Town Of Ouray

Gem of the Rockies

Often referred to as the ‘Gem of the Rockies’ the town and surroundings of Ouray are certainly considered to be among the most beautiful regions in all of Colorado. As is typical of many mountain towns found along the ‘San Juan Skyway’, the town of Ouray is wedged into a valley between two enormous mountainsides. The elevation of the town itself is almost 7800′ but the tall mountain cliffs surrounding it go as high as 13000′ and give it the illusion of being much, much higher. It is for this reason that Ouray is also known as ‘The Switzerland of America’.