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Weekday Fun for Everyone in Ouray!

  
  
  

An Adventure Filled With Music, Flowers and Fun Awaits in Southwest Colorado!

live music ouray bcm3Well, the time has come again. With sunny days in the seventies, and jeep trails outside your door for every ability, it is no wonder that everyone is looking forward to the concerts in the park with such anticipation. 

Midweek is a great time to visit! From jeep tour and amazing hikes to concerts in the park, your days will be filled!

So, here's the plan: 

a view of main streetWednesday, come on up to Ouray and get settled in your room. Wander the shops on Main Street, and find something fabulous for yourself or someone on your list. The hardest thing about dinner is what are you in the mood for? I guarantee we can find something to appeal to any taste. Unless you want something rare, like cuttlefish. Nobody serves cuttlefish. But there are some great places to sample fresh Rocky Mountain Trout! I don't think anyone serves those.

bcl courtyardSoaking in the all natural mineral hot spring water is undeniably one of the best ways to relax. Under a canopy of stars, with your favorite companion, or early in the morning enjoying a cup of unbelievably good coffee from Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters,as the warm water soothes away the last bit of sleep, our hot spring tubs are the ultimate experience.

box canyon lodge hot (1)Thursday morning greets you with the sun smiling down on our little valley in anticipation of adventures.

Around 8:30, a jeep pulls up, and the driver leaps down calling your name and escorting you to the seat of your choice. Other daredevils are there, introducing themselves with nervous smiles, all unsure of what they have signed up for. Cameras ready and jackets stowed under your seats, let the adventure begin!

The driver creates an atmosphere of camaraderie with his passengers, as he travels ever up into the San Juans. Occasional stops along the way educate and entertain simultaneously. Who would have believed that hundreds of miners lived year round in that bunkhouse on the other side of the mountain? How can one not stare in awe of the rainbow of wildflowers blanketing the meadow at Yankee Boy in June? Is it possible for that many colors to truly exist?

deer at box canyon.2The wildlife is out in droves, quietly peering at travelers as they journey the roads- occasionally giving onlookers a glimpse of their grace and beauty. As a deer stops to stare, it is easy to wonder who is watching whom! Don't forget to look up! Bighorn Sheep dot the cliffs, and hawks, blue jays and a variety of aviary sweep the skies and rest on the branches of almost every tree you pass.

yankee boy basin columbinesThe half day tour returns you to town just in time to seek out lunch. Conversation is filled with exchanging pictures and commenting that no photograph can truly capture what you just experienced, as well as discussions about whether the driver was telling the truth about the heart shaped porch in Ironton, or perhaps embellishing some of the stories you just heard.

After returning to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to catch your breath, head to the lobby to peruse our extensive video library, or jump back in your suit for a lovely afternoon soak.Afternoons are so quiet and peaceful in our courtyard, it feels as if you are the only one here.

music in the park ourayThursday evening is filled with electric anticipation, as folks from near and far begin to gather at Fellin Park. Booths line the outskirts, offering a variety of craft beer to sample, and a plethora of snacks and fun games for the kids abound, as everyone sets up lawn chairs in front of the stage.

live music ouray bcmWhen the music starts, the experience cannot be measured. Echoing off the tiny box canyon walls, toes begin to tap, and the lawn chairs empty out as everyone takes to the grassy field moving to their own style as the band plays on.

It is impossible not to feel the energy. Regardless of your favored genre of music, the MountainAire Music Series has outdone itself again. Each band brings such joy to the crowds. Children and adults mingle as if they were the oldest of friends. Smiles brighten the mountain air as the sun begins to set; creating a rainbow of colors and sounds of pure pleasure.

Far too soon, the second band plays their final song. Revelers sway to the farewell notes, embracing one another in a moment of absolute togetherness. Lawn chairs and family members are gathered up in anticipation of next weeks show, and plans are made to sit with new friends.

