Ouray Perimeter Trail - Ouray, Colorado

A Five-Mile Loop Trail That's Abundant With Mountain Scenery
The Ouray Perimeter Trail is an excellent way to experience the town of Ouray. The hike is four to five miles long with plenty of ups and downs, but if you're acquainted with ascending 14ers or other mountains, this trail will seem easy. The best place to start is at the visitor center, which is next to the Ouray Hot Springs. Cross the highway and head east on the trail toward Cascade Falls.

Ouray, Colorado
The stunning view of Ouray and mountains from an overlook.

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Ouray Perimeter Trail

Ouray Perimeter Trail Map

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July 30, 2013 - The trail is well-marked with many signs like this one.

I also photographed a map that shows the trail around Ouray. The beauty of this trail is, if you ever get in trouble or quit, the town is never far.

Ouray, CO My first picture was taken at the visitor center, with the hot springs in the foreground, and those beautiful mountains that sit behind town to the south.

Ouray Hot Springs The trail climbs. Soon, you'll be looking down at Highway 550, the Ouray Hot Springs and everything in the valley.
Ouray Perimeter Trail

The views of Ouray get better as you gain in elevation.
Ouray Perimeter Trail A narrow section.

Mr. Darcy the dog enjoyed the hike, too. :)

Ouray, Colorado

Ouray, Colorado

Ouray, Colorado

And then, when there are no trees obstructing the view, you get your first major payoff. Obviously, don't forget your camera on this hike! :)

Cascade Falls, CO

Cascade Falls Ouray

Cascade Falls

The perimeter trail passes Cascade Falls. So pretty!

Ouray Perimeter Trail A few sections of the trail are on dirt roads.
Colorado Mountain Scenery On the south side, there are many aspen groves that I think would be great for enjoying the fall colors. No doubt, I'll be back later this year.
Ouray Perimeter Trail Beautiful mountain scenery as we approached Highway 550, which the trail crosses.
Million Dollar Highway, CO

Mount Abrams, Colorado

Standing on Highway 550, also known as the Million Dollar Highway.

Up this highway is Bear Creek Falls, Red Mountain Pass and Silverton.

Ouray Perimeter Trail More aspens.
Creek We crossed a creek.
Ouray Perimeter Trail Eventually, the trail returns to Ouray. In the photo, we approached the road that leads to Yankee Boy Basin. I've only been up there once, when a friend and I hiked Mt. Sneffels.

The trail enters the Box Canyon Falls section. At the bridge (don't look down -- it's scary!), there's a tunnel for hikers to continue.

Special thanks to Nancy for being my host and friend today. :)

Ouray, Colorado The grand view of Ouray. Wow!

Other Ouray and nearby pages:
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  • Black Bear Pass
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    Past Box Canyon Falls, the trail goes on neighborhood roads back to the visitor center.

    Main Street In Ouray

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