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November Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado


As fall begins to fade, and winter unveils her intentions, the San Juans prepare for a season of festivities and a healthy dose of relaxation.

MtAbramsOnce the snow begins to fall, sledding, ice skating and all kinds of skiing are just a short distance from your front door. Until then, the hiking trails are calling, with long luxurious soaks in the mineral hot springs beckoning, regardless of the weather.
Take a scenic drive, or just hang out in town, soaking, shopping and relaxing the days away! Truly a great place to either celebrate the holidays, or just take a much deserved break, Ouray County is a welcoming escape.

Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto MearsExhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of this historical figure.

Friday, November 2, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House/Hello, I Must Be Going

bald eagle ouray county coloradoHead on down to the Wright Opera House for an evening of entertainment as you enjoy wonderful film in this historic venue.

Tickets are $7.00 adults, $5.00 children. Movie begins at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 3, 2013 Mountain Air Music Series Fundraiser / The Black Lillies

Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have quickly risen to the forefront of the Americana scene. Founded by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras (co-founder of Robinella and the CCstringband), The Black Lillies have created their own unique brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia.

The Ouray Chamber Resort Association offers this evening of entertainment as a fundraiser to support the 2013 Mountain Air Music Series.

Tickets are $75.00 per person. Show begins at 6:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm.

Friday, November 9, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House

weehawken logoMovies are a great wat to escape the norm, and what better place than at the Wright Opera House in Ouray?

Tickets are $7.00 adults, $5.00 children. Movie begins at 7:30pm

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - The Grinch

Featuring 25 of Weehawken's "Company Dancers" and all of the students who are in the Silverton Dance Program, this dance performance of the holiday favorite is sure to please!

Tickets are $10.00 per person. Show starts at 4:00 pm, doors open at 3:30pm

Friday, November 16, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House/ Step Up To The Plate

wright opera house logo“Step Up to the Plate” offers a rare glimpse into the Bras’ culinary process while capturing one of the most closely watched transitions in the world of haute cuisine.

Tickets are $7.00 adults, $5.00 children. Movie begins at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Timshel Theatre presents "Cherry Docs" at the Wright Opera House

The Timshel Theatre Company’s thought-provoking production of “Cherry Docs,” a two-character production of good and evil written by Canadian playwright David Gow will be hosted by the Wright Opera House for two days this November. Timshel Theatre Company is an organization that recognizes and celebrates the freedom to choose our own course, to do the art they love and believe in: important, thought-provoking theater in an intimate setting, with which they can touch and move one another, learn from one another’s humanness, and make a difference by opening minds and hearts.

Admission cost is by donation. Showtime 7:30pm. Doors open 6:30pm

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 5th Annual Ouray County Non-Profit Holiday Bazaar

million dollar highwayJoin the Ouray County Arts Associtaion at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado as you peruse a wide assortment original gift ideas presented by a number of non-profit organizations in Ouray County including the Ouray County Arts Association.
Bazaar wil be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm. No admission

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - Timshel Theatre presents "Cherry Docs" at the Wright Opera House

The Timshel Theatre Company’s thought-provoking production of “Cherry Docs,” a two-character production of good and evil written by Canadian playwright David Gow will be hosted by the Wright Opera House for two days this November. Timshel Theatre Company is an organization that recognizes and celebrates the freedom to choose our own course, to do the art they love and believe in: important, thought-provoking theater in an intimate setting, with which they can touch and move one another, learn from one another’s humanness, and make a difference by opening minds and hearts.

Admission by Donation. Showtime 2:30pm. Doors open 1:30pm

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - THANKSGIVING!

thanksgiving turkeyHappy Holidays to all of our guests! Don't cook this Turkey Day, come on up to Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge to enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving Day Special, which includes lodging and a traditional Holiday meal at the Outlaw Restaurant!

Call us for details! 970-325-4981

Friday, November 30, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House/ Searching for Sugar Man"

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.

Tickets are $7.00 adults, $5.00 children. Movie begins at 7:30pm

tubsShare the well kept secret of a getaway to Ouray in November! Whether you plan on spending every day exploring the great outdoors, or relaxing in the secluded privacy of the Box Canyon Lodge, this is the vacation to remember. As everything becomes quieter, there is no better way to end an evening than to peruse our extensive video library for some old favorites or an exciting new release which you can watch in the comfort of your room after dinner and a nice long soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. Be sure to check with us about November specials, which make this little adventure even more enticing!

