Ouray is yet another one the “must-dos” that’s been on our list since my Aunt Janet raved about it to us several years back. Her high praises did not disappoint.
We were lucky to get a boondocking spot south of Ouray in a little area called Ironton – room for the RV, the Jeep, and our screen room. Right alongside a small river! There are quite a few OHV/UTVs that roll through on the weekend since Ouray is a very popular off-road spot, but most people are respectful of the dust and noise and don’t tear down the dirt road by the rig. We had one neighbor bumping some loud country music last Saturday night, but we realize that most of these folks are “camping” and enjoying their weekend and they were likely heading home the next morning so we conjured up some grace and did our best to keep to ourselves. If we wanted an enforced quiet time, we could pay to stay in an RV park 🙂
Ouray Perimeter Trail
One of the many vistas along the Ouray Perimeter Trail
There is a fantastic trail around the perimeter of Ouray, coincidentally named the Ouray Perimeter Trail. I don’t know where they come up with these creative names… Anyway – what better way to catch all of the highlights and to see the town from every angle? Cascade Falls, the Ouray Ice Park, Box Canyon, many beautiful vistas and many enjoyable moments.
Ouray is also tucked right into the middle of Uncompahgre National Forest, with a plethora of 13ers and 14ers for me to climb. I am looking forward to getting out there and getting some mountain time in!
Home Sweet Home
Amazing that we can camp for free on Forest Service/BLM land with a view like this!
Ouray City View
An amazing view of the town of Ouray
Ice Park River
The river flowing through Ouray’s famous Ice Park
Posing with the “America’s Switzerland” sign!