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USA, Colorado, Ouray – Mouse’s Chocolate & Coffee

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(See my other 2019 Road Trip posts) – While in Ouray, Colorado my wife and I visited Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee located at 520 Main Street, Ouray, CO, 81427. This was a very pleasant surprise in this town of only about 1000 residents.

When we were there it was full of many out of town visitors. We were driving through but wanted to stop for a little something. This place caught our eye and we got in line.

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It being a warm day, we opted for ice cream. At first we were each going to get something, but in the end, we were glad we decided to share one of their treats. The selection we chose was more than enough for both of us. That is certainly not the only choice. The Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee offers:

Handmade Chocolates, each made right here by the Chocolatier, using imported Belgian Chocolate. Coffee roasted on-premises. Espresso drinks, Coffee, Ice Cream, Milkshakes all served year-round. 

We really enjoyed our visit. It was very busy while we were there. The Yelp rating is 4.5/5 and the TripAdvisor rating is an even better 5/5. If you are interested in Mouse’s, you may want to also check them out on Twitter or Facebook. The shop is open 9 – 7 Sunday thru Thursday, and 9 to 8 Friday and Saturday.


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USA, Colorado, Ouray – Million Dollar Highway and Ouray

On our 2019 Road Trip, we drove from Durango up to Ouray, Colorado. Part of that journey was on the ‘Million Dollar Highway’.

The Million Dollar Highway is the stretch of US 550 that runs the 25 miles between Silverton, CO to Ouray, CO. The 12 miles of the highway just outside of Ouray is where than moniker for the road comes from. Exactly why it is so named is in dispute. The most popular explanations are:

  1. The view is worth a million dollars
  2. It cost a million dollars to build in the 1920s
  3. The filler for the road contains a million dollars in gold particles

The road goes through three mountain passes between 10,600 and 11,020 feet in height. The road is somewhat of a hazardous drive with narrow lanes, few guard rails, hairpin turns, and steep cliffs.

The road does offer some incredible views, though the driver has to be more focused on the road. There are a few places to pull over and enjoy the scenery. While the drive was not too bad, I would not recommend it for nervous drivers.

Ouray, Colorado as a town came about from the silver and gold prospectors who flooded the area in the late 19th century. It was officially incorporated in 1884. It is a relatively small town still with only a population of 1000 as of the 2010 census. It has several rich mines during its heyday. Now it is mostly a tourism destination. It is located at an altitude of 7,792 feet.

We were only there for a short time, but it is a place we would like to come back to. It felt like a good place to relax and do day trips for hiking or biking. There also seemed to be many interesting places to eat.


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