See you soon!


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Ouray Oktoberfest: A Fall Celebration


Food Fun and Music with the Box Canyon Lodge at Oktoberfest in Ouray, Colorado this Fall

october colorsOctober in the San Juans is a spectacular time of year. As the last of the aspen leaves fall, the folk in town begin to prepare for winter and the first snows. To celebrate another succesful season, and usher in the restful winter months, Oktoberfest, with music, dancing, fabulous food and beverages, is a long tradition bringing together old friends, and creating new ones every year.

This year is going to be even more exciting with a fireworks display at the end of the evening!

ouray fireworks 2The city of Ouray still has some left over fireworks from the Fourth of July, which, as you may remember, had been cancelled due to the dry weather. Well, thankfully, we have had some much needed moisture, and now we get to enjoy another spectacular light show. Nothing really compares to fireworks in Ouray. Personally, I am hoping for at least a bit of snow on the peaks, because the reflection on snowy mountain peaks, followed by the booming echo as each firework explodes as absolutely amazing!

austrian connectionBack by popular demand, Austrian Connection, from Westminster Colorado, headlines and their classic German folk songs entertain party goers. Wear your lederhosen or dirndl to participate in a costume contest, as you polka the night away and enjoy a wide variety of traditional German dishes, while sampling microbrews from one of our local breweries.

oktoberfest jeepDoor prizes from many shops and restaurants in the area are given away throughout the evening, with the drawing for a brand new Jeep Wrangler as the grand finale of the celebration. Every year for the past 48 years, the Ouray Chamber and Resort Association raffles off a brand new jeep, selling tickets all season long, then presenting the keys to the winner on the eve of Oktoberfest. This year, you can see the orange Jeep Wrangler parked in different places on Main Street. Raffle tickets are only $5.00 for one, three for $10.00, or seven for $20.00. The proceeds of the raffle are used toward the beautification and maintenance of the City of Ouray, as well as the purchase of next years jeep.

outlaw restaurant ourayLocal shops will be participating in a sidewalk sale during the day. What better time to investigate all of the treasures these shops have to offer, and pick up some early Christmas presents for those hard to shop for people on your list.

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

box canyon tubs

After a day spent experiencing the variety of colors of fall in Southwest Colorado, and exploring the shops and sidewalk sales on Main Street in Ouray, celebrate Oktoberfest in the Switzerland of America. At the end of a day full of adventure, beauty, good food, music and spirits, its time to relax with a long soak in the natural mineral hot springs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to complete the best Oktoberfest celebration around!




Upcoming Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado: March 2012


Believe it or not, the best time to visit Southwest Colorado for a quiet escape filled with snow is in March!

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWhen considering a winter getaway with snow covering the ground in a pristine blanket of fresh powder ripe for snow angels and ski trails, the image of Christmas trees and New Year’s resolutions may come to mind. 

Not only is March the snowiest month in Colorado, offering the most prime skiing conditions, it is also one of the most serene times to visit the hot springs! Imagine soaking in the soothing 103 to 108 degree waters as snow falls lightly all around you, draping the trees and walkways in a surreal world of steam and beauty.


mountainfilm on tour logoFriday, March 2, 2012 - Mountain Film Festival 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

Offering the opportunity to enjoy films previewed at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, Mountainfilm on Tour travels to over 70 locations across the globe with a selection of films sure to inspire audiences with documentaries from around the world.

Contact: dZi Foundation



Phone: 970-626-9765

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ridgway riverfest logoFriday, March 2, 2012 - Casino Night for Riverfest 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway

Head on down to the Sherbino for an evening of Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold 'em and more, playing on authentic tables in a great venue! The best part is that you are helping raise funds for a great cause! 

Contact: Deidra Krois


Phone: 9703180382

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ouray elks lodgeSaturday, March 3, 2012 - Annual Elks Chili Cook-off 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge

The Ouray Elks once again presents its annual Chili Cook-off! Bring your secret recipe, and enter to win the title of Best Chili, but be sure to bring a big pot, because the public votes at the dinner beginning at 5pm. Of course, it may be more fun to enjoy the sampling of all of the great food, vote for your favorites, and enjoy the Silent Auction and raffle!

$10 adults, $5 for kids 5 - 12 years, and $25 for a family of 4.

