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Ridgway Moonwalk - Art and Culture in Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Local artists on display by the light of the moon in the San Juan Mountains!

rcdlogotagline(sm)When the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts joined forces to develop the first Moonwalk, the question of whether this would become a monthly adventure was an unspoken one. Now, with over twelve full moons successfully explored, it seems the Ridgway Moonwalk is here to stay.

And why not? In 2012, the Ridgway Creative District was formed of a group pf volunteers working toward goals set forth by Governor Hickenlloper for economic development; the goal was to grow and nurture creative industries in our community.

weehawkenlogoWith so very many talented artists in the area, it is not hard to believe in the success of their efforts. The monthly moon walk, which focuses on a specific form of creativity every month, not only allows one to explore many different artists, but also the shops and restaurants of the area.

The group gathers in the early evening, then travels from one spot to another, viewing artists works, while warming up from the walk in shops along the way.

ExoticEarthLogo Transparent White Border 300x300This month, on January 17, 2014, the focus is on creative businesses in the Industrial District of Ridgway. 

The Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters is a prime example of ingenuity and expression. Participants will gather at 602 N Cora St, where in addition to viewing the works of local artist and crafter Joyce Withrow, they will be able to explore the intricacies of coffee roasting, an art for in and of itself.

Everyone knows that when the sun goes down in Southwest Colorado, it gets cold quickly, so this walkable event makes a point of keeping everything very close.

xfront bennett.jpg.pagespeed.ic.g3miXNAGSZJust a short walk from the Exotic Earth, experience the works of Kellie Day, as she displays her work in Bennett Forgeworks at 669 N. Cora Street. Bennet Forgeworks specializes in custom metalworks for the home, from railings to light fixtures. Explore the forge and see how it's done!

sjhRight next door, at San Juan Huts System, at 770 N. Cora Street, Diane Rickey will be displaying her talent for all to see. The San Juan Hut System takes their creativity outside. Developing a variety of trails for the outdoor explorer, these knowledgeable guides focus on the beauty of the Southwest, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Of course, there will likely be work exhibited by a variety of artists as participants explore the many displays in each of the shops.

moonwalkEvery month, the Moonwalk will focus on a variety of expressions, always a pleasant interlude into what makes this small community such an interesting and diverse place to visit.

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWalking with friends old and new on an exploration of creativity through art is an ideal way to spend an evening!

Once you have experienced the Moonwalk, it is just a short drive on the Million Dollar Highway to a cozy retreat at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Soak away the chill in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs, then relax to a movie from our extensive video library, enjoying a comfortable rest.

In the morning, explore the majestic San Juans. From scenic drives, to ice climbing, to just spending a day relaxing, let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the perfect escape!

See you soon! 

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19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

  
  
  

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

ice3For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

ice6Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Colorado Boy Brewery.

Ouray Ice Festival Kick Off Party: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm at the Beaumont Grill (505 Main Street)

This evening at the Beaumont is full fo great beer, food and prizes presented by the American Alpine Club. Great fun for you and friends old and new, as everyone gets ready for an Ice Fest Extravaganza!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

ice1Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Spaghetti Dinner/Indoor Gear Expo and Silent Auction 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the OurayCommunity Center

2014icefest2Treasures to bid on at the silent auction, hob-nobbing with world class atheletes, and beer provided by the award winning Ouray Brewery. For only $20.00 per person, this is the beginning of a night to remember!

Presentation by Adrian Ballinger: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Main Street Theater (630 Main)

One of a mere handful of alpinists capable of keeping up with the Sherpa on climbs throughout the Himalayans, Ballinger has succeeded in climbs often uncompleted by other guides. With a knowledge of climbing and a strong rapport with the Sherppa, he brings an understanding of the climb beyond the competetive aspects of the sport.

$15.00 per person with beer provided by Ourayle House Brewery

Presentation by Kyle Dempster - "The Road from Karakol": 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Wright Opera House

Two time winner of the Piolet d'Or for his ascent of the 21,070-foot Xuelian West in Chinese Tien Shan, and more recently, the 23,901 foot Ogre I, Kyle Dempster stands on the cutting edge of the world alpine scene. His 25 minute film, The Road from Karakol takes us through the much unknown mountains of the Kyrgyz countryside, an epic adventure of disscovery.

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

icefestcompetitorsExplore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lower Bridge in the Ouray Ice Park

Kids Wall2Watch 25 of the worlds top climbers as they traverse a combination of artificial and natural features in a route created by the reknowned route setter Vince Anderson. The competion is fierc and awesome as climbers compete for a $9,000.00 purse, which is divided between the top three male and female climbers in this challenging competition.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

icepark30Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Presentation by Ueli Steck/Live Auction: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

The Famous Swiss rock climber and mountaineer, nicknamed the “Swiss Machine” for his precision and efficiency, will be presenting at the 19th annual Ouray Ice Fest, as well as teaching at least a couple of clinics and competing in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed Comp. the biggest attraction of the year, be sure to arrive early at the Community Center to enjoy his presentation. In addition, you can bid on a wide variety of treasures at the Live Auction.

