To understand why Ouray, Colorado is referred to as the “Switzerland of America”, all you need to do is take a trip up the scenic Red Mountain Pass which provides a stunning view of Ouray. However, to get another glimpse that you may find even more captivating, you may wish to consider visiting the Perimeter Trail.
Perimeter Trail has remained a scenically challenging route for locals as well as tourists, and it is particularly useful during those periods when there is lots of snow in the high country. The trail begins at the visitors center which also provides a useful map in case you want to shorten your trip versus navigating Perimeter Trail in its six mile entirety. Some of the sights you’ll come across include Cascade Falls, which is less than a mile from the start of the trail.
As you continue to explore Perimeter Trail, you’ll eventually discover the lush wildflowers plus the curiously named Baby Bathtubs. The popular Ouray Ice Park plus historic, abandoned mining sites that once held untold riches add even more appeal to Perimeter Trail.
This update is provided by Twins Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs. Our Ouray Colorado lodging, full-service hotel has seven different room types including rooms for couples or families with children. Our amenities include hot springs, a free breakfast, spectacular vistas of the mountains, and much more. For additional information on our location including Ouray Colorado restaurants, please call 800.207.2700 or visit us at 125 3rd Avenue Ouray, Colorado 81427.