Ouray Hiking Adventures

Ouray Hiking

Visiting and looking for some Ouray hiking. There are several popular hikes accessible right from town. Hiking in Ouray is a favorite activity for locals and visitors. Below is a selection of hiking recommendations for a variety of ability levels that are easily accessed.

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The Ouray Trail Group is a nonprofit that provides information about the 84 maintained hiking trails within Ouray County.

Ouray Hikes - Short and Sweet

Box Cañon Falls Trail

Distance: 1/2 mile  |  Hiking Time: Less than 1 hour If you haven't seen Box Cañon Falls, consider it a must.  After you've been into the canyon and seen the falls, you can climb a series of stairs and then follow a 1/4-mile trail to a bridge far above the canyon.  The views from there are spectacular. Getting There:  The entrance is two blocks uphill at the west end of Third Avenue.  During the summer, there is a small fee to see the falls, but it is worth twice what they charge.

Lower Cascade Falls Trail

Distance: 1/4 mile  |  Hiking Time: 45 minutes round-trip Cascade Falls is the waterfall in the northeast corner of Ouray, visible from almost any location in town.  The hike to the base of the falls is worth the time and effort.  Children love this short hike. Getting There: You can reach the falls by hiking uphill from Main Street and 8th Avenue.

Portland Trail

Distance: 3.8 miles  |  Hiking Time: 3 hours This trail is easy and great to do with children.  The trail follows Portland Creek, which meanders through the basin above the Amphitheater.  This trail makes a tour of this beautiful, rolling basin and grains only 900 feet along its various ups and downs.  The trail ends at the campground.  From there, walk downhill on the paved campground road to your car. Getting There:  The trailhead starts a short distance up the dirt road just after you turn onto Amphitheater Campground Road.  Park your car at the base of this dirt road and hike to the trailhead.

Ouray Hikes - Longer/Moderate

Oak Creek - The Oak Creek Overlook Trail

Distance: 3.3 miles  |  Hiking Time: 4 hours Both the Oak Creek and Twin Peaks Trails follow the same path for the first mile.  At the point where they split, take the left fork, following signs saying Oak Creek Trail.  After branching off, you reach this picturesque canyon after one-half mile and the Falls shortly thereafter.  For a moderate hike, return once you reach this creek crossing. Getting There: From Oak Street, walk straight up Queen Street on the west side of town.  Follow the road as it curves slightly to the right.

Ouray Hikes - Difficult/Technical

Twin Peaks Trail

Distance: 5.6 miles  |  Hiking Time: approx 5 hours This hike is extremely deceptive.  It starts out rather mildly, following the same path as the Oak Creek Trail.  After it splits off, it can become extremely demanding and challenging even the most avid hiker.  It can be windy and cold at the top, so be sure to take a jacket along for protection.  Many of the published aerial photographs of Ouray have been taken from this spectacular vantage point. Getting There: From Oak Street, on the west side of town, walk straight up Queen Street.  Follow the road as it curves slightly to the right.

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