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Karen Duquette spent the day soaking in a warm spa heated by the earth. The natural hot springs in Ouray provided rest and relaxation for this RV Gypsy.

map showing where Ouray is located in Coloradosign: Ouray Hot Springs Park

August 27, 2012

Ouray's public pool contains over a million gallons of crystal clear natural hot springs water, free from the strong smell of sulfur. The pool is filled with other healing minerals, including barium, fluoride, nitrate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, sulfate, bicarbonate, boron, iron, manganese, molybdenum, ammonia, phosphate, zinc, and lithium, In addition to several soaking sections at a variety of temperatures ranging from 88 to 106 degrees, the pool has a lap swimming section, a diving area, a large slide, a shallow section for younger children, and lifeguards.

sign: Ouray Hot Springs Pool - open

Below is the outlet source of the hot springs. And amazingly, fish were swimming in it.

the outlet source of the hot springs
fish swimming in the outlet source of the hot springs

Below: The area where Karen relaxed for hours. There are actually three sections, each with a different temperature.

Ouray Hot Springs Pool

And alongside the hot springs, there was a memorial to the San Juan Miners.

a memorial to the San Juan Miners
sign about the a memorial to the San Juan Miners

Ouray: This small community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot peaks (usually snow capped in the winter) - Ouray is home to hundreds of miles of historic jeep roads and sulfur-free hot springs with stunning views and the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.

Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures are still occupied and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.

US 550 is the only paved road into or out of Ouray. U.S. Route 550 begins roughly 40 miles north of Ouray in Montrose. It runs south to Bernalillo, New Mexico, near Albuquerque, New Mexico via Durango, Colorado and Aztec, New Mexico.

The stretch of US 550 that runs south from Ouray to Silverton is known as the Million Dollar Highway. The two RV Gypsies explored this area and those photos can be seen from the Colorado main menu link below - by choosing Red Mountain.

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