There is still time for a quick jump in the tubs before wearily returning to a clean comfortable room to watch the movies you picked out earlier. Perhaps you will be able to stay awake through the whole movie, or just let the background noise of a romantic comedy lull you into a rest filled with dreams of the wonders yet to be explored in beautiful Ouray Colorado!

bcltubslgEarly risers on Friday morning can enjoy a quick walk up to the Box Cañon Falls before returning for one last soak, or a long soak before taking a more challenging hike. The serene beauty of the San Juans beckons for more adventures. Stay through the weekend, or reserve your next visit with us so you can continue on with a scenic drive to adventures untold!

Let us help you to plan the perfect escape. From dinner reservations to river rafting adventures, to the perfect spots for quiet introspection, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are here to make every moment of your time in Ouray the best moment imaginable.

 

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Ouray County Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions - May 2014

  
  
  

Summer Adventures in Southwest Colorado are Just Beginning!

jeepMay is entering into the final days, heralding a summer filled with the excitement of back country explorations. 

We had a decent winter this year - enough snow to keep us safe from draught, but not so much that it will be mid-July before it is safe to venture out at all.

Granted, there aren't a ton of four wheel drive roads open yet, But a quick drive to the twin falls in Yankee Boy Basin, or a leisurely drive along Owl Creek sure do sound like fun!

Four Wheel Drive Road Status as of May 30, 2014:

cm2Animas Forks - Open

Alta Lakes - Open
Black Bear Pass - Closed
Blue Lakes Trailhead - Open 
Brown Mountain - Closed
Cinnamon Pass - Clear to the top from the Silverton side
Clear Lake - Open
chimneyrockCorkscrew - Clear to the top from the Silverton side
County Road 2 to Animas Forks - Open
County Road 9 - Open
ironton ghost townCow Creek - Open

Engineer Pass - Clear to the top on the Silverton side

Fall Creek Road (to Woods Lake) - Closed

Governors Basin - Closed

Hastings Mesa - Open

Horsefly - Closed

Hurricane/California - Closed

Imogene - Closed
Iron Springs (Hwy 145 through to Hwy 62)- Closed
Last Dollar Road - Open - High clearance vehicles only; expect mud snow and ice
Little Cone Road (CR G49) - Closed
Maggie/Minnie - Closed
Miniehaha (CR 51) - Closed
Old Lime Creek - Closed
Ophir - Clear to the top of the pass on the Silverton side. Should be open on Ophir side by mid-June
jeep.ouray.2Owl Creek Pass - Maintained to Vista Point - Currently Open 5.4 Miles from Vista Point
Picayune -Closed
Pittsburgh Mine Road - Closed
Placer - Closed
Poughkeepsie - Closed
Red Mountain Town - Open
Shrine Road (CR 6) - Closed
Skyline - Closed
South Mineral Campground road - County road 7 - Open 
Yankee Boy - Open 
Stony Pass - Closed

snowyroadsPlease remember as always: road conditions in the high country can change in minutes. Please use extreme caution during the early spring months. If in doubt, turn around and take a different trail. Even the low altitude trails can be very hazardous, and early Spring there is not as much traffic. This is definitely awesome in many ways, but also adds to the fact that breakdowns will result in a much longer walk. It is also very important to let someone know where you plan on going, as with hiking. Just let your front desk agent know you plan on exploring the back roads, and an approximate time to expect to see you back. 

box canyon lodge hot (1)Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to have a safe and exciting adventure in the San Juan Mountains! We look forward to keeping you up to date on road conditions and the best possible trip ideas.

See you Soon!

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Historical Ouray County

  
  
  

From Mining to Ranching to Soaking in Natural Hot Springs; The Beauty of Ouray County is Everlasting!


cascade falls ouray1The Ute Indians arrived in what is today known as Ouray County about 1300 AD to find a land formed some 35 million years ago by firs and ice. Immense volcanic eruptions resulted in deep, lava formed craters. The most recent Ice Age scoured the mountain valleys, carving great amphiteatres, cliffs and peaks. the Utes valued the Uncompahgres based on abundant wildlife, plentiful streams, and of course the natural hot springs. For ages, the Ute tribe lived in harmony with the land.

million dollar highway.2It is widely believed that the first white men to visit the valley were "Gus" Begole and John Eckles in 1875 in search of gold and silver. Soon the men found the area was rich in possibilities, and soon claims were being made all through the area. 

