Summer in Snowmass

Summers in Snowmass often rival their well-known epic winters.

Free outdoor concerts and other amazing events, 40 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, award-winning golf, fly-fishing and whitewater rafting must compete with the growing popularity of the area's winter pursuits.

In the last few years, an extraordinary $1 billion has been invested in new developments, renovations and on-mountain improvements at the Snowmass ski resort, including new restaurants, luxury resort lodging, the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center and the Elk Camp gondola, which travels 11,000 feet in less than nine minutes.

Vallecito Lake

Sheltered in a secluded mountain valley 8,000 feet above sea level, Vallecito Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful bodies of water in Colorado. Vallecito, Spanish for "Little Valley," and ancestral home to many of Colorado's Ute Indians, became the name of the sparkling waters of the lake it surrounded.

Located in the southwestern part of the state just 18 miles from Durango, Vallecito provides a perfect base for enjoying the Four Corners area and its many wonders.

Ouray Overlook is Mighty Fine!

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.

Getting There
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

Park Info
Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., or until dark.
Rates: $2-$4
Seasons: Trails open year-round; Visitor Center open May through mid-October.

Phone: 970-325-7080
Street Address: CR 316, Ouray, CO, 81427
Mailing Address:PO Box 468, Ouray, CO, 81427

Buena Vista & Salida

Follow the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway to the heart of Colorado. Whitewater raft through Browns Canyon National Monument or fish the 102 miles of Gold Medal Waters on the Arkansas River. Discover the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. Create your own cool adventure in Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado then soak in 100% natural and odorless hot springs.

Home Of Monarch Mountain & Browns Canyon National Monument

The Upper Arkansas River Valley is located in the geographic center of Colorado, surrounded by three mountain ranges rising 7,000 feet above the valley floor. There are fifteen 14,000 foot peaks , more than anywhere else in Colorado. More people raft the Arkansas River than anywhere else in Colorado. The 100% natural and odorless hot spring water bubbles out of the ground at 140 degrees.