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Ouray Oktoberfest 2013 - Celebrate Fall in The Switzerland of America

  
  
  

Craft Beer, Authentic Cuisine, and a variety of Prizes abound at the 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Southwest Colorado!

fallbcm4The Fall harvest is a celebration not only of bringing in the last crops of the year, but also a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the season, and prepare for the relative quiet of the season to come. If planned correctly, the harvest heralds a winter of relaxation and rejuvenation, as the earth rests and prepares for spring.

This is a wonderful time of year to visit. You never know what you might find! There could be a blanket of colored leaves draping the hillsides, or there could be a Christmas card worthy display from the first snow. Regardless, October is blessed with the best of both worlds. Brisk with the whispers of winter, yet bright and sunny as the days cling to one last glimpse of summer.

In Germany, the home of the original Oktoberfest, harvest festivities begin on September 21 and run for 16 days. Only specific types of beer are allowed to be served during the festival: those locally brewed, and with a high alcohol content!

oktoberfestHere in Ouray, Oktoberfest has become a little more westernized. Obviously, there is still a variety of craft beers to sample and enjoy, however, the celebration only lasts for a day. Shops all along Main Street hold sidewalk sales, and a general air of festivity is in the air. With so many options for shopping, this is a great time to start picking up gifts for those special people in your life in preparation for the holiday season just around the corner.

In the evening, from 5:00 til 9:00 pm, the Ouray Chamber hosts the Oktoberfest dance and celebration at the Ouray Community Center. 

falljeepingIf you haven't already, don't forget to pick up a few raffle tickets before the night begins. Every year, the Ouray Chamber raffles off a variety of prizes, with the grand prize being a brand new Jeep Wrangler! As visitors and locals walk Main Street throughout the Spring and Summer minths, the jeep is parked all over town for folks to check out. This year is a pretty little red jeep with a Ouray Edition sticker on it. 

Imagine the fun of enjoying an evening of toe tapping music, fantastic craft brews, great food, and a brand new jeep to pick up in the morning. Granted, you don't have to be present to win, but it does sound a little bit more fun than a phone call....Then again, that would be a call to take!

Tickets may be purchased any time at the Ouray Visitor Center (1230 Main Street, Ouray, 1.800.228.1876) and participating local businesses up to the October 4, 2013. On October 5, all ticket sales will move to Oktoberfest at the Ouray Community Center (320 Main Street, Ouray, 5-9 PM)

fallbcm3Tickets: 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 7 for $20

Proceeds from the raffle are used for Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks in Ouray, an annual student scholarship, the purchase of a new Jeep and community events.

Combine your trip to enjoy the Oktoberfest with other activities that let you explore the San Juan Mountains in October!

bcl tbsDrive the Million Dollar Highway for an easy beautiful scenic drive through a photographers paradise of fall foliage. Or, hike one of the many trails accessible in town for a more close up experience. Cascade waterfall is a spectacular sight surrounded by a rainbow of leaves, and the Box Canyon Waterfall is a sight to behold.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan an ideal getaway. After a day of exploring the many things Ouray has to offer, a long leisurely soak in our all natural minral hot spring tubs is the coup de gras for a perfect fall day.

See you soon!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Ouray and Ridgway Events this October

  
  
  

Say Farewell to Fall and Welcome Winter in the San Juan Mountains!

fall boxcanyon.2October in Ouray County promises to be a scary good time as we usher in another season of chilly days aand qiet serenity. What better time to visit than at the transition into the holiday seasons? From Octoberfest to Trick or Treat, October is by far one of the most spectacular times. The old addage that if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes or drive 15 miles becomes even more apparent. It may be cloudy and damp in Ouray, but just a short scenic drive away, there is sunshine in Ridgway and snow in Silverton. The beauty is you never know exactly what you are going to get, bur be confident that no matter what Mother Nature decides on, it is going to be amazing.

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At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, October also heralds the first month of our Once a Month Club. Members agree to spend at least one night each month through May with us in exchange for incredibly reduced rates. This is something we at the hotel look forward to every year, as we wait impatiently for our Winter regulars to start coming back and sharing their Summer adventures with us.

It may be a little more quiet, but that doesn't mean we are lacking entertainment in our tiny little county. Come for a day or a week, and enjoy all the Uncompahgres have to offer this October!

Events this October:

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

ottomearsDue to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it, the Ouray County Museum are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

swing4Have you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Open Bard Poetry Series

wendy videlockOpen Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet is Wendy Videlock from Grand Junction. 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, October 4 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

farmers marketThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray, Colorado: Oktoberfest

oktoberfestCold beers, hot brats, and great company are all on tap at the annual Ouray Oktoberfest celebration. The festivities also include the Annual Jeep Raffle, polka dancing, and door prizes. The annual Jeep Raffle, now 48 years old, supports Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks in Ouray, an annual student scholarship, the purchase of a new Jeep and community events.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

swingdancingHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

fruitThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday October 11, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: ART, a 3 part play presented by the Kansas City Players

"Art," which was first produced in Paris nearly 20 years ago, makes its way to the Wright Opera House with a Kansas City-based company of actors: John Rensenhouse ("The Lion King," "Noises Off"), Greg Butell ("Gypsy," "Doubt: A Parable") and Trevor French ("Hairspray," "Avenue Q"). This Tony Award-winner (for Best Play) also received the Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - All Day at the Ridgway Public Library: RACC Parking Lot Sale & Chili Cookoff

chiliYou never know what you might find at a parking lot sale held by the RACC! There are treasures to be found in every booth, and the chili is pretty darn good as well! For $10.00 per booth, why not bring out some old treasures to make someone else's day? It's a great way to clean out the garage in preparation for the winter, or to find that much needed item. 

