Men’s Journal names Ouray, CO as #1 U.S. Vacation Destination of 2024!

Gold Mountain Via Ferrata Ouray

The Gold Mountain Via Ferrata in Ouray features this amazing suspension bridge!


Men’s Journal just released their list of the top “50 Best Vacations in the U.S. to Explore America’s Adventure Capitals” and they named Mountain Trip’s local playground of Ouray, Colorado as the #1 Vacation Destination for 2024!

Here’s a quote from the article:

“Come to Ouray and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped foot in a live-action REI commercial. Nicknamed the “Switzerland of America” because of its snow-capped alpine scenery, itineraries here center on playing on these peaks. In the summer and fall it’s all about rock climbing and Via Ferrata routes, and ice picks come out in the winter for epic climbing on frozen waterfalls” – Men’s Journal


We couldn’t agree more with the folks at Men’s Journal;

Ouray is a mecca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts!


The Ouray Via Ferrata offers fun and challenge for everyone!

It’s all smiles when you’re having fun in Ouray!

From ice climbing in the Ouray Ice Park and on backcountry multi-pitch ice flows, to rock climbs that overlook town, to skiing on Red Mountain Pass, and to tackling the three different Via Ferrata routes, Mountain Trip has been guiding intrepid souls on Ouray’s most radical adventures for years! Oh, and did we mention the HOT SPRINGS!?! That’s right, after an epic day in the mountains with us, you can soothe your muscles with a relaxing soak in one of the several hot springs pools, located right in town.

This year we are excited to offer a brand new adventure package: The Via Ferrata Triple Crown!

Climbers on the Gold Mountain Via Ferrata

We’re proud to be partnered with Basecamp Ouray to offer guided trips on the incredible and exclusive Gold Mountain Via Ferrata.

Only available in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the Via Ferrata Triple Crown is a totally unique adventure incorporating all three local via ferrata routes—Telluride, Ouray, and Gold Mountain—into one package! We’re excited to be partnering with Basecamp Ouray to offer this extraordinary new trip. No where else in the United States can you find a combination of via ferrata routes like this one, with breathtaking alpine views, thrilling heights, and a distinctive physical and mental challenge.

Over the course of three straight days you will traverse more than four miles of terrain with Mountain Trip or Basecamp Ouray AMGA trained or certified guides. Each route offers its own unique experience and set of challenges. The trip starts with the Telluride Via Ferrata—the original San Juan via ferrata—started in 2006 by visionary local climber, Chuck Kroeger, and completed years later. The next day you will quest across the Ouray Via Ferrata, which traverses along the Uncompahgre Gorge across from the world-famous Ouray Ice Park. And on the final day you will journey up an astounding 1,200 vertical feet on the new Gold Mountain Via Ferrata.




We here at Mountain Trip have known for years that Ouray is one of the coolest adventure towns in the United States, and that’s why we opened up our second office on Ouray’s Main Street in 2023.

Stop by and see us at 801 Main St. or give us a call at (970) 369-1153 to book your ultimate Ouray adventure!


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