warm waters of the famous Ouray Hot Springs, surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. With its rich history, stunning scenery, and warm community spirit, Ouray invites visitors to experience the magic of the Colorado Rockies in a truly unforgettable way.
What to do in Ouray on your family vacation
Ouray, Colorado offers a variety of family-friendly activities that are sure to keep kids entertained. Here are some things you can do in Ouray with kids!
Box Canyon Falls
Visit Box Canyon Falls Park, where you can take a short hike to witness the impressive 285-foot waterfall cascading into a narrow box canyon. Kids & adults alike will love the adventure and the chance to explore nature.
Ouray Ice Park
If you're visiting during winter, the Ouray Ice Park is a unique attraction where kids can watch ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls. They might even get inspired to try ice climbing themselves (under proper supervision).
Take a family hike along the scenic Perimeter Trail, which offers panoramic views of the town, mountains, and surrounding valleys. It's a great way to enjoy nature together and get some exercise.
Take a guided jeep tour through the rugged mountain terrain surrounding Ouray. Kids will love the bumpy off-road adventure and the chance to see wildlife and breathtaking vistas.
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Learn about the rich mining history of Ouray at the Ouray Alchemist Museum. Kids can explore interactive exhibits, see artifacts from the mining era, and learn about the town's unique history.
Cascade Falls Park
Enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll in Cascade Falls Park. The park features a beautiful waterfall and a playground area for kids to play.
Ridgway State Park
Located just a short drive from Ouray, Ridgway State Park offers opportunities for kayaking, paddle-boarding, camping, and hiking. The park's reservoir offers kayak & paddle-board rentals in the summer and is dog friendly!
Mountain Air Music
Every Thursday night in June Ouray hosts concerts in Fellin Park (across from the hot springs). This is a great event for all ages!
Family Photo Session
What better way to commemorate your family vacation than a family photo session? Instead of just bringing back the memories, you will bring back family heirlooms that will last a lifetime (or several). There are many picturesque locations within 5-15 minutes from town. Check out Savannah H. Photography for timeless, colorful, and fun family portraits!