Tickets are $15.00 per person with beer provided by Ouray Brewery. 

Multimedia Presentation by Aaron Mulkey: 9:00 pm top 10:30 pm at the Wright Opera House

ice3Addicted to the chase, Aaron Mulkey has spent his career searching for the ultimate climbs, having completed an unprecedented number of previously unexplored ice in remote areas accross the American West and Norway. When there is no ice to climb, Mulkey finds other extreme sports to entertain himself, always pushing the envelope for his next great adventure.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Petzl "Saturday Night Freezer" Party: 10:30 pm to 1:00 am at the Ouray Community Center

Pull out your Disco best for this years annual late-night Petzl party! Always a great way to warm up after a day on the ice, let loose and boogie the night away with all your Ice Fest friends!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Competition: 9:00 am at the Lower Bridge

ice2This open competition blends both local favorites and all of the big names in the sport, as competitors vie for the best time in a side by side race against the clock on a route solely made up of ice.

Created as a memorial to Hari Berger, the Australian climber who was lost in 2006. With speed as a focus, and $7,000.00 in prize money at stake, this competition has become a huge hit both here in Ouray as well as on the World Cup scene.

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at http://mtnguide.net/ouray-ice-climbing/ouray-ice-festival-clinics/.

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

icefestYet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

ASOLO Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm at the Outdoor Gear Expo

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2For the second year, the ASOLO Award Ceremony will be held outdoors at the Ouray Ice Park. Custom trophys will be presented to the top performing athletes in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed comp. A picture perfect moment as these individuals receive recognition as they stand arrayed on a pillar of ice, with fans and peers looking on.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supported of the Ouray Ice Park, and looks forward to welcoming both competing athletes as well as avid spectators of this extreme sport for the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival.
There is nothing better than warming cold bones in the soothing waters of our mineral hot spring tubs after a day of climbing and cheering on your favorite athletes. 

 

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January 2014 Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

From Ice Fest to Moonwalks, start the New Year off with a bang in Southwest Colorado!


fireworksnyeOuray celebrates the beginning of the year with fireworks and festivities, and takes that excitement into 2014 in great winter ways.

There is no comparison to the splendor of the Uncompahgres in the winter months, January is crisp with the click of axes driving into the Uncompahgre Gorge, as viewers stand to the side in awe of these athletes. The air holds a renewed vitality, chill and vibrant, the weather is perfect for winter adventures, and Ouray County is a perfect home base for whatever you have in mind!

 

January 1, 2014 - all day - NEW YEARS DAY

Happy New Year! 

ice skating ourayWhat a perfect way to begin the year! Head down to the city pool and rent some ice skates for a morning on the ice at Rotary Park, the soak away the chill when you return your skates. Or break out a few sleds and experience Vinegar Hill the head down to Mouse's or the Backstreet Bistro for a much deserved warm beverage!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House

wintertree"The Armstrong Lie" - In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

2014icefestWhether you are a seasoned climber here to compete, or a curious bystander, the Ouray Ice Festival is an amazing place to be this January! Dinners, parties, live music, hot tubbing and of course everything 'Ice' are the order of the weekend.

Athletes from around the world will be competing this year, and clinics and classes for the novice are abundant as well. Winter sports are always exciting, and ice climbing is definitely a favorite. Be sure to check the official schedule of events for this weekend of winter fun.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9pm to 12am at O'Brien's Pub - Bone Wagon

Ever the favorite hangout for climbers, O'Brien's Pub welcomes the festivities of Ice fest with an evening of live music! Bone Wagon has performed all around Southwest Colorado, and is sure to get your blood pumping as you dance the night away!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - "A Touch of Sin"

mt.abrams6In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5pm to 8pm in Ridgway - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing, Presented by Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For January, the event will feature artists & creatives in Riverpark subdivision and the industrial park next door.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

wright1Spend the evening with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm at the Wright Opera house - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

Spend the afternoon with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:30 am to end at the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast - Mozart's Birthday Luncheon Salon

secret gardenEnjoy the wonderful music of this great composer AND a fine Austrian luncheon at the inviting Secret Garden in Ouray. Music will be provided by the Chameleon Ensemble and other vocal guest artists. This will be a bright event on a chilly winter day, just as his music has brightened lives for 258 years. Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3pm to 7pm at the Wright Opera House - Library at the Wright

The library will host a double feature movie presentation. 
Watch for details about the next Library at the Wright movie presentation.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6pm to 10pm at the Wright Opera House - dZi Foundation Hosts MountainFilm Tour in Ouray

icepark30The Best of MountainFilm of Telluride at the Wright Opera House. Different films each night. Hosted by the dZi Foundation. Doors open at 6PM films from 7PM to 10PM, a collection of long and short, different films each night. $10.00 at the door, each night, no reserved or advance ticket sales.

Let the friendly and professional staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create a winter getaway for you this January! Take advantage of our Ice park membership and receive discounts to your room, dining and equipment while supporting the Park!

