First Stop, Ouray

Ouray, Colorado is a picturesque town in southwestern Colorado. As a kid, I spent many 4th of July celebrations there. I was very excited to bring my husband to see it for the first time.

My dad was born in Ouray, and it is a very special place for our family. For those who have never been to this beautiful town before, there are waterfalls all around the canyon. My husband and I enjoy hiking, and one of our first stops was to Box Canyon. This waterfall can be reached by a short hike up a hill. After that, you have two options. One is a very easy trail to the base of the waterfall, the other is a more strenuous climb to a point over the top.


Caught my husband looking suave at the start of our hike.

First, we opted for the easy trail to the base of the waterfall. This made for some pretty amazing pictures.

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After a bit of convincing, Alex was able to get me to brave the climb to the top, but it was definitely worth it!

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At the top of the bridge we found that some long lost family had been there!


At the end of bridge there was this neat tunnel!

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As though we weren’t thoroughly exhausted enough after that, we decided to head to the other side of the canyon and check out Cascade Falls. I was already sore by this point, and this was a difficult trip. For my fellow FitBit trackers, I made over 17,000 steps on this day!

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There are also some fantastic, historic buildings in downtown Ouray.



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The Beaumont Hotel was originally built in 1886, and is one of Ouray’s most impressive pieces of architecture.


It was closed in 1964, and was empty for over 30 years. In 2003, after a full restoration, it reopened, and is as glamorous on the inside as it is on the outside.

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We even found the house that my dad lived in as a kid. I sure hope I didn’t scare the current owners too badly as I stood outside and took pictures.

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If you get a chance, this is an enchanting town to visit with plenty to see and do! I can’t wait for my next adventure back!



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