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Ouray County, Colorado


The Switzerland of America

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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Colorado state capital is Denver.
The population of Ouray is approximately 896 (2006), 1000 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 583 (2000), 457 (2010).
The amount of land area in Ouray is 2.183 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Ouray is 0.84 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Ouray to Washington DC is 1740 miles.
The distance to the Colorado state capital is 199 miles. (as the crow flies)
Ouray is positioned 38.02 degrees north of the equator and 107.67 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Ouray elevation is 7,811 feet above sea level.
Ouray per capita income is $ 23,127 (2000).
Ouray median income is $ 36,094 (2005).
The Ouray median home price is $ 258,700 (2005).


in southwestern Colorado about 206 miles from Colorado Springs. Other nearby communities include Ridgway, Telluride, Silverston, Mountain Village, Loghill Village, Ophir, Sawpit and Lake City.

The portion of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton is known as the Million Dollar Highway.
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mostly sunny, in fact, there are over 280 sunny days each year! Summer days tend to be in the 70's and 80's with evenings cooling off to about 55. Low humidity is the norm. Winter days, though sunny and bright are usually in the 40's for a high and the mid teens for the low. Snowfall may be heavy with an average of 140 inches per year.
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History & History Related Items

Prospectors were the first visitors to the area in 1875. The first cabin was built in October 1875 and just one year later, on 2 October 1876, Ouray was incorporated. When Ouray County was created from San Juan County in 1877, Ouray was named the county seat. The town grew to more than 2,600 residents by 1880. It quickly became the shipping point and trading center for the area and remained such for many years.

The city was named after Chief Ouray of the Utes, a Native American tribe.

Here is a history page for Ouray with a number of historical photographs.
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The incorporation of Ouray

24 Oct 1876


Box Canon Waterfalls and Visitor Center Phone: 970-325-7080 or 970-325-7065
Open year-round, weather permitting

Ouray County Museum
420 6th Avenue
Ouray, Colorado
Mailing address:
P. O. Box 151
Phone: 970-325-4576

Ouray Hot Springs Pool
First opened on 4 July 1927, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool has provided a family oriented place in which to enjoy the pleasures of hot mineral water. The pool features lap swimming lanes, diving, slides, soaking and more. Natural springs provide the hot water which doesn't smell of sulfur as some springs typically do. The 150 degree water is cooled to about 80 to 106 degrees F.

Ouray Ice Park
68 Box Canyon Road, Ouray, CO 81427 Phone: 970.325.4288 Office location:
280 CR 361, Ouray,CO 81427
This park closes for the spring-summer season. Be sure to call ahead for hours of operation.

Ouray Lovers
A website all about Ouray with lots of pictures and information.

See this Ouray photo gallery. All of Ouray is registered as a National Historic District with most buildings going back to the late 1800's. Many of the buildings are also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Economy & Industry

based on tourism.
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Ouray City Government

City of Ouray
320 6th Ave.
Ouray, CO, 81427
PO Box 468
Ouray, CO, 81427
Phone: (970) 325-7211

Ouray County Courthouse
541 4th St.
Box C
Ouray, CO 81427
County Clerk: 970- 325-4961

Ouray Chamber

Ouray Chamber Resort Association
1230 Main Ouray, CO, 81427 Mailing: PO Box 145 Ouray, CO, 81427 Phone: (970) 325-4746 or (800) 228-1876

Ouray Organizations

Ouray Chamber Resort Association
1230 Main Ouray, CO, 81427 Mailing: PO Box 145 Ouray, CO, 81427 Phone: (970) 325-4746 or (800) 228-1876

Ouray Schools

Ouray School District R-1
P.O. Box N
400 7th Ave
Ouray, CO 81427
Phone: 970-325-4505 Ouray


The population of Ouray was:
1990 - 644
2000 - 813
2006 - 896

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 480
2000 - 583

Median age:
2000 - 42.0 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 36,094
2005 - $ 36,100

Median house value:
2000 - $ 221,700
2005 - $ 258,700

Ouray is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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