Saturday, October 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: ART, a 3 part play presented by the Kansas City Players

wright logo"Art," which was first produced in Paris nearly 20 years ago, makes its way to the Wright Opera House with a Kansas City-based company of actors: John Rensenhouse ("The Lion King," "Noises Off"), Greg Butell ("Gypsy," "Doubt: A Parable") and Trevor French ("Hairspray," "Avenue Q"). This Tony Award-winner (for Best Play) also received the Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

swingdancing3Have you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

farmers marketThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Ridgway, Colorado: 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!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

swingdancingHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:30 am at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Rocky Horror Picture Show and Dance

wright1This cult classic will be played out in its traditional fashion, with local actors performing the film lives onstage. Don't forget your props or the words to the Time Warp, as you follow the misadventures of Brad and Janet singing their way through an evening with the mad Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his bevy of unusual friends. This film is explicit, and not for children. After the movie, stay on and dance the rest of the night away with your friends!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

masqueradeThursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado: Halloween Ball

Gallivant with the ghosts and ghouls of Ouray. Costume Contest! Fabulous Prizes & Giveaways! $5 cover. Costume Required 

 

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to create the perfect Fall getaway this October! After a day of adventuring, nothing quite compares to a nice long soak in our natural mineral hot springs and a movie from our extensive complimentary library.

See you soon!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

 


 

 




Free Plein Air Event in Ridgway, Colorado!

  
  
  

Public Art Ridgway (PARC) and the Weaver Family Foundation are proud to present the first Annual Plein Aire Event in the San Juan Mountains!

dennisweaverpark1The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is a visual candy store, the year round maintained walking and biking trail, which can be followed all of the way from the town of Ridgway to the Ridgway Reservoir provides an artists playground. Bald Eagles nest along the river, feasting on salmon, while elk and deer graze on the lush grasses along the river. Hiking trails line the hillsides, guiding adventurers to specatacular vistas and views. Otters and beaver can be spotted frolicking in the rushing river, along with the occasional raft or canoe when the water is high enough.

Founded in 2012, the group of Ridgway citizens dedicated to the recognition of local artists and the presentation of art in local surroundings, otherwise known as PARC began to organize a variety of events specifically dedicated to recognising local artists. This September, they have partnered perfectly with the Weaver Family Foundation to bring a new event to every art enthusiast in Southwestern Colorado. 

Known for their generosity and environmental awareness, the Weaver Family Foundation invites all artisits and art enthusiasts to enjoy a day of expression while capturing the spectacular scenery of the Uncompahgre River Corridor. 

dennisweaverparkeagle2Located roughly 1.5 miles north of Ridgway, The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park provides innumerable locations to capture the beauty of the Uncompahgre River Corridor. The central attraction of the park focuses a circling walkway around a magnificent sculpture of a bald eagle. Spanning over 60 acres, however, it should not be difficult to find the ideal view to capture on canvas.

The Plein Aire Event, originally concieved of by Rick Weaver, a member both of PARC and the Weaver Family Foundation, will be a free event. All artists of every level are invited to join their fellow talent at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park for an event to remember. Around 3:30 pm, a panel of judges will choose a piece for display at the Ridgway Town Hall and a $500.00 prize. A free picnic will be served in the afternoon by the river.

plein air flyer (1)Plein Aire, the act of painting outdoors, has long been a popular form of art expression, and brings to mind images of berets and a little pallette filled with every color resting on one arm. Of course, equipment is as diverse as artists, and probably more suitable to both the terrain and the artist. 

It is always exciting to enjoy an event such as this even as an observer. I believe I am looking forward to this event as much as the artists are. I can't wait to enjoy the variety of colors and expressions, and am certainly looking forward to the first in a new collection of art at the Ridgway Town Hall; a little bit of history in making.

This is a free event- no entry fees for artists, or observers.

Artists may begin from dawn on Saturday, September 28, 2013, and work until approximately 3:30 pm, at which time all art may be submitted for judging with winner announced at 4:00 pm.

There will be a free picnic lunch at 12:00 pm in the main picnic area for all participants. 

Directions to the Park: approximately 1.5 miles north of Ridgway, turn west at RiverSage Drive. Follow the road down across the bridge, and park in the lot on the right. R.V. turn-around available. The entrance to the park is marked by a sign "Dennis Weaver Memorial Park," but you will see the Eagle as you cross the bridge.

See You There!

Ouray, southwest colorado

3 Perfect Days in Ouray Colorado During the Summer

  
  
  

There is Always a New Adventure in Ouray, Colorado!

ouray coloradoOften, when planning their first visit to Ouray, people ask what there is to do in such a small mountain town. They wonder how they could fill more than one day with activities for the entire family. Once our guests arrive in Ouray though, the question changes to whether there is availability for an extra day.

With so many things to do, we at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are eager to assist with any planning for a spectacular vacation. 

Day One:


million dollar highway.2Just getting to Ouray is an adventure, particularly if you approach from the South over Red Mountain Pass. Known as the Million Dollar Highway, the trip from Durango to Ouray traverses three mountain passes, each more breathtaking than the last. Although the map says you are only traveling 76 miles, this scenic drive takes about 2 1/2 hours or longer, depending on how often you decide to stop for pictures.

Gazing at the amazing scenery, it is almost a surprise when you round one more switchback and get your first view of Ouray. The town is set up like a miniature display, and stopping at the scenic overlook, it seems as if you could just reach down and touch the rooftops.

bcl tbsOnce you have checked in to your clean and comfortable room at the Box Canyon, it is time to soak away the road in one of our soothing mineral hot spring tubs. The water temperatures range from 104 to 107 degrees, and once settled into the small cedar tubs, the views are absolutely amazing.

Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the many gift shops and galleries on Main Street, where you can find any number of original gift ideas, whether for the pet sitter, or yourself. With a large variety of excellent dining options in town, the most difficult decision is which restaurant to try first!

