We've been through a lot of small towns in the past few months. Some artsy, some touristy, some a little of both. Most of these small towns seemed to be in a rather depressed state, with many empty storefronts. Not so with Ouray, walking through town we've only noticed a couple of closed businesses.
It's a lovely town with lots of beautiful old buildings, in fact the entire Main Street is a National Historic District, and many buildings on side streets are historic as well. The town itself is nestled at the head of a narrow valley and is almost completely surrounded by tall mountains of the San Juan range. The Uncompahgre River runs through town, and many small seasonal streams fall from the surrounding mountains.
We've hiked the five mile Perimeter Trail which provides wonderful views of town and mountains and water ways several hundred feet above town. We've also hiked the Lower Blue Lakes trail, a seven mile lung burner (up hill) and leg burner (down hill) that brought us to an amazing turquoise blue alpine lake.
Here's a few shots from the past several days...
Ouray the Beautiful:
|Ouray Brewing Company has a fun rooftop patio where you can take in Main Street,|
the surrounding mountains and the hot brake smell of vehicles coming off the Million Dollar Highway.
|This fabulous 1898 Victorian could be yours for about $835,000!|
Shots from the Perimeter Trail:
|Shadows on the wall of Box Canyon.|
|These people are climbing down a waterfall shaft that must be at least 40 feet deep!|
|Looking South over Ouray.|
|Part of the Perimeter Trail is chiseled out of the mountainside.|
Lower Blue Lake Trail:
|Approaching the Blue Lakes trail head.|
|Lower Blue Lake was an amazing shade of turquoise.|
More adventures to come...