San Juan Mountain Getaway Seasonal Activities
Summer is the perfect time to visit Ouray County and surrounding areas. From hiking, to Jeeping, to a hot air balloon tour over the San Juan valley; there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you have Activities questions or if you would like to book an excursion, our Front Desk Team would be happy to assist you with your next adventure.
Trailing in San Juan region are varied and vast. They often lead to the tops of peaks, where an entire panorama of mountains are at your feet
One of the most popular ways to see the San Juan Mountains is with an all-day or half-day guided scenic Jeep tour. Each guided mountain tour quickly climbs into the majestic landscapes of Yankee Boy, Imogene Pass, Alpine Loop, Engineer, Corkscrew, Black Bear Pass and many more.
Guided Fishing Excursions
The San Juan and surrounding region offers the finest year round Fly Fishing Guide Services (Walk Wade, Float Fishing & Drift Boat trips) in Western Colorado. Guide services are centrally located within one hour of 6 major trout streams and rivers (Uncompahgre, Gunnison, San Miguel, Cimarron and more) RIGS sits in the heart of the scenic San Juan Mountains near Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose and Gunnison.
San Juan Balloon Excursions
Experience the gentle adventure of a scenic hot air balloon flight over the beautiful Ridgway valley. Guests rise with the sun surrounding the San Juan and Cimmaron mountain peaks. As your flight ends you will descend gently to the valley floor, where you are greeted by a dedicated ground crew and treated to a traditional champagne celebration (non-alcohol available) complete with a light brunch. Each passenger is then presented with a personalized flight certificate.
Colorado’s flowing water canyons are a world-class destination for the sport of canyoning. Canyoning involves descending down a flowing water canyon using a mix of hiking, down climbing, and of course, rappelling the waterfalls!
Horse Back Riding
Enjoy the San Juan and Cimarron Mountains on horse back, through majestic back-country trails that offer spectacular scenery
Complimentary in-town cruiser type bicycles are available at Chipeta resort.
Located just outside of Ridgway, Colorado, the Ridgway Trail System has evolved into a wonderful renewed resource for non-motorized trail users. The trail system is directly adjacent to the Ridgway State Park and encompasses over 20 miles of great single track trails with excellent views of the Ridgway Reservoir and San Juan Mountains. The trails offer a range of experience level – expert, intermediate, and beginner. For more information, please visit https://www.blm.gov/visit/ridgway-trail-system
Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breathtaking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year-round adventure. Experience the adventure of traveling by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Relive history with the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a truly spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Ouray County Museum
Be sure to save time for a visit to this outstanding historical museum with its variety of exhibits that appeal to children. If a rainy spell interferes with outdoor plans, visit the museum at 420 Sixth Avenue or call 325-4576.