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“Perimeter Trail” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Perimeter Trail

Perimeter Trail
Ranked #8 of 35 things to do in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence
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Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Perimeter Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

My husband and I (retirees) hiked five hours on Perimeter Trail
and loved it. The trail was well marked and maintained with
fabulous views and a variety of terrain. A map from the Visitors'
Center gave nice descriptions and directions. We walked through
town, started at Cascade Falls and ended at Box Canyon to walk
home. Great day!

Visited August 2012
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Socorro, NM
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“Do the Perimeter Trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

We went to Ouray, CO to get out of the summer heat in New Mexico. One of the fun, local things we found to do was the Perimeter Trail hike around Ouray. There were lots of great views, good steep sections, waterfalls, a reservoir for the dogs to cool off in, a fun suspension bridge, and a bonus tunnel. If you only care to do some of the trail, it's easy to get off the trail early and most of the short-cuts land you back in town. We had a great time and so did the dogs. Only thing to note about doing the trail with dogs; the suspension bridge is an open metal grid bridge that crosses Box Canyon gorge (very high!). Our dogs would NOT cross the bridge so we had to carry them across. If your dog is too big to carry, you might not want to do that part. The tunnel might also spook some dogs, but ours were okay with that. The whole trail was 4-5 miles, but like I said, you can make of it what you want. You can find maps for the Perimeter Trail at the visitor's center on the south end of town, or just Google it. Happy trails!

Visited August 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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72 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Lost”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

We started out fine on this trail, very pretty, a cave to go through, some climbing and then we were lost. The trail are not marked well from the canyon side. We were totally off course and had to retract back to the beginning before giving up.

Visited August 2012
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“hike around town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

I lost the trail at ampitheater campground, and ended on an old mining road, then had to take the road back into town.

Visited August 2012
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Denver, CO
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“Not as easy as you might think”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I are from Denver and so Ouray's elevation change is not as dramatic as it would be for many others. I agree with all of the reviews about how beautiful a hike it is. There are dramatic changes in scenery. We started at Cascade and hiked out when we got to Box Canyon Falls. While much of the trail is fairly level, there are some steep ups and downs. Based on our experience with hikes in Utah and Rocky Mtn National Park I would rate this as moderately strenuous, not easry. We had trouble following the trail after Baby Bathtubs as when you get to the rocky area, it isn't obvious what is a trail and piled rock markers go in different directions, some of which dead end. We hiked for 3.5 hours, albeit at a somewhat slow pace, did not complete, and it's hard to believe we walked less than 4 miles.

Visited August 2012
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