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07-30-2012, 12:19 PM
If you are interested in Colorado Mining and Wildflowers one of our favorite destinations is Ouray.

This quaint little town is located on US 550 in the San Juan Mountains approximately 100 miles south of Grand Junction (easy run down) and 70 miles north of Durango (2 tough pulls & some switchbacks). The town is nestled in a box canyon about ½ mile long and ¼ mile wide at 7,700 feet. There a number of RV campgrounds in the area, 4J+1+1 right in town and a KOA about 4 miles north of town. In addition there is the US Forest Service Amphitheater campground just south of town to name a few.

Ouray is often referred to as the “Little Switzerland of America” http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7130/7678822342_3661a92cfb_m.jpgplus it has a large public hot springs poolhttp://farm9.staticflickr.com/8011/7678826884_0ff50e29b3_m.jpg. Numerous mine sites and wildflower fields can be reached with your personal 4wheel drive or via local tour/rental companies. Jeep rentals run $160/day and tours $60 ½ day for adults $35 for kids 4-12 yrs. Trails range from an easy Class 2 (Yankee boy Basin) – difficult Class 5 (Black Bear Pass). The following website will provide a good overview of available trails and sites.

Yankee Boy Basin - Wildflowers
White & Lavender Columbine – Colorado State Flower

Governor Basin – Mine Site
This dormitory was constructed behind the large triangular rock to protect it from avalanches.

07-30-2012, 01:52 PM
Ouray was a memorable trip for my wife and I before we had kids. We rented a Kabin at the KOA and really enjoyed the campground. I had my Grand Cherokee at the time so we hit a lot of the mountain trails into neighboring valleys, including Telluride. Definitely have to go back.

07-30-2012, 03:11 PM
My dad was raised up in those parts mining with his dad (Durango, Telluride, and Ouray). Nice area.

07-31-2012, 08:10 AM
When I was a kid we usually took our summer vacations to Colorado. My family (except for me) adventually moved out there and has been there ever since. I have been to that area many times and it never gets old. My family used to be big into the 4 wheeling so I have been on several of the trails in that area. Most of the trails are easy enough to get around but for Black Bear. This trail isn't for the faint of heart! If you are in anything bigger then a full size Blazer or Bronco then I wouldn't even attempt it. Most stock vehicals wont make it up this trail either. I have been on this trail with my full size moded (3" lift, 33" off road tires, full set of skid plates, motor mods, etc.) Blazer and had a rough time but the views are awsome!