Contact: Danny Wesseling

Phone: 626-5058

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Mountainfilm-on-tour-logoSaturday, March 3, 2012 - Mountain Film Festival, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

Day Two of Mountainfilm on Tour, travelling to over 70 locations across the globe with a selection of films sure to inspire audiences with documentaries from around the world.

Contact: dZi Foundation


Phone: 970-626-9765

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san juan hut logoSaturday, March 10, 2012 the Sneffels Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Ski Race, All Day Event 

Backcountry Skiers meet in the morning at the Last Dollar Trailhead for this Nordic race across some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in the San Juan Mountains.


Phone: 970-626 3033


second chance logoSaturday, March 10, 2012 5th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival, 5:30 pm to 12:00 am at the Ouray County 4H Event Center

Dancing, fashion, food and cocktails Mardi Gras style kick off this evening of fun and frivolity sponsored by the Second Chance Humane Society, providing a safe haven for our furry friends in search of forever homes.

Contact: Kelly Goodin


Phone: 626.2273

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roland mccookFriday, March 16, 2012 ROCC Talk: History of the Ute People, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center at Town Hall

Join Roland McCook, member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah in a lecture on the tribal history of the Ute People.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012 St Paddy's Day Celebration all day at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

Where else would one celebrate St Patrick's Day? Excellent Irish food, and drink specials all day, then Happy Hour starts at four. Don't have too much fun too early though, Funkdafari will be there for a night of dancing and fun!


james mcmurtryFriday, March 23, 2012 James McMurtry Live 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House

Enjoy an exclusive performance from renowned singer song writer James McMurtry. Tap your feet to his unique blend of Texas Rock and Country.



Nordic Ski Race in the San Juan Mountains this March!


The Sneffels Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Ski Race on the Northern flanks of the Sneffels Range.

san juan hut logoSan Juan Hut Systems is proud to present this 34.4 full course, or 23.8 mile short course race through the majestic San Juan Mountains.  On March 10, 2012, backcountry skiers of all kinds will meet at the Last Dollar Trailhead above Telluride Regional Airport for a challenging race across the challenging terrain of Colorado.

cross country skiAll AT, Ransonee and classic Nordic skiers are invited to participate in this ultimate challenge which traverses the Alder Creek/Dallas Trail system, running hut to hut and aid station to aid station to benefit the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experiences of youth in Ouray County.

cross country irontonBoth courses will begin at the Last Dollar Trailhead. The Short Course will run approximately 24 miles, ending near Ridgway at the Blue Lakes Trailhead, with a total ascent of 3,990 feet, and a descent of 5,498 feet. The Long Course will run a little over 34 miles ascending 6,630 feet, with a descent of 9,057 feet ending at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, a perfect opportunity to soak your weary bones in the healing mineral hot spring waters in Ouray.

The entry fee is $100.00 per racer. 

Register by phone with San Juan Hut Systems: 970-626-3033. For more information visit: 








Hot Spring Break Ouray Colorado Style


Box Canyon LodgeOuray, Colo. — Spring break doesn’t have to be all about sand in unmentionable places, girls gone wild and sweaty bars. This spring break do something really hot – book the Hot Springs Break Special at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, Colo. (a.k.a. Switzerland of America).

Visitors who stay two nights in March and April get the third night for 50% off, plus two free passes to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. That’s a great discount off the typical room rate, which starts at $99/night, and a great way to visit the second largest all natural hot springs facility in the state. Choose from any of the Box Canyon’s well-appointed rooms, which include standard rooms, small and large suites, the romantic honeymoon suite, or the spacious two-bedroom apartment suite.

cross country irontonThere 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 backcountry 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.

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!)

box canyon hotspringsThe 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.  Box Canyon Lodge uses this natural resource to heat the motel during the winter months. Thanks to this green initiative, this green hotel has been able to reduce natural gas consumption by 70-percent in the past four years.

About Box Canyon Lodge (  The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.”  Box Canyon Lodge, 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.


2012 Race Series in Ouray County


This year, join your fellow runners in the Ouray County Race Series!

John Ferguson, track and field coach for Ouray School, and president of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation, has been working with the community to create a race series beginning in May, which will comprise of six seperate races which will be held in Ouray County from May through October this year. Mr. Ferguson and his fellow Board Members believe that by linking the races, a broader awareness of Southwest Colorado and the varied terrain will reach more fitness enthusiasts to the area, making each race a more competitive experience.