After a day of winter adventures, nothing quite compares to a long hot soak in the all natural mineral hot springs at your home away from home at the Box Canyon lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

SEE YOU SOON!

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

Start the New Year in Ouray!

  
  
  

Fireworks and Festivity in Ouray are the way to ring in the New Year!

ouray winterSouthwest Colorado boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Located at the base of the Million Dollar Highway, the tiny town of Ouray is a picturesque location, with a variety of entertainment geared toward making your New Year start off on the right foot.

 

New Years Eve Dining and Entertainment all Day:

Artisan Bakery - 7am to 2pm


ice climberEnjoy a breakfast or lunch not soon forgotten. With fresh breads baked daily, and a variety of delicious options, the Artisan will take care of any craving, and boost that energy for the evening to come!

Backstreet Bistro - 7am to 3pm

From breakfast sandwiches to amazing omelets for breakfast, and a variety of hearty luch options, the Backstreet Bistro is a fun and delicious spot to fill you up.

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom - 7pm to 9pm - reservations 9710-325-7000

Ring in the New Year with a Four Course Meal in the Grand Ballroom. Enjoy fresh Kobe Beef & succulent Crab along with a few auspicious accompaniments. 
$54.99/adult

Beaumont Lounge 5:30 pm to close

Celebrate the New Year with a cocktail in one of the loveliest buildings in Ouray. 

Bon Ton - 5pm to close

wintertreeNothing quite compares to dinner at the Bon Ton. From spaghetti and meatballs to Beef Wellington, there are few places on the western slope as consistently perfect. Great service and spectacular food are just what you need to rev up for the New Year!

Buen Tiempo - 5:30pm to close

Who needs champagne when there are top shelf margaritas to be had! The Buen Tiempo offers excellent service and lots of fun. Never a dull moment, and a pitcher of margaritas among friends as the New Year ends is a great way to remember all the good out there!

Colorado Boy Brewing Co. - Ridgway - 4pm to 9pm

bald eagle ouray county colorado2Ridgway is just a short scenic drive from Ouray, and the pizzas at the Colorado Boy are well worth the drive! Be sure to bring a designated driver so you can enjoy some of the great microbrews, or just grab a couple of growlers to enjoy back at your room.

Cavallos - 7am to 2pm

Breakfast and lunch with a Southern flair! With a menu like theirs, the hardest part of dining at Cavallos is deciding what you want to try today. Open for breakfast and lunch, then closing for a couple of hours before the New Years Eve festivities begin!

Cavallos New Years Eve Dinner and Celebration- 5pm cocktail hour, seating at 6pm and 7pm - Reservations: 970-325-2042

snowshoeing2Enjoy a decadent five course dinner prepared by Sid as you prepare to ring in the New Year! New Orleans style celebrations are the order of the day as well!

Dinner is $40.00 per person, and well worth it.

Goldbelt - 11am to 9pm

From pizza and wings to the daily special, what a great place to enjoy dinner and a beer before continuing on with the New Year celebrations!

Mouse's Chocolates - 9am to 10pm

nordicadventure.2There is no better way to welcome the New Year and say goodbye to the old than with a truffle from Mouse's. Melt in your mouth excellence and the beginning a a great New Year!

O'Brien's Pub 11am to close

Lunch of hearty stew and a burger? Sounds fantastic! Dinner is served as well in this festive little pub, and after 9pm, the fun begins with a fun and roudy New Years Eve party! At the end of the year, head outside to enjoy the fireworks, then head back in to celebrate with your first cocktail for 2014!

Ouray Brewery - 5pm to close

bambyattubsEnjoy a New Years microbrew and a great dinner option, then hang out with friends old and new on the roof to watch the fireworks at midnight!

Ouray Elks Lodge - 6:30 pm to close

Open to the public, the Elks Lodge knows how to throw a New Year's party! Finger food, and drink specials, with Karaokeall night long! Play pool, or shuffle board as the songbirds share their talents! The party goes on and everyone is always in a festive mood at midnight when the fireworks display brings the town out to Main Street.

Outlaw Steakhouse - 5pm to close

fireworksnyeThe Outlaw has long been one of the funnest places to enjoy any holiday, and New Years Eve is no different! The casual atmosphere combined with unbelievable service and amazing food truly make this a spot for a New Years celebration!

Silver Eagle Saloon 11am to 2am

Ring in the New Year with old friends and new at the Eagle! Drink specials all night long, a juke box and pool table are really all you need to share a great New Years Eve in Ouray!

 

New Years Day

sleddingWell, we have all survived another year. Now is time for a hearty breakfast, or lunch before getting out to Vinegar Hill for some New Years sledding fun!

Backstreet Bistro - 7am to 1pm

Whatever craving you may have, the Backstreet is ready to make your first meal of 2014 a great one! A capuccino and bagel sandwich sound great right now!

Cavallos - 7am to 2pm

Biscuits and gravy, omelets, Eggs Benedict with a New Orleans flair......And those are just a couple of options for breakfast! We won;t even talk about the lunch options, or we will be here all day! Ring in the New Year with another great meal with the Cavallos.