The following spring, the rush was on. The town was surveyed, streets laid out, and most of the timber in the Ouray area was cut down for cabins. In the fall of 1876, the town was incorporated and given the name of Ouray in honor of the great Ute chief famed for his efforts to maintain peace between the two cultures.

fall.colorsMines were also taking root higher in the mountains in Imogene and Yankee Boy. Pack trains carried supplies and ore between local mines and Ouray, now over 400 strong, boasting a school, four stores, two hotel, a saw mill, an ore sampling works, post office and an assortment of saloons and gambling houses.

In 1883, entrepreneur and engineering genius Otto Mears carved a toll road between Ouray and the towns of Silverton and Ironton to the south. This road is now known as US Highway 550, or more lovingly dubbed the Million Dollar Highway.

trainIn 1887, the area experienced another boom when the Denver Rio Grande Railroad established a depot in town, which allowed the profitable mining of low grade ores. With rich discoveries made northeast of town in the Gold Hill area, and the mining industry booming, the population of Ouray exploded to over 2000 residents by the year 1890. The following year, the town of Ridgway was developed as a travel hub for the railway.

The town suffered a scare in 1893, when the value of silver plummeted, but three years later was again riding high when Tom Walsh struck it rich at the Camp Bird Mine, southwest of town. Between 1896 and 1910, the mine produced over $26 million.

downloadAt the turn of the century, Ouray entered a boom or bust cycle as mining became less productive and tourism became more of a focal point. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool was built, and the city purchased Box Canyon Park.

Ridgway prospered as a railroad transportation center until the Rio Grande Rail Southern Rail halted service in 1951. Today, Ridgway is a successful ranching community, gifted with moderate climate and fertile land. The town continues to serve as an important junction, leading to some of the finest skiing in Colorado, and energy rich mineral deposits in the west.

ouray courthouseThe city of Ouray has been designated as a National Historic District. Beautifully preserved and restored Victorian architecture serves to recall the century old mining traditions and ingenuity of the early settlers. Even the city pool is on the National Historical Register.

The Ouray County Historical Society Museum is housed in what was once the hospital, and offers a sampling of the rich and varied past of the area.

jeep torThere are over 10,000 abandoned mine shafts, tunnels or cuts within a ten mile radius of Ouray, for hikers to seek and discover, as well as access to over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails, most leading to ghost towns and abandoned mines high in the mountains. It is always fascinating to experience in a four wheel drive vehicle trails that were once traveled by hearty men and women on horseback or on foot, often in the winter through feet of snow. Yikes!

The Bachelor Syracuse Mine, just a few miles north of the city now offers tours, taking people over 2,000 feet into the ground to experience a tiny taste of mining at the turn of the century.

Rich in history and overflowing with natural beauty, Ouray County offers a variety of adventures. Whether fascinated by the old town feel, or eager to soak in the natural mineral hot springs, there is something for everyone here.

See you soon!

 

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Southwest Colorado Wineries

  
  
  

A Delicious Day Trip From Ouray, Enjoy a Wine Tasting and Meal!

