The majority of visitors in Ouray enjoy the amazing summer days and cool nights and the town does not close for the winter. In fact, there are many uncrowded winter adventures available here. Plus, it is never been easier to get to Ouray, with direct flights into Montrose during the coldest months of the year from major hubs around the country such as Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. And you can easily book a great stay at Ouray Chalet Inn that gives easy access to many of the best places to visit in town.

So, if you are visiting Ouray in winter, here are things you can do here:

Have a Great Adventure on Ice

Ice climbing is a popular activity in Ouray with its cold temperatures and icy slopes. Ouray is the perfect place to try ice climbing for the first time or to improve your skills with the help of local guides. Consider inviting a group of friends to join you to get a better experience. The Uncompahgre River Gorge will be open and waiting for you.

Skin with the Crowds

The solitude of a cross-country ski under a full moon along stretches of groomed and ungroomed Nordic trails in the south of Ouray is simply unmatchable. Ironton Park is set on a high mesa meadow and provides miles of trails groomed for skate skiing. Between Ouray and Silverton, you can find the Million Dollar Highway that also offers access to awesome backcountry skiing terrain, where you can day-trip access to untouched powdery runs right off the highway. If you want to get away from it all, consider spending a night at a regional hut that you can reserve for your ski party.

Soak in the Views

Visitors and locals enjoy the unique mountain setting and soothing waters in Ouray. In the cold months, soaking in the hot springs is the best way to come back down to earth after a day high in the mountains. The winter brings the town fluffy snowflakes that fall through the steamy airto land on delighted soakers, offerings you a magical and romantic setting.

Explore the Wild West Lore of Ouray County

A visit to the historical places in Ouray is one of the best ways to experience its local history. So, grab a pair of snowshoes and explore the ghost towns that witnessed the past. Visit the town of Ironton and the Red Mountain Mining District and be ready to step back in time.