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5 Reasons Why I Love Ouray, Colorado

Ouray, Colorado. For most, living in a Colorado mountain town is more of a choice than a stroke of good fortune. Area local Eric Funk longtime local and Co-Owner of Mountain Chill, 95.5 FM Ouray/Telluride tells us why he loves living in his Colorado mountain town community, the Switzerland of America – OURAY, Colorado.

by Eric Funk


Hiking Access.

It is easy to access to a huge well-documented system of hiking trails. There are over 80 trails maintained by the Ouray Trail Group, many trailheads are in-town.

Reliable Internet.

Reliable Internet service is essential to doing business.  From the day I moved here in 2003, Ouray’s Internet service was superior to virtually all other southwest Colorado’s mountain towns.  For example, I currently get 100 Mb/s service via fiber-to-the-office and my provider uses a non-Century Link fiber backbone for the long haul.

Down-to-Earth Vibe.

Many Colorado mountain towns are starting to look like suburbs of Boulder — excessive signage, over-planned public spaces, and a plethora of McMansions.  Ouray’s large amount of funky and creaky historic structures along with (mostly) unpaved roadways, ensures that the town maintains a down-to-earth vibe for a unique and diverse population of interesting people. Ouray is also home to a small, but fantastic community-oriented library.

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

Ouray’s sulfur-free hot springs pool is a quick walk from anywhere in town and, after a multi-million dollar renovation, it has become a jewel of an attraction.  Enjoying the hot springs on any quiet cold winter’s day is a big bonus to living here.

The People.

Ouray is small and growing, still small enough to know most of your neighbors, but not so small that there aren’t new faces, ideas, and opportunities. People live here and a large fraction of residents participate in community activities.

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