Garret Estate Cellars groundsA bit of a drive from Ouray, but well worth it, many of the wineries in Southwest Colorado are only open to the public by appointment, but they are always happy to have people come visit. We headed north about an hour drive from Ouray on Highway 550 past Olathe, and up onto California Mesa, driving through farm land, orchards and vineyards.
wines2Olathe has 3 wineries, Garrett Estate Cellarswhich is where we were headed, Mountain View Winery and Cottonwood Cellars. The road dead ends in the vineyard, we arrive to the sun setting. The vines are just beginning to bud, spring.
Entering the tasting area we are greeted by Mitch Garrett, the head of marketing for the winery. 
Garret Estate Cellars Mitch GarretGarrett Estate is a family run business with 3 generations participating. We start to try their selection of wines paired with cheese from Rocking W Cheese  also in Olathe. Rocking W has some really amazing cheeses. We tried their Jalapeno Jack, which is not spicy at all, just fresh and flavorful. My other favorites are Tomato Basil, Portobello Leek, Garlic Chive and Farmers Veggie. They also make amazing Egg Nog in the winter.
Garret Estate Cellars vinyardsThen we went on a tour of the facility. We started in the vineyards; they currently have 35 acres, but are planting almost 20 more. They have the capacity to plant 80 acres of vines. From the vineyards we go to the crushing area and then to the fermenting room.
Garret Estate Cellars bottling.2We end in the bottling and casing room, the bottling machine can bottle, cork and label 4 cases at a time. They make all dry wines and all the whites are fermented in stainless steel.
Garret Estate Cellars dinnerGarret Estate Cellars socializingAs we explored the winery and socialized with the other guests, the aromas of dinner began wafting through the building. We were ushered back to the tasting room where lovely tables, set by Two Sister Restaurant and Catering, awaited us. Our first course was a delicious salad with crusted cheese on top paired with a dry Reisling. Second course, a roasted game hen with veggies and wild rice decorated with sliced apples, and paired with a Gewurztraminer. Dessert was a raspberry cheesecake with fresh raspberries, whipped cream and chocolate drizzle, paired with their Pheasant Run Red, which is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Savenion and Syrah. 
Garret Estate Cellars casksWe ended the evening with more wine, great conversation, and the opportunity to purchase some great wine to take home. 
Right now Garrett Estate and Rocking W Cheese are working on doing a 
combined tasting room in the town of Olathe so they will be more accessible, so stay tuned for that. In Ouray you can buy Garrett Estate wine at Ouray Liquors
winesWhen you book a room at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we can arrange your very own special evening at this or one of the other fabulous wineries in Southwest Colorado. 
Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and braun of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Lasy month, FaitRich and some other local businesses took part in a wine dinner in Olathe. Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.
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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this June, 2014

  
  
  

Free Concerts, Art Exhibits and Water Festivals are just the beginning in Ouray and Ridgway this June!

box canyon lodge hot (1)As we enter into the summer months in the high country, wildflowers and waterfalls appear as if from thin air. The world is alive with color and life, inviting travelers to explore the highest peaks. 

Four wheel drive vehicles traverse mountain trails that once led to mines and homesteads deep in the mountain passes. Wildlife gazes from the cover and occasionally lets onlookers have a glimpse.

The cities of Ouray and Ridgway stretch away the last of winters grasp and welcome the season with an exciting mix of festivals and fun.

Events in Ridgway and Ouray this month:

Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Autumn in Ouray County- Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

main street shoppersAn exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop inn September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.

Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6, 2014 - Ridgway Railroad Museum Work Week at the Ridgway Railroad Museum from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come and spend a day or more working on the rolling stock at he Ridgway Railroad Museum or on red Mountain reconstructing the Guston Depot. All skills are welcome - carpentry,computer filing, food prep, painting, etc.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Sideways, Movie Presentation and Wine Tasting at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

live music ouray bcm3Join the Wright along with our awesome sponsors Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast and The Blue Pear for a wine-tasting featuring anything but merlot, light food pairings, a bottle of something expensive for auction, and of course the movie Sideways.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Mountain Air Music Series Presents: SHELwith TAARKA opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

And so it begins. The Mountain Air Summer Concert Series is not playing around this year. This first concert of the season will sweep you away into a fantastical world of strings and harmony. Taarka opens with an original acoustic sound, the voices of the lead singers complimenting each other and their instruments in such a way as to have the crowd moving in short order. SHEL is comprised of four sisters from Fort Collins who are taking the music world by storm with their amazing harmonies and awesome instrumental abilities. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday June 6, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

wrightoperahouseJoin your fellow theater enthusiasts for  a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fund raiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Ouray Trails Group 2014 National Trails Day at Ohio Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

hikingThis year will be different from previous OTG events. Rather than work an existing trail or build a new one we plan to