Goldbelt Bar & Grill - 11am to 9pm

icepark30Pizza and wings, or a chicken ceasar wrap? Anything you need is right here! Enjoy a great lunch or dinner at the Goldbelt.

Mouse's Chosolates - 9am to 9pm

Chocolate. Need I say more? Bring the family for a hot cocoa and a scrap cookie after a few hours out sledding!

O'Brien's Pub - 11am to 9pm

This Irish pub has a variety of hearty lunch and dinner options sure to please your taste buds! Enjoy an Irish coffee as you enjoy a bowl of stew and some great company!

Ouray Brewery - 11am to 9pm

Hot wings and a selection of microbrews. Not much compares to sharing a meal with friends and family on New Years Day at the Brewery.

Outlaw Steakhouse - 5pm to close

deer04The first day of the year deserves some indulgence. Dinner at the Outlaw, with amazing service and fantasic dining options is the place to begin. Spoil yourself and your loved ones with some prime rib and fun.

At the base of the Million Dollar Highway, the deceptively small town of Ouray offers a variety of activities for those looking for a different experience on the last day of the year. From live music and parties to decadent dinners and romantic hot springs, the New Year is welcomed in with a fireworks display second to none. Picture fireworks reflected off of mountains blanketed in pristine white, followed by echoing booms.....AWESOME!!!

Let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you plan the perfect New Years Eve! Give us a call!

 

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Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar

 

Christmas Tree (1)Every town large and small has their own holiday traditions, and each has its own unique story of beginning.  Here in Ouray we have a wonderful tradition of going to Vinegar Hill to go sledding as children and later as adults we will take our own children there to sled on Christmas day. You may ask why this particular sled hill is named Vinegar Hill? Well the name goes all the way back to the very first Christmas ever celebrated here in Ouray in 1875.

 

sledoldIn 1875 the town of Ouray was yet to officially exist, this valley was still Ute Indian land with only a small handful of white men just starting to settle here. These first men were here to prospect, mine and start a small settlement that would later be named Ouray in honor of the Ute Chief Ouray.

 

 

balsamic vinegarIn December 1875 when winter was just beginning the 13 men and no women that lived here gathered together in a cabin for a simple dinner consisting of bread, bacon, and beans. The men, finding that none of the traditional spirits were on hand and the closest place to find any liquor or wine was in Silverton, decided to doctor the one fluid that they had to drink, Vinegar!

 

Thus with a simple meal toasted with a glass of vinegar the first Christmas was celebrated and the location was named for that one drink, retaining that name to this very day. Not only was Vinegar Hill christened with that meal but a town was born, first named Lexington then changed to Uncompahgre City and eventually becoming the city of Ouray.

 

Now days Vinegar Hill still has a place in our Christmas traditions…..whether you spend the day sledding down it with your friends and family or just enjoy watching all the fun. Should you be in need of a sled to use for your day of fun check out Ouray Mountain Sports. And please try to remember this special place and its unique history in our beautiful little spot of the world.

 

This Christmas don’t worry that we will be serving a glass of Vinegar for your holiday meal, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants to dine at:

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

turkeydinnerArtisan Bakery: 7 AM – 2 PM

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 3 PM

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom: 5 – 9 PM (Reservations 970-325- 7000)

Bon Ton: 5 PM - Close (Reservations 970-325-4951)

Buen Tiempo: 5:30 PM – Close (970-325-4544)

Cavallo’s: 7 AM—2 PM; 5:30 PM & 7 PM (Reservations 970-325-2042)

Goldbelt Bar & Grill: 11 AM – 4 PM

Mouse’s Chocolates: 9 AM – 7 PM

O’Briens Pub: 11 AM – Close

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: Closed

 

eye of round roast lCHRISTMAS DAY

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 1 PM

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: 5 PM – 9 PM

 

From all of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs we wish you warm and wonderful holiday season.

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.
Come in and say hello! 
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The Ouray Victorian Yule Fest Weekend December, 2013

  
  
  

Shopping, Live Music, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese and Santa - All in Ouray This Yule Fest!

Winter is upon us. We have survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with flying colors. The holidays are in full swing, and Ouray is ready for Yule Fest.

ouray winterThe Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 13, 2013 through Sunday, December 15, 2013, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge, starting at 5:00 PM. The lodge will also provide a chili supper at 5:15, with meals just $8/adults, $5 kids 5 - 12. 

winefest17The Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Featured last month on 9News Colorado and Company, Faith Parry, creator and organizer of the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, introduced many of the vendors who will be attending this years gala event, including Dirty Water Soap Works IncEast Mesa DesignMountain View WineryStoney Mesa WineryJumpin Good Goat DairyHaystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and MouCo Cheese Company to name a few.

winefest10Colorado is increasingly receiving accolades for the spectacular wines produced accross the state, and many of the cheese and chocolate companies who will be in attendance are very well known and loved all over the country.

