One place that I would like to spend some time is Ouray, Colorado, another alpine town surrounded by mountains. (Something I've wondered about - why don't these towns just float away during spring thaw? But I digress.)
Continuing along the San Juan Skyway, we turned onto CO 62 in Placerville. Still very pretty scenery and we actually stopped to take this picture when we crossed the Dallas Divide.
Knowing Ouray has a national forest campground very close to town, I called the ranger district office to ask if it was open. Now you may remember that didn't turn out too well in the previous post, but this was a different district. This time I was told that the campground is still closed and snow covered.
So we were forced to stay at Ridgway State Park. Now, as some of you may know, Colorado State Parks are VERY expensive. This one was $22 a night, PLUS a day use fee of $7. I have never understood that. It seems to be only reasonable that you should either pay for day use or camping, but not both. But that's Colorado. On the other hand, their state parks are absolutely beautiful and this one was no exception.
We paid the exorbitant fee, quickly parked, and took off for Ouray. We did the short, but breath stealing hike up to Cascade Falls.
And checked out the 'baby bathtubs', a series of .impressions in the rock.
Although the road to the campground was closed, we wanted to see it and hiked up the road. We had some great views along the way.
Back in town, we walked around admiring the architecture. Ouray has something very interesting that I've never seen before. On each block, there is a sign that tells you what buildings were there in 1886 and 1906 and what year the buildings were built.
For instance, the hotel on the corner in the picture above was built in 1886-87. Cool, huh?
And the fancy Elks Lodge (no RV parking) was built in 1904.
We'll have to come back another time in the summer to really experience the area. I understand there are wonderful hikes with unbeatable views.