* Perform trash cleanup in the Ohio Park area. This area is designated as a USFS dispersed camping area (i.e. open for anyone to camp on) and as such there's a fair amount of litter left behind by campers.
* Scout the existing road from Ohio Park to the historic Zanett Tunnel (runs through the mountain to Bear Creek) to investigate the possibility of creating a new trail for use by the public.
* Scout the existing, but overgrown, trail from Portland Creek to the remains of the Portland Mine area again with the view of reopening this trail.
* Have a picnic (BYO) in Ohio Park.
All members of the public welcome.
Contact: Stuart Middleton-White

Email: stuartmw@dslr.net

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

view from the topJoin your fellow theater enthusiasts for  a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fundraiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: The Brothers Comatose with Finnders and Youngberg opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Get ready for some toe tapping swinging fun with these two groups who compliment one another with musical energy. This is definitely going to be a "Music Party" as we let the music and scenery sweep us away! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday, June 13, 2014 - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing in Ridgway, Colorado from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

springtime columbines ourayJoin the Ridgway Creative District, Weehawken Creative Arts, and Ridgway's downtown galleries with special guests for a festive and fun outing celebrating great local talent and creativity! This MoonWalk's theme is Cowboys and Cowgirls. Brochures available, including a map of participating locations, at Resource Art, 540 Sherman St. Demonstrations and refreshments provided

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Compassion Weekend all day in Ouray

Every year, volunteers gather to lend a helping hand around Ouray County. From painting to yard work, join the community in giving a helping hand to someone who needs help with household projects.

Contact: Sabrina Butler

Email: sabrinabutler@mac.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Radney Foster at the Wright Opera House from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

uncompahgreTexas singer-songwriters, Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He’s written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In,”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Ridgway Heritage Days - Ute Mountain Utes & Axteca Dancers at Hartwell Park in Ridgway from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

random waterfallThis all day event celebrates Southwest Colorado and its rich history. 

8am Ridgway Fire Dept Pancake Breakfast
Farmers Market, Blacksmith, Horseshoeing
Strawberry Shortcake, Music & Fun
Branding demonstrations
Ute Mountain Indians 2 pm

Don't miss the fun!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Fox Street with the Gold Magnolias opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A roller coaster of roadhouse blues interwoven with super-sized helpings of funk with elements of rock, soul and jazz is the only way to describe Fox Street, and the perfect openers for this high energy band is the funky fun groove of the Gold Magnolias! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday, June 20 through Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Basic Plein Air Painting Workshop with Patricia Bass at Ago Gallery in Ouray

million dollar highway.2Enjoy a two-day plein air workshop near beautiful Ouray, Colorado and Owl Creek Pass.   Bass is visiting from the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and is a part-time resident of Colorado, especially when the aspens are turning!  This workshop is designed for the beginner or intermediate student, the class will focus on outdoor, on location painting with study emphasis on color and value comparison, simplification and accelerated painting methods for rendering a quick study.  Instruction will be personally adjusted for your comfort level.  Plan to have two days of hard work and loads of fun, with a wine and cheese social at Ago Gallery on your final day.   Transportation is required to travel to various locations, directions will be provided before the workshop begins.

driving swcoloLevel: Beginner and intermediate painters, advance are welcome too.

Cost:  $150.00

Class size:  5 minimum to 12 maximum

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 10

Materials:  Students should come prepared with their own easels and materials, required materials list will be provided.  Some materials are available for purchase at the Ago Gallery in Ouray. 

To register, call or visit AGO GALLERY on 445 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado, phone: 970-325-0270.  Feel free to call Tricia at 303-808-1770 with questions about the workshop.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Trio Solisti at the Wright Opera House starting at 7:30 pm

bald eagle ouray county coloradoTrio Solisti is "The most exciting piano trio in America," The New Yorker. We are privileged to have them in western Colorado. Their program will include, Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. See our website, www.ocpag.org for ticket information.

Monday, June 23, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado is in Ouray all day!

