Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike and definitely not one to miss when visiting the area. That said, the trail is actually *6.3 MILES* not 4.7. It was at least a moderate trail with some parts relatively strenuous, so if you plan on doing the full trial you need to be in good shape. We hiked the full trail in 3.5 hours. Make sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen as it gets hot!

You pass several waterfalls, caves, through forests, and on cliff edges! If you only do one hike, so this one. You also see Baby Bath Tub and Cascade Falls from this hike so you essentially see everything, including the adorable town itself!

Be aware at at the end you walk through a small neighborhood and then through an RV camping/trailer park section but it’s not long before your back to the visitors center. Have fun!

What an awesome trail so close to town. Has it all. Great views, changing terrain. Excellent markings. Added a new section up Oak Creek and back down Old Twin Peaks that is not in the AllTrails map.

This trail was amazing!! The views were amazing and so was the famous Cascade Falls that you can walk behind. Turkey great hike, but be prepared.

My husband took the Jeep up, no problem and I hiked to the lake with the dog. Easy hike, gorgeous views

A beautiful hike, but they are going to get people in bad situations if they don't update the description! It is definitely a MODERATE trail at least. A LOT of uphill... not climbing, but uphill.

And, the 4.7 miles listed is WAY off!! We ended up backtracking a big due to some confusion after leaving the visitor center (hint... a good portion of the first mile or so is a road! Get a map at the visitor center). We completely blew off the last half of the trail east of Hwy 550, cut down the Hwy and through town, and still finished at 6.5 miles for this 4.7 mile trail.

Beautiful views and I'm glad we went counter clockwise from the visitor center b/c that got us to the falls, but we were very disappointed to hit 5 miles and realize we were barely 1/2 way done, if even that.

Second time I’ve done this hike. Super short and kid friendly! It’s an easy and short little hike with an amazing waterfall! Lots of people when I went (Fourth of July week) because of the holiday. Overall, very fun, quick & easy!!

Fun for the whole family. Going to the bottom of the falls is well worth the money. The top of the falls provides a great view with a simple walk up the rocks.

Great hike but does NOT allow dogs.

AllTrails should change the description

hiking
10 days ago

Great family trail around Ouray, but gotta be careful on a few parts. Parked at Cascade Falls. Walked around clockwise, to the Baby Bathtubs, down and around to Box Canyon Falls. Then back through town to the Ouray Brewery for lunch. Garmin showed about 5.1 miles for all that. Carried a 2 yo in a pack. 7yo walked. Good signage.

off road driving
11 days ago

Drove to the trailhead in mostly stock 02 Dodge Dakota QC Shortbed. Took a ding or two to the undercarriage, but I was rushing. No problem if you’re more patient than me.

Very kid and dog friendly!

Did this trail yesterday, June 28, 2018. Wild flowers were in full bloom, absolutely beautiful. Trail goes from easy to moderate the higher up you go. My F150 4x4 had no problems. Highly recommend this trail. Stoped in Ouray at the hot springs for a swim on the way back to Telluride.

backpacking
20 days ago

** the trail has been extended and more additions are underway. Don’t cheat yourself out of an even better hike, follow the signage! Took it super slow and stopped every time there was running water or a nice overlook, which was a lot. Managed to stretch it out over 5 hours or so, made for a great little romp between lunch and dinner.

Really fun with a rewarding view at the top. The falls are great even in this super dry year, forming small pools to cool off in. Highly recommend going on to the old mine buildings, particularly the far one which has an old Denver mining co drill and some other interesting equipment in it, not to mention a fantastic view of the town below. The blocked off cavern just past it contains a vertical shaft apparently created with that rock drill in the building.

Gorgeous views, lots of water and wildflowers!! We took our Tacoma and it did great up the 4x4 roads!

trail running
21 days ago

Breathtaking views! Easy to locate trail...well marked. 1700ft of elevation change!! I tracked 7.45mi on MapMyRun. Bring plenty of water! Ran in 1:43, but had to leave time for pics!!

Great for kids.

5 stars because it is a beautiful trail!!! It is NOT 4.7 miles, it is closer to 6-7 miles. Definitely pack snacks and water. It took us 5 hours with our 2 boys, ages 9 and 6 to take in all of the beautiful sights/scenery and enjoy them and have snacks and water along the way. They did an amazing job. The first part of the trail by the visitor center is the hairiest of the trail!!! We loved it though!

hiking
24 days ago

Great trail BUT they’ve added trail on the west side of town. We meandered a bit and came in right at 7 miles.
The visitor center by the hot springs has the latest map.

Description is perfect. Falls are awesome but at a distance. Finding a way to get closer to that splash.

hiking
29 days ago

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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