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Perimeter Trail

Main Street, Ouray, CO
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Hiking Trails
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Perimeter Trail is an approximately 4.2 mile trail that circles around the town of Ouray. My friends and I hiked it in a clockwise direction starting from the Baby Bath Tubs Trailhead, south of Cascade Falls near Amphitheater Campground. You can also start at Cascade Falls, the Ouray Visitor Center, Queen Street and Box Canyon Falls. There is free... More

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Coronado, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Came through Box Canyon High Bridge ... took the trail back to the hotel. The homes on Oak street alone are worth the walk. The high bridge is awesome, however made of steel grating. Eyes front no hesitation

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We were told this would be an "easy" hike and we would have great views of the town of Ouray. Easy is a relative term! We met other hikers who thought this was more difficult than expected. I'm glad we did it; however, the views and trail are not so spectacular that I would advise others to do it. Do... More

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Houston, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This 5 mile round trip was not so easy for us flat-landers. We are in decent shape, but only doing half of this trail kicked our behinds. We had done other longer trails in Colorado prior to our visit to Ouray, so we thought very little of doing a 2.5-3 mile hike with a 3 year old. It was physically... More

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azle tx
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29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Got to Ouray- told my husband let's do The Perimeter Trail- he said yes! I had read the town's info about it, it sounded pretty easy- We hike all the time- but not at altitude. We made 2 big mistakes, we didn't account for the altitude or bring rain gear. This trail is awesome. Whoever built it was a genius.... More

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Columbus, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

I'm sad to say I didn't enjoy this whole hike. I think it is because of the altitude. We live about 7 feet above sea level, but we love to hike. No matter how fit we are, the altitude causes a problem for us on vacation. This trail hits all the important stuff--Cascade Falls, Baby Bathtubs, Box Canyon Park--but it... More

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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

When I read about the Perimeter Trail, I had visions of it being a trail that we could walk within a matter of an hour and a half. It is extremely hilly to walk around the town of Ouray, so plan a half-day adventure if you want to do the full Perimeter Trail. We opted to walk up probably one... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Easy to access from town, nice variety of terrain, sites, Waterfalls, high canyon bridge, short tunnel. Flat, steep, some very narrow ledge trail. Saw hummingbirds, squirrels, butterflies. Interesting geographic features.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We started at the visitor's center and it was a little hard to cross the highway since there was a long line of cars but with a little patience it's not bad. At first I was thinking we could’ve skipped the first portion on the way to Cascade Falls but it does offer nice views of Ouray. There are other... More

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Iowa Park, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I hiked the entire trail in about 5 hours, took frequent breaks to enjoy the view and of course take pictures. The changes in elevation as well as climate kept us pushing forward. The mountain tunnel at Box Canyon is a joy to find. The waterfalls are just beautiful. This has to be one of the best... More

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