This is a large multi-day ride that will be spending the night of June 23rd, 2014 in Ouray. It is a fun event with lots of great energy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Evenings of History at the Ouray Community Center from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

seaesonal waterfall red mountain pass.4Steve Baker will speak on "The Uncompahgre Valley Ute Project."

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Afroliscious with The Congress opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

combination of "soulful vocals, infectious hooks, funky bass lines, energetic horns and tight beats, while retaining the soul and feel of classic funk, disco, Latin, Tropical and Afrobeat recordings." Opening band The Congress sets the stage with their high energy high fun tunes. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Saturday, June 28, 2014  - 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollans Park in Ridgway from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

box canyon lodge hotThe Ridgway River Festival is a one-of-a-kind event in the northern San Juan region. It is a celebration of the Uncompahgre River and our communities with all-age river races, educational activities, live music, local food and beverages, and is annually attended by 600 outdoor enthusiasts from across the region. 

Southwest Colorado is alive with activities and excitement all month long. What better way to spend a vacation than in Ouray and Ridgway?!? Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help with all of the details for your next adventure!

 

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Green Hotel in Ouray Celebrates Silver Status!

  
  
  

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs AWARDED TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADERS™ STATUS

efh listing logoOuray, Colorado - May 8, 2014 today proudly announced it has been accepted as a Silver level GreenLeader into the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

exterior tubs“We strive to find ways to consistently reduce our carbon footprint, and to help our guests to do so as well, while at the same time providing exemplary service.”

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 260 million travelers who visit the site each month.”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

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Spring Fever In Southwest Colorado!

  
  
  

Longer days and warmer weather beckon in the San Juan Mountains!

foals.3Spring is in its full glory. As Mother Nature stretches from a long winter nap, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the world is showing signs of preparation for the Summer season.

A scenic drive along highway 550, even just a few miles, shows the signs of the season to come. 

Calves and foals frolic in the fields along the highway, and the truly observant may catch sight of young wildlife as well!

Knowing that the high country has not yet had enough time for a safe adventure, something a little lower sounded like a fine idea. Time to jump in the car and see how far we could go!

After much debate, we decided to make an attempt at Buckhorn Lake, located just on the edge of Ouray County.

scenicdriveFollowing Highway 550 North towards Montrose, turn right onto Buckhorn Road (just after the Conoco station). The road curves a bit, but in just short time turns into a dirt road, and houses quickly become sparse.

The steep incline is easily traversable for a couple of miles, and the views are spectacular!

A sharp curve takes you to, well, close to the end of this adventure in the first week of May.

snowyroads2Sunlight hasn't had time to melt all of the snow, and the road becomes a little more demanding. 

Shifting into four-low, the first snow packed switchback was easy enough to overcome, but alas! A dry stretch was misleading, and another curve brought us to a patch of road we obviously weren't the first to attempt.

Tire tracks and footprints told a tale even the most inexperienced could easily read..someone got stuck...perhaps this was a good place to stop and let the dogs play before turning back for safer adventures.

view.2Some folks passed us by, eager to prove they could get to the lake at the top, and it was a short fifteen minutes before we waved to them as they headed back down. Apparently even the most adrenaline driven weren't willing to walk back down the mountain!

So, turning back, we drove a short distance before turning off onto a drier patch, leading to a campsite overlooking the valley below. 

It was a little breezy, but still short sleeve warm, and we wandered about for a while, enjoying the grid like view of Montrose and Colona, before hopping back into the car and heading home.

early flowersSpring is in the air, it was apparent from the number of others we passed on the road that we were not the only ones ready for such a beautiful day, and eager to escape into the high country, but also pleasant to see we were not alone in the decision not to put ourselves in danger as others headed back down for a drier picnic spot.

baby dearIt won't be long before all of the four wheel drive roads are open for the season, but until then, just like everyone else, we will have to keep an eye on the County websites as they update everyone on road conditions, and remember to always be safe. 

 

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan your next escape! We research the road and weather conditions daily to ensure the safety of our guests as they experience the majesty of the Uncompahgres. Ready with advice on hiking, off roading and dining options, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is your perfect base camp for any adventure!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Mother's Day in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray Celebrates Mom, a gift she will treasure always!

mothersdayWe all have one. She is strong and soft at the same time. Ready with soothing words for damaged egos, and ready to kiss away your hurts no matter how old you are, Mom is a steadfast presence. Constantly watching, and sometimes nagging, but always ready to catch us if we fall. Every year, we wonder what to do for her that will make her eyes shine. How to show her how much we appreciate everything she has given to us?

Why not mix it up a little? Take mom for a nice scenic drive through some of the most amazing country in Southwest Colorado for a weekend getaway in the San Juan Mountains? 

guestsatthetubsOnce you arrive at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, enjoy a soak in the healing waters of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs. Mosey over to the lobby, and peruse our extensive video library for a movie you all can enjoy before heading out for a fabulous dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants on Main Street. 

After dinner, enjoy the tranquil beauty of this tiny mining town as you watch deer graze in the field across the way, or up at the hot tubs themselves.

Sunday morning, May 11, 2014 is a day for leisurely relaxation, enjoying the company of family over a decadent Mother's Day Brunch.

waffleBack by popular demand, the Bon Ton Restaurant is reviving their famous Mother's Day Brunch! Offering favorites such as Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict, this champagne brunch is a decadent affair of taste bud tantalizing treats. The chefs at the Bon Ton invite you to enjoy a morning filled with fun and great food. Sure to impress mom with stellar service and a beautiful atmosphere, brunch at the Bon Ton is a great way to show her you care.

foodNestled in the middle of Main Street, Cavallo's Restaurant offers a plethora of pallet pleasing options with a Louisiana flare. Chef Sid will amaze mom with a menu offering everything from traditional to adventurous, as well as special items and a small gift for that special lady to remember her special day. Not just a brunch, but a dining experience, Cavallo's will surely make her eyes sparkle.

Why limit mom to choosing just one thing on the menu? The Ouray Elks will again be offering a buffet style brunch on Mother's Day, a savory selection of scrumptious cooking prepared by members of the Ouray Elks Lodge.

carnationIn memory of the mothers that couldn't share this Mothers Day with us in body, the Elks present a tribute to Mom, celebrating both those we have with us still, and those who have passed. A beautiful ceremony, accompanied with a single red carnation for Mom. What a lovely way to celebrate the day, and express our gratitude to the wonderful lady in our lives!

After Brunch, take a drive down to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway and enjoy a special presentation by the Weehawken Dance Company: Dance Through the Ages. Enjoy great music and movement in this lovely historic venue!

Its a perfect day and a perfect way to celebrate the woman who made you who you are. She will remeber for years the special Mothers Day Escape with her favorite person in the world!

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the getaway best suited to your Mother. Always here to help with reservations and full of recomendations for enjoying the San Juans, there is no better basecamp for your next Ouray adventure!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Ridgway Event: Love Your Valley Fest

  
  
  

Festival in Southwest Colorado Celebrates Music and Family Fun!

countyroadridgwayRidgway, Colorado, founded in the 1890's to service the Rio Grande Narrow Guage Railroad, has grown up! When the railroad closed down in the late 1950's, the forecast was bleak. How would a little town built primarily for the rairoad survive? Another testament to the resilience of Southwest Colorado, when the railroad shut down, Ridgway dusted itself off, and spread its wings as it were, developing a thriving ranch community, and maintaining itself as the threshold of the San Juans.

At the base of the Uncompahgre Mountains, surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks, and boasting incredible ranch land, this little town, less than 10 miles from Ouray is as open and inviting as its landscape.

flowerLeading the way with it's Concert Series, Ridgway opened the door for Ouray to host its own Mountain Air music series in June. Celebrating its 5th year this July, Ridgway is hosting five free concerts in Hartwell Park! 

