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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.  

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

Ouray, Colorado - Three Great Shops on Main Street

  
  
  

Ouray's Main Street is Open For Business this Holiday Season!

ouray coloradoLooking out the window as the Fall leaves play in the breeze, my mind scurries with them, dancing along in anticipation of winter and the holiday season.

Halloween jumped out so quickly it seemed, October had only just begun and is now almost over! With the arrival of November, many of the shops on Main Street have already begun to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. And what a season it should be!

Recently, it occurred to me that I had not walked Main Street lately. Like so many others, I had begun to be a slave to advertisements of "Rollbacks" and double coupon days. Prepackaged gift baskets that involved little thought and brand names easily recognizable had become a shopping norm.

blue pear.3Then, I walked into the first shop on my stroll along the few short blocks of Main Street in Ouray. 

The Blue Pear is a tiny shop with a giant heart. When you look through the door, it is easy to think there can't be much there, but upon entering, immediately I saw how wrong I was. The walls are lined with an amazing variety of items. From handcrafted jewelry, glassware, candles and soaps to mugs and notepads with funny little sayings, just the first couple of feet into the store can take quite some time for gazing at the treasures to behold.

blue pearSpecializing in "Self Indulgence", there were at least a dozen items both original and affordable that I would have loved to take home with me that very moment. Thats not including a plethora of gift ideas that would be perfect for those loved ones I always struggle with during the holidays. And she hasn't even gotten all of her Christmas orders yet! "I Love the Holidays!" Michelle, the owner, smiled "and I will gift wrap anything, I love wrapping presents!" looking at some of the lovely gift wrapping materials she carries, I completely understood her passion.

With my list of gift ideas growing by the moment, I walked out of the Blue Pear and wandered across the street to the Buckskin Booksellers, and again was not disappointed.

bckskin booksellersI love book stores. Walking into Buckskin Booksellers, the familiar feel of the written word surrounded me, and immediately I picked up a photographic journey through Southwest Colorado. But there is much more to this book store than books about the area.

A large section of novels and recommended reading , as well as a section dedicated to local authors is accented with card racks, popular paperbacks and audio books. The childrens section is a virtual paradise of beautiful illustrations and wonderful trips for the imagination of any child on your list.

bckskin booksellers.2A corner of the shop is dedicated to the mining history of Ouray, featuring some beautiful artifacts as well as old books; and Robert, the owner, proudly displays his amazing sand bottles. He recently met his 'creative twin', he says, in an Austrian who creates sand art as well, and Robert displays this art beside his own. How fun to be able to purchase original works of art so similar and yet different, created by like minded artists thousands of miles apart!

Any book can be ordered if Robert doesn't already have it in his store, he is quick to provide guidance to whatever you may be looking for with a pleasant, non-invasive demeanor perfectly suited to a wonderful book shopping experience. I could spend the entire day in this store just reading the jackets and choosing a book or two.

highcountry leatherAlas, it was getting late in the day, and I had not even walked an entire block! I resolved to start earlier the next day, but still wanted to catch at least one more shop before dark.

Weaving across the street again, I found myself in front if High Country Leather. I hadn't even left the sidewalk, and already found myself checking out a variety of items on display outside the store. Walking up the stairs, there was a tiny taste of what was to come, with a sale rack and a selection of hats and shoes.

High Country Leather does indeed carry leather. Bags, jackets, belts and hats made from the finest quality leather, in addition to a variety of moccasins and slippers in an assortment of styles mesh with wool hats and socks.


highcountry leather.4It is close to impossible not to try on a hat or two. Whether you lean more toward the beautifully crafted cowboy hat, or a gloriously colorful cap with ear flaps, there is a hat for you. Sheepskin gloves so soft you don't want to ever take them off  tempt from the side, and the bags! Even if you're not a huge purse person, these are like little works of art you get to carry on your arm!

