Ouray Press Kit

Charismatic Colorado charm with scenery that rivals the Swiss Alps

The scenery in Ouray County is among the most iconic of Southwest Colorado, with vast mountain vistas and deep canyon trenches. Often referred to as “the Switzerland of America,” Ouray welcomes visitors with friendly and charming downtown districts filled with locally owned shops, breweries, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, restaurants, performing arts venues and countless opportunities for experiential adventures. Victorian buildings adorn the town and dazzling scenic byways crisscross the region, exploring the area is easy through hiking, biking, climbing and Jeeping. There are several local attractions worth noting, including historic Native American trails and mining roads, wildflower meadows and the Ouray Ice Park in the winter. Amid the adventure, the five local hot springs hit the spot.

Cities: Ouray
Elevation: 6,900 – 7,792’ above sea level

Visitor Centers:


Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center

1220 Main St
Ouray, CO 81427

Overview: Ouray’s public pool has been a staple of the community since its opening in 1927. Sitting in the heart of the town, surrounded by gorgeous mountain views, Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center contains close to a million gallons of crystal-clear, odorless hot springs water. The pool has several soaking sections with in-pool seating, water slides with splash pads, an overlook with terraced pools, lap lanes and an activity pool. In addition to the geothermal benefits, Ouray Hot Springs also offers fitness classes, a gym and a massage station.

Pool Amenities:

  • Activity Pool: Includes a Wibit inflatable obstacle course, a 12-foot climbing wall and a 6-foot jumping platform
  • Massage & Fitness Center: Work out, take a fitness class or sign up for a massage before taking a soak
  • Water Slides: With splash pads sitting at the exit, the speed slide and the curving body slide stand two-stories tall
  • The Overlook: These two terraced pools are separated by an infinity edge waterfall, with a luxurious mountain view
  • Hot Section: With the intimacy of a private getaway, the new hot section has continuous curves, edge seating and shade
  • Rib City Grill: Stop by Rib City for tasty barbeque and other pool snacks

Elevation: 7,792’ above sea level
Year Established: 1927
Water Source: Box Canyon
Number of Pools: 5
Temperature Range: 78 – 106° F (26 – 41° C)
Price of Admission: click here

See also:

The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings

625 5th St
Ouray, CO 81427

Wiesbaden Hot Springs is famous for its hot springs and its rare vapor cave amenity tucked deep inside the mountain. European flair and charm pervade the historic property. In addition to the vapor cave, there is an outdoor swimming pool and private outdoor spa, all heated with geothermal water.

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

45 3rd Ave
Ouray, CO 81427

This Ouray hotel features on-site hot springs. Enjoy spectacular, unimpeded views from four redwood spas beautifully terraced into the mountainside slope. The tubs, elevated by a deck surrounded by a flowered landscape, make for a private, guest-only soaking experience.

Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

125 3rd Ave
Ouray, CO 81427

Twin Peaks is quiet and relaxing, with heated mineral pools, lush landscaping, a fire pit and an intimate waterfall—the ideal foreground to a mountainous backdrop.