Switzerland of USA- Ouray, Colorado..
Where can one enjoy more area above 10,000ft elevation than anywhere else in the Continental USA and
so many 13,000+ ft peaks that many of them are not even named yet? Where can one enjoy the wonderful tree aromas of the December Holiday Season in July? Where in July can one witness a wildflower season of flowers chest high?..This is the San Juan Mountain Range
in SW Colorado. I had the pleasure to recently spend 8 wonderful days(7/14-7/21) hiking in this SJ Mtn Range around the Ouray and Telluride,CO areas. With a hiking group, I did a total of 10 hikes in this 8 day period.
was my 1st of 4 full days in Ouray,CO, located in a long, narrow lush mountain valley at 7800' surrounded by high mountain peaks. Box Canyon Falls
was 1 of 3 local hikes in and just south of Ouray this 1st day to better accumulate for the higher altitude hikes still yet to come
If you are in Ouray and have not seen Box Canyon Falls, consider it a must! At this most spectacular geological formation, a 285' waterfall (with walls overhanging the falls by 100') plummets into a narrow quartzite canyon to Canyon Creek which runs through Ouray. The Ouray Ice Park
, located within Box Canyon provides unique winter climbing opportunities.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=230442
, and a chance to view world-class ice climbing competition.