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Ouray's online resource for regional hiking trails

Welcome to Ouray Trail Group

Enjoy our trails. Leave no trace.

The Ouray Trail Group is a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails.  Our members take a stewardship role in protecting, preserving and maintaining the natural and recreational resources we all enjoy.

This site provides information and updates on the 84 mapped and maintained trails available to hikers in Ouray County. Exploring this website will give the visitor a sense of the incredible scenery and history to be discovered along these trails. It is not, however, intended to convey all the information necessary and desirable for a safe hiking experience. The map and guide described on another page is an essential reference in this rugged and complex terrain.

For planning purposes, trails have been organized into six categories or regions, although there will necessarily be some overlap. We hope these pages are helpful in ensuring the visitor a quality recreational experience in the time available here. Feedback on hiker experiences and trail conditions is always welcome and can be left here.

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Just Announced!

  • Work Days Complete!  9/15/19  On Sept. 14-15, OTG crews completed work on the Full Moon Trail.  The team of 7 OTG members cleared downed trees and brush and performed substantial tread improvements on the trail.  A barbecue and camping under a full moon completed the weekend.

  • Work Complete!  9/5/19 On Sept. 3-4 OTG wilderness trail crews cleared and improved the Cow Creek and Stealey Mountain South trails.  On day one, a 4-person crew cleared encroaching brush and tree saplings and improved trail drainage and tread surfaces on the first few miles of both trails.  On both days, a 3-person saw team cleared about 60 downed trees on the Cow Creek Trail, opening it for hiker and horse travel from the FS Rd. 857 trailhead up to near treeline, about 4.5 miles up the trail.  The biggest concentration of trees was in avalanche slide paths where piles of trees were blocking the trail.  Roy and Trevor Jackson of Cow Creek Outfitters kindly volunteered horses to pack the saw crew’s overnight camp equipment up the trail.

  • Trail Work Weekend- Another Great Success! 8/11/19  Eight crew members cleared downed trees and brush on the Little Cimarron Trail.

     

  • Sutton-Neosho Trail  8/1/19   This week, our crew completed several tread improvements and removed trees on the Sutton-Neosho Trail. 

  • Cross Cut Saw Training 8/1/19   The USFS will provide a one day cross cut saw training course on Thursday, August 8th. OTG members are invited to participate. Contact Steve Boyle at s.boyle3329@gmail.com to register. Become an OTG member at ouraytrails.org.
    This is a great opportunity for OTG members to learn to use this tool safely in the field. Our cross cut sawyers are a fun group! 

  • OTG Crews Complete Work on Weehawken and Alpine Mine Trails  7/25/19   Eight volunteers cleared trees, removed brush, and performed tread and drainage repair on the entire length of the Weehawken and Alpine Mine Trail. Thanks, Crew!! 

  • Overnight Trail Work Weekend a Success! 7/14/19

  • OTG Completes Successful Workday  6/1/19  

     

     


Ouray Trail Group featured in Telluride Watch Article! Click Here


Thank you to our front country crew and their work on the Horsethief this past week! 7/9/19

Crew completes work on Blaine Basin Trail! 7/16/19

Big thanks to Jill Parisi and the Voyager Youth Program. The Voyager kids learned about trail recon and helped with trash cleanup on a future section of the Perimeter Trail. The group plans to hike up to the area monthly to clean up and report any problems.

Cross Cut Saw Training- OTG certified nine new sawyers!

 

Latest Updates

Perimeter Trail Progress

Trail layout and early work on the very challenging Perimeter Trail began in 2006. Thirteen years later it is still not in final form but the Trail Group has hopes that 2019 will be the year when the last sections are finished and become available to the many thousands of residents and visitors who annually enjoy this unique hiking experience.

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Membership Information

The membership of the Ouray Trail Group is voluntary, and new members are always welcome. To join OTG and be placed on an email list to receive notice of meeting dates, projects, and more, click below.

Ouray Trail Group Ouray Colorado

PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org

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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