See below, or click HERE, to access more information and/or to donate.

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray District.


  Ouray Trail Group
  P.O. Box 50, Ouray, CO 81427


Meetings:  Second Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.   
San Juan Room, Community Center   
Next Meeting: June 10, 2014  



and those desiring to be members of OTG,
To be a voting member of OTG, a membership form must be filled out and returned to the OTG Secretary:
L. A. Bunten
PO Box 1327
Ouray, CO  81427

The .pdf form may be downloaded by clicking below.
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Membership Form



Welcome to Ouray Trails

This site provides information and updates on the 83 mapped and maintained trails available to Ouray hikers. Users may digitally navigate these trails and peruse pertinent maps and pictures before they hike. A FAQ section is meant to answer common concerns. Other useful sites include the Ouray Chamber and Resort Association, Ridgway State Park and US Forest Service.

We hope you enjoy your visit, and we always appreciate status updates on this site or on current trail conditions:  Contact Us


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  In 2006 the Ouray Trail Group began construction of a new 5-mile trail that, when complete, will circle Ouray following cliff bands, scree slopes and forested areas, but be accessible to hikers of nearly all ages and abilities. The finished trail will access four waterfalls, cross six drainages and offer unmatched perspectives of the surrounding mountains. Though now only 75 percent complete, it attracted some 40,000 hikers last year and is already the most popular trail in the region.
  Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge on the steep Oak Creek Canyon on Ouray's west side and will entail costs well beyond our usual map and book sale receipts. However, YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT HAS RESULTED IN OUR MEETING THE REQUIRED GOAL of $50,000 for the bridge! Trail work is basically completed, and the bridge construction (USFS required some safety modifications) is now scheduled for Spring, 2015. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ASSISTANCE!
  We are a 501(c)(3) organization so any further help you may offer is tax deductible and will be efficiently applied to future projects, and will be very much appreciated. If you have questions about the project, please contact Bob Risch at 970-318-1363.

The Ouray Trail Group Board of Directors

To send a check, make it out to: "Ouray Trail Group" and mail to:

Ouray Trail Group
PO Box 50
Ouray CO 81427

For PayPal, click below.

View looking east across Ouray
from the point on the Oak Creek Trail
where the new trail will start down
into the Oak Creek Canyon

A 'before' picture showing where the new
trail will be constructed into the Canyon

Work has Begun!

Another section of the completed work

The site deep in the Oak Creek Canyon
where the bridge is to be constructed

A section of Twin Peaks Trail that will be
upgraded & become part of the Perimeter
Trail on north side of Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Bridge: Profile View

Oak Creek Bridge: Plan View

These two diagrams, above, are from Chris Haaland and are sketches of the bridge from two perspectives. At some point we will probably be able to upgrade these with engineering diagrams.

The following link will give you access to an online map (aerial view) of the entire
Perimeter Trail.

Ouray -- Alpine Hiking Capital of the West

Help us preserve and protect the area for the next generation.  After your hike, take a minute to let someone know what work is needed.  Your comments may be directed to this website, to our trail work leader, Phil Wolkin, or to the U. S. Forest Service: 970-240-5300,

If you see someone violating the land, please call
the Ouray Ranger District at 970-240-5300.

Need a Map or Local Trails Book?

Hiking Trails of Ouray County (12th Edition) map is available at local stores and the Ouray Visitors Center.  It features descriptions for 83 hiking and skiing trails, Mt. Sneffels and Wetterhorn Peak approaches; user friendly guide to difficulty, distance, elevation and time; outdoor safety tips and a topographic map depicting the trails.  
Cost is $10.00 ($12.00 by mail)

The book, 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.
Cost is $7.00 ($10.00 by mail)

To order a map or book by mail, click  HERE  for details.

We would like your comments and suggestions on this website. E-mail to:

Wetterhorn Trek, Summer 2012

Steve Cushard and Charlie Howard, both from Cincinnati, Ohio, spent six days in the Wetterhorn Basin area from August 3 to August 8, 2012. They have been hiking together three or four times a year for the past twelve years, but mostly back east in the Appalachians. In recent years they have tried to get out west for weeklong treks. The most recent was a 60-mile trek on the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park.

The Wetterhorn trek began on August 3 at the West Fork/Wetterhorn Basin trailhead. They hiked over West Fork Pass into Wetterhorn Basin and spent the night near the junction with the Middle Canyon trail. Day two, they went from the Basin to the Cow Creek trail and then to the Wetterhorn Basin Overlook. The third day was spent on the Middle Canyon to Matterhorn Cutoff trails. Then on day four, they took the Ridge Stock to the East Fork, then to the Middle Fork and over the Middle Fork Pass where they camped below tree line near the river. On day five, they went up Coxcomb and back down into Wetterhorn Basin. Finally, on the last day, they hiked out via the West Fork Pass to the trailhead. A few of the great pictures taken on this trek are shown to the right.

Pictures Courtesy of Steve Cushard




View from the Pass


Sunset behind Wetterhorn

  Click on the images to the right to view photos taken during the various activities noted.

(More to be added, soon.)

Work on the Old Horsethief Trail
Late Fall, 2011

Fall Pictures in the
Cimarrons, 2011

Work on the Wetterhorn Basin
Trail, Summer and Fall 2011

Neosho Mine Building
(Antique Store) Repairs, Summer 2011

Ouray Scenes

Top Left--  Ouray, taken from the Gold Hill area north of Ouray. Mt. Abram is to the left, in the distance, and Mt. Hayden to the right.

Top Right -- The Uncompahgre Gorge as seen from the Hayden Ridge, looking Southeast. The Uncompahgre River falls can be seen flowing from under Highway 550 in the lower center of the picture. Engineer Mountain can be reached by 4WD vehicles via the road up the center gorge. 

Middle -- On the lower Silvershield Trail. Ouray can be seen in the background.

Bottom Left -- Mount Abram in the Fall.

Bottom Right - OTG members reconnoitering a possible trail.







Ouray Trail Group President, Roger Smith: 970-626-3347,   Roger

Webmaster, Laurie Bunten: 970-325-0808,   Webmaster

Questions About Trails, Karen Risch: 970-325-4205,   Karen

Or use the Form on the "Contact Us" page

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