All the Comforts of Home and More at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!
Recently, while picking up some supplies for the hotel, the cashier realized where I was from, and began gushing about the Box Canyon Lodge.
"My sister and I just came back from a weekend stay with you," she began, "And we spent hours in the tubs discussing how the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs would be the perfect spot to wait out a Zombie Apocalypse."
Well. This is why I love my job.
She continued, describing our natural hot springs, and the natural cold springs in Ouray, our location, tucked into the mountainside as we are, is easily defended. Because we heat our water and rooms with geothermal energy, and have made so many green upgrades, the property would be more sustainable than many other places, and so on. Not to mention the spectacular beauty of Ouray. Who wouldn't want to wait out an apocalypse here?
Being an avid Walking Dead fan myself, she got my creative juices flowing with this chat. We held up the line for a few minutes discussing the validity of her and her sisters analysis of the property and the city of Ouray.
It also got me to thinking that quite a few of us are inextricably tied to the fantasy worlds created by a good T.V. show. We watch. We comment. We take lines from our favorite movies and shows, and find a common thread. Some of us are obsessed with sports. The possibility of missing that play off, or epic game is daunting. Nerves become frayed at the possibility of missing the winning goal.
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs just upgraded our cable package for our guests. We now offer a couple of movie channels and several sport stations, as well as AMC, making a Sunday night visit possible for guests not wanting to miss the newest episode of their favorite show or sporting event. Now, after a day of outdoor adventures and an evening of soaking and dining in town, you can snuggle in your bed, and not worry whether you set your DVR at home.
For ages, I have been of the mind that having television is relatively unimportant, especially while on vacation. Who wants to sit in front of a box of moving pictures when there is so much to see and do right outside their door?
We write blogs, and post on Social Networks, letting our guests know everything we can that will make their visit memorable. Recently, I came to the realization that in addition to the plethora of adventures to be had throughout the day and early evening, relaxing at night in comfort, with a favorite show playing in the background does in fact make the unfamiliar familiar.
As we have entered into the age of electronics, it is no secret that almost everyone has at least one or two devices that are linked in to the Web. The Box Canyon Lodge has provided complimentary wifi to our guests for years, however, located as we are in a wonderfully defensible box canyon, there are indeed times when the wifi has been a little frustrating. The signal may fade, or too many people log in at once, kicking someone off. Recognizing that our smart phones and tablets are also our primary method of communication these days, we have taken steps to upgrade and improve our connectivity. Every room has been equipped with additional power strips, so that no one has to crawl behind the bureau to plug in their laptop.
At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our guests are our number one priority. We take pride in clean, comfortable rooms. Our rustic decor is a testament to simple pleasures, outdoor adventures and relaxing soaks in the mineral hot springs. At the same time, we do recognize and accomodate the need for modern technology, and strive to combine the two in a comfortable blend.
All of us enjoy learning from our guests. We love to hear what you think about the property. What you would like to see happen here, or stay the same, and of course, whether you would like to stay with us in the event of a zombie apocolypse!
From soaking in the sulfer free hot springs to adrenaline pumping adventures, Ouray invites you to share the magic!
The area surrounding Ouray is a haven for the adventurer. The mountains seem to call out, begging to be explored. Every season holds a lifetime of experiences, the biggest question is where to begin?
Faith Parry and I decided to put our heads together, and came up with just a few adventures that everyone should try at least once:
The town itself is worthy of any Bucket List. When approached from the South on Highway 550 (the Million Dollar Highway), the initial view of this tiny mountain town is amazing. Walking along Main Street, it is impossible not to pause occasionally just to gaze at the splendor on every side. To one side of the canyon, Cascade Falls dominated the view, while a short walk in the other direction takes you to the base of Box Canyon Falls as it booms through the canyon walls.
1.) Ice Climbing
The idea of climbing a frozen waterfall is an interesting one to say the least. Home to the largest farmed ice park in the country, Ouray boasts a group of volunteers whose passion for climbing is surpassed only by their desire to share the experience. For two decades, our ice farmers have sculpted the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge into a playground for the sound of heart.
