Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Snowshoeing in the San Juan Mountains - An Adventure Not to be Missed!
The snow storm we got at the beginning of November has covered the San Juans in a blanket of snow. Even if I wasn't quite ready for the cold, I have to admit, it is beautiful.
According to the weather gurus, this is supposed to be a snowy winter, and honestly, that sounds pretty OK. I myself am looking forward to exploring the backcountry on my snowshoes. Because of the mild season we had last year, that's something I didn't get to enjoy much of, and the untouched snow is beckoning...
November is time for giving thanks. Few destinations offer the same festive appeal as Ouray for Thanksgiving. There is no easier place to feel grateful in your surroundings than this beautiful, cozy mountain town.
Experience Ouray in a quieter, intimate setting. November is the perfect time to see the town in a new light as the summer season comes to a close. Enjoy a quiet getaway in Ouray this year for Thanksgiving. Let yourself be pampered, as you are served dinner, then return to the hotel for a soothing soak in the all natural mineral hot springs.
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Saturday was a georgeous, sun-shiny day in Ouray. Perfect for a scenic drive through the back country. We decided to take a drive to Telluride, and return on Last Dollar Road. This seemed the best choice, since it had rained the day before, which almost always means snow in the higher elevations.
As always, the scenery was magnificent, and although there was some snow, that only served to make the drive more beautiful. Reaching the summit, the tire tracks we were following suddenly dissapeared, the road ahead a white expanse of untouched powder.
It has started to get a little bit more chilly in the afternoons and evenings in Ouray County, and as rain falls at 7800 feet, there is little doubt snow will be falling at 10,000 feet and above.
The leaves have passed their peak, but many still cling to the branches, almost in anticipation of the coming cold that will eventually send them spiralling to the forest floor.
As of today, the majority of trails are still open. Waiting for adventurers to explore the many spectacular spots in the high country one last time before winter covers them in deep drifts of snow until next yrear. Of course, considering the fact that we did indeed get some snowfall in Ouray this morning, one must wonder if the open roads will last much longer...
October has been a hauntingly beautiful month!
Halloween is the one day of the year to be something different just for a few hours. Scary goblins and witches fearlessly roam the street, demanding treats from neighbors and friends. Fairy princesses and cowboys mingle with zombies, and dance the night away to the "Monster Mash" among other Halloween Classics.
We have had the most glorious Fall.
The leaves still cling to trees all over the area, and despite the construction on the Million Dollar Highway, visitors have enjoyed the changing of the aspens in the high country for weeks now.
As the days get shorter, the weather in the high country is beginning to turn. Just the other day, news arrived that there was snow falling at the top of Red Mountin Pass.
The four-wheel drive trails have had a phenomenal season of great weather and have stayed open for quite a while, however, as the snow begins to cover the mountain tops, so must the passes begin to close.....
The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.
With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.