Photos by Nathan Hindman
Trail Rating: 6-9 (moderately challenging)
Ouray is a small mountain town nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. These mountains are reknown for their incredible beauty and are aptly nicknamed the “Switzerland of the Americas”. Within a short distance of town are world famous trails such as the Alpine Loop, Engineer Pass and Black Bear Pass. Nearby Animas Forks is one of the most scenic and well preserved mining ghost towns.
Just a bit further down the road are a network of challenging trails around Montrose like Die Trying and Calamity Canyon.