Colorado’s Rushing Waters

Ouray Colorado
Ouray, Colorado…..America’s Switzerland

As we hiked further into the canyon, the roar of rushing water became more deafening.  The dirt trail quickly turned into a slatted iron bridge complete with rails.  The temperature dropped, the humidity rose, and the sun was hidden.

Al and I smiled as we continued into the canyon.  We both agreed this is quite the dramatic find and experience.  We’d heard about Box Canyon Falls from other bloggers but experiencing it first hand was a fun treat.

Box Canyon Falls
Box Canyon….the bottom of the falls can be seen in the lower part of the photo

At the end of the trail is a staircase that leads down to the bottom of the falls.  Al and I continued down the stairs and the spray of water misted our bodies as well as the iron stairs making for some slippery walking.  The roar of the water forced us to speak loudly.  In an attempt not to become drenched or damaged by slipping we quickly climbed the stairs back up to the main trail and continued to take in this unique sight.

Ouray Colorado
Watch your head !

Box Canyon Falls is know as Ouray’s own wonder of the world.  The waterfall is created from the combination of Canyon Creek narrowing into a rock canyon and then plummeting 285 feet, spilling thousands of gallons of water per minute.  The word ‘dramatic’ sums it up nicely.Box Canyon Falls

Exiting the canyon, we were once again greeted by bright sunshine and warm, dry air…..what a contrast.

Box Canyon can be enjoyed from below the falls as well as from high above the canyon floor.  Of course, hubby and I are compelled to see it all.  Thus, our hike takes us up, up, up.

Box Canyon Falls
Our destination is that bridge up there.

The trail up starts off with a bunch of stairs then turns into a dirt hiking trail.  It’s a rugged trail and hubby and I were glad we wore our hiking boots instead of tennies.

Once at the top, we have a bird’s eye view of the town of Ouray (pronounced; your ray).  There’s so much to see, do, and explore around this part of Colorado which is also known as America’s Jeeping Capital.  I think we could spend the entire summer here and still not see or do it all.Ouray Colorado Box Canyon FallsWhen we arrived at the top, we realized this is where the ‘perimeter trail’ connects.  The perimeter trail is a five mile well marked trail that circles the town of Ouray.  Al and I knew we wanted to hike part of this trail…. so off we went.Ouray ColoradoAlong the way we encountered more rushing water.  May and June is serious snow melting season and all creeks and streams are running dangerously fast and furious.  We spent a little over 2 hours hiking a portion of the perimeter trail with plans to return to hike another portion on another day.  As ‘Arnold’ would say, “We’ll be back”!Ouray Colorado perimeter trail

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Over too fast!

Our time near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, was over before we knew it and unfortunately obligations had us moving on.  We could have easily stayed another week or two….. or even three and been quite content.  My view every evening……ahhhh!sunset in Colorado

Alas, we needed to return to Grand Junction for some appointments.  Let’s check out our new antenna flying proud as we mosey on down the road.  Although we don’t need to raise and lower this new antenna, it is a good idea to have the pointy end of the boomerang design pointed forward for aerodynamic reasons.RV travel in Colorado

With all the fixes on the RV complete, we scheduled some normal maintenance in Grand Junction for the F-250, the Tacoma, and hubby.  In early April when Al initially contacted the VA for his yearly physical, he was told they couldn’t get him in until September and then low and behold an end of May opening became available.  I’m sure this whole VA investigation stuff had something to do with the timely opening.

Regardless, Al is in tip top shape.  The trucks are in tip top shape.  The RV is hopefully in tip top shape and we’re antsy to embrace our summer travels.  Fingers crossed all the mishaps are behind us because I’d like to go back to feeling excited on moving day instead of feeling fear or dread….. “Will Murphy get us today?”RV cartoonThat said and appointments behind us, we find ourselves back in one of our favorite spots; Ridgway State Park.  The San Juan Mountains are still covered in a deep layer of snow making for a beautiful sight.Ridgway State ParkWe have some hiking planned and social get togethers scheduled.  Should be a fun week….Ridgway State Park

Wonderful Company

Since my last post, hubby and I have witnessed some spectacular scenery complete with equally spectacular company.

Grand Junction
Grand Junction, Colorado – with the Colorado National Monument in the background

After a wonderful stay at James Robb State Park accompanied by lots of time hanging out with my brother and his wife at their home, we departed Grand Junction, Colorado, and took a two hour drive south to Ridgway State Park.   My brother and his wife would later join us for the weekend in their new travel trailer.  Since this was a relatively spur of the moment travel decision amongst the four of us, campsite availability at Ridgway State Park was sparse.

Ridgway State Park
Ridgway Lake

Ridgway State ParkMy brother and I sat at his kitchen table reviewing our options.  Obviously we’d like to camp next to each other, which further limited our options.  Eeeny, meeny, miney, mo…. reservation made…..  And score!

When Al and I arrived at Ridgway State Park and settled into our site, we were extremely pleased.  There was plenty of spacing between sites and we were surrounded by views.  I’ll admit….. brother gets the credit for picking out a couple of great sites.  Good job bro!

Ridgway State Park is popular and a favorite among many.  I’m thinking, it just may become one of our favorites as well.  Ridgway State Park offers three diverse campgrounds;  Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground is located in a valley below the damn and provides full hook-ups.  It sits along the Uncompahgre River and offers some great fishing opportunities.

Ridgway State ParkThe Elk Ridge Campground sits high on a bluff / mesa among a forest of pine trees.  This is the most popular of the three campgrounds at Ridgway State Park.

The third and least popular and the one we camped at is Dakota Terraces Campground.  One downside – it’s located near the highway, but that is offset by beautiful mountain views and excellent lake and trail access.  We were sure to take advantage of the easy trail access right outside our front door.

This part of Colorado has plenty to offer.  It is officially known as the “Jeep Capital of the World” and the little town of Ouray located 14 miles south of Ridgway is known as “America’s Switzerland”.   We found ourselves staring in awe at the picturesque San Juan Mountains.  With so much to see and do, we wondered….what should we explore first?

Who better to answer that question than fellow blogger Mark over at Box Canyon Blog.  Mark and wife, Bobbie, call this part of Colorado ‘home’ for the summer months.  I shoot Mark an email letting him know we’re in his neck of the woods and hope he’ll share some insider information on the area.

sitting above the town of Ouray – the view from Mark’s deck

Much to my surprise, Mark invites Al and me over for a barbeque along with a few fellow RVer’s.  Wow…..complete strangers and we’re invited to their home AND what a lovely home it is with the most stunning views.  Thank you Mark and Bobbie for the hospitality, delicious meal, spectacular scenery, and wonderful company.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.Ouray

another view from Marks’ deck

Be sure and check out Mark’s stunning photography along with his entertaining story telling.  I’m sure after viewing his photos, you too will want to visit this part of Colorado.  I know his photos piqued my interest and continue to do so.  Our goal over the next year is to get in good enough shape to experience some of the amazing hikes Bobbie and Mark do, because guarantee…. Al and I will be returning to this area of Colorado next summer.  I have some mountain lakes and wildflowers to capture after all. Ridway State Park

Although this was just our first full day nestled near the San Juans, I feel myself falling in love.  Sorry Golden, Colorado… have some pretty stiff competition.  Tomorrow we’ll take the little truck into the back country.