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Fall Colors, Hot Springs & Quiet Mountain Towns

Fall is the perfect time to visit the San Juan Mountains and quiet Colorado mountain towns of Ouray and Ridgway. Situated at the base of the northern San Juans and just 11 miles apart, Ridgway and Ouray are your long-weekend escape.

Sustainability Activity

How to Give Back to These Special Places

Donate or volunteer with the Ouray Trail Group, our local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails.

Day 1

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Take a Scenic Drive

Get an early start and drive up to the Cimarron Mountains just east of Ridgway. The drive up to Owl Creek Pass is 18 miles on a 2WD gravel road. Enjoy…

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Eatery 66

Please join us for some old time favorites, delicious seasonal specials, craft beers and kombucha on tap, and delicious cocktails and drinks. We can't…

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Rent Bikes at Ridgway Adventure Sports

Take a leisurely bike ride on the Uncompahgre Riverway, a paved trail to the Ridgway Reservoir.

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Thai Paradise

Authentic Thai cuisine for lunch and dinner. Great for families, outdoor seating, walk-ins welcome.

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Chipeta Lodge Resort + Spa

Relaxation meets adventure at Chipeta Lodge. Explore the region's offerings, like Jeeping, hiking, mine tours, shopping, snowshoeing and skiing and…

Insider's Tip

Stay the Night

After your soak, book a classically designed adobe suite at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort for your overnight stay.

Day 2

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Kate's Place

Cuisine with heart and soul, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients (local when feasible).

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Immerse Yourself in Fall Colors

Take another scenic drive up the 2WD section of Camp Bird Road, CR 361 and hike the Weehawken Trail.

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Outlaw Restaurant

Tthe Outlaw Restaurant still has the same sign hung in 1969. Those who return come back with happy memories of the past, while newcomers take away experiences…

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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 105…

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Brickhouse 737

BrickHouse737 is a gathering place that focuses on community, farm fresh ingredients, hospitality & travel inspired dishes.

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Go for an Evening Stroll

In downtown Ouray, follow the historic walking tour and discover a wide variety of local shops.

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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. Suites…

Day 3

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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 ones…

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Ironton Ghost Town

Explore the ghost town of Ironton surrounded by aspen groves and the San Juan Mountains.

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Artisan Bakery & Cafe

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…

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Mountain Trip

Peak Mountain Guides is now part of the Mountain Trip family, an AMGA accredited company. Contact us for information on international expeditions, ice…

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Provisions at the Barbershop

A European-style cafe specializing in simple, delicious food made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers when possible and distributors of…

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Orvis Hot Springs

Orvis Hot Springs is a clothing-optional natural hot springs resort. Our natural lithium water, never heated nor treated in any way, enhances  relaxation…

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Basecamp 550

Basecamp 550 is a Glampground for the modern gypsy, weekend jetsetter or outdoor adventure seeker looking for a comfortable and convenient place to…