The silence in the park is punctuated by the sound of axes striking ice, and softly spoken warnings to those still below, as athletes ascend to the top of the canyon. The drama of the climb verges on surreal, as if you have transformed into a world in which there is only you, and the ice. Rainbows of light are captured in frozen water, begging a moment of speculation as your body is tested to its limits. Reaching the top of the climb, an impression of fulfillment pervades every fiber, and the mind explodes with ideas for the next challenge.
Climbers almost dance past the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in the early morning, eager to explore the limits of the ice and themselves. as the day warms and the ice becomes less stable, these same climbers tiredly make their way to the all natural mineral hot springs, exchanging stories of the climb as tired muscles relax in the healing waters.
2.) Drive the Four Wheel Drive Trails
Ouray is one of the jeeping capitals in the world. We have some of the greatest off road terrain the go over spectacular mountain passes and to old mining towns and beautiful high alpine basins.
The most extreme off road route is Black Bear Pass. The pass is one way from Ouray to Telluride and traverses mountain tundra and lush valleys with waterfalls and wildflowers. The pass summits at 12,840 feet above sea level.
Another awesome pass from Ouray is Engineer Pass which is part of the Alpine Loop and connects to many other wonderful passes such as Corkscrew and Cinnamon Passes.
Animas Forks is a wonderful ghost town on Engineer Pass near Silverton. If renting a jeep you will not be able to do Black Bear or Poughkeepsie Gulch. If you want to do any of these passes please be sure you have the right vehicle and equipment. Because of the narrow roads and tight turns a short wheel base and high clearance is a necessity as well as a low range gear.
3.) Sulfur Free Hot Springs
O.K., I know we talk about them all the time, but Ouray has some amazing hot springs.
Southwest Colorado boasts many towns and spas with natural mineral hot springs, but Ouray has the added good fortune to possess hot springs with very low sulfur content; soakers can enjoy the soothing heat of water full of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, without the distinctive odor of sulfur. Common to almost every mineral hot spring is a high content of sodium, which may explain the lightness so many bathers comment on when enjoying this natural wonder.
Bubbling to the surface at temperatures from 140 to 180 degrees, Ouray does have to cool its water to make it safe for bathing. Once part of the first Sanitarium in Ouray, The Box Canyon Lodge provides four redwood tubs tiered on the hillside in our courtyard for guests to enjoy the peace and beauty of the San Juans while soaking in a more private, natural setting. The temperature of our mineral hot spring water is maintained between 101 to 108 degrees varying by a couple of degrees from tub to tub.
The source of the hot water at the Box Canyon Lodge can be seen steaming above the tubs, and as with anywhere the water flows so close to the surface, the area surrounding the spring houses a variety of wildlife taking advantage of the warmer ground, and ever present foliage.
4.) Hike a Fourteener
Anywhere you look in the town of Ouray are peaks and trails beckoning to be traversed. Deep into the canyon and high above timberline, access to miles and miles of back country heaven are literally on your doorstep.
Is climbing a 14er on your bucket list? If so, come to Ouray this summer for some great mountain climbing. Ouray is surrounded by spectacular towering peaks. Our most popular is Mt Sneffels which is 14,150 feet high. Access the trail head by driving up the famous Camp Bird Rd to Yankee Boy Basin. The climb to the peak is a giant rock field and there is usually snow in spots year round. The view from the top is spectacular! Below you to the north are Blue Lakes, which is also an amazing hike.
When climbing 14ers be prepared for any weather and take plenty of food and water. Some people like to start very early in the morning to avoid afternoon storms, but I have done it in the afternoon on a spectacular Colorado blue sky day.
If you just want a serious challenge for a hike and don’t care that it is a 14er there are several 13ers that are more difficult climbs. My absolute favorite is Mount Emma, which is around 13,500. It is a 5,000 vertical foot climb as opposed to Sneffels which is only about a 2,000 foot climb. Uncompahgre Peak is another good 14er nearby.
