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Tiny Ouray had Colorado's 2nd largest gold mine

Despite having only 1000 people (the same population as in 1877), Ouray is the county seat and most populous city in Ouray County; Ouray's climate, natural alpine environment, and scenery has earned it the nickname - Switzerland of America

Despite having only 1000 people (the same population as in 1877), Ouray is the county seat and most populous city in Ouray County; Ouray's climate, natural alpine environment, and scenery has earned it the nickname - Switzerland of America

Our hike in Ouray was a loop above the city; Ouray is about an hour by car from Telluride; the entirety of Main Street is registered as a National Historic District with most of the buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century

Our hike in Ouray was a loop above the city; Ouray is about an hour by car from Telluride; the entirety of Main Street is registered as a National Historic District with most of the buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century

The blue spruce is Colorado's state tree; although they make perfect Christmas trees, I think it's preferable to enjoy them in their natural setting

The blue spruce is Colorado's state tree; although they make perfect Christmas trees, I think it's preferable to enjoy them in their natural setting

Although difficult to photograph, Box Canyon Falls is a 285 ft waterfall with quartzite walls that extend almost 100 ft past the falls; in 1968 the film True Grit was filmed in Ouray County

Although difficult to photograph, Box Canyon Falls is a 285 ft waterfall with quartzite walls that extend almost 100 ft past the falls; in 1968 the film True Grit was filmed in Ouray County

Ouray is famous for its hot springs which supply the city's pool complex with hot, odorless, mineral water; while the lap pool is kept around 80 degrees, the other pools are toasty at 106 degrees (even in the winter)

Ouray is famous for its hot springs which supply the city's pool complex with hot, odorless, mineral water; while the lap pool is kept around 80 degrees, the other pools are toasty at 106 degrees (even in the winter)

We didn't see many large animals on our hikes around Telluride but I did spot this shy mule deer in Ouray; Ouray is connected to Silverton and Durango by the Million Dollar Highway, considered one of the most beautiful in Colorado

We didn't see many large animals on our hikes around Telluride but I did spot this shy mule deer in Ouray; Ouray is connected to Silverton and Durango by the Million Dollar Highway, considered one of the most beautiful in Colorado

Cascade Falls in Ouray was barely a trickle since it is sourced primarily from snowmelt; Ayn Rand found inspiration in Ouray to complete the novel Atlas Shrugged

Cascade Falls in Ouray was barely a trickle since it is sourced primarily from snowmelt; Ayn Rand found inspiration in Ouray to complete the novel Atlas Shrugged

This book, by one of my favorite authors, is long but captivating; the main character is a South African private investigator who tries to bring down a complex crime ring

This book, by one of my favorite authors, is long but captivating; the main character is a South African private investigator who tries to bring down a complex crime ring

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