Ouray, Colorado Campgrounds and RV Parks

  1. 4J+1+1 RV Park and Campground
  2. Amphitheatre Campground
  3. Ouray RV Park & Campground
  4. Angel Creek Campground
  5. Thistledown Campground
  6. Ouray KOA
  7. Weber's Campground
  8. Ridgway State Park-Dakota Terrace
  9. Ridgway State Park-Elk Ridge
  10. Silverton Lakes Campground
  11. A & B RV Park
  12. Silver Summit RV Park
  13. Sunshine Campground
  14. South Mineral Campground
  15. Ridgway State Park-Pa-Co-Chu-Puk
  16. Silver Jack Campground
  17. Matterhorn Campground
  18. Beaver Lake Campground
  19. Mill Creek Campground
  20. Big Cimarron Campground

Ouray, CO

The presence of San Juan National Forest means there are enough diversions to keep you busy, even without the other fun things to do in and around Ouray. Plan on camping at a full service campground or RV park in town, or choose from at least eight primitive campgrounds in the forest. Either way, you will want to have a comfortable home base to return to after your day's adventures are over.

Ouray is a very attractive tourist oriented town set in a very steep valley with cliffs all around. You can get some spectacular views of the town as the highway climbs out of the valley on the way south (see the photographs at the top of the page). There are also some terrific views from the Amphitheatre Campground as well as access to scenic hiking trails.

Jeep tours out of Ouray or Silverton are an exciting option if you want to see some of the mountain passes, such Yankee Boy Pass, with an elevation of 13,500 ft. elevation or Imogene Pass at 13,114 ft. Wildlife and alpine vegetation are a treat and the alpine environment is fragile and fascinating. If you prefer to hike, be prepared with good shoes, water, snacks, sunscreen and perhaps a stick.

Another hike, incorporating a rise of about 3,000 ft. is Old Horsethief Trail which ends beside a waterfall. At the top, you are rewarded with mountain views of the LaPlata (with mountains over 13,000 ft. high) and Rico ranges, Dolores Peak (13,296 ft.) and Lizard Head. If hiking is not for you, horseback rides are available.

You can still enjoy the outdoor life in town. There is Perimeter Trial which begins and ends at the Visitors' Center on Main Street, and is a 5 mile hike affording views of the town and surrounding mountains. This is a truly alpine experience, with magnificent and very old spruces, waterfalls, steep dramatic ascents and wildlife. For a less strenuous hike, try Lower Cascade Trail and Falls, also in town.

Box Canyon City Park on west end of 3rd Avenue showcases waterfalls in a scenic canyon and you can hike it all around. Ice climbing takes place here, an excellent spectator sport.

Winner of Best Little Museum in the West. Ouray County Museum is on Sixth Avenue. It is housed in a converted hospital, and is full of exhibits and artifacts, set up to resemble rooms as they were known during the mining days.

Another good visit is the Ouray Alchemist Museum, which gives a history lesson in pharmaceutical terms. The owner is informed and passionate and the displays are fascinating.

The sport of ice-climbing is featured just outside of Ouray, at Ouray Ice Park. This park offers free opportunities for ice climbing and is manned by volunteers, funded through the annual Ouray Ice Festival and memberships, as well as donations. The climbs are manmade but set in Uncompahgre Gorge, a natural gorge where waters cascade in abundance. The park can be reached via the Million Dollar Highway (550). There are outdoor saunas too. The splendours of winter are celebrated here.

Between Silverton and Ouray, and east of Highway 550, Animas Forks ghost town can be reached by jeep and 4X4 vehicles from Ouray, and by regular vehicles from Silverton. You can find full service RV parks and primitive campgrounds near Silverton, too. The town offers an authentic look into the mining history of the area.

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