As always focusing on local talents, Faith has again included local distilleries and artists who will be displaying a variety of original and interesting wares. Whether you still need to finish off your Christmas list, or are looking to cross off some of your own holiday desires, surely there will be a plethora of enticing options available at this years Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Ouray! 

Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

winefest7After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub from 9:00pm to 12:00am, with Tony Rosario, a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide. 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.

 

This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special deal for our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Juans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

Saturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge guests receive 50% off of admission to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Rooms are going Fast, so give us a call today!

 

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Ouray, Colorado Invites You to Join us for Thanksgiving!

  
  
  

Tiny Town in the San Juan Mountains Gives Plenty to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving.

snow ouray3The holidays are upon us. We knew this day was coming, and have been looking forward to it for what seems like ages.

When one wakes up in Ouray, and looks out the window, it is impossible not to feel the holiday spirit. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, with unbelievable views in every direction, Ouray epitomizes the sense of community and hard work that is Thanksgiving.

A night at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is an ideal way to begin, or end the perfect Thanksgiving, with no dishes to wash!

Wake in the morning to freshly brewed coffee roasted by our very own Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters as you soak in the early morning light. Work up an appetite on a leisurely stroll on Main Street, window shopping and enjoying the clean crisp mountain air.

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving from 4pm to 9pm!

Bring the kids, and enjoy a day at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool! With a variety of temperatures, and a lap swimming area, the Hot Springs Pool is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon or evening, soaking, swimming and playing. big turkey dinner, and guess who is sleeping alllllll night?!? 

Dinner is not a problem, but deciding on where to eat may be! 

snow ourayWe serve a very light fare in the morning: homemade muffins, fruit and a selection of juices and teas in addition to coffee, which is just enough to get you going in anticipation of a decadent feast later in the day! Of course, if a full hot breakfast is what you are looking for, no problem! In addition to restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, breakfast and lunch are on the menu as well!

Backstreet Bistro will be open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

It is hard to believe when walking up to the front door of the Backstreet Bistro that there is anything interesting inside, let alone room for more than a party of perhaps three or four people. believe me, this is not the case! From the moment one walks through the door and is greeted by at least one smiling face, a genuine, good dining experience is in the works.

Just off the menu breakfast and lunch is what you can expect here on Thanksgiving - fabulous baked goods, and Boar's Head meats. You surely cannot go wrong.

At the counter, the menu is listed on the wall, and what a menu! Everything from bagel sandwiches to eggs benedict for breakfast, and a variety of delicious sandwiches for lunch are listed, and the job is to decide what to try!

Beaumont Hotel- Grand Ballroom, Thanksgiving Buffet, Seating’s , Noon,2:30 & 5pm

Adults $34.95, Children, $17.99 (12 & under)

snow ouray2When imagining a refined, traditional Thanksgiving feast, a seating in the Beaumont Grand Ballroom is exactly what comes to mind. Offering turkey, ham and prime rib, with a variety of traditional sides from home-made stuffing to decadent pies, this is a Thanksgiving Buffet sure to please!

This property, redone to the exact specifications of its original glory, is a testament to the accomplishments of our forefathers. 

Amazing architecture and even better food combine to create a truly original experience - one not to be missed.

Bon Ton- Open 3-7pm- Reservation requested- Turkey dinner with all trimmings as well as a limited menu.

For as long as anyone cares to remember, The Bon Ton Restaurant has been a local favorite. Serving masterpieces for the palette, with class and attention to detail not often found any more.

Walking down the stairs into the restaurant is like walking back in time. From the moment the host greets you, til the moment you leave - full to capacity on the decadent deliciousness that is the menu, you will be transported to a place where you are the star, and your dining pleasure is the goal.

The Victorian decor in the Bon Ton is romance to its fullest, with soft lighting, and excellent service, your glass will never be empty!

Outlaw Restaurant- Traditional Turkey dinner- open 4pm-8pm

turkey1Cowboys like turkey too, and the Outlaw Steakhouse is here to provide!

With John Wayne memorabilia every where, and wooden shingles with messages from guests old and new, the Outlaw is a great place to enjoy an evening with friends and family, making new friends along the way as you enjoy an amazing traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Tap your toes to upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere, as you dig in to some of the best fixins around. Not in the mood for turkey? Well, never fear, the limited menu is also offering a variety of flame broiled steaks cooked to perfection! 

You can always expect excellent service here, and a Thanksgiving to remember is definitely on the menu at the Outlaw!

 

Each of these restaurants have the highest reputation not only in Ouray, but are known far and wide. The best part by far though, is that there are no dishes to clean or food to put away! After indulging in a most wonderful feast, now all that is left is to head back to the hotel, pick out a movie, put on your Thanksgiving pants, and relax and digest.

The holidays are off to a magnificent start!

See you soon!

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Ouray and Ridgway Events in December, 2013

  
  
  

Ouray County is Your Holiday Headquarters this December!

wintertreeAs the Holiday season gets into full swing, our thoughts are often awash in a whirlwind of wish lists and party preparations. As we struggle through crowded stores searching for that special something, it is easy to become overwhelmed, eventually resorting to the ever popular gift basket filled with the same goodies we bought last year.