Regardless of the season, be sure to bring your camera! Standing at the summit of Imogene Pass, or in the middle of Main Street, there is a never ending array of sights to behold. Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help design a getaway that will last forever in your heart, an adventure in every memory.
Warm Weather continues into Daylight Savings in the San Juan Mountains!
October in Ouray was amazing. Every day, we watched with bated breath for the snow to fall, covering the earth with a blanket of white for Trick or Treaters to trudge through on a quest for the best candy in town.
Typically, the children wear thick coats and snow shoes over costumes, requiring folks to look closely to discern what typr of monster stands before them. Halloween parties are much the same, with coats draped over every chair as ghouls and goblins dance the night away.
Not so last night, or very much at all this year. We are walking into the 11th hour with the sun shining, and yet another forecast for snow. Of course, at almost 8000 feet, it is difficult to guage when mother nature will decide to send winter our way. We celebrate whatever the weather wants to provide, knowing full well that even the worst winter storm will only last a day or so, then we will be blessed with a magnificent winter wonderland.
Ice climbers have not started to get nervous, nor have skiers and other winter sport enthusiasts. Everyone knows winter will be here soon enough, and are taking advantage of the seemingly unseasonable weather. Ice farmers have had an easy job so far of prepping the site and checking the water systems. They are expecting to have the park open no later than mid-December.
Skiers need not worry. Just a short drive away, the resorts are still forcasting a Thanksgiving opening, and there are no concerns that the weather will not cooperate.
Of course, we are all prepared for cozy nights in town as well. Many local restaurants will remain open this winter, offering a variety of great dining options, while shops an of course, the hot springs anticipate a great season.
Here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we are excited for the months events at the Wright Opera House. From Wednesday night movies to plays and live music, the next couple of months look promising for evening entertainment.
Not to mention the hot springs! With hardly any sulphur in our water, the mineral springs in Ouray and particularly at the hotel are an experience not to be missed. Winter soaking is almost surreal, as the steam surrounds you, melting giant snowflakes before they land. The views from the tubs are second to none. Surrounded by mountains, with deer grazing in the warmth of the springs, it is no surprise the Utes considered this area sacred ground.
Until the snow arrives, visitors can enjoy strolling Main Street in light jackets, wandering from shop to shop. Soon, the snow will come, creating a sense of wonder on Main Street, the lights of the shop windows reflecting on the snow. Warm cocoa and a delicious meal are a temptation not easily ignored.
Life is good in Ouray, we look forward to seeing you!
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, the majesty of the San Juan Mountains is Second to None!
When the last of the snow has melted from the highest peaks, the rivers run high, and the reds blues and yellows of a world of flowers create a rainbow accross the land.
Everywhere you look, life is bursting in an explosion of color and sunshine. Wildlife bring their newest out for a first look at the world, and the sun shines bright through afternoon rain showers.
Adventurers journey through a surreal world of unparalelled beauty.
Summer arrives, and the roads are dry and inviting. Although not quite so stark, the flowers still remain and over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads beckon the adventurer.
Hikers, rock climbers and canyoneers flood the area, cameras click as everyone tries to capture the awe inspiring mountains and forests teeming with life.
Around every corner, the world is warm and bright, with cool evenings filled with more stars than you've ever seen before.
The world gradually begins to change with the leaves. the evenings become more brisk, and the landscape seems to shift. Fall has begun, and the high country sings with new colors as the aspens, oakbrush and cottonwoods compete for the most spectacular display.
The 4WD trails are still open, and the Million Dollar Highway is lined with cameras as once again, the world attemts to capture a moment in time.
Locals are beginning the job of quieter times, as jackets replace sweaters in the evening, and we begin to wonder where we put our skis and ice climbing gear. The leaves fall more quickly until suddenly, as if gasping in relief, the last leaf falls.
Winter teases and taunts with the promise of snow. The sun closes its eyes a little earlier every night, and the Ice Park begins the process of creating ice.
All along the Uncompahgre Gorge, they curious look on and marvel at the athleticism as climbers take to the ice in a ballet of axe hitting ice.
