3 Days of Mountain Waters on the Alpine Loop

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Explore hot springs, waterfalls, picturesque lakes and so much more as you travel from Silverton to Lake City on the scenic Alpine Loop Byway.

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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1
San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center Photo
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San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center

This three-story, 14,000-square-foot mining heritage center interprets the local mining history with comprehensive environmental exhibits,…

Lunch
Coffee Bear Cafe
Iced Espresso Drinks, Iced Chai, Other Cold Drinks, Extra, Italian Sodas, Frappes, Smoothies
Activity
Molas Lake to Animas River Trail

An 8.1-mile, moderate out-and-back trail that features stunning mountain views. Save some energy for the hike back — much of it is uphill.

Dinner
The Pickle Barrel

Silverton’s finest dining experience. We are proud to present the finest lunch and dinner menus in town, with gourmet selections prepared…

Activity
Avalanche Brewing Co.

Whether you're fueling up for your next adventure, or winding down from the end of your last epic, we strive to bring you the best food and…

Lodging
Grand Imperial Hotel
The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports…
Day
2
Breakfast
Coffee Bear Cafe
Iced Espresso Drinks, Iced Chai, Other Cold Drinks, Extra, Italian Sodas, Frappes, Smoothies
Activity
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
The "Box Canyon" Falls, Ouray's own wonder of the world, is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons a minute of…
Lunch
Ouray Cafe & Steakhouse
Ouray Cafe and Steakhouse serves all the great meals you would expect. Prime rib, omlets and the Super Nacho Platter are some of the really yummy…
Activity
Ouray Historic District

Open a door to the past and explore Ouray's National Historic District with stops at places like the Beaumont Hotel, Ouray County Historical Museum and the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine (tours offered).

Dinner
Thai Chili Ouray
Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.
Activity
Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

Nearly one million gallons of clear hot springs water, without the sulfur smell common in many hot springs. There are 3 pools ranging from 80 to…

Lodging
Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

Enjoy comfort, luxury and many amenities! Indoor and outdoor hot springs, free full breakfast, air-conditioned rooms and jeep rentals available…

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3
Breakfast
Artisan Bakery

Come enjoy breakfast, lunch, or just a pastry and coffee, in a cozy little restaurant on main street, Ouray CO. Located at the south side of town,…

Activity
Hinsdale County Museum

The Hinsdale County Historical Society was established in October 1973 and opened its first museum in the Finley Block in July 1975. The building…

Lunch
Restless Spirits Saloon

Handmade pizzas, sandwiches, and other pub style fare. Open seasonally.

Activity
Alpine Outfitters

Alpine Outfitters is open year-round and offers guided boat, fly and ice fishing and big game hunts in the Lake City area and GMU 66. We are fully…

Dinner
Climb Elevated Eatery

Elevated comfort food and craft cocktails served with attentive, friendly service.

Activity
Lake City Ghost Tour
During the Summer months several tours are held to educate the public on the history of our community. All are walking tours and begin at the Museum…
Lodging
Inn at The Lake
Awaken to quiet, fresh Rocky Mountain morning air where every room has a stunning view of Lake San Cristobal and the mountains beyond. Enjoy a…