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Colorado Road Trip – Glenwood Springs to Ouray (Part 2)

Part 1 Denver to Glenwood Springs

Part 2:  Glenwood Springs to Ouray (3 hours)

Looking for ideas on what to do with your day?  Always browse the tourist leaflets stacked up in hotel lobbys.  I picked up an enticing leaflet for a Peach Farm in Palisade (one hour’s drive) and decided that was how we would break up the journey to Ouray.

Palisade is a sun-soaked valley where its fertile lands have made it the ‘peach capital of Colorado’.  We arrived at the High Country Orchards just as it was opening and had the place all to ourselves, including a private tour of the canning facility.  Surprisingly there were more vines around than peaches – the area is beginning to establish itself as a contender in the wine industry.  We happily guzzled a glass of Colterris cabernet sauvignon while the kids munched on peaches.

Weighing peaches

The next stop enroute to Ouray was a visit to the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose. This is a sweet little place filled with interesting displays.  Our youngest decided to have a total meltdown moment here, alleviated by playing in the outdoor teepees.

Ute Indian Museum

Ouray

Wow.  This place is breathtakingly beautiful (you’ll see me saying that a lot during these Colorado posts).  Known as the ‘Switzerland of America’, it really does feel like Switzerland in America.  Imposing mountains rain down on a picturesque Main St with many outdoor activities available.

Where we stayed in Ouray

I had wanted to stay in an adorable B&B.  However, I couldn’t find one that allowed young kids (fair enough).   There are many motels but we chose the tried and tested Comfort Inn.  70s in decor but clean, functional and in a great location.

What we did

  • There are awesome hiking opportunities.  As we had two young kids with us, we chose some ‘toddler friendly’ hikes.  Box Canon Falls leads you to a dramatic waterfall set above the town.
    Hiking Box CanonYou can walk the short nature trail to spot squirrels and interesting plants.  Cascade Falls is another suitable trail where you can park easily and take a short walk up to the see the waterfall.
    Cascade Falls
  • One of the highlights of the entire roadtrip was an excursion to the Bachelor-Syracuse mine tour.  Largely in part to an awesome guide, the tour takes you into the mine where you can learn the history and how the mine worked.  My four-year old daughter was captivated!  Remember to bring warm clothes as the mine gets cool and there is a 15 minute walk into the mine.
    Burke Family Ouray Mine
  • Billed by the Smithsonian as one of the ‘best little museums in the West’, the Ouray County Historical Museum is indeed a gem.  Perfect for kids, with each room recreating different scenes from a 1890s hospital operating room to a children’s bedroom.
    Ouray County Historical Museum
  • Ouray Hot Springs.  There really is no better way to unwind on a summer’s afternoon than relaxing the natural hot springs.  The kids had lots of fun with two slides and some fun inflatables.  There is also a small playground outside the Hot Springs.
    Ouray Hot Springs

Where we ate

  • Fabulous steaks at The Outlaw.  The kids loved the live music and also the wikkistix!
  • Delicious coffee and ice cream at Mouse’s
  • Cheap and cheerful beers and burgers on the rooftop at the Ouray Brewery
    Rooftop burgers

1 comment

  1. Rachel Cotterill

    It looks like a great trip 🙂 I’ve only been in Colorado once, for a conference in Boulder, but the mountains are so beautiful!

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