Box Canon Falls, Ouray's own wonder of the world, is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons a minute of water over the falls. At this most spectacular geological formation, the 285 foot waterfall plummets into a narrow quartzite canyon. The narrow rock walls tower over the falls by nearly 100 feet!
There are three interpretive trails in the park that range from easy to moderately difficult. The park offers picnicking, hiking, and unforgettable sightseeing. Our visitor center houses interpretive exhibits, describing the geology, wildlife, and history of the area. The park is on CR361 - off highway 550 just south of Ouray.
The Box Canon is recognized by the National Audubon Society as a birding hot-spot. Home to a significant colony of Black Swifts, the Box Canon is frequented by ornithologists, bird enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Whether actively seeking a specific bird species, or simply sitting in the beautiful scenery, listening to bird songs, watching the birds and chipmunks, the natural amenities of the Box Canon Park are always enjoyable.
Because of the popularity of the Box Canon Falls as a nature viewing area dogs are not allowed within the park. Dogs are welcome on nearly all other trails in the Ouray area.
The Ouray Ice Climbing Park is located partially within the Box Canon Waterfalls Park . There are many areas within the ice climbing park that provide unique winter climbing opportunities and a chance to view world-class ice climbing competition.
Admission to the Box Canon is $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 5 to 12 years old, and $3.00 for those 62-75. Visitors over the age of 75 and children 4 or younger are admitted at no charge.
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The Box Canon Park and Visitor Center hours are as follows: