The Hotel

Combining Victorian Italianate elegance with the warm practicality of the Old West, the Historic Western Hotel offers a rare and authentic taste of a bygone era’s timeless beauty. Built in 1891 to serve as a miner’s palace during the richest year of the mining boom, the hotel features high tin ceilings, stained glass and a grand entrance that welcomed weary stagecoach travelers well over a century ago.


As one of the largest remaining wooden structures on the western slope of Colorado, the hotel provides a unique opportunity for travelers wishing to experience the adventure and wonder of America’s golden age of the Old West. A time when rough and rugged men and women chased their dreams of fortune through the very mountains that still surround the town of Ouray.


Whether it be through the period-preserved rooms and furnishings, or our elegant suites with private baths overlooking the veranda, or the all-original hand-carved bar in our award winning restaurant and saloon, your experience at the Historic Western Hotel will be a memorable one.


Enjoy stunning views under the clear blue Colorado sky from atop our extra-large veranda, which is surrounded on three sides by 12,000-foot peaks. Or, for a closer look, enjoy a tour of the San Juan Mountains with the oldest Jeep tour company in the United States, San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours, which was established in 1946.