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Ouray area hikes

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Ouray area hikes

We (a family of 16) are not planning on having 4X4 vehicles but would still like to take advantage of the great wildflowers and views. Can you recommend any hikes (preferably under 4 or 5 miles so all can enjoy) that would accomplish this and be easily accessible to cars from Ouray. Thank you.

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1. Re: Ouray area hikes

There are numerous trails accessible from Ouray. Take a look at this list on the website of the Ouray Trail Group:

http://www.ouraytrails.org/trails.html

For something unique and right within your distance range, start with the Ouray Perimeter Hike. It's a loop hike that circles around the perimeter of the town, hooking up for stretches of several other trails in the area, and taking you to great spots like Cascade Falls, the "baby bathtubs", a high bridge over Box Canyon, and through an old tunnel formerly used as a path for a water pipeline.

Look for the excellent trail map of the area at the Visitor Center and bookstores in town. The map is also produced by the nonprofit Ouray Trail Group.

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2. Re: Ouray area hikes

I still recommend that all who can possibly afford it at least take a half day jeep tour. It will be unforgettable.

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This booklet from the Ouray Trails group is also highly recommended:

" Hiking Ouray With Kids - And Everyone Else! (3rd Edition), covers 13 Scenic and accessible trails with trailheads on the perimeter of Ouray. The hikes are really for everyone, not just those with kids, but are not as strenuous as other trails in the area. It is also available in local stores and the Ouray Visitors Center." The website gives instructions for ordering by mail if you'd like to plan ahead.

For an easy walk to help everyone get acclimated, you could drive to Ridgway and walk the paved river trail toward Ridgway State Park. Or in the oppostie direction from the park toward Ridgway.

traillink.com/trail/uncompahgre-riverway-tra… …state.co.us/Parks/…RidgwayStateParkHome.aspx

www.dennisweaver.com/memorial_park/index.html

To make a day of it, see the railroad museum and the Galloping Goose being restored, and have lunch at the True Grit Cafe.

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