Mountains surround the small town of Ouray, famous for its off-roading trails that cut through mountain passes and ghost towns. There are numerous Jeep and four-by-four rental companies in the area.
Newly built Elkhorn townhouses have full kitchens, private garages, decks with gas grills, and superior mountain views.
Cedar-log Elkhorn cabins have large front porches with gas grills and feature scenic mountain views.
The cabins and roomy townhouses are located about 3/4 of a mile from Ouray Hot Springs Pool, a year-round public pool filled with more than a million gallons of natural-hot-springs water and healing minerals.
Telluride Ski Resort is a one-hour drive from the properties. Before winter sets in, golfers can take on the par 70, 18-hole golf course set amid the San Juan Mountains.
* The world-renowned Ouray Ice Park, a manmade ice-climbing venue with more than 200 routes inside of the natural Uncompahgre River Gorge gorge on the edge of town, is just minutes away.
Ouray, Colorado: Former Mining Town Enclosed by Rocky Mountain Wilderness
The former gold- and silver-mining town of Ouray sits at a 7,760-foot elevation in a box canyon of southwest Colorado. Craggy, red-hued mountains surround the town on three sides, with Victorian-style homes, converted saloons, and other 19th-century buildings on the valley floor. So isolated is this rugged patch of backcountry that Butch Cassidy was able to hide here in 1889 after robbing a bank for the first time in nearby Telluride. Today, many visitors explore the wilderness via four-wheelers and hiking trails, including those found at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. With suspension bridges, wildflower meadows, rare birds, and the 285-foot Box Canyon Waterfall, the park is filled with postcard-worthy scenery.