Ouray, Colorado

Ouray is one of those little towns that hasn’t grown or changed much over the years.  We have visited here often as the town has so much going for it.  In addition to being compact and having stunning scenery, there is a large hot springs swimming pool and several water falls.  Also, for being so small there are two large commercial campgrounds in town as well as the national forest campground that we stayed at plus some smaller ones in the area.

OurayOverlook 2This overlook was next to our campsite which was nice because I could walk over and get a good internet signal.

P1000291The road to the campground

P1000280Glorious scenery in every direction

P1000233Ouray itself looks like many small Colorado mountain towns…..

P1000272with many lovely Victorian styled homes.  What is surprising are the large number of houses for sale in town.  I would say every 5th house is for sale.

P1000245This was our second time to visit Box Canyon Falls.  The falls themselves are difficult to see as they are in a chute type position between rocks but the roar is unbelievable.  They are the most forceful, loud, falls you will ever visit.

P1000253The falls drop down on the left into this emerald green pool 

P1000268The Box Canyon Motel has a nice location next to the exit of the falls and like every place in town it also has views that don’t stop.

We actually left Ouray yesterday morning and I just now have time to write a post.  I have lots more pictures to show you and hope I can get another post or two done before we leave on the cruise Saturday.

While I think about it, sometime back I promised to tell why I thought we received these two free cruises. In 2004, 2007, and 2009 we took Carnival cruises and my mother went with us on the first two.  She likes to play the slot machines in the casino and on the second cruise I played with her the first night out.  I immediately hit 1600 quarters and when the casino employee paid me, he signed me up for the players club.  Since I had all that money to the good, I played for several days until I lost it again so Carnival has me on record for having plowed quite a bit into the machines…..without having a record that it was their money in the first place. The offer in the mail for two free cruises came from the Players Club of Carnival.  It’s unbelievable that $400 has returned to us a cruise to the South Pacific and Sydney as well as another cruise to Hawaii.  I shall be grateful to Carnival for evermore!

Four Wheeling

Southwestern Colorado is one of the best places in the nation for a multitude of four wheel drives.  I keep saying we need to camp in this area for at least two weeks to get our fill.  Since we only had time for one we chose Yankee Boy Basin just a mile from Ouray.  The drive is rated as moderate (blue) and is 9.3 miles long.  We drove 7.5 miles up before turning around.  Stock SUV’s do go all the way but we feel like our Tracker does not have high enough clearance for some of the extreme dips in the road.  

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YankeeBoyBasin 6 Some of the land in this area is privately owned 

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YankeeBoyBasin 2This is about 11,000 feet elevation and even Molly was getting winded.  You may be wondering what we are going to do with her while we go cruising.  It sure would be nice to take her along but Molly will be staying with a friend in Yuma who is also going to let us park our vehicles at her house.  

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There are several old mines in the area – some still active.

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Such a perfect day!