The wonderful sense of humor and style of Kathy, the owner gleams from every corner, particularly the back room, and of course, the magnets. Taking a group of friends into High Country Leather can turn into at least several minutes of giggles, as everyone trys one of the crazy hats combined with a pair of Elvis style sunglasses. It is not unusual for a group to head over to the Buen Tiempo garbed in bright silly hats from the back room.

mainstreet.2It is hard to visit every store on Main Street and truly see everything each one has to offer in just one afternoon. Not only are there a variety of one of a kind articles in each store, the prices are genuinely not too high. So often, the small individually owned shops are forced to raise prices in order to stay in business, but not so much here in Ouray.

So next time you are visiting, make it a point to spend some time on Main Street. The treasures in each store combined with friendly service make for the perfect shopping experience! Once you have gathered all of your purchases, relax in the mineral hot springs for the perfect day of relaxation!

See you soon!

 

Shop and Save in Ouray!

New Local Restaurant Makes Every Meal an Event in Ouray!

  
  
  

Cavallo's Restaurant is fast becoming a local hotspot in Ouray!

mainstreetourayThere are a variety of fabulous dining establishments in Ouray, and at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, it is our job to guide our guests to the one most suited to their expectations.

Our job just got a lot easier!

Sid and Kelly Cavallo have truly outdone themselves with their new restaurant which proudly bears their name. Offering breakfast and lunch with a distinct Cajun style, Cavallo's has already filled a niche in Ouray's dining world.

cavallos food.3Located at 630 Main Street on the lower level, the restaurant has been lovingly redecorated in a Classic Garden Theme by Kelly, a perfect compliment to the culinary delights created by Sid. Cajun food has a reputation for being spicy, but not so, insists Chef Sid. The perfect Cajun dish is full of flavor, not spice, and he demonstrates this truth with dishes from traditionally recognized biscuits and gravy to a decadent twist on eggs Benedict.

Lunch is an adventure your taste buds will be ready to repeat with salads and shrimp po'boys just the tip of the iceberg.

cavallos food.2Not only has this town been gifted with a fun new dining option, every dish is prepared from scratch, using local produce as often as possible. A cup of chicory blend coffee freshly roasted by local coffee company Exotic Earth is a great compliment to any breakfast choice. Lunch can't get much better when paired with one of a rotating selection of micro brews provided by local breweries Mr. Grumpy Pants (Ourayle House), Ouray Brewery and Two Rascals.

Open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, Cavallo's is a definite must during any visit to Ouray.

But Wait! There's More!

cavallosrestaurantThroughout the month of November, and hopefully the entire winter, Cavallo's will be serving dinner and entertainment on select evenings. From movie night, to improvisational jazz guitar, with preset menu options that change every week, there is a whole new reason to visit Ouray this winter!

November 21, 2013, don't miss the Farm to Table Harvest Dinner! A collaboration of ideas between Kat Papenrock from the Ouray Chamber and Resort Association, Kris Dunham from Kristopher's Culinaire, and of course, Sid and Kelly Cavallo, the menu is sure to be a treat

cavallos food.4Tuesday, November 5, 2013  is the first Tuesday Night Dinner! Every week promises a new and exciting preset menu, with vegetarian and gluten free options available as well. But Wait! What would Tuesday Night Dinner Cavallo's style be without  music? Ben Gaude is a Jazz and Blues guitarist from New Orleans who has traveled with several bands in Colorado and New Mexico, guaranteed to be the perfect compliment to a terrific meal!

Friday, November 8, 2013 is the first Friday Night Dinner & a Movie! Thats right, doors open at 6:00 pm, and once all the dinner orders are in, sit back and enjoy a new film every week as you enjoy an excellent meal, local beers and the company of friends old and new.

bcl fallWith so much going on and so many great dining opportunities, it's no wonder Cavallo's has already become so popular.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we are always excited to inform our guests of fun and exciting events in Ouray, and it looks like there is definitely a new spot to be this winter!

