Ouray, CO and Box Cañon Falls

Ouray is a pretty little mountain town.  Like Silverton, CO, (a near neighbor across one of those high passes) it is surrounded by and nestled in some amazing mountains.  The drive from Montrose is a constantly changing view of some of CO’s 14,000 foot-plus peaks (with snow still on many of them).  We had been told to come here to see a waterfall – Box Cañon Falls – and are we glad we did! As you can see in the pictures Box Cañon is very narrow – you can almost touch the far wall in places.  In Ouray there is a hot springs pool and, apparently, the hot springs originate under this canyon and 100 gallons per minute of 100 plus degree water pours into the hot springs pool via pipes. These pictures are from below the falls.  The falls itself is not much because you can only see part of it from the canyon but the creek rushing from it is fast and furious. The fourth picture is looking up towards the light outside above the canyon and the sixth looks back down the canyon toward the outside. The last picture shows some mining equipment left from the 1960’s and just across from that is a rock across the water that looks like a cowboy boot. Stay tuned for the bridge above the falls.

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