This year, take some time for yourself. There is no end to the possibilities when wandering the shops on Main Street in Ouray and Ridgway. The picturesque town offers a variety of options for even the most difficult person on your list, while at the same time, shopping takes on a vacation like quality. Not only are there wonderful shops, but there are a variety of excellent restaurants and exciting activities during the winter months!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: The Colorado River: Flowing through Conflict

mt.abrams3Join your fellows for this thought provoking talk by Jonathan Waterman, renowned author and photographer, as he delves into themany uses and dangers facing the Colorado River, one of the most dammed, diverted and heavily litigated rivers in the world. Travel the 1,450 miles of the Colorado with Mr. Waters as he guides us along his jouney as chronicled in his two books: Running Dry and the Colorado River: Running Through Conflict.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: Open Bard Poetry Series

Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet is Rosemerry Trommer from Placerville. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm a nationally or regionally known poet from Colorado or beyond takes the stage. Following the reading and a short intermission will be an open reading during which audience members can read or perform their poetry. Open Bard is sponsored by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society and the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

skating.8Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: "Christmas Carol" Radio Show presented by the Ouray County Players at the Wright Opera House

This production, a radio drama, is a unique form of audio storytelling which relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to enable the audience to visualize the story. Radio drama was initially developed during the 1920's, losing some of its popularity in the United States when television became popular in the 1950's. Radio drama broadcast on the BBC continues to enjoy popularity. We hope that you enjoy this radio adaption of Dickens' classic, "The Christmas Carol".

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 10:00 am to 1200 pm at the Ridgway Elementary School in Ridgway: Weehawken's Gingerbread House Building Fun

bambyattubsEnjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. All supplies are provided, however please bring wrapping for the base of your box, and any additional items you may wish to decorate with. This wonderful holiday tradition returns again due to generous local sponsorship. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate. Come join the festivities! Please remember it is ONE house per FAMILY not per child.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: "Christmas Carol" Radio Show presented by the Ouray County Players at the Wright Opera House

This production, a radio drama, is a unique form of audio storytelling which relies on dialogue, music and sound effects to enable the audience to visualize the story. Radio drama was initially developed during the 1920's, losing some of its popularity in the United States when television became popular in the 1950's. Radio drama broadcast on the BBC continues to enjoy popularity. We hope that you enjoy this radio adaption of Dickens' classic, "The Christmas Carol".

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Weehawken Ouray: Wise Voices from the East

sledhillWise Voices from the East: From Han Shan to Basho and Beyond A Day of Discussion and Curiosity with Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer 
“No direction is better or worse, east is just as good as west. Those who know the meaning of this are free to go where they want.” These words, written by Han Shan in the seventh century, were part of the Chinese literary tradition that informed the work of the Japanese tanka and later haiku. In six hours, we’ll travel through over a thousand years of Eastern poets, including Han Shan, Kukai, Shikibu Izumi, Dogen Kigen, Basho, Ryokan, Issa, Chiyo-ni, and more, joining them as they explore themes of humility, grateful acceptance, non-duality, contradictoriness, love, freedom, courage and death. Fee: $95.00 per person

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Ouray School Multipurpose room: Weehawken's Gingerbread House Building Fun in Ouray

Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. All supplies are provided, however please bring wrapping for the base of your box, and any additional items you may wish to decorate with. This wonderful holiday tradition returns again due to generous local sponsorship. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate. Come join the festivities! Please remember it is ONE house per FAMILY not per child.

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ouray Public Library: Free Grant Writing Work Session: Locating the Appropriate Funding Sources

mt.abrams6Join the Ouray Public Library and the Community Development Committee (CDC) for a special grant-writing work session: Locating the Appropriate Funding Sources. All Ouray County nonprofit organizations are invited to attend the free sessions, which will be held at the library. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP by calling the Ouray Library during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by sending an e-mail to OurayPL@gmail.com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ouray Public Library: Ouray Library Angel Party Open House and Fundraiser

Celebrate the holiday season and support your local library. Join the Ouray Library staff and board members for its annual open house and fundraiser. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season and support your local library. Bring family and friends to enjoy snacks, sweets, and sparkling beverages at the library. We hope you'll join us!

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

elkA weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

A weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray: 5th Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival

skating.8Join us for an evening of treats and delightful tastings of wine, chocolate, cheese and more! And an opportunity to buy the things you try! Dress in your best impression of Winter Wonderland and enter to win the most festively dressed. Vendors will be coming as far as Fort Collins! Music provided by Alternate Rounte. This event a benefits a different local non-profit each year. Deck the halls in Ouray on Dec. 8th 7 pm- 10 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 a the door.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: Tony Rosario Live

Come and enjoy an evening of dancing and revelry to the musical stylings of Tony Rosaio, highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer and teacher.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm in Ouray: Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Holidays

A weekend full of festive activities, concerts, festivals, shopping and fun for the whole family. Search for the Ouray ornament in local shops and restaurants for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the Ouray business of your choice. Enjoy the holiday parade, get photos with Santa, enjoy a Christmas concert at the historic Wright Opera House. Events also include the annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival and much more.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Dolce Voce - Holiday Concert

ouray ski hillDolce Voce, an 8 voice a cappella group from Montrose and Ridgway, will brighten our holiday with a delightful concert of music -- some old favorites and some new treats. The group always gives a fine concert.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Downtown Ridgway: Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For October, we're calling it the Starry Night Lantern Parade. 
Come learn about all the amazing artists and creative folks that you might not know about around town!