Come stay and play in Ouray!

 

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this November, 2013

  
  
  

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!


turkeyWith the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. Walk the shops on Main Street and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There is something magical about the one of a kind treasures to be found that speak volumes to even the most difficult person on your Christmas list!

A scenic drive is ideal when the seasons are changing. every corner promises some new sight- whether it is fresh fallen snow, or the last leaves cingint to an aspen tree. Elk and deer are a constant addition to the scenery. Driving the Million Dollar Highway is always an adventure! Of course, even if you are planning on just staying in and enjoying the mineral hot springs, Ouray, with its natural mineral hot springs is definately the best option! 

Often when you visit a town with hot springs, the smell of sulfer is prevalent; not so in Ouray! And at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, there are four tubs just outside your room that provide the perfect relaxation spot as you prepare for the busy holiday season to come. And there is always something to do:

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

Due 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.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

hot springs box canyonSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!

With the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. 

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

Due 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.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

bambiatthetubsSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

sunset.ridgwayHave 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, November 7, 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, November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Open Bard Poetry Series

mt.abrams5Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet isWendy 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, November 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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, November 9, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ridgway Library: 10th Annual Community Artists Show featuring 21 Local Artists

deer at box canyonThe Ridgway Library is hosting the 10th Annual Community Artists Show from November 9, 2013 - January 9, 2014. This year's show features 21 talented local artists who work in a variety of different styles and media. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 - 7 pm. Refreshments will be available. The Library is located at 300 Charles Street in Ridgway. For more information contact Judy Hazen at 626-5513.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Friends of the Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show

Join the Friends of the Library for the 38th Annual Friends of the Ouray Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ouray Community Center. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for the vendor showcase; lunch is served at noon; the fashion show begins at 1:00 p.m. We hope to see you at this wonderful event!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

ouray at nightHave 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!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino theater: ArtBar in Clay- Holiday Ornaments at the Sherbino

With the holiday season sneaking up on us, what a better time to think of a gift or keepsake from the heart. While you sip on a delicious beverage of choice, Deidra Krois will guide you through the process of making some special clay ornaments. You'll get to experiment with creating texture stamps, with each being a unique piece of functional art. Students can expect to make up to 5 ornaments and a small plate. All materials and firing is included, along with a beverage of choice. Additional may be purchased during class to be enjoyed with friends, or make new ones! Come learn more about this great medium, while completing your holiday shopping! Please note, items will be ready for pickup 10-14 days after completion of the projects. Pre-registration is requested though not required.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

elk2Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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, November 16, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Brian Loftus & Tony Galizia - Jazz at the Wright

Brian Loftus and Tony Gulizia, known as 'BLT', take the stage at Ouray's Wright Opera House on November 16th to kick off the Wright's second season of bringing Jazz music to Ouray County. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Ridgway Secondary School Gym: "Tossed & Found"- A Family Event

ouray winterAward-winning juggler, dancer and physical comedian Peter Davison in a new one-man show, including original music by Jesse Manno. Tossed & Found is appropriate for all ages, and a perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Ridgway Firehouse & Gallery: Ridgway Moonwalk

Discover the creative outdoors at the Ridgway MoonWalk on Sunday, November 17!! This art outing at the full moon features Ridgway's Alley Art, Alley Poems, and Public Art sculptures in the downtown area. Meet the poets, artists, and sculptors who created these works at receptions for them at various venues, including Resource Art Co-op and the Firehouse of Michael McCullough and Lucy Boody where maps and a scavenger hunt will be available. Walkable, refreshments available, all ages welcome. 

Tuesday, November 19, 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, November 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

mt.abrams6Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Cavello's Restaurant: Ouray Chamber Resort Association Community Harvest Dinner

This is a five-course Farm-to-Table dining experience accompanied by specially sourced local produce, meats and wines. The meal will be a special creation by Chef Sid and local 'celebrity' sous chefs and servers to benefit the Ouray Chamber Resort Association 

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

elks lodge2Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - THANKSGIVING

Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Switzerland of America!

