Ouray’s Best Trails to Hike This Summer

You won’t find any other hiking trails like the ones in Ouray. These trails are more scenic, exciting, and historically significant as most of the trails around Ouray were built in the 1870s by miners heading to the mines. If you’re planning a hike this summer, here are several trails to consider.

The Perimeter Trail

The Perimeter Trail is the most popular trail in the area. There will be numerous opportunities to capture the mountains and valleys along the 5-mile trail. This trail will require a minimum of three hours to traverse, so please plan appropriately. If you do not wish to hike the entire five miles, you can return to Ouray from multiple points along the trail.

Bear Creek

Another famous hike is Bear Creek. It’s one of the few trails recognized as a Natural Recreation Trail, which means it’s particularly beautiful. If you’re a first-time hiker, though, avoid this trail. The trail is 14.1 miles round trip and features severe drop-offs and switchbacks. The Grizzly Bear Mine is 2.4 miles away, and the Yellow Jacket Mine is 4.2 miles away. These mines serve as a fantastic reminder of Ouray’s history.

Horsethief Trail 

The Horsethief Trail dates back to the founding of Ouray. After the path washed out in the summer of 2004, the Ouray Trail Group restored it. The Wanakah, Johnathan, Schofield, and American Nettie mines are all accessible via this trail.

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