After dinner, head on back to the hotel, and choose a movie from our library of over 400 videos before hopping back into the mineral hot spring tubs for a relaxing evening soak.

Day Two:

ExoticEarthLogo Transparent White BorderGet up early, and enjoy a moring soak as you enjoy a cup of our fresh roasted coffee. The brisk morning air blends with the aroma of our Exotic Earth Coffee, and combined with the early morning quiet, nothing quite compares.

Get your layers on and come down to the lobby to enjoy a light snack while waiting for your next adventure. At around 8:30 am, your tour driver will arrive, and get you situated for a four hour journey deep into the high country. Or, you may prefer to drive yourself, in which case, this is the perfect time to decide on your route andbegin a day of exploring. Known as the Jeep Capital of the World, Ouray has access to ove 500 miles of four wheel drive roads, each taking adventurers on a journey into history.

jeep toursTake a picnic, and enjoy lunch at the summit of Imogene Pass, or above the twin waterfalls of Yankee Boy Basin. If you chose the tour, a picnic at the park by the city pool is a lovely way to spend the afternnon, playing frisbee or flying a kite. Of course, there are a variety of restaurants offering meals for take out and dining in.

In the afternoon, there is plenty of time for a mine tour. Just a short drive outside of town, the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour offers both a walking tour and a shorter exploration deep into the once fully operational Bachelor Syracuse Mine. Close your eyes and imagin the fortitude of the miners who once worked these dark caverns day in and day out.

Back to the hotel for a long soak and a leisurely dinner are an excellent way to finish the day.

Day Three:

hiking2After enjoying a morning soak, put on your hiking shoes, and prepare to experience Ouray on foot. A nice short hike, only minutes from our parking lot, is the Box Canyon Park. this is a state park, and animal preserve, so there is a nominal fee to enter, but truly a couple of dollars is well worth it. The shortest trail in the park meanders easily along the side of the Uncompahgre Gorge, depositing visitors at the base of the Box Canyon Waterfall. Words cannot describe, and pictures often leave something to be desired when trying to describe the awe inspired when standing where so many have before you. after the waterfall, take the stairs for a longer hike to the hanging bridge, 200 feet above the canyon, with views to die for.

baby bathtub trailhead portland junctionIf that's not enough, let the front desk staff help you to choose a hiking adventure suited to your personal expectations. From standing at the top of the closest fourteener, Mount Sneffels, to the awe inspiring works of Mother Nature at the Baby Bathtubs, there is something for every one.

In the afternoon, hop in the car and take a scenic drive along Highay 62 and Highway 145 to Telluride. A wonderful way to experience the area is to park in the paid parking garage at Mountain Village, outside of town and take the free gondola ride into town. Wander the streets and enjoy lunch at one of the fine dining establishments in our sister town just 17 miles away.....as the crow flies.

Once back in Ouray, take in a show at the Wright Opera House, or one of the many options for live music in Ouray. Don't miss out on another soak, and finish the evening off relaxing in your room with another video from the front desk.

There are so many options for fun filled days in Ouray, from scenic drives and four wheel drive adventures to shopping Main Street. Horseback riding in the San Juans is an adventure all its own, as your guide takes you on horseback deep into the high country, surrounded by the serenity of land virtually untouched by motorized vehicles.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs begin planning the perfect escape for you. From jeep reservations to trail maps to dinner reservations, we are waiting to create an adventure suited to your exact needs!

See You Soon!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Events in Ouray and Ridgway this September 2013

  
  
  

Time to get ready for the Beauty of Fall in the San Juan Mountains!

fall boxcanyonEvery year, the question on everyones lips is when will the aspen start to change? 

Unlike other places boasting spectacular fall colors, it is a little more difficult to pin point peak colors in Colorado. Just like the weather, which can change at any time, the aspens always seem to surprise us when they begin to change.

At the same time, we know its going to happen in September. Most likely. A lot depends on the weather. If we have an early frost, the trees begin to change earlier. If it gets too cold too quickly and stays cold for too long, the season will be shorter, and vice versa.

Regardless, taking a scenic drive through the San Juans in September is a memorable experience, and a photographers dream.

Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo

barrel racingSupport the 4H club as they display their hard work from the year at the Livestock Show, watch talented athletes display their abilities at the 4H Horse Show, and enjoy all of the traditional fun and excitement of a small town county fair. Kids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day.

Typically runs from Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. The 4-H Fair & Livestock Show is immediately followed by the CPRA Sanctioned Ouray County Rodeo. 

At the Rodeo, booths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

million dollar highwayDue to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Thursday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Annual Quilt Show

ouray coloradoOuray County Historical Society's annual quilt show featuring dozens of historic quilts that were either quilted or pieced before 1960.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

fruitThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm: The Sherbino Presents : Bernie Nelson

Spend an evening with Nashville based singer/songwriter Bernie Nelson at Ridgways historic theater.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Divide Ranch & Golf Club: Fortuna Tierra Scholarship Golf Scramble

golf$65.00 per player includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and prizes(cash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place gross and net winners).

7:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM Shot Gun Start
Lunch and Prizes

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: Live Music - Mojo

Enjoy an evening of dancing and fun at Ouray's favorite night spot! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall.colorsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 13, through Saturday, September 14, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Weehawken Arts Sneffels Fiber Festival

weehawkenlogoFiber: it's more than just a breakfast cereal or wool from sheep!
Fiber Festival will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, featuring vendors and animal displays.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Presents Cathy Bolton

fall boxcanyon.2Cathy Bolton, is a singer/songwriter of extraordinary gentleness and grace. "She is an angel whose music speaks to your heart and sings to your soul," said the late/great Dennis Weaver. Come and enjoy a beautiful evening, including Dennis's song, "Dream Your Eagle," set to music by Cathy. www.tol23.com/eagle/

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, the UWP invites you to hike around with our staff and board members. This is an informal opportunity to get to know the county, and get to know your community. Please meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center with your good boots, water and snacks. Please regularly check the UWP website for cancellations or postponements.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Wright Opera House Summer Music Series Presents Shawn Mullins

shawnmullinsSince we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and band leader has undergone a series of trans-formative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ new found level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song cycle will likely be viewed as a flat-out revelation even by Mullins’ most fervent fans.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

boxcanyonfallsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm starting at Ridgway Hartwell "Town" Park: Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge 

Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge. A 15 mile time trial starting in the town of Ridgway and ending near the Divide Ranch and Country Club on Log Hill. Registration and entry fee of $40 which includes a T-shirt, refreshments and a grab bag of other sponor donated items. The route traverses the sub-divisions of Log Hill Village, Waterview Estates and Fairway Pines. For registration go to www.loghilllungbusterchallenge.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Prince Avalanche

Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Ridgway Railroad Museum - Ouray County Railroad Days

ridgwaytrainlogoThursday and Friday September 19-20. Guided hikes each day with historical narration along the Silverton Railroad grade. 

On the 19th we hike from Red Mountain Pass to the Guston townsite. Hikers will see Red Mt summit, the Knob, Red Mt townsite, the National Belle Mine, the Red Rt Wye, the Yankee Girl Mine, the Treasury Tunnel branch, the Guston Congregational Church, etc. 

On the 20th we long the Silverton Railroad grade from Guston to the Albany Mill site. Hikers will see the Guston Depot, Corkscrew Gulch turntable, Silver Bell Mine branch, Ironton Depot site, Albany Mill site, etc 

railroad museumEach hike is 3 to 4 miles downhill, some bushwacking, so you should be in good shape. Bring water, lunch, wear long pants, prepare for weather. We meet each day at Corkscrew Gulch roadhead, 7.8 miles south of Ouray's Beaumont Hotel on US 550. Tours led by Ouray County Museum Curator, Don Paulson
$10 per hiker (both Thur and Fri hikes for $15). Free to members of either the Ridgway Railroad Museum or the Ouray County Historical Society - membership card required.

Saturday Sept 21, 9 am to noon. Model Railroad Open House: Visit Don Paulson's Denver and Southwestern Railroad, a 30' x 40' HO/HOn3 railroad based upon the D&RGW/RGS railroads of Southwestern Colorado. Pick up directions to Don's house at the Ridgway Railroad Museum or call Don at 970-325-0931 for directions. Don's house is located 10 minutes from the Ridgway Railroad Museum. A map with directions will be available at the Museum. 

Saturday Sept 21 at 1:30 pm there will be an auto tour along the route of the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Sunday Sept 22 there will be an auto tour along the route of the Rio Grand Southern Railroad and the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm meeting East of Highway 550 & Vista Terrace in Ridgway: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts!

fall bcl3The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For September, the focus will be on the area east of Hwy 550 and Vista Terrace subdivision. Come learn about all the amazing artists and creative folks that you might not know about around town!

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House: Diamond W Wranglers in Concert

diamondw wranglersThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform. You'll clap your hands, stomp your feet, laugh, and sing along all through the performance! They'll be performing at the Wright Opera House Sept. 21, 2013. Come join us for a wonderful night of music and fun!

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Historic Western Hotel Restaurant & Saloon: Diamond W Wranglers in Ouray

diamondw logoThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform! Come see them at the Historic Western Hotel & Saloon dinner show in Ouray on Sept. 22, 2013. It will be a wonderful night of great music, gourmet food, and fun! (Seating limited to 50)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox: Quilter's Tea

tea partyThe Annual Quilter's Tea of the Ouray County Historical Society. Location: Venue Roscoe Fox, Cost: $5.00 donation. Quilt raffle winner will be announced.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Ouray County Museum: John Fielder Workshop 

Photo workshop with world famous photographer John Fielder. Contact Maria Jones at the Ouray County Museum for registration information.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park: Paint in the Park

dennis weaver parkPlein Aire event at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hosted by Public Arts Ridgway Colorado (PARC). Location Details: Dennis Weaver Memorial Park RiverSage Subdivision & Uncompahgre River (turn off of Hwy 550 N. of Ridgway) 

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Mt Sneffles Live and Silent Auction

The Mt. Sneffels Silent/Live Auction is the foundations largest fund-raising event of the year. The event has hundreds of auction items, live music, games, a great auctioneer, wonderful foods, wines and beer. Attendance at the event ranges from all over the country with most coming from the Western slope of Colorado. All Auction items are donated by local, regional, national & private supporters of the foundation. Popular donations are: all kinds and forms of Art and jewelry, offerings and items from regional retail, lodging, restaurants, services, national & international get-away vacations.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall bcl2The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center and Town Hall: PARC Wine & Cheese Benefit

Wine, cheese, live music and art auction to benefit PARC - Public Arts Ridgway Colorado.

 

tub.soakingEnjoy a scenic drive through Ouray County during your visit, and let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help plan the perfect September getaway! After a day of adventuring, nothing compares to a soak in the mineral hot springs.

Fall in the San Juans is truly a magical time to visit; filled with art and music and colors!

See you soon!




