Each year we spend a week camping in Ridgway and Ouray, CO. It has easily become one of my favorite places. The scenery is breath taking, the town is charming and there are endless things to do. Every year we camp at Ridgway State Park and from there our adventures begin.
“Connie” our Northwood Nash camper. We enjoy the luxury of full hook-ups that week as this is one of the few times (if the only time) we really ever camp with full hook-ups.
Each year we take a dip in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. The water feels nice and the view is spectacular. We make an afternoon of it and pack a picnic and eat it at the park just outside of the hot springs pool. At the Ouray Park outside the Hot Springs there is a playground, a walking track, fields for baseball or soccer, and picnic tables. The Hot Springs also have a small pond off to the side where they have koi fish and turtles. You can get a bag of fish food from the clerk and feed them.
One of our favorite actives while in camping in Ouray is to 4-wheel Imogene Pass. This pass cuts through the San Juan mountains, connecting Ouray to Telluride. It is the second highest vehicular pass in Colorado, peaking at 13,114 feet. (The picture above shows the mailbox at the top of Imogene Pass.) I am very grateful Ben is a good driver, for this pass is not for beginners. Along the way, you pass many ghost towns and mining sites that are filled with history. Ruby City, Virginius, Camp Bird, Smuggler, Black Bear, and of course Tomboy mine in Savage Basin before reaching the decent into Telluride. A jacket is a must for this adventure. The temperature swings can be significant because of the elevation changes.
One year we rented stand up paddle boards and took them on Ridgeway Reservoir. We had always wanted to try it but hadn’t yet had the chance. It was a lot of fun and a great workout. The dogs even wanted a ride. The water was cold! Ridgway State Park has a beautiful reservoir. You can enjoy fishing, boating, sailing, swimming (if you can brave it), stand up paddle boarding, and other water sports.
After much exploring, a stop at the Ouray Brewery was a great way to end the day. Their rooftop patio provides great views of Main Street.
Both Imogene and Engineer Pass have beautiful waterfalls to stop at. The waterfall pictured above is a good place to stop and have lunch or a snack. There is also a small mine to explore here too.
Another recommended waterfall to see is Box Canyon Falls, just outside the town of Ouray. The amount of water flowing through the canyon is incredible. The loudness, force and power this fall has is intimidating. The $4 admission provides a quick hike to the falls. It takes you over a suspension bridge and through a tunnel that allows breath taking views of Ouray which connects to the Perimeter Trail.
Stay posted for more on our travels to Ouray!
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