Because these concerts are free, these little towns do what they can to absorb the cost that would otherwise result in a necessary addmission fee for attendees. Often, in the spirit of Ouray County, these fund raisers are just as much fun as the events the are promoting, and surprisingly inexpensive!

ridgwayconcertThe Love Your Valley Fest brings together all of the elements of a successful event: good food, good beer, live music, and even a dog show!

Most of the attractions are free, with the proceeds from a $20.00 beer ticket (which allows you to sample a variety of local craft beers) going toward the continuation of the Concerts in the Park.

Booths offering a variety of local art and merchandise line walkways, interspered with offerings of local cuisine, and of course, libations.

dennisweaverparkMusic is central to the event, featuring live performers that put a bounce in your step as you peruse the booths, or just relax on a blanket in the grass as the little ones play on the playground. 

Prior to the start of the festival at 1:00 pm, there is a huge parking lot sale sponsored by the ROCC, at the Ridgway Library, just behind the park. One mans trash is anothers treasure, and there are so many treasures to be found at this huge sale! With the proceeds going to such a good cause, it is almost impossible not to find a few things.

The Second Chance Humane Society puts in an appearance as well, with dog contests and competitions througout the day, making this a festival for the whole family!

So make it a point to plan your next visit to the area around Saturday, May 17! The festival starts at 1:00 pm and goes until  4:30 pm, with the parking lot sale running from 8:30 am til noon. A full day of fun awaits, followed by a relaxing evening in Ouray at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Ouray, and a relaxing soak in the mineral hot springs before dinner. Sounds like an excellent weekend escape to me!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Ouray Bar Still Serving the Best to the Best After 25 Years!

  
  
  

Have a drink with the locals in Ouray's very own Saloon!

SilverEagle4Ouray, Colorado offers a variety of great things to do during the day, from hiking to shopping, to soaking in the mineral hot springs, and some wonderful dining options in the evening. Often though, there is the lingering question of what to do after dinner if you are so inclined.  Many times, we are asked where the locals go, and what kind of night life there is to be found. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, there is one spot here in Ouray that hasn't changed in over twenty five years, and will hopefully stay around for another twenty five years!

SilverEagle3The Silver Eagle Saloon is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. This is a BAR not a restaurant, they do not serve food in fact they do not even have a kitchen. If you want to experience what it is like to chill in an old school saloon this is the place for you. You can still smoke in there, so any non smokers that have a problem with that may want to find another place to have a drink. They do not allow anyone under 21 to enter at anytime. This wonderful throw back bar is open 7 nights a week year round and usually open until 2am.

The Eagle (as the locals call it) is the only place in town with a pool table, they also have pinball, darts, and an internet jukebox.
Owned and operated by the same couple for the last 25+ years The Eagle is a a local hang out in the evenings, but be forewarned that most of the regulars don't get off work until around 10pm each night so the bar does not start to really get busy until about 11pm.
SilverEagle2The Eagle's history goes back to the late 1960's when the front and back bar where located on the other side of the building where the Ouray Glassworks shop is now. In the 1970's the original 1886 Brunswick Bar (made of Mahogany, Cherry Wood, and Zebra Oak) was moved into the newly built location where it remains to this day.
SilverEagle5Back in those days the bar was called 550 Saloon, and was renamed the Silver Eagle Saloon when Bruce and Cheryl McDaniel bought it in January, 1987. The McDaniel's had been managing and running the 550 for several years before they purchased it. This lovely old bar is a family operation, as not only do both Bruce & Cheryl still work it, but two of their four daughters have spent significant time working behind the bar over the years. You can still on occasion see one of their children appearing as a guest bartender when they are in town.
SilverEagleThe Silver Eagle Saloon is truly one of the great old bars in Colorado, it has been featured in books, magazines and websites throughout the years. Don't hesitate to go in sit down and have a cold one, and enjoy a little bit of Ouray history.
Located on Main Street, the Silver Eagle is just a short walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, the perfect spot to park your car and saunter up for some after dinner cocktails! Spend a day relaxing in Ouray, and an evening with friends old and new at this great little home town bar.
About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
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