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoEstablished in 1992, the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation operates within Ouray County to raise funds in order to provide support to projects in and around the area which fund innovative academic, artistic or cultural educational programs for students in Ridgway and Ouray. One of the most successful events sponsored by the foundation is the Mount Sneffels Half Marathon and Full Marathon every August, which will now be the fourth race in the series. Each race covers a different area in Ouray and Ridgway, offering runners and spectators alike a diverse taste of the San Juan Mountains.

Each race is not only an accomplishment, but an opportunity to see the San Juans in a different light. Additionally, any competitor participating in all six races, or five races and acting as volunteer for one will recieve a special fleeceprovided by An Eclectic Eye gift Shop in Ouray, Colorado.

trail running ouray coMay 28, 2012 - Compassion 5K, Ouray, Colorado

Beginning in Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this is the second annual Compassion Run, operating in conjunction with the Compassion Weekend in June which raises funds for families in need in Ouray County.

The running course will be an out and back loop and mostly follows the flat River Trail on the north side of Ouray along the Uncompaghre River.  

June 16, 2012 -  Trail Town 10-Miler, Ridgway, Colorado

This is the first year for this 10k race, which will begin in Trailtown in Ridgway, Colorado, following a course along County Road 10, or Cow Creek Pass, a beautiful stretch of trail.

mt sneffels half marathonJuly 4, 2012 - Ourayce 10K, Ouay, Colorado

Starting at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.


August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half-Marathon Run/Walk, Ouray & Ridgway, Colorado

There will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run .

This year our half marathon is one of seven events around Colorado that is part of the USATF Colorado Grand Prix. We are hosting the USATF Colorado State Men's Half Marathon Championship. $2000 in prize money will be awarded ($1,000 for the men's championship). Prize money will be exclusive to USATF Colorado members and US citizens.

ouray trail runSeptember 29, 2012 - Ouray Trail Run, Ouray, Colorado

The Ouray Mountain Trail Run is a 14-mile endurance trail race organized to support local Ouray youth recreational programs/events. This challenging course circumnavigates the beautiful town of Ouray, Colorado nestled in the heart of the San Juan mountains.

October 21, 2012 - Rhythm Run 10K/5K, Ridgway, CO

The final run in the six month series, this 10k run begins in Ridgway, Colorado, supporting Ridgway High School Students participating in the Colorado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour 2012.

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For more information on trail running and running races in Ouray and surrounding towns see our website which contains additional information on races in the vicinity of Ouray.

At the end of each race, what better way to wind down and relax than a long soothing soak in the healing waters of Ouray Counties all natural mineral hot springs? Join us as your running headquarters!











Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Ouray Colorado : Dining Options


Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your holiday headquarters.  

box canyon sign winterRelax in our soothing mineral hot springs over Christmas and know that Ouray Colorado dishes up some divine culinary options should you desire some perfect vacation getaway at an affordable price.  The following list outlines the dining choices on these two remarkable days:


Christmas Eve Dining Options:

On Christmas Eve in Ouray, there will be plenty of dining options all day long but when the sun sets and the town prepares for Santa's arrival, these restaurants will keep serving holiday cheer.

The Bon Ton Restaurant - Open 5:30pm - close.  Reservations recommended.  A delicious and intimate dining choice  where you can experience upscale casual dining with an Italian flair, serving prime Angus steaks, fresh seafood and pasta, complemented by a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list, and Martini bar.  Typically Christmas Eve features a traditional menu in addition to their daily fare.

The Buen Tiempo - Open 5:30pm - close.  They serve the best Mexican food and margaritas this side of Santa Fe!  Entrees include such items as Carne Adovada, Camarones (spicy grilled shrimp), Carne Asada, Chile Rellenos, Spinach Enchiladas with Blue Corn Tortillas, Vegetarian Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros.

Bulows Bistro - Open 11am - 9pm.  Bulows is in the Beaumont Hotel.  They offer a casual menu in a warm and inviting Bistro. The European setting offers a secluded cozy feel and is easily accessed right off of Main Street or through the hotel lobby.

O'Briens Pub - Open 11am - close.  Offering homemade Irish-American cuisine and a full bar, including Guinness on tap.  The menu includes Irish Eggrolls, Scottish Eggs, Guiness Stew, Fish & Chips and other Irish specialties.

