pixcollageabout2Well, you have taken that first important step and planned your summer vacation to beautiful Ouray, Colorado.  Now, it’s time to talk about what to do while on your dream vacation to the “Switzerland of America”.  Families will be pleased to know that Ouray offers a great deal of “kid friendly” activities that they will remember for a lifetime!

There’s Gold In Them Hills!

Entering the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour

Tram ride into the Mine Tour

Just a few miles from our little oasis, a glimpse at Ouray’s gold mining days await at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour.  Ever wondered what it might be like to go into a real gold mine?  Want to try your luck at panning for gold?  Feel that gold rush fever that lured miners to our beautiful mountains over 100 years ago.  While you are there, be sure to take part in a very scenic horseback ride at the Bach’lers Stable led by a real cowboy.

 Timeless Classics

You just couldn’t call your trip to Ouray complete without visiting some of our most famous attractions.  The Ouray Hot Springs Pool has been in our community for more than 50 years.   It boasts a water slide and diving board for play, lap lanes for burning off some energy, and a special section just for soaking.  Another can’t miss is of course, Box Canyon Falls.  Spilling thousands of gallons of water every minute, children and adults will marvel at the wonder of Mother Nature standing beside, or below, this 285 foot waterfall.

 Thrill Seekers!

You know who you are.  You are not content to merely gaze up at our awe inspiring peaks, you want to conquer them!  San Juan Mountain Guides has you covered.  Family Adventure Days are available where you can learn to rock climb and see terrain that most will never see.  If you would rather seek your thrills on the water, Rigs Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking offer trips through some of the most spectacular canyons in Colorado.

So, tell the kids to say good-bye to the PSP, iPod, and constant texting for just awhile.  It is time for a little Xbox Detox.  Adventure awaits in Ouray!

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