The Gazette/Christian Murdock/MCT


Nicknamed the "Switzerland of America," Ouray is an underrated small town of about 1,000 nestled inside a canyon surrounded by mountains. Winter activities such as skiing, hiking and biking abound, but the town's claim to fame is the world’s first ice climbing park, which opened in 1994 and has more than 200 named climbs. Watch some of the best ice climbers in the world in action at the Ice Festival in January. When you need to warm up, hit up the area's four public sulfur-free hot springs.