Deeper in the Gorge, instructors take a group of beginners through the process of learning the dance in the "Schoolroom" and the Kids Climbing Park.
The day ends inevitably no matter the season. As the stars dot the sky, and the sun fades away, there is still one thing to do. Soothing the worn tired muscles of a well spent adventure, the mineral hot springs provide a moment of absolute peace.
Under a blanket of stars, as the steam rises all around: Summer, so brilliant and bright, Winter, so brisk and stark. Early morning, coffee steaming, blending with the warmth of the tub, as deer graze nearby, seemingly unaware of your proximity.
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is open 365 days a year, and welcomes travellers to the adventure of this small town with a giant heart every time of year. Whether you plan to push your body to new levels by tackling a fourteener, or by finding a one of a kind gift, created by one of the many talented artists in the area, we are here to help you. Take the first step for the adventure of a lifetime!
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is the Perfect Winter Escape!
At the Box Canyon Lodge, we love our guests. Whether you have been visiting us for years, or this is your first time to the property, every guest becomes a part of what makes us great.
Nineteen years ago, John and Barbara Uhles offered a special incentive to folks who join the "Once A Month Club". In exchange for coming to see us at least once a month from October through May, members receive incredible discounts and offers on rooms. The club took off, and the lodge has been blessed with an extended family who have visited monthly for years and years.
When Rich and Karen Avery purchased the hotel in 2006, the "Once a Month Club" was an exciting and interesting concept. What better way to learn what does and does not work than from the folks who visit so frequently? Not to mention the opportunity to meet so many of the people who have been an integral part of this amazing property! Friendships formed and continue to thrive and grow. Members come and go, some stay with the club for just one year, while many more become life long members.
The months of October through May, the city of Ouray becomes a much more quiet community. As the snow begins to fall and temperatures drop, access to the high country becomes more limited. Several businesses close for the winter, the owners taking advantage of the chance to explore the outside world, or just relax and prepare for the following summer. Nothing compares to an evening in Ouray when the streets are so quiet it is as if you are the only person in town. Snow falls gently, and the four mineral hot spring tubs in our courtyard are an intimate escape from it all.
The majority of our Once a Month Club members live fairly close to us, but we also have a number of folks from as far away as Denver, Santa Fe and Moab. A number of members have chosen to join the club with family members, friends, or through their businesses. It is a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of the club without having to worry about whether you can commit to visiting all eight months yourself. From hospitals to families to business associations, we have a wide variety of visitors who enjoy the benefits of the Once a Month Club.
The serene beauty of the Uncompahgres is a magnificent backdrop to whatever winter activities interest you. Whether an avid skiier, snow shoer, ice climber or hot tubber, Ouray serves as a perfect base camp. Telluride is just a short drive for downhill skiing. The Box Canyon Lodge is just at the base of the Ice Park Trail, and any hiking trail becomes the perfect winter adventure for snow shoeing. Ironton Park is only a few miles up the pass for a day cross country skiing on meticulously groomed and maintained trails.
After a day of fall or winter adventuring, how nice to relax in the warm, soothing mineral hot springs!
Once a month members can take advantage of these little getaways much more often, not having to be concerned with a long drive home. Of course, there are times when the discounted rate does not apply, however, with so many other days available, it is simple to plan around.
Every year, as the summer season begins to wind down, everyone at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs begins to look forward to October with a feeling of anticipation and excitement. The Club members have started to call, and make dates for the first visit of the season, and we can't wait to start catching up on the past months.
This year, we hope to add to the family, and invite everyone to come and experience a winter in Ouray!
Check out our contract. Fill it out and send it back to us, or just bring it along on your first visit! This year, be sure to expect some great deals for the summer season as well! Every once in a while, we just miss our clubbers, and want to see them during the warm months as well. So, every once in a while, club members may receive an email from us inviting them all to come visit for a last minute getaway!
Join the Club, and become a part of our little extended family here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!
See You Soon.
From Mining to Ranching to Soaking in Natural Hot Springs; The Beauty of Ouray County is Everlasting!