 

 


 




Ghost Towns of the San Juan Mountains - Ironton

  
  
  

Not so Long Ago, Ouray was Just One Of Many Towns in Southwest Colorado.

ironton3Founded in 1883 and quickly becoming one of the largest towns in the area with over 1800 residents at its peak, Ironton, Colorado, originally know as Copper Glenn, was a thriving mountain town until the late 1950's. At the end of the mining craze in Southwest Colorado, it, along with so many towns, was eventually abandoned by its residents. 

ironton.10A few years ago, while out four wheeling with my family, my step father, born and raised in Ouray, began telling us about his days as a miner in Ouray County. One of my favorite stories was how he and his friends would sneak out and head up to Ironton for the night when they were kids. Apparently, it was quite the place to hang out, always full of miners and good times. Of course, I did wonder if he was referring to Red Mountain Town, which was reputed to have more bars than houses, but he was a pretty mild man, so Ironton probably seemed quite dangerous when he was 15.

ironton5The saloons are no longer standing, but one bar can be found in the Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel on 7th Street in Ouray. If you get the chance to, go enjoy a beer and the owners will share with you some interesting facts. Such as the fact that when the bar was dismantled, the pieces were numbered, but somehow, they still wound up putting it back together wrong. Not that it matters. It is a beautiful piece!

ironton.7Ironton was still considered a town up until the 1960's. In fact, there is an episode of the series "I've Got A Secret", dated December 18, 1961, that is quite amusing, and features the last resident of the town, Milton Larson. He and his brother stayed in Ironton working their mines until they passed away. Although the clip shows a picture of Miltons house in Ironton, it is difficult to picture where it is when in what is left of the town today. Not only that, but from what I have read and heard, as the mining industry began to decline, people just abandoned their homes and those left were known to move into an empty house if it were in better condition than their own. What an interesting time they must have had! Imagine choosing from a variety of homes every day.

Unlike Ouray and Silverton, Ironton suffered several fires through the years, destroying much of the original architecture. It is fascinating to look at old photos on the Historical Society website.

ironton.9Easily accessible from highway 550, Ironton can be visited any time of year. During the winter months, the Ouray Nordic Council grooms cross country ski trails all around the ghost town. There is little to compare to skiing around the remaining buildings in the surreal quiet of a winter day in the Uncompahgres. It is tempting to step inside and explore these silent witnesses to a time long passed regardless of the season. Be warned though, it can be pretty dark, and these houses are literally falling down. Enter at your own risk!

guideJeep tour guides will tell a variety of stories about some of the homes and characters of Ironton and the surrounding mines. One story that stands out is about a man so in love with his wife, he spent 8 years building her dream house in town, complete with a heart shaped deck. Less than a year after she joined him, she became ill and passed away during the long cold winter. The story goes that instead of putting her in the cellar until the spring thaw, she was wrapped in a blanket and set in her rocking chair on the porch she loved, gazing at the spectacular view until Spring.

ironton.12As with any old ghost town, stories about the people who once walked the streets are prolific. Of course, standing between two of the buildings still standing so pristine, one can create their own image of what it must have been like. One of my favorite things is to have conversations with the people that were actually there. Remember, Ironton is a fairly young ghost town, so many of our residents remember a different time. The Ouray County Museum is a great place to visit to view pictures of Ironton and many other towns that once were thriving communities, and they also offer a number of "Evenings in History" with speakers sharing a piece of American history from not so long ago.

Getting There:  The town of Ironton is located just off of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton. From the Box Canyon Lodge, turn right onto Highway 550 heading South toward Silverton. Just past Crystal Lake on the right, about nine (9) miles, there is a pull out on the left. Signs indicate the turnoff for Corkscrew Pass, Brown Mountain, and Ironton Park. This is an easier turn off to spot, and the town can be reached from this turn off, however, perhaps a quarter mile further south is a short dirt road leading to the town site, County Road 20D. The road is quite grooved, but you can get to the parking area without a four wheel drive.

 Happy Exploring!

 

 

 

 

Jeep Tours In The San Juan Mountains For a Day of Adventure

  
  
  

Take a Journey into History, While Experiencing the Majesty of Southwest Colorado on a Jeep Tour!

jeep toursHave you ever wondered what all of the fuss is about when people talk about four wheeling in the San Juans? Whether it is your first visit, or your hundredth, regardless of your off road experience, taking a ride with one of the knowledgeable guides in Ouray is well worth it.

From the moment we boarded the twelve passenger tour jeep, everyone knew this was going to be a day of fun. Greg, owner of San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours picked us up promptly at 8:30, and immediately set a mood of adventure with his friendly, professional manner.

heading out jeep tour ourayWe jumped on Highway 550, and began  our tour with a quick stop at the Bear Creek pull off. This section of the Million Dollar Highway was just recently expanded and offers a spectacular view of the Uncompahgre Gorge. A plaque honoring Otto Mears stands testament to the fact that this section of road was built and maintained by hardworking people. Photos of the highway and toll booth when it was fist built, remind us of how times have changed.

ironton explorersAnother quick stop to walk around in the town of Ironton was a fascinating journey into the history of the Uncompahgres. It is hard to believe that once there were over a thousand residents where now there are only a few buildings still standing. You cannot help but marvel at how quickly Mother Nature takes back an entire town.

Just past the Summit of Red Mountain Pass, the real adventure began, as we turned off onto a county road, which would lead us to the Highway to Heaven. San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours is the only tour company with permission to drive this road, so there were no other vehicles as we unlocked the gate and began the ride.

highway to heaven jeep tourWildflowers dot the countryside as the road climbs in altitude, past abandoned mines and falling down houses on the deceptively smooth road. Perhaps ten minutes after the gate, the real ride began. Greg stopped and told us some history of the area, then gestured beyond to the beginning of the Highway to Heaven. The grade was daunting, and the tour truck immediately geared into four low as we began the ascent. Looking to the side, there is very little shoulder, and the countryside opens in a breathtaking panorama. Sitting in the far back seat, it was fun to look forward and see nothing but sky past the heads of my co travelers.

top of the worldAs we reached the top of the road, clouds obscured our view for a moment, and we all got out of the vehicle to stand at the edge, where no one questioned whether we truly had risen as far as the name of the tour proclaimed. A light breeze pushed aside the clouds, and we found ourselves gazing down at the Million Dollar Highway from what seemed like a thousand miles above.

