Chief Ouray Mine

Ouray
Drivetime
5hr 30min
FROM DENVER
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
1900 Ft Gain
LENGTH
4.3 Mile
Out & Back
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WHAT YOU'LL SEE
Ghost Towns/Ruins
Ghost Towns/Ruins
Peaks
Peaks
Waterfalls
Waterfalls
Wildflowers
Wildflowers
Forests
Forests
THINGS TO DO

Explore an Abandoned Mine!

This spectacular hike is in the San Juans in Southwest Colorado, right above Ouray. This trek to an abandoned mine and boarding house high in the Rockies is an adventure of a lifetime!

Be prepared for a multitude of switchbacks and an intense climb, but the reward is immense. Breathtaking views of the San Juans, aerial views of Ouray, the “Swiss Alps of the Rockies”, a large gorgeous mountain waterfall, an abandoned mining boardinghouse, and an abandoned mine make this quite the adventure.

The trail begins next to Amphitheater Campground which is a perfect place to stay while you explore the San Juan’s! This trail winds all the way up the mountain and to upper cascade falls. Crossing the stream below the falls, the abandoned mine is just above. 

The altitude gain of this hike is pretty grueling, but keep pushing to the top! Relaxing by the waterfall with sweeping views is quite the experience. Enjoy the boarding house, but remember to leave no trace. Don’t write your initials or leave your mark in any way like you will notice many others have. Just take memories with you!

This is a great weekend roadtrip getaway from Denver. The San Juans are out of this world beautiful and this adventure really gets you immersed in them.

THINGS TO DO

Explore an abandoned mine!

Check out the ruins of an abandoned boarding house and mine! Please remember to leave no trace.

Camping

This hike begins at the base of Amphitheater Campground, a breathtaking place to camp. Reserve sites HERE!

Photography

The views from this hike are indeed out of this world beautiful!

Leave No Trace Bigfoot Sign
It is of the upmost importance that you always remember to take care of our precious outdoor spaces, and preserve them for future generations. Be as invisible as bigfoot and practice Leave No Trace Principles. For more info on how to be an environmentally conscious adventurer, click HERE!
GETTING THERE

This hike starts off the road up to Amphitheater Campground above Ouray.

Mountain landscape

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