Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

3 days ago

Great trail with great vistas! Waterfalls, forrest, and a great view of the cute little town!

Great hike! Don’t underestimate the vertical gain, but don’t let it stop you either. Well worth the effort!

off road driving
4 days ago

This is a 26 mile route from Lake City, CO to just south of Ouray. It took me 3;47. The eastern portion climbs slowly and is relatively easy with multiple abandoned mines and beautiful vistas. the pass tops out at 12,800 feet then climbs further as you head west. The western portion is steep in places, full of bare rock and boulders, and very treacherous. There are narrow portions with steep drop offs, at least a dozen hairpin turns, and many sharp rocks. My jeep Grand Cherokee bottomed out at least a dozen times.
My recommendations:
4 wheel drive low is absolutely essential
Do not drive the western portion of this road if there has been any rain. It gets very slippery.
High road clearance with short wheel base and low center of gravity would be ideal.

This trail has it all! Mountains, woods, meadows, a waterfall, a tunnel, gorges, bridges, fun places to play in the water, and vistas galore! This is by far one of my favorite trails. It is steep in places, so you may have to take your time. We completed it in about 3.5 hours with minimal stops. The trail is 5.8 miles - make sure to stop by the visitor's center to get a map!

We really enjoyed this hike. My wife our kids (1.5 and 4) and our dog had a great time playing on the rocks and checking out the views. The rock formations are awesome and the little pools and such are great for the kids and the dog to play in. We went early afternoon on a Tuesday and saw less than 10 people. There's a cool canyon or gorge right at the bridge next to the parking lot. A group of climbers were there so there's that too.

Lovely trail. Great views of a beautiful city.

Amazing trail. We did this trail, part by part, so that we could make it almost halfway. Traffic is high in some areas, and almost deserted in other areas. Some steep parts, and parts that are straight uphill. Tiring but amazing. Recommend for everyone.

Trail was great. Stream about halfway in, and amazing views at the top. Very steep at beginning, and near the end. Overall great.

Not too difficult, very pretty.

It’s a fairly easy hike for beginners!

Super easy hike. Definetely worth the short walk up to it. we walked up behind the waterfall and got some good photos and videos of the waterfall from behind the curtain of water. Kid friendly. Will take the kids next time. They will be sure to enjoy it.

What an amazing hike! Very strenuous and not for the faint of heart but if you take the leap it is well worth all the vertical change. Very well maintained and thought out. There are some amazing views of the valley, mountains and Bear Creek itself. Hiked past Bear Creek Mine and turned around at the creek crossing. Next time we are going to hike all the way to Yellow Jacket. Definetely worth doing again.

17 days ago

Trail is a little overgrown in places, footing a little treacherous in a couple of places and not well marked in one place, but offers great views of the mountains, creek and some old mining equipment. Didn’t hike the whole trail, just in about 1.3 miles and then back out.

Awesome hike, but if you only have one day in Ouray, the perimeter hike is the way to go. This one offers excellent views of "the amphitheater" but the steepness of it was a bit arduous and monotonous at times (as compared to the perimeter trail)

Much longer and more difficult than expected, but this trail has it all. There were so many different highlights of the hike I can't even begin to list them all! The scenery changed so drastically throughout the hike it's hard to pick a favorite part of it!

23 days ago

This review is only based on the hike to Grizzly Bear Mine. By Colorado standards, I would say this is more moderate than hard -- about 1600 gain to the mine in 2.4 miles. The trail is mostly rock and shale with beautiful views, a couple parts of exposure, but never felt uncomfortable. Will definitely do this again and go all the way to Engineer, however didn't have time for today.

25 days ago

Not too hard of a trail. A bit steep on the switch backs but the view and waterfalls are worth it. 3ish hours round trip from the amphitheater campground.

Such a beautiful hike!! It was epic! It was a good trail slightly difficult. Lots of rock. The scenery was beyond description. The endless waterfalls and aspens budding with bright green leaves was breathless. Would do this again in the fall

awesome hike, lots of trees down on trail

Fairly steep trail, with lots of sun, so I recommend starting early. No views early on, but once you climb past the tree line everything opens up. We turned around at the waterfall in sight of the mine because the snow bridge covering the water didn't look particularly safe, but others had evidently been crossing it. Sticks are highly recommended, especially for going down -- very steep and sliding is a problem. No snow on the trail except at the waterfall.

26 days ago

Gorgeous hike, as far as we went. We turned back after 3.25 miles due to a washed out crossing (we're older, and more careful than some), though it could be crossed with care. Beautiful views all the way: waterfalls, mining equipment, an open mine. No ice or snow. Loved the "wind chime" effect from walking on the rock flakes on the initial climb. A "must-do" hike for the Ouray area.

Very nice hike but I can’t give it a 5-Star rating bc:
1. I don’t know where they came up with this being a 4.7 mile hike that it says in the description as if you do the entire hike following the signs it is more like 6.2 miles and 1,600 feet of climbing.
2. Not best hiking footing for parts of the hike as loose rocks and metal grates (I had to carry my black lab as these bugged her so much she refused to walk on them) for climbing over large water “pipeline” and across high bridge.

Overall not bad for being right in Ouray and this time of year the waterfall was amazing and luckily not super hot (was getting a bit too warm for my dog but that was bc it was 1.5 miles longer that we expected so it was close to noon when we finished.

one of the best hikes I've done

1 month ago

This is a great trail. Well signed to keep you on track, takes you past many beautiful locations. Some parts are difficult if you are a novice hiker like myself. However, it’s definitely worth it.

1 month ago

Great views of Ouray, a waterfall ( May) and enough of a challenge to get winded occasionally. Fun trail!

This hike was wonderful! Traversing the loop brought gorgeous views of the valley, waterfalls, blooming wildflowers, the million dollar highway, box canyon and the cute town. I saw a fox on the trail as well. Definitely worth it if you are in the area!

1 month ago

Trailhead is open. Beautiful hike with stunning views! Make sure you bring trekking poles or a walking stick for the descent!

off road driving
1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite passes in Colorado. I lived there for about 7 years and have traveled over many. This one is not difficult at all with the exception of a spot or three. A must is a side trip from Camp Bird to the west up to the base of Mt Sneffels and the high alpine lakes there. IF your lucky and are there end of July early August you might catch the wildflower explosion. On a good snow pack year it might not be clear until end of July. On July 4th, they have the July 4th Ski Race at summit of the pass. Fun event.

FYI trailhead is still closed. About a mile hike from the parking lot to the trailhead.

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