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: Dinner & Karaoke

This is a special dinner night at the Ouray Elks! All of Santa's helpers will be gathering to help fill stockings for Santa. A pot luck dinner is the order for the evening of fun and helping. Members and guests welcome. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - All Evening in Ouray County: Santa Delivers

uncompaghresnowEvery year, The Ouray Elks Lodge sends Santa out to give every child a special moment with Mr. claus himself! Whether you are a local, or just visiting, Santa has something special for your little ones! If you are visiting with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, just let us know how many boys and girls you have on this magical night, and the Ouray Elks will be sure to visit!

Wednesday, December 25, 2015 - All Day: CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas, and hopefully you have planned on a special night in Ouray, a living Christmas card!

Please stay tuned for a listing of local restaurants serving decadent dinners on this special night.

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Bob Levy & the Intervention Band

An evening at the Wright Opera House with an ensemble of first class musicians who ply their trade with both joyful abandon and sensitivity. Bob Levy & the Intervention Band are a show not to be missed!

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: the North Fork Flyers Live

fireworksnyeDance the night away with one of the most popular bands in Southwest Colorado!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - All Day: NEW YEARS EVE!

There is no better place to ring in the New Year, and say goodby to the old! With Fireworks at midnight, and a number of places to celebrate, Ouray brings in the New year right!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:00 pm til next year: Ouray County Fair Board New Year's Eve Gala at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway

Box Canyon Winter (1)The doors open at 7pm for the Silent Auction with appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner from 8 pm to 9 pm and dancing from 9 pm till after midnight. The 2012 dinner menu featured Apricot Glazed Pork, gluten-free and vegan entrees are available upon request. New Year’s party favors such as hats, noise makers, etc., will be provided at your table and a glass of champagne at your table to celebrate. There will be two ways to celebrate … at 10pm there will be a live feed from New York for those who wish to celebrate a bit early. The traditional New Year’s Celebration will be at midnight. Each celebration does include a champagne pour/toast. There will be sparkling cider available as well. Designated drivers will be offered free non-alcoholic beverages all night.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:00 pm til next year at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: The New Sherbino Theater New Year's Eve Party

Rock in the New Year at this popular Sherbino Fundraiser event! More details TBA.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:30 pm til next year at the Ouray Elks Lodge in Ouray: New Year's Party at the Elks

snowshoeing2Enjoy a night of good food, music and fun at theOouray Elks Lodge, a perfect location to watch the fireworks at midnight!

Stay tuned for more information on the perfect New Year's Eve Celebrations and dinner in Ouray County this year!

As you can see, Ouray is an ideal escape from the holiday rush. After a relaxing day on Main Street, or out enjoying all that the San Juans have to offer in the winter months, there is no better way to end the day than a long soothing soak in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs.

You can always save yourself time too - give the gift of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! No one will turn away a gift certificate for one of the best hotels in Southwest Colorado! We have a variety of packages available, and love to make a gift extra special! For the rest of this year, spend $200.00 on gift certificates, receive an additional $50.00 certificate. Keep it for yourself as our special gift to you, or give it to a loved one. Just remember to mention the Holiday Special when you call our front desk!

See You Soon!

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Ouray Nordic Council Makes Outdoor Winter Sports Safe and Fun!

  
  
  

Skiing and Snowshoeing season in the San Juan Mountains is about to begin!

nordicadventure.2November is upon us, and Mother Nature has been smiling on Southwest Colorado. We have gotten some wonderful storms: just enough snow to coat the mountains, followed by beautiful sunshiny days that entice any one looking out a window to go out and enjoy.

Skiing in the San Juan Mountains is an amazing adventure, made perhaps even more of a once in a lifetime experience due to the reputation for extreme avalanche danger. The Ouray Nordic Council works through the winter months to maintain wondefulyy groomed trails, and maintain the most up to date information on the conditions of popular winter sport areas. Following a brautifully groomed trail does not in any way depreciate the wonder of the San Juan skiing or snow shoeing experience.

A division of the Ouray Trail Group, the Nordic Council is a group of families and individuals dedicated to maintaining not only the Ironton Park Trails, but a varity of other trails in the Ouray North Corridor to be accessible for winter recreation. Through the support of these families and local businesses, Ouray County can boast a variety of scenic areas for snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and other winter sports.

