Ouray County lies in southwest Colorado
and encompasses a diverse landscape, including the headwaters of the Uncompahgre River in the high country of the San Juan Mountains, the broad mesas of the Uncompahgre Plateau region, and the valley of the Uncompahgre River.
The county covers 542 square miles and has a population
of around 4,530. Two municipalities lie within the county, the
City of Ouray
and the Town of Ridgway
While active mining operations and agriculture remain a vital and active part of life in Ouray County, tourism now forms the basis of our economy.
Visitors from around the world are drawn to Ouray County for its history, natural beauty, and variety of outdoor activities. The quality of this unique experience available in Ouray County is unmatched anywhere else in the world.