Beaumont Grand Ballroom

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal in the Historic Grand Ballroom of the Beaumont Hotel. Seating at noon, 2:30 and 5pm. $34.99/Adult. $17.99/kids 12 & under. Reservations Required.

Bon Ton

Whether it is a traditional plated Thanksgiving dinner, or something else you had in mind, the Bon Ton aims to please your pallette. Enjoy dinner from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with your option of a turkey dinner, or something off of the limited menu.

Outlaw

tub.soakingServing a hearty Thanksgiving fare as well as a limited menu, the Outlaw Restaurant offers an ideal spot to enjoy dinner in a fun and festive atmosphere. Open from 4:00 pm to close.

 

Why worry about cooking all day, and dishes all night? Join friends and family at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and let one of our fabulous restaurants create the ideal Thanksgiving dinner for you. Whether you enjoy the traditional meal with all the fixings, right down to home made pumpkin pie, or something a little different, dinner is served, and all you have to do is enjoy. After dinner, head on back to the hotel where you can soak in the soothing mineral hot springs.

See You Soon!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

  

Halloween Weekend offers Hauntingly Good Times in Ouray October, 2013

  
  
  

From masquerades to zany films, and haunted houses, it's going to be a howling good time in Ouray this Halloween!

pumpkinOnce again, Halloween is on a week day, which makes things a bit more exciting. Now there is a whole WEEK to celebrate! 

French maids and skeletons will be in attendance as revelers choose the perfect location for a evening of entertainment. The haunted history of Ouray comes to life in two of the most spectacular historic venues on the Western Slope.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 8:00 pm to Midnight: Annual Halloween Ball at the Beaumont Hotel

beaumontBuilt in the 1800's as the first luxury hotel in Ouray, The Beaumont played host to a variety of notable historic icons. In the 1960's, the hotel was boarded up for over thirty years. The reasons for its closure vary depending on who you ask, which is a decadent feast for the imagination. 

Today, the property has been restored to its former grandeur; a perfect place to walk into history and enjoy the perfect Halloween Ball. With a live Deejay, psychics and costume contest, the annual Halloween Ball is ideal for an evening of grown up fun.

Entry is $5.00 per person, adults 21 and over only, and costumes are required.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:30 pm to midnight: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Wright Opera House

rockyhorrorThere is something charming and somehow nostalgic in the continuing popularity of this 1975 cult classic, written by Richard O'Brien, who also happens to play the character Riff Raff in the film.

With live local actors performing on stage in front of the screen, the Rocky Horror is an experience. Follow Brad and Janet on a crazy, scary, and often ridiculous adventure as the try to escape the clutches of the questionably dressed mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter.

Dance to the Time Warp, and don't forget your props! You will be singing alonng and shouting out the responses in no time. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a truly interactive film. You can't rent this one and enjoy it at home, it must be experienced with the energy and enthusiasm of a crowd. After the show, stay on at the Wright to finish of the night dancing and reliving the movie with friends old and new.

The show starts at 10:00pm, but doors open at 9:30pm. Admission is $15.00 per person, or $25.00 for couples. This film does contain adult content, and is not reccomended for children, or those easily offended.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm: The Ouray Elks Lodge Presents the Annual Haunted House

elks lodge2Happy Halloween! October 31 at 7500 feet can be a little bit chilly for Trick Or Treaters, so what better way to warm up than to take a trip through the Elks haunted House.

The Elks Lodge has been a community gathering spot for decades, and this year is no different. each year, the members of the Lodge create a new and exciting theme for kids of all ages to explore and enjoy. This year, let the actors and artists of Ouray take you and your little ones on a Journey into the world of the Hobbit.

