Explore the most popular birding trails near Ouray with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Gorgeous!! My mom has some trouble getting up the first section (she has bad hips and arthritis), but could still see the falls from afar.

Great hike with amazing views of the town below! Lots of trailheads, so it’s easy to get off whenever you need.

1 month ago

So much fun. First trail I took my Raptor on.

Beautiful trail but the beginning was not for people who are afraid of heights. I sadly have a fear of heights and found it very difficult. The part from the beautiful falls on was fantastic! I think it’s one of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever been on. We went in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

Nice peaceful walk.

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this hike on 10/6/18. Definitely a difficult, steep hike! We started at the upper cascade trail and completed the full hike in 3 hours (with plenty of stops for pictures and some time spend hanging out in the mine camp). Beautiful views of Ouray and surrounding mountains. I would highly recommend this trail if you’re looking for a great work out/shorter day hike.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun trail I guess. It would be better going up I think. There are a few tippy spots coming down, so don’t go too quick.

2015 JKUR lifted and with the right stuff

2 months ago

Wishing for more water for the waterfall, but still beautiful.

I did the Alpine Mine. Be prepared for the long, steady incline up, but you have views the entire way. Super cool to see the leftover mining equipment near the overlook. Bring a lunch and enjoy the vistas.

off road driving
2 months ago

Fun rock crawling

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is an unassuming adventure, with challenging elevation gains that are well spread apart. In addition to amazing views of Ourey and the surrounding peaks, this trail features many variations of terrain. Definitely worthwhile, but try to plan hiking this on a cooler day.

hiking
2 months ago

What a trail! If you are slightly scared of heights avoid the very beginning of the trail and get on at the parking lot at the falls... it will definitely get your attention! Views were unbelievable- especially at the High Point- overlooking 550. Pack a sandwich and be ready to have a seat and just take in the view. Great trail- and don’t miss the waterfall in Box Canyon. And yes, the distances are off- it’s longer but worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! I’m from California so the altitude was challenging. But worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

As stated by others the distance seems off, we went close to 7 miles. Many off and on spots, we did the full trail. The beginning right out of the parking lot is no joke! No warming up given. I would say the first part of the trail is hard to strenuous depending on skill. There are some narrow parts walking alongside the cliff, thus if scared of heights might want to think twice. The views of Ouray were amazing and the different terrain you experience was cool to experience. Not a lot of traffic at all.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great drive. Was not expecting all the rocks coming down from Animas Fork. Definitely chastity scrapping in some areas. Other than that my Jeep Wrangler did great! We had a blast and spent all day on the Alpine Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great walk. If doing in the morning start at Visitor Center and go clockwise as will make most of the shade. Great views of the town throughout the walk. Took us a little over 3 hours with plenty of stops to admire the views. Last section across the canyon was brilliant. Don't be tempted to take short cut back to town after the canyon. Follow trail back up for dramatic gorge walk and overlook.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail walking distance from wherever you are staying in Ouray. Surprisingly, it offers a diversity of sights - waterfalls, small slot canyon, Box Canon Falls, and vistas of the town and surrounding mountains - while offering a decent amount of exercise. Uniquely offers multiple points to jump on and off the trail about town. Very enjoyable.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail. Awesome views. Jeep did fine no issues. Only drawback was all the side by sides. Rude, did not make sure narrow areas were clear and just go. Made them back up to passing areas a few times. People remember in Colorado up hill traveling vehicle has right-a-way.

3 months ago

OMG. Like Bill said, moderate is an understatement. However, I followed a couple of guys and they taught me alot. My maiden voyage for me and my jeep. The view at the summit was beyond magnificent. It was a challenge mentally somewhat, but worth gaining the experience.

trail running
3 months ago

Well...if you have read any of the posts then you are already aware that the distance and elevation gain they claim on their map is WAAAYYY off. Its about 6.5 to 7 miles with 1385 ft gain (garmin gps watch) if you start at the visitor center and head clockwise (cascade falls to baby bathtubs to highpoint) and end after Ice Park. We were starving by that point (even after eating breakfast then granola bars on the trail

Very steep up, but great views and mine site. 2:45 total tome for hike.

hiking
3 months ago

OPEN. We stopped in at the visitor center and asked to be sure. A beautiful hike that gets you out of town without driving too far. The trail is single track with some very brief exposure but nothing too treacherous or dangerous. I never once felt unsure of my footing. Once you get past the butt kicking switchbacks at the start, the rest is a very enjoyable walk with the sound of waterfalls and the creek to accompany you.

lot of climbing but waterfall and mining cabin worth the trip

on Chief Ouray Mine Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike up with lots of switchbacks. Started at lower, then upper Cascades Falls and hiked to peak for a beautiful view onto Ouray and beyond. Did not continue to mine for time reasons, but enjoyable hike. 3 hour round trip.

beautiful hike! weather was perfect. bridge crossing over Box Canon was exciting. hubby and I are in our 60s and did the 6.4 mile loop in 3 hours

had a great hike but be prepared to be tired. we did the whole thing and got every aspect of weather including hail...thankfully we were in a wooded section. there are definitely some spots that would be tricky if wet. also some narrow areas with steep drop offs. had a dog with us that was very smart and obedient otherwise would have been a little nerve racking and she also had to be carried as a few bridges and stairs had wide grates as a surface!

we had a great hike with great views, waterfalls, streams , and river crossings! i would agree with other comments to start at the falls and end at box canyon. after that is when is gets super narrow and steep.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty views, well-kept trail. It is definitely very short, so would be good for kids/those looking for a very easy, quick outing. We took two dogs and it was definitely dog friendly.

Amazing views!!

Total length was close to 6.4 Miles not length stated on app. Trail was narrow in spots. I would not recommend this hike for small children. Beautiful scenery & waterfalls.

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