Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Friday, May 15, 2009

Box Canyon Falls, Ouray

Box Canyon Falls

Date Hiked: May 15, 2009
  • Distance: 1 mi (RT)
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Managing Agency: City of Ouray
  • Use Fee - $4.00 Adults/$2.00 Kids/$3.00 Seniors
Box Canyon Falls Park Website

Directions:  In Ouray the park is located at the west end of Third Avenue.  If walking from Ouray, you need to walk up the dirt road at the end of Third Ave to enter the park, it is not far at all.

Box Canyon Falls is a wonder.  The waterfall pluges 285 feet through a narrow slot canyon with amazing force.  The City of Ouray built this park in order to allow you to get up close and personal with this impressive waterfall.  The park has two main attractions, the lower trail and the upper trail.  The lower trail consists mostly of a steel walkway weaving through the slot canyon to the base of the falls.  You will get wet on this trail, joyfully wet...

The upper trail is no less impressive.  You walk up a series of steel staircases and switchbacks up to a walkway that traverses the top of the slot canyon, looking down on Box Canyon, the river, and the waterfall.  You also get a great view of the towering cliffs protecting Ouray from the rest of the world.

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