Wizards, trolls and hobbits come to life. Not too scary for the kids, but definitely with a fun Halloween feel, dinner and the tour are only $3.00 per person, or $10.00 for a family of four. Celebrate Halloween and stay warm at the same time!

Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 9:00pm to 1:00am at O'Briens Pub: Annual Halloween Bash



obrienspubSince opening their doors just a few years ago, O'Briens Pub & Grill has quickly become the local hang out and a haven for ice climbers and atheletes, offering good food at reasonable prices and an after hours bar often featuring live music performed by local artists.

Halloween in particular is a great time to experience the Pub. Once the kids have had their Trick or Treating fun, and are safely in bed with the babysitter watching over them, get that costume out and get yourself to a night of scary fun and dancing o the musical mixing of DJ Sunday. Crowds of fairy princesses and gory goblins join together on the dance floor in expectation of the best costume prizes. 

Drink specials will be offered to warm you up in between dancing and chatting with old and new friends at the Best Halloween Party around! There is no cover charge, just come on in and have a great time!

box canyon lodge eveningThere is no better place to enjoy Halloween than in Ouray. Bursting with history and ghost stories, this tiny little mining town is a veritable treasure trove of old buildings and haunted fun.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help design a weekend perfectly designed to your personal needs. No matter the season or weather, the road to Ouray is always beautiful, and our mineral hot spring tubs are always hot and inviting. Enjoy a relaxing soak after a day of adventuring in the Uncompahgres, the get ready for an evening of scary good times! Just a short walk to Main Street, there is no need to take your car, so the sky is the limit for Main Street fun this Halloween.

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Fall Foliage Update for Southwest Colorado, September 2013

  
  
  

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is Your Home Base for Fall Colors!

fall.colorsFall has arrived, and the aspens are beginning to change. Just a short drive from Ouray to Ridgway is already a display of golds and reds, still with quite a bit of green, but every day is a little more colorful.

Every day, we at the Box Canyon Lodge try to get the most up to date information regarding where the leaves are at their best, and pass that information on to our guests. We also try to take drives ourselves, in order to have first hand knowledge to share with you, not to mention that we enjoy this time of year as well!

fall bcl2It is always a pleasure to hear from guests as they arrive at our doorstep as to what the colors are doing on that particular day. As we approach the peak colors, different areas transform daily, and our guests provide a constant source of foliage updates.

The US forest Service is also a great resource, which we definitely refer to as well.

fallcolorsDate: 9/27/13

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:
Durango – 15% 
Molas Pass - 25%
Silverton/Red Mountain Pass – 55% aspens
Pagosa – 15
Dolores/Rico – 10% aspens, 50% cottonwoods
Mancos – 5%

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:
The best area right now would be Red Mountain Pass, north side into Ouray, and the alpine loop on the Lake City side. 

This weekend (Sept. 28-29) should be good on Hwy 550.

10,000 to 12,000 feet should be changing fast, especially north aspects.
Dolores River valley improving quickly.



Estimated Peak Viewing Period:
High country this week and next weekend (Sept 21-22).
Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves.

fallcolors2Viewing Suggestions / Tips:
4WD in Silverton and the alpine loop. Lake City to Creede.  North side of Red Mountain Pass

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:
Aspens, grasses, willows and low scrub oak.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:
San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Rocky Mountain Region Fall Color page link
National Forest Service Color Finder page link

 

The weather has a strong effect on the changing of the leaves in Colorado, and with the recent rains, we are still seeing quite a bit of green. In Ouray itself, there are definite patches of color, and the drive from Montrose to Ouray is quite stunning. As the season of colors proceeds, be sure to check with us first!

bcl rainbowAll of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are looking forward to helping you plan the perfect Fall retreat. This time of year I like to refer to as the Rainbow season: every afternoon, the sun displays a rainbow over the town, often a double rainbow, the stark red, yellow and green acting as a contrast to the deep blue of the sky. There is no other place to experience so much beauty!

 

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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!

 

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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!

 

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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!

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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!

 

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