Some of us tried to get our picture taken with a finger in the lake below, but our aim was a little off.

million dollar highwayThe ride back down was amusing. some folks with weak stomachs opted to walk as opposed to riding back down the steepest part of the road. Greg just chuckled when asked if his feelings were hurt. The drivers on these tours have traveled these roads so often, it is old hat to them. We caught up with them quickly enough, and the ride down the hill was not nearly as frightening as everyone thought it would be. 

silvertonShortly after, we found ourselves in the tiny town of Silverton. A quick stop at the courthouse to use the restrooms, then we headed to Handlebars for lunch. This little restaurant is a popular spot for lunch, between the atmosphere, friendly service and great food its no wonder!

Heading home, we took Corkscrew Pass. This four wheel drive road is full of twists and turns, but not overly treacherous. It takes you up above timberline again, and we all got out to look across the way at the mountaintop we had just been to.

top of corkscrewOnce back at the hotel, everyone was truly satisfied, and perhaps a little tired. There is nothing like spending an entire day travelling the back roads around Ouray. It always seems as if there is something more magnificent to see beyond every switchback, and it is hard to leave, but once the day was over, everyone was glad to relax and download all the pictures, or soak in the mineral hot spring tubs.

bcltubsLet us help you decide on the perfect jeep tour for your visit! At the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, our team makes it a point to know what will best suit your party. Whether you are looking for bumpy roads and heart pounding adventure, or a scenic ride to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, we can help create the perfect adventure for you.

See you Soon!

Ouray Hiking Trails are for Everyone!

  
  
  

Hiking the Baby Bathtubs: a Short Sweet Hike in Southwest Colorado

baby bathtub view.4Ouray County boasts a variety of hiking trails easily accessible and ranging from a serene stroll along the river, to a harrowing climb over switchbacks and deer runs. The end result is however the same. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains.

Just a short distance from Ouray is the Amphitheater Campground and a variety of trailheads. The Baby Bathtubs hike is a quick and easy hike perfect for families, acclimating to the altitude, or if you just don't have a full day.

Easily accessible from town by following the Upper Cascade Falls trailhead at the end of 5th Avenue to the Portland Trailhead sign. Personally, I like to drive up to the second pull out on the Amphitheater Campground Road, and access the trail from this point.  

baby bathtubsThe trail follows a branch of the Portland Creek, beginning a bit steeply, but quickly relaxing into a rolling trail with no intense climbs. After a short walk, the trail comes to a water crossing, which also will explain the name "Baby Bathtubs". All along the creek crossing, the bedrock has been worn smooth, with little pools all along the creekbed.

This is a great spot to take a moment and marvel at the wonders of Nature. Once accross the creek bed, the trail climbs again, but just for a couple of minutes before descending into a shady tunnel through the trees to a juncture with several other trails, including the Ouray Perimeter Trail, and Portland trail. A pretty little bridge crosses Portland Creek here, and you can easily hop down off the path to soak your feet or just relax in the shade by the water.

baby bathtub trailhead portland junction.2At the bridge, there are trail markers for several hikes. Portland Trail is a beautiful hike also suited for anyone, with few switchbacks and no seriously steep parts. Upper Cascade is a little more intense, probably not for little ones, but the view at the top is well worth the work. At this point, you can follow another hike, or turn right, following the Portland trail for a short while before taking another right, and exiting onto the main Amphitheater Campground road just a short distance up from your car.

If you cross the bridge, the path follows on the opposite side of the creek. Quickly, as the shallow ledge becomes a deep canyon. The path will turn from the canyon, with a walk up to a horse path, then opening up to a dirt road which will lead you back down to the main Amphitheater Campground road, just a short walk from where you parked your car.

baby bathtub view.3Don't forget to pause as often as possible to check out the amazing views! As the path travels from heavy trees to open areas, glimpses of the town below are sure to amaze!

There is a hiking map for all the trails in Ouray County put out by theOuray Trails Group.  One can purchase them in town on arrival at many locations and they are also available in our lobby.  The trail group also sells them and gladly mails them.  Hiking in Ouray yields over 80 signed and maintained trails stretching hundreds of miles through National Forest and National Wilderness areas.  They are a volunteer group and they do the heavy lifting so that all visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy the beauty that Ouray has to offer.  Three cheers for the Ouray Trail Group!  and one million thank yous!

amphitheater campground.2Getting There:  The Baby Bathtubs Trailhead is located just inside of the Amphitheater Campground turnoff. From the Box Canyon Lodge, turn right onto Highway 550 heading South toward Silverton. At the end of the third switchback out of town, you will see the Amphitheater Campground sign on your left. Enter, and park at the third pull out before the bridge. Cross the bridge, and you will see the Baby Bathtubs Trailhead on your right.

Happy Hiking!

 

Ouray and Ridgway CO Calendar of Events August, 2013

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Offers a Variety of Fun Activities this August!

million dollar highway crystal lakeAs the temperatures all around reach maximum summer heat, Ouray and Ridgway provide a cool escape. Not to say that it doesn't get hot up here - 82* can feel pretty darn toasty at 7800 feet. We just have the option of taking a ride up the mountain or down to the river. The Ridgway Reservoir is a marvelous place to spend the day boating, fishing, or just soak up some sun on the swim beach, taking regular breaks for a cooling swim. 

With over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails to choose from, it is pretty easy to take a scenic journey into the high country, where you may need to wear a jacket when you get out of your jeep to take some amazing photos.

Both towns are filled with live music, museum exhibits and a variety of entertainment, including a Brew Festival and the Annual Ouray County Rodeo. 

