America's Prettiest Winter Towns
For all of the Rockies’ flashy resorts and rustic ranches, few places compare to the erstwhile mining town of Ouray when it comes to an authentic and adventurous winter vibe. Where else can you stroll streets with Victorian buildings, ogle ice climbers dangling from their pickaxes nearby, and then melt into the therapeutic warmth of a vapor cave discovered by miners searching for gold? While scaling enormous ice formations (or simply observing) may be the winter pastime of choice, there’s snowshoeing and skiing, too.
Winter Fun: Join the crowds at Ouray’s bridges to watch daredevil mountaineers swing their axes into the frozen faces at the Ouray Ice Park, then warm up with a dip in pools fed by natural springs at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa, also the site of the vapor cave.