Overlooking the scenic mountain town of Ouray, Box Canyon features a pounding waterfall that feeds the town's hot springs.

Box Canyon Falls is located on the outskirts of Ouray, Colorado less than five minutes from downtown. The nearly 300 foot waterfall crashes through the canyon down to the town's hot springs. The park also features a bridge overlooking the waterfall, river, and the town of Ouray.

To get to Box Canyon Falls from Ouray, turn right off the Million Dollar Highway half a mile from Main Street onto Box Canyon Road. Follow the signs to the visitor center and parking area. Pay $4 at the visitor center and follow the signs toward the falls. There is a five minute walk to the scaffolding overlooking the waterfall.

From the visitor center, you can also hike to the top of the waterfall. Follow the signs "To Perimeter Trail" for half a mile. You will intercept the Perimeter Trail that loops Ouray which is a popular running trail for locals. Stay right and you will immediately encounter a bridge. Look down on your left at the waterfall or right overlooking Ouray. This is one of the best views of Ouray!

Box Canyon Falls is extremely accessible for all ages and skill levels and is well worth the admittance fee. Exploring the falls and bridge should take no longer than an hour so there is no excuse to miss Box Canyon Falls while in Ouray! 

Pack List

  • $4 for Day Permit
  • Walking Shoes
  • Camera (optional)
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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