Ouray, Colorado. Chances are, you didn’t even think of visiting this small town in Southwestern Colorado. But that would be a mistake. Not only is it a super dope outdoor town with all manner of outfitters and adventure tours (umm…ice climbing in winter, anyone?), it has hot springs, a naturally heated pool (none free, unfortunately), and one killer day hike worth a visit all on its own. You’ve got to see to believe this trek on the Ouray Perimeter Trail.
To be fair, we didn’t actually do the whole thing. We had already backpacked rim-to-rim across the Grand Canyon and in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, so we were still pretty wiped. Add to that the fact that we totally underestimated the intensity of the hike (word of advice: bring trekking poles) and we were OK with skipping the last bit, which, I’m told, is just as impressive as the rest of the hike.
The Perimeter Trail, as the name might suggest, circumnavigates the town of Ouray, which is very literally nestled in between three mountains. You’ll hike past waterfalls, over raging rivers, to the highest point in the city, and through one funky tunnel. Bring water and snacks as the hike will take several hours, and don’t forget the camera. Those vistas! Let me tell you! Or you could just watch the video…
Been to Ouray? Hiked the Ouray Perimeter Trail? Do share! Wander on!
Alisha is a freelance outdoor journalist and photographer based in Ogden, UT. She loves backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and snowboarding (even though she’s terrible at it). She’s also pretty sure she’s addicted to coffee. alishamcdarris.com