Trails in Ouray County vary considerably in their nature and origins depending on where they are. The southern part of the county is characterized by steep rugged terrain that is heavily mineralized. Trails in this region were generally created by early miners, beginning in the mid 1870s and continuing for several decades thereafter. The northern half of the County is less steep with densely wooded terrain and an agricultural heritage of farms and ranches. Both halves offer unique and interesting hiking options that will vary with the season of the year.
The current 84 trails maintained by the Trail Group have somewhat arbitrarily been divided into six subgroups as described below. The Perimeter Trail and others that can be accessed from the City of Ouray have each been assigned their own page. The rest are divided into four groupings based on the direction of the trailheads from Ouray. We hope this arrangement will help the visitor plan the most efficient exploration of this special area.
Ouray's Perimeter Trail is a unique six-mile hiking experience that features remarkably varied terrain, unmatched scenery, four waterfalls, five bridges, up close geology and a hidden troll. Hiking it involves approximately 1,600 feet of elevation gain and loss and will typically take 4-5 hours to complete. There are several places along the trail where one can leave or access the trail, so the entire six miles does not have to be hiked to return to town.
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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 Ranger District. Copyright 2019 Ouray Trail Group.
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