Events in Ouray and Ridgway this month:

hummingbird.ourayMonday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 -10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum: Photo Exhibit: San Juan Memories

The Annual San Juan Memories Photo Exhibit. Photos from all areas of the San Juan Mountains are displayed. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded.

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: The Sherbino Presents "You Knew Me When"

Enjoy an evening at the Sherbino in Ridgway with old friends and new!

box canyon lodge eveningSaturday, August 3 through Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Alpine Artists Holiday Art Show

Whether you are an artist or an art enthusiast, the Alpine Artists Holiday has for 53 years provided a much appreciated niche. Join over 2,000 attendees and 300 artists from all over to enjoy and purchase one of a kind art created by local and nationwide artists. The Ouray County Arts  Association has successfully organized and maintained  one of the oldest and most popular juried art shows in Colorado.

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Swing Dance Party!

Come join swing/lindy hop instructor Chris Shima for another of his deejayed swing dance parties! Doors open at 6, and the bar will be open!

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray, Colorado: Live Music "You Knew Me When"

Enjoy a night of dancing and music in Ouray!

ironton ghost townSunday, August 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse / Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm beginning at the North end of Ouray: San Juan Mountain Geology Field Trip

The Ouray County Historical Society is hosting a Geologic Tour in the San Juan Mountains on August 6, 2013, as a fund raiser for the Ouray Museum's new Research Center in Ouray. The tour is limited to 25 participants. A guidebook with stop descriptions, transportation, and lunch will be provided. Cost is $100. A $10 discount is being offered to members of the Ouray County Historical Society. For more information, contact the OCHS at (970) 325-4576.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

farmers marketFriday, August 9, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: David Baker in Concert

David Baker will bring his eclectic musical repertoire to the Sherbino stage for a sit-down concert on Aug. 9th. Tickets are $10. From John Denver covers to his original tunes, we’re sure you’ll enjoy every minute!

RRSaturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 11, 2013 - All Day Event at Hartwell Park in Ridgway, Colorado: Ridgway Rendezvous Art Festival

Weehawken Creative Arts invites you to the 29th ANNUAL RIDGWAY RENDEZVOUS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL on August 10 & 11, 2013! Show runs 9-5pm Sat. and 10-5pm on Sunday!

2009 Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon photos 9 600 450 80Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado: Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon

Marathon and Half Marathon. Marathon starts in Ridgway. Half Marathon starts in Ouray. The entry fee includes snacks at the finish line, half price admission to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and an official race t-shirt. Fees go directly to the Mt Sneffels Education Foundation , a non profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives and educational experiences of the youth in Ouray County.

uwpcropped banner1logoeditSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 am starting at the Ouray Visitors Center in Ouray, Colorado: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

Join the staff of the UWP every 2nd Saturday of the month for an informal hike around Ouray. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am with good boots, water and snacks for a fun and educational experience.

hikingSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm - Starting at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray, Colorado: Corkscrew Turntable Hike

Guided hike of the Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable sponsored by the Ridgway Railroad Museum and OCHS. Meet at the Ouray County Museum at 9:00 am. Cost is $10.00 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to register.

jackingram webbannerSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Summer Music Series Welcomes Jack Ingram

The wright Opera House is excited to bring to you Jack Ingram, winner of the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for "Best New Male Vocalist". Part of this years Summer Music Series, this concert is sure to bring the house down.

obrienspubSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Andrew Wynne, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

wright2Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: The Complete History of America (abridged)

600 years of history is covered in 6000 hilarious seconds! This show is filled with rapid-fire lines, slapstick comedy and audience participation. Every one will have a good time keeping up with this fast moving and innovative story line. History has never been such fun.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray, Colorado: guided Tour of the Ouray County Museum

Guided Tour of the Ouray Museum by Curator Don Paulson. 9 am, $10 per person ($5 for OCHS Members). To register call 970-325-4576

12 string guitarWednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

Thursday, August 15 through August 18, 2013 - All Day Event in Fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado:  4th Annual Ouray Canyon Festival

Whether you have spent years exploring this challenging sport, which combines rock climbing and rapelling (to name two), or have never experienced the adventure that is canyoning, the Ouray Canyon Festival is definitely something to check out. 

fruitFriday, August 16, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: The Sherbino Presents 'Joint Point'

Join all of your friends at the Sherbino Theater for an evening of toe tapping festivities with this popular Colorado band.

cemeterySaturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery

Guided Tour of Ouray's Cedar Hill Cemetery located five miles north of Ouray on Hwy 550. Meet at the Cemetery at 9 am, $10 per person. Preregister at 970-325-4576

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Wright Opera House Fundraising Gala

Enjoy a fine Colorado Summer Party with your friends while celebrating the 125th Birthday of the historic Wright Opera House! Featuring the return of Tammy Kenning with Nancy Ziglar, we'll have light snacks and a cash bar on hand as well enjoy the show tunes, get a behind the scenes look at the details for remodeling the lobbies, installing the elevator, as well as learn more about the future projects of the Wright Opera House.

obrienspubSaturday, August 17, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Rob Webster, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

weehawkenartsWednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on County Road 23, south of Ridgway, Colorado: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For August, the focus will be on the outskirts of Town south on County Rd. 23.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

silverjack owlcreekThursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:30 pm at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest; Classical Cafe

Always a favorite, the San Juan Chamber MusicFest opens their 11th annual season with the Classical Cafe -- an informal concert to learn more about chamber music, the instruments and composers. Max Levinson, Artistic Director

Friday, August 23 through Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado: Ouray Heritage Weekend

Ouray County Heritage Weekend features county-wide events that celebrate Ouray’s rich mining, ranching and cultural heritage. from mule races to historic tours, the Ouray Heritage Weekend is sure to entertain and educate.

ross ranch last dollar roadFriday, August 23, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 8:00 am to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: The Sherbino Presents 'Alternate Route'

Dance the night away at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway to the musical stylings of this great band!