The Ute Indians arrived in what is today known as Ouray County about 1300 AD to find a land formed some 35 million years ago by firs and ice. Immense volcanic eruptions resulted in deep, lava formed craters. The most recent Ice Age scoured the mountain valleys, carving great amphiteatres, cliffs and peaks. the Utes valued the Uncompahgres based on abundant wildlife, plentiful streams, and of course the natural hot springs. For ages, the Ute tribe lived in harmony with the land.
It is widely believed that the first white men to visit the valley were "Gus" Begole and John Eckles in 1875 in search of gold and silver. Soon the men found the area was rich in possibilities, and soon claims were being made all through the area.
The following spring, the rush was on. The town was surveyed, streets laid out, and most of the timber in the Ouray area was cut down for cabins. In the fall of 1876, the town was incorporated and given the name of Ouray in honor of the great Ute chief famed for his efforts to maintain peace between the two cultures.
Mines were also taking root higher in the mountains in Imogene and Yankee Boy. Pack trains carried supplies and ore between local mines and Ouray, now over 400 strong, boasting a school, four stores, two hotel, a saw mill, an ore sampling works, post office and an assortment of saloons and gambling houses.
In 1883, entrepreneur and engineering genius Otto Mears carved a toll road between Ouray and the towns of Silverton and Ironton to the south. This road is now known as US Highway 550, or more lovingly dubbed the Million Dollar Highway.
In 1887, the area experienced another boom when the Denver Rio Grande Railroad established a depot in town, which allowed the profitable mining of low grade ores. With rich discoveries made northeast of town in the Gold Hill area, and the mining industry booming, the population of Ouray exploded to over 2000 residents by the year 1890. The following year, the town of Ridgway was developed as a travel hub for the railway.
The town suffered a scare in 1893, when the value of silver plummeted, but three years later was again riding high when Tom Walsh struck it rich at the Camp Bird Mine, southwest of town. Between 1896 and 1910, the mine produced over $26 million.
At the turn of the century, Ouray entered a boom or bust cycle as mining became less productive and tourism became more of a focal point. The Ouray Hot Springs Pool was built, and the city purchased Box Canyon Park.
Ridgway prospered as a railroad transportation center until the Rio Grande Rail Southern Rail halted service in 1951. Today, Ridgway is a successful ranching community, gifted with moderate climate and fertile land. The town continues to serve as an important junction, leading to some of the finest skiing in Colorado, and energy rich mineral deposits in the west.
The city of Ouray has been designated as a National Historic District. Beautifully preserved and restored Victorian architecture serves to recall the century old mining traditions and ingenuity of the early settlers. Even the city pool is on the National Historical Register.
The Ouray County Historical Society Museum is housed in what was once the hospital, and offers a sampling of the rich and varied past of the area.
There are over 10,000 abandoned mine shafts, tunnels or cuts within a ten mile radius of Ouray, for hikers to seek and discover, as well as access to over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails, most leading to ghost towns and abandoned mines high in the mountains. It is always fascinating to experience in a four wheel drive vehicle trails that were once traveled by hearty men and women on horseback or on foot, often in the winter through feet of snow. Yikes!
The Bachelor Syracuse Mine, just a few miles north of the city now offers tours, taking people over 2,000 feet into the ground to experience a tiny taste of mining at the turn of the century.
Rich in history and overflowing with natural beauty, Ouray County offers a variety of adventures. Whether fascinated by the old town feel, or eager to soak in the natural mineral hot springs, there is something for everyone here.
See you soon!
It's easy to be Green at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!
With our all natural mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in the courtyard, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.
For the past several years, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has worked diligently to make the lodge what it is today, earning a four key rating from Green Key, a well know eco-rating program. With a passion for reducing a carbon foot print, we have made improvement upon improvement to the property, many of which we wouldn't even notice if we didn't know about them!
Two years ago, new windows were installed in every room to conserve both heat in the winter, and to keep the rooms cooler in the summer months. New doors were also installed for the same reasons.
Our new key card system implements recyclable key cards. These are not the magnetic key cards that de code if they get too close to your cel phone, but a sturdier type of key that can be reprogrammed again and again, while still providing a new level of security to our guests.
