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Winter Camping in the Ouray area
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By Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 9, 2013
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I am planning to take a trip to Ouray Jan. 18-21. I am a big fan of winter camping and not really looking to stay at a hotel or anything like that.

Previously I have camped at the Orvis hot springs. The place is awesome but I just don't get that winter camping experience I am looking for.

I was wondering if anyone had any beta on a good spot that is decently accessible. I am not looking to hike 5 miles in the snow due to the fact I want to spend most of my day climbing in the park. An area where hot springs are accessible is a must.

Send me a PM if you want to share your spot and don't want to post it for the world.

Cheers,


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By Tim Zander
Jan 9, 2013

Drive up Camp Bird Rd. There is some open campgrounds up there, if you have a good truck you may be able to get directly into a spot, otherwise you may need to camp at the parking lot or hike 1/4 mile.


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By Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
Jan 9, 2013
Ice Fest 2014

People also throw down tents in the Amphitheater


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By Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 9, 2013
View from up above the hand crack

Thanks guys. Are there hot springs near by at those camp sites?


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By Kevin Connolly
From CO
Jan 10, 2013

ridgway is colder if thats what youre looking for. near the river or reservoir should be frigid during ice fest. -35 sometimes, hows that for a winter camping experience? ouray can be like 25 degrees warmer, lame.


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By David Appelhans
From Lafayette
Jan 10, 2013
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Nathaniel Holt wrote:
Thanks guys. Are there hot springs near by at those camp sites?


No, but they are free. Alas, ya can't have everything.


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By mountain-nut
From Denver, CO
Jan 10, 2013

go up camp bird road and spend the night at angel creek. its free in the winter, and its quite nice.


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