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado: Grillin & Chillin Brew & Music Festival

Featuring live music, local craft breweries, BBQs and much uch more, the 6th Annual Ouray Brew and Musc Fest is a day filled with family fun at Ourays Fellin Park. The concert and park admission are free, and the beer tasting, which runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm is only $25.00 including a commemorative tasting glass.

wright logoSaturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado

San Juan Chamber MusicFest's premier performance at of classical favorites at the Wright Opera House. Max Levinson, Artistic Director

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Tony Rosario, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

last dollar scenic driveSunday, August 25, 2013 - 2:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest - Family Concert

This event is for the entire family and what a delightful way to introduce children to the beauty and fascination of classical music. The musicians of the San Juan Chamber MusicFest will play and instruct informally to share their enthusiasm for the music and their instruments. A wonderful family event!

chimneyrockTuesday, August 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm in Ouray, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest - Home Salon Concert

This is the festive finale for the San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- an intimate home concert and gourmet dinner held at one of the most beautiful homes in the county. Again, the musicians of the San Juan Chamber MusicFest will present a program that will be followed by dinner. Reservations are necessary.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

rodeoThursday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo

Support the 4H club as they display their hard work from the year at the Livestock Show, watch talented athletes display their abilities at the 4H Horse Show, and enjoy all of the traditional fun and excitement of a small town county fair. Kids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day.

Typically runs from Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. The 4-H Fair & Livestock Show is immediately followed by the CPRA Sanctioned Ouray County Rodeo. 

At the Rodeo, booths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.

owl creekThursday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Annual Quilt Show

Ouray County Historical Society's annual quilt show featuring dozens of historic quilts that were either quilted or pieced before 1960.

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

wright1Friday, August 30, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Trace Bundy in Concert!

Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Honey Don't & Gabrielle Louise Live at the Sherbino!

Enjoy an evening of music fun and dancing at the Sherbino!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 6:00 pm to8:00 pm at the Ridgway State Park North of Ridgway, Colorado: RIGS Free Clinics: Labor Day Weekend Fly Fishing Clinic

rigsFREE Labor Day Weekend Fly Fishing CLINIC @ RSP (Pa-Co-Chu-Puk). 
Meet by the walking bridge over the river at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance to Ridgway State Park for an informative and free presentation and demo on fly fishing tactics, strategies and rigging for producing quality trout in these Gold Medal Waters!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Swing Dance Party!

Come join swing/lindy hop instructor Chris Shima for another of his deejayed swing dance parties! Doors open at 6, and the bar will be open!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: The North Fork Flyers, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

bcl tbsLet the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to create the perfect getaway! With so many options available for your daily adventures, what better way to start or finish your day than with a soothing soak in our all natural mineral hot spring tubs? 

Your Southwest Colorado Adventure is just a phone call away.

See you soon!

 

 


 


 

Ouray Hiking Trails: Dallas - Corbett Loop

  
  
  

Hiking in Ouray Colorado:  Fantastic Options to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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The Dallas-Corbett Loop hiking trail just outside of Ouray is a splendid 6.0 mile loop with a 2000 foot elevation change.The first 0.9 miles is a steep section with switchbacks up a red rock face. At the junction of Corbett and Dallas, hikers can choose. Dallas is not as steep and winds through a forest with coniferous trees while Corbett winds its way on the south side of a gorge so it can be hotter. Corbett is steeper and dryer initially but the views are stunning of Corbett and Whitehouse. From Corbett, some waterfalls are viewable in the distance of the Corbett creek and eventually, you end up in the beautiful aspen forest.

The one mile stretch between Corbett and Dallas cross a perfect aspen forest, dotted with occasional spruce trees. The ground is covered with ferns, delpheniums, queen anne's lace and other plants. In places, the foliage obscures the trail somewhat, but the scene is spectacular. This one mile stretch is the best part of the trail and worth it, just to enjoy this section.   In the photo below, the 60 pound puppy is on the trail and the foliage is 3-4 feet high.  It is a quiet trail, even though it is so close to Ouray and provides a wonderful wilderness experience.  A small creek intersects the Dallas Trail just 30 feet past the junction of the Dallas and Corbett Canyon Trails.

The remainder of the hike down the Dallas Trail is enjoyable, through coniferous forests.

hiking in ourayTrail signs dot the intersections with well marked pointers but it is always good to carry a map.  There is a hiking map for all the trails in Ouray County put out by the Ouray Trails Group.  One can purchase them in town on arrival at many locations and they are also available in our lobby.  The trail group also sells them and gladly mails them.  Hiking in Ouray yields over 80 signed and maintained trails stretching hundreds of miles through National Forest and National Wilderness areas.  They are a volunteer group and they do the heavy lifting so that all visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy the beauty that Ouray has to offer.  Three cheers for the Ouray Trail Group!  and one million thank yous!

Getting There:  The Dallas Trailhead is about 2.4 miles north of Ouray on County Rd 17.  Take US 550 South just past the City Limits.  On the left, there is a bridge crossing the Uncompaghre River.  Cross the bridge and immediately go right (This is County Rd. 17) and continue towards Ridgway for 1/2 mile or so.  The trailhead is on the left.

Of course, after a long hike, a soak in soothing natural hot springs relieves tired muscles and feet.  And, who can resist a meal at one of Ouray's Premier dining establishments to replenish all the spent calories?  Why not enjoy pasta at the Bon Ton or a tasty Cowboy Ribeye at the Outlaw?  Review our dining page for more options.

What is your favorite Hiking Trail in Ouray?  Why do you like it?

 

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