Orvis Hot Springs & Ouray, CO


Today was the first day where we stayed for over one day at one campsite. We will be at Ridgeway State Park for three nights including last night. We plan to travel to Moab, Utah and Arches National Park on Saturday morning. On the way to Orvis Hot Springs we stopped at a lovely memorial park for Dennis Weaver better known as Chester in the Gunsmoke TV western series. He settled in this area making Ridgeway his home during and after his career. We were touched by the beauty of the park and grandeur of the Eagle mounted on a pedestal of rocks. We picked out rocks and stacked them as others have below the memorial.

Afterwards we spent much of the morning at Orvis Hot Springs soaking in the natural hot spring pools. Orvis Hot Springs is a lovely facility with grounds surrounded by gardens and a back drop of the beautiful San Juan mountain range. It is truly one of most relaxing places we have ever been.

After lunch we traveled a short distance into the lovely mountain community or Ouray, CO to enjoy an afternoon of site seeing and browsing through the many lovely shops. We hiked up to the falls at the edge of town for a breath taking view of the strong flow from the above average snow melt.

We finished the day with another soak at Orvis before returning to the Ridgeway State Park to bed down for the evening.


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