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Visiting Ouray for the First Time? Refer to This Handy Guide

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Ouray is nestled in the quiet serenity of a box canyon which looks so beautiful and has been termed the Switzerland of America. Ouray is one of the most underestimate destinations for winters. This was once a bustling mining camp in the last 17th century and has transformed into an explorer’s playground which also has a range of activities like ice climbing, snowmobiling etc. If you are planning to visit this wonderland for the first time, refer to this handy guide. You are bound to have a very good time.

  1. Stay

As Ouray is a small town, it has plenty of lodging options. The town has a lot of chains and locally owned hotels, chalets, and inns which are super affordable. One such example is Ouray Chalet Inn, you can visit the website here: https://ouraychaletinn.com/. You can also reserve a room at Beaumont hotel if you are into old school style hotel. It was originally built in 1886.

  1. Explore

Ouray is deemed the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado. This place has the best ice climbing in the world. The main attraction here is the Ouray Ice Park. From mid-December to mid-March, the park can be accessed by public for free. If you are a pro at ice climbing, you can explore the park or the newbies can hire a guide service to learn ice climbing. The Ouray Ice Park also celebrates Ouray Ice Festival every year which takes place in January 18 to 21. The festival also includes a lot of interactive and educational clinics for all levels, and events that have live music, food and wild parties as well. You can also go to Perimeter Trail which is a six mile loop that circles the entire town. Hikers can hop on and off at different points so be careful when you head out.

  1. Eat and drink

Ouray has abundant picturesque views to explore, but no matter what you have fr plans, you may feel hungry too. So, begin your day at Backstreet Bistro by having a hearty meal and a warm cup of coffee. Then you can also visit Artisan Bakery to have a solid breakfast and lunches to fill you up for the day ahead. If you want to try homemade brews, head to Ouray Brewery. It also serves a lot of comfort food. You should also save some space for Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing where the kitchen as a wood burning stove and a line up of easy to drink brews.

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