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Books in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Buckskin Booksellers

This excellent bookstore exemplifies the passion locals have for their town and area. Buckskin carries a huge amount of books on local history, mining and geology, as well as birding books, guidebooks and hiking and…
Cultural in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Ouray Ice Festival

The Ouray Ice Festival features four days of climbing competitions, dinners, slide shows and clinics. There's even a climbing wall set up for kids. You can watch the competitions for free, but various evening events…
French in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Bon Ton Restaurant

Bon Ton has been serving supper for a century in a beautiful room under the historic St Elmo Hotel. The French-Italian menu includes specialties like roast duck in cherry peppercorn sauce and tortellini with bacon a…
Burgers in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Maggie's Kitchen

Visit this graffiti-bombed hole-in-the-wall for sloppy burgers and fries. Options seem endless, but a serrano chile and bacon burger could easily fortify a day on the ice. In summer, enjoy sitting on the large deck.
Waterfall in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Box Canyon Falls

This is a popular short walk from town, or you can drive to the signposted parking lot off Box Canyon Rd. The waterfall is 285ft high and issues thousands of gallons of water each minute over a spectacular drop. The…
Mexican in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

This good-time spot bursts with bar-stool squatters and booths of families. From the chili-rubbed sirloin to the posole with warm tortillas, Buen Tiempo delivers. Start with a signature margarita with chips and spic…
Distillery in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

KJ Wood

Considering the slim opening hours here, you would think Prohibition is still in. Nevertheless the gold-medal-winning Jinn is probably worth a stop at this atmospheric tasting room. If gin's not your drink, check ou…
Brewery in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Ouray Brewery

With chairlift bar stools and a rooftop deck to spy on Main St, this pub is something of a flytrap for visitors; in fact, there is a notable lack of locals around. The brewery offers a brew sample tray and growlers …
Museum in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Ouray County Museum

Little Ouray, ‘the Switzerland of America,’ is very picturesque and littered with old houses and buildings. The visitors center and museum issue a free leaflet with details of an excellent walking tour that takes in…
Bar in Ouray & the Million Dollar Hwy

Silver Eagle Saloon

With an 1886 barback and Wild West attitude to spare, this smoky saloon is a favorite of locals. Unless you're smoking (smoking is legal since it's grandfathered in to tobacco-sale sites), the only thing to do is dr…