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3 Days of Mountain Waters on the Alpine Loop

3 Days of Mountain Waters on the Alpine Loop
3 days
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.

Day 1
Activity

San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center

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This three-story, 14,000-square-foot mining heritage center interprets the local mining history with comprehensive environmental exhibits, including realistic underground tunnels, machinery and... Read More

Lunch

Brown Bear Cafe

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Several beers on tap, large breakfasts, homemade soup, never-frozen burgers, sandwiches, fresh coffee that keeps comin' and more. Read More
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Molas Lake to Animas River Trail

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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

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Silverton’s finest dining experience. We are proud to present the finest lunch and dinner menus in town, with gourmet selections prepared with the freshest ingredients & loving care.<... Read More

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Avalanche Brewing Co.

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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 beverage to compliment your visit to the rugged and... Read More

Lodging

Grand Imperial Hotel

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The Grand Imperial Hotel is a 134 year old historic structure in the heart of Silverton, Colorado. Our Victorian Era decor and ambiance transports our guests and visitors back to the 1880's. Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Coffee Bear Cafe

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Iced Espresso Drinks, Iced Chai, Other Cold Drinks, Extra, Italian Sodas, Frappes, Smoothies Read More
Activity

Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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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 water over the falls. It is truly a dramatic scene. Read More
Lunch

Ouray Cafe & Steakhouse

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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 ones. Read More
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Ouray Historic District

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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

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Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. Read More
Activity

Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

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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 105 degree, plus lap lanes and a Wibit obstacle... Read More

Lodging

Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

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

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Day 3
Breakfast

Artisan Bakery

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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, right on Main Street, in the old Wright Opera... Read More

Activity

Hinsdale County Museum

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The Hinsdale County Historical Society was established in October 1973 and opened its first museum in the Finley Block in July 1975. The building seen here was leased at that time, but... Read More

Lunch

Restless Spirits Saloon

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

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Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Activity

Alpine Outfitters

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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 licensed, outfitted with gear, and welcome... Read More

Dinner

Climb Elevated Eatery

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

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Activity

Lake City Ghost Tour

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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. All tours are individually unique and of... Read More
Lodging

Inn at The Lake

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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 bountiful breakfast in the lodge, followed by... Read More