Ouray is known as the Switzerland of America, situated in a river valley at nearly 8,000 feet, surrounded by the snowcapped San Juan Mountains. You almost expect to hear yodeling echo from these high hills. Natural hot springs feed the town pool, where visitors come to soak in the therapeutic waters. Ouray's position amid some of Colorado's must rugged peaks makes it a haven for four-wheelers, hikers, campers and snowshoers. Several waterfalls make for spectacular photos. The town's canyons provide the location for one of the most popular winter events: the Ouray Ice Festival, which features the easy access climbers relish.