Of course, anyone can help. For a very small annual fee, you can become a member of the Ouray Nordic Council. Not only will you be helping to maintain the trails we all enjoy, membership has other benefits. The opportunity to win some great prizes not the least of which.

This year, the annual Nordic Council Dinner is going to be an event worth attending:

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, be sure to meet with old friends and new to show your support of an organization worthy of our respect. 

nordiccouncildinnerFor just $10.00 per person, attendees recieve:

nordicadventureNot only does the Nordic Council focus on providing safe, well maintaned trails for skiers and snow shoers, they also focus quite seriously on the safety of every individual who chooses to adventure in the San Juans. Avalanche safety is tantamount to their mission, and members are eager to share safety tips as well as the optimal skiing and snowboarding options given the time of your visit.

Regardless of whether you choose to join, be sure to always check with them prior to going on an expedition. The best part of a trip in the high country is to go to a spot that is at its peak for whatever activity you have in mond.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our goal is to help every one of our guests enjoy the beauty of Ouray and the surrounding area safely. There is of course, no comparrision to a long soothing soak in one of our mineral hot spring tubs following a morning spent in the peaceful splendor of one of our awesome Cross Country Ski trails.

Let us help you to enjoy everything the San Juans have to offer, as you enjoy a special getaway of perhaps one day, or longer.

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Ouray Ice Park - Best Ice Climbing in Colorado

  
  
  

The Sun Rises on Another Season at the Ouray Ice Park

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The beautiful autumn leaves are tumbling to the ground and the first snows of winter have blanketed the landscape around Ouray, Colorado. We know what that means... OURAY ICE CLIMBING SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!  If Mother Nature cooperates, the Ouray Ice season begins on December 14, 2013.  I would like to offer a hearty Colorado welcome to our winter visitors.

If you love winter and all of it’s activities, this will be the year to spend some time in Ouray.  As Manager of the Ice Park, I spend countless hours studying weather models, forecasts, and predictions for the season so we can plan our operations accordingly. Every model at my disposal suggests perfect conditions for the winter sports enthusiast. We have enjoyed a tremendously wet fall. This translates to a very healthy water supply for the ice making operations at the Ouray Park. The world renown backcountry climbs in our region have more water than I have seen in years. Park visitors can expect several new routes this year. We are opening up some terrain that has never seen routes before too.  I think they will offer excellent beginner/ intermediate climbing. Exact details will remain top secret until we begin releasing photos as the season draws near.

With significant support from the American Alpine Club & the Access Fund, Park guests venturing to the south end will enjoy new toilet facilities. These babies will be the flagships of the San Juans. One will be located in South Park above the slab routes and the other will take up residence at the top of New Funtier. The Ouray Ice Park is grateful for strong partnerships with these incredible organizations. Consider joining each today!

The Ouray Ice Park Kid’s Wall is getting a second pitch! OIPI has been working closely with the County and City to improve drainage at the base of the Kid’s Wall. Historically, our water has run onto County Road 361 (the Upper Bridge) causing serious issues for vehicular traffic. We were able to excavate most of the grassy slope at the base, adding about 20 feet of additional climbing to these routes. No more death slog for the little ones trying to get to the ice climbing. I suspect the only issue remaining for the kidos will be fending off the adults who wish to enjoy this excellent terrain.

Lastly, in an effort to gain a better understanding of Park use. OIPI has worked closely with the City of Ouray and San Juan Mountain Guides (OIP Concessionaire) to create a group use registration procedure. Our goal with the procedure is to gain a better understanding of who is using the Park and for what reasons. We absolutely DO NOT wish for this process to be limiting or cumbersome for our valued guests. We have also beefed up our Ice Farming staff. In addition to creating more high quality ice to climb these lads will be present in the Park connecting with the community. When you visit with one our crew please offer them a ride on your rope, bend their ear, share your likes and concerns regarding the Park experience. They are there for you. The Farmers will also be able to connect with most registered groups to ensure they are enjoying a positive outing.

As the sun rises on another season at the Ouray Ice Park, please remember it is FREE to use but not to operate. The Park is 100% donor supported. The local business community in Ouray is incredibly generous every year to ensure you have a great place to recreate. Please consider doing your part; patronize the local businesses that support the Park and remember to become an Individual Ice Park Member each year. I look forward to seeing every one of you in Ouray this winter. Please stop by the Ice Park hut near the Upper Bridge, I’m serving locally roasted coffee from the Exotic Earth.

Happy Trails,

Kevin Koprek

Manager, Ouray Ice Park

 

Guest Blogger:  Kevin Koprek lives and works in Ouray and serves as the Number One Ambassador for the Ouray Ice Park.  A former guide with San Juan Mountain Guides, he is a gifted climber and teacher as well as a great manager.

Photo: Courtesy of Head Ice Farmer Dan Chehayl for the Ouray Ice Park

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is the closest hotel to the Ouray Ice Park and our Natural Hot Springs (only available to our guests) warm icy cold climbers and relax tired muscles.  We offer 20% off of lodging to our guests that purchase Ice Park Memberships all winter long.  

 

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