As often as possible, we stay away from strong cleaners that are known to be hurtful to the environment, while still maintaning an exemplary reputation for our clean rooms.
As strong supporters of community and supporting local businesses, as many products as possible are purchased locally. Even down to the new soap dispensers in the rooms, Colorado products are prevalent.
Serving muffins baked by a local caterer, and roasting our own coffee, which is served both in the lobby and in the rooms, we focus on the marvelous talents of the area to compliment the hotel.
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is proud to use geothermal heat exchangers.
The source of our hot springs is located above the tubs in a securely fenced off area as it comes out of the ground at about 140*. We pump the water straight from the earth and use that hot water to heat our tap water. We also use the heat from the mineral hot springs to warm all of the rooms on the property!
Often, even if the heat is turned off in your room, warmth will emanate from the panels; a side effect of the geothermal hot water heating system. It's actually not unusual to have to open a window when the geothermal is in full gear!
Recycling bins are in every room, and our housekeeping staff, as vigilant about being green as they are about a meticulously clean room, has been know to pull recyclable items from the trash and place in the appropriate containers.
From energy efficient washers, to geothermal heat; recycling bins and local vendors, the Box Canyon Lodge continuously works to protect our environment.
There are a variety of things our guests can do as well to help us on this mission, and we are always happy to hear your feedback and suggestions on ways we can further the cause.
April 22, Earth Day, we want to reward those guests who have gone the extra "mile". Every Earth Day, we offer a 50% discount on your stay if you come see us in your hybrid car. Just let the front desk agent know when you check in, and she will apply the discount for you!
Every day it is important to remember to take care of our planet, which is why we also offer a 15% discount for guests with a hybrid vehicle any other day of the year!
Come share our passion! Enjoy the natural serenity of our mineral hot spring tubs. Surround yourself in the majestic beauty of the San Juan Mountains as you relax away the day to day!
See You Soon!
Take A Break In The San Juan Mountains This Spring!
It is never too early to start planning the next adventure for you and your family and friends. Often, Spring Breakers imagine beaches and parties and throngs of people bustling all around, but it doesn't have to be that way. Why not plan a getaway that has something for everyone in a place where time seems to stop?
Ouray, Colorado - central to a variety of activities, is the ideal home base for your Southwest Colorado Adventure!
* Start your vacation by checking in with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, a hot springs motel boasting four all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the “Award of Excellence” by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has also earned the four-key rating from Green Key, a well-known eco-rating program.
* Main Street in Ouray is a treat. In some cases literally. Wander from shops offering every thing from one of a kind jewelry and hand blown glass to gourmet cooking supplies, clothing, and don’t miss the toy store! Mouse’s Chocolates offers decadent truffles and specialty drinks year round, and several restaurants are open for spectacular dining options.
* There are a number of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Ouray – and nearly all of them are just steps from Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs. For instance, hire a guide and spend the day learning how to scale hanging walls of glistening ice at the world-famous Ouray Ice Park. You can even “earn your turn” and venture into the back country for some boarding or skiing in some of the most challenging terrain in Colorado. San Juan Mountain Guides offers classes and instruction for all abilities in both disciplines. Group discounts are also available.
Of course, you don’t have to venture far into the back country or hire a guide to enjoy some snowy fun. Just up the street from the Box Canyon Lodge is the Ouray free ski hill. Take the kids for an afternoon of fun, or get your ski legs back before hitting the big slopes. Vinegar Hill is always a great way to enjoy a couple of hours outdoors as well. Bales of straw form a barrier around this famous sled hill just a block from the school, providing a safe place to shoot across the snow. Just North of town at Rotary Park is the Ouray ice skating rink! Enjoy an afternoon or evening enjoying the beauty of the Uncompahgres as the family perfects their skating techniques. Didn't bring skis or a sled? Well not to worry! Ouray Mountain Sports, just a few blocks away, has both available for day rentals. The Ouray City Pool offers ice skates for rent as well, and after a few hours on the ice, how convenient to drop off your skates, then soak in the second largest all natural mineral hot springs pool in the state?
* Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs are the perfect way to top off a fun-filled day in Ouray. The tubs offer spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. The hot tub temperatures range between 103
and 108 degrees, offering one of the best ways to revitalize after a full day of ice climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. (The tubs are also a great respite after a challenging day of reading, napping, and relaxing!) The hot springs water in Ouray doesn't contain any sulfur, so it is free of the unpleasant odor sometimes associated with hot springs. The hot springs water, which is rich in sodium, manganese, iron, and sulfates, is not only good for the body, it is also good for the environment.
Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your vacation headquarters. Located in the Southwest corner of town, it feels as if you are miles away from everything, yet just a short distance to all of the restaurants and shops on Main Street, and convenient to a number of hiking trails as well as the Ouray Ice Park. Perfect as a ground zero if you are planning a ski weekend - just an hour drive to Telluride or Silverton and just a few minutes more to Purgatory, Ouray truly is a Winter Wonderland!
This March and April, The Box Canyon Lodge is offering a spectacular savings to Spring Breakers. Stay two nights with us, and receive a third night at 50% OFF! So gather your friends and family and head on up to Ouray this Spring Break!
See you soon!
A Winter Wonderland of Adventure awaits in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!
Centuries before the white man arrived, the Tabeguache Ute, a nomadic band, traveled to this idyllic setting in the summer months to hunt the abundant forest game and to soak in what they called “sacred miracle waters”. Even then, they knew the springs that simmer beneath much of Ouray were therapeutic. In fact, the town’s original name was “Uncompahgre”, the Ute word for “hot water springs”. Today, the natural hot springs in Ouray still draw visitors for their reputed healing abilities. Here at the Box Canyon Lodge, our natural hot springs come out of the ground at 140°. We then feed it into our redwood hot tubs at a more comfortable temperature, between 103°-109°, depending on the time of year.
The local children’s sledding hill, known as Vinegar Hill, has been Ouray’s sledding hill for over 100 years. It is located on the east side of town between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The top and bottom of Fifth Street, between these two avenues, is blocked off with hay bales to driving traffic. In addition to this in-town sledding hill, a short drive from Ouray in either direction offers unlimited sledding in some of the most spectacular mountains you’ll ever see. If you didn’t bring a sled you can purchase an inexpensive plastic one from several of Ouray’s shops. For the more serious thrill seeker, check out Ouray Mountain Sports for handmade wooden sleds from Silverton. A large piece of cardboard works well too!
Ouray is ranked as one of the most popular locations for ice climbing in the world. Not only do the surrounding mountains provide numerous spectacular ice-climbing routes, Ouray has the only ice park where a mile of farmed ice is available to climbers right in the city limits, easily accessible and free to all who enjoy this exciting sport. With the accessibility of the Ouray Ice Park, more Ouray visitors are walking to the park and watching the climbers from the bridges and also from the stands built for this purpose along the top of the Uncompahgre Gorge. Climbers are usually in the park throughout the day but typically start early. CAUTION: Be sure to dress warmly and stay away from both the climbing area and edge of the gorge. There are a number of world-class outfitters who live in the Ouray area. If you are interested in learning how to ice climb, San Juan Mountain Guides offers guided instruction for individuals or groups. If this sport is new to you consider staying in Ouray for several days and including ice climbing lessons with your other outdoor activities. For more information on the Ouray Ice Park consider buying “The Ouray Ice Park Guide” by local mountaineers Vince Anderson and Cindy Williams. It is available at local stores in Ouray or at amazon.com.
The Ouray ice skating rink is located at Rotary Park, approximately one mile north of the Hot Springs Pool, and offers some amazing mountain views during the day, as well as the opportunity for some serious star gazing at night! The rink is typically open from late December throughout the winter as long as winter temperatures remain cold enough to maintain ice. So bring your skates and enjoy the fun atmosphere of an outdoor ice rink. Or, pick up a game of “broom ball” with some of the locals. The rink is maintained by the City of Ouray and a cadre of volunteers. There is a small warming hut located at the rink. Lights at the rink allow for skating in the cold and silent hours of a winter evening with stars shining above.
Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing:
Opportunities for winter sports activities abound in and around Ouray. Within walking distance of town, numerous trails provide cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing access, or just hiking, to take in the special charm of our beautiful valley blanketed in snow. A short drive in either direction will open up more challenging winter backcountry terrain along with miles of groomed Nordic track, or, slip on a pair of snowshoes and explore miles of untouched powder in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains. When winter comes to stay, many of our summer hiking trails are transformed into magnificent trails through spruce forests. You can really work up an appetite on some of the longer trails so pack a picnic and a thermos of hot cocoa to rejuvenate. Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski rentals are available in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main Street.
Experience the splendor of the Uncompahgre Mountains in the winter with us. We guarantee you will never want to leave this Christmas Card perfect town!
Ouray Hotel Offers Romance Every Day of the Year With These Great Packages!
When considering a romantic getaway with your significant other, think no further than the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Beautiful Ouray, Colorado!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you have been getting those looks. That questioning gaze when they think you're not paying attention...is it going to be the same old thing? A quick bunch of roses from the grocery store, or a box of candy with a Charles Schultz character on the front?
Step outside of your comfort zone, and surprise your hearts desire with a getaway that will let them know exactly how much you care!
Take a scenic drive along Highway 550 to the beautiful town of Ouray. Wander Main Street, each locally owned and operated shop a testament to hard work and creativity. Purchase a one of a kind gift for each other, then enjoy lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in town.
After lunch, head down to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and check in to your room. Located in the Southwest corner of Ouray, the Box Canyon offers the best of both worlds.
Serenely tucked in at the base of the walking entrance to the Box Canyon Waterfall Park and the Ouray Ice Park, the hotel feels as if it is a world away from everything. The welcoming front desk agent will direct you to your room, where your true romantic adventure begins.
Whether it is relaxation and serenity, or an epic adventure for two, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs have taken care of all of the details for you.
Adrenaline junkies will find an itinerary for the adventure of their choice. All of the arrangements have been made to meet with your guide in the morning and your itinerary is already printed and placed in your room for you; all you have to do is enjoy your evening, and prepare for a day of snowmobiling or ice climbing.
Take a class at the Ice Park. Ultimately, climbing is a two person sport. One person has to hold the line as the other climbs; somewhat similar to relationships.
A snomobile tour in the San Juans between Ridgway and Telluride is an experience the two of you will remember for a lifetime. Couples who have shared their adventurous day with us have always been bursting with the fun and excitement of the speed and beauty of these tours.
Spend the day snowshoeing or cross country skiing. The serene quiet of the Uncompahgres as the two of you explore a variety of trails leaves the impression of being the only people in the world. We will plot out the perfect map for you to a spot ideal for your skill level.
Rates for the Adventure Romance begin at $150.00.
For the couple who just wants to relax and enjoy some quiet couples time, settle in for an evening of soaking in the mineral hot springs and an early dinner. Your appointment for a couples massage has been set either here in your room, or at the spa, your choice.
Once back to the hotel, a late check out has been arranged. In the morning, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, roasted in Ridgway, entices the two of you out of bed, and back to the tubs for a morning soak. The crisp mountain air quickly clears the cobwebs of sleep, and nothing quite compares to enjoying a steaming cup of coffee as the sun glistens on the winter landscape. You won't have to get out of your warm robes until it is time to meander home in the afternoon.
Rates for the Relaxation Romance Package begin at $175.00.
No rule book says that this is the end of your romantic getaway, or that you have to specifically choose one package or the other. There are a variety of activities in and around Ouray that seem to have been specifically created for a couple enjoying each others company.
The list is endless, and the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is waiting to help create a getaway specific to you and your love.
The Box Canyon Lodge Romance Packages are specifically designed for you and your love. When you call, our informative front desk will work with you to create the getaway that will live forever. Starting at $150.00 plus tax, this is a wonderful way to show your love how much you care.