Stop and soak up the beauty of the surrounding forests in one of the numerous sheltered picnic houses situated throughout the park. Some of the gazebos have grills and are perfect
for a family gathering or for a peaceful place to get away with friends. Be sure to walk through the Visitor Center and see the interpretive exhibits about the geology, wildlife, rare plant life, and history of the area. From the visitor center, you can also
take the short but steep hike to the bridge above the falls and look down on the fury of the water as it plummets into the canyon and, as an added treat, enjoy beautiful views of Ouray. The native plant loop is a short and level trail near the visitor center
where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.
In 2001, this breathtaking park was designated an important bird watching area by the National Audubon Society.
It supports one of the state’s largest populations of Black Swifts, a protected species. These birds nest in their preferred habitat— the canyon walls sheltered by overhanging rocks near waterfalls.
The Park is located at the west end of Third Avenue. To reach the entrance to the falls by foot, walk
two blocks up the left fork at the end of Third Avenue. At the end of this quarter-mile moderately sloped hill, you will find the entrance to the Park and the Visitor Center. To drive from town, follow Hwy 550 south of Ouray, taking an immediate right onto
CR 361 after the first hairpin turn. Follow the signs to the right, going over the Uncompahgre Gorge to the drive-in entrance
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., or until dark.
Seasons: Trails open year-round; Visitor Center open May through mid-October.
Street Address: CR 316, Ouray, CO, 81427
Mailing Address:PO Box 468, Ouray, CO, 81427