Ouray Brewery - Open 11am - 9pm. This brewery features an interesting menu -- a combination of bar food and gluton and vegetarian options as well as a few specialties of the chef.  They carry 3-5 different brews at any one time and serve tasting flights.  

bcl christmas treeChristmas Day

Backstreet Bistro - Open 7am - 2pm.  Warm, fresh coffee, homemade bagels and pastries, and sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu with pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, omelets, and skillets.  A very yummy way to treat yourself after presents!

The Beaumont Hotel - Open  with three seatings at , 2:30pm and 5pm.  The Beaumont will be serving a scrumptious buffet in the Grand Ballroom.  Seating will be limited so reservations are recommended.  Menu: Prime Rib, Ham, and Turkey carving stations, with all of the traditional Holiday dishes you may expect.  $39.99 adult/ $16.99 child. 

The Outlaw Restaurant - Open 5pm - close.  Enjoy their Special Holiday Menu on Christmas Day or order from their complete menu of aged steaks, prime rib, crab, lobster, vegetarian options and kids menu.

We would love to make your reservations and ensure a delightful stay in Ouray Colorado.  Add Ouray CO to your holiday Wish List!


Winter Packages & Savings in Ouray, CO


winter-in-ourayOuray Colorado is the perfect place for an amazing winter getaway!

Of the many places to visit in southwest Colorado, Ouray, is at the top of the list. Weighing in at a mere 8 blocks long by 8 blocks wide, it is "tiny but mighty." With natural hot springs onsite, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a great place to enjoy a Colorado vacation or a simple weekend getaway in Ouray. The Box Canyon Lodge is a premier "hot spot" for those who love Colorado natural hot springs. They offer discount hotel rooms, especially during the winter. Here is a listing of current vacation deals available.

Thanksgiving in Ouray

Enjoy two nights lodging in Ouray and Thanksgiving dinner for two at your choice of the award winning Bon Ton restaurant or the Outlaw Steakhouse. Price includes a standard room for two at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, and a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings for two adults for only $225.00, not including tax and gratuity. Package availableThanksgiving weekend, November 24, 2011. 

"Ouray" for Santa!

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, the Switzerland of America. Santa will visit guests of the lodge on Christmas Eve and deliver (small, age- and gender-appropriate) presents to children and spread holiday merriment. Parents who wish can ask Santa to carry in other gifts the parents have left outside. The guests can also take advantage of the activities in Ouray, including sledding, soaking in hot springs and more. Rates start as low as $99 for one-night accommodations, double occupancy.

Ski Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort Package

Visit the other side of the mountain and explore the 1,360 acres of terrain, 10 lifts, 88 trails and five terrain parks found at Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort. we offer 2 adult lift tickets and lodging in one of our standard guest rooms for $189+tax per night. There are no blackout dates, this package runs through the entire ski season.

The Weekday Escape (Off – Season)

Give yourself a break and unwind from the pressures of work. Bring that book you’ve been wanting to read and relax in our outdoor mineral springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The room rates during the week, Sunday through Thursday, would be reduced from the standard rack rates for one night; more so for two or more nights. This applies to our suites as well as our standard rooms. Call our toll-free number or click on the "Reservation Request" button to check out our Weekday Escape rates and availability. These rates are only available 10 days before arrival and based on availability. Black out dates apply.

The "Support the Ouray Ice Park" Membership Special

Winter visitors to Ouray can enjoy the unique sport of ice climbing (if they are so inclined). An extraordinary group of locals have developed the FIRST ice park in the world, attracting sports enthusiasts from as far away as Europe, England and Japan to enjoy this exciting sport. It’s almost as much fun to watch as it is to climb. BUT, you don’t have to be an ice climber to enjoy this "Support the Ouray Ice Park" membership special during our off-season. The cost of membership is only $40.  Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rack rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, plus 10% off at many of Ouray’s local restaurants and shops. This membership package not only helps you with lower lodging and dining rates, it also helps the economy of Ouray by assisting with the further development of the Ouray Ice Park. We are proud supporters of this growing sport and welcome all ice climbers to stay with us!

Box Canyon Ice Climbing Getaway

Whether you have been climbing for years, or just added this exhilarating sport to your "Bucket List", this package is a great way to experience the ice with friends! The package includes a half-day ice climbing lesson for two (including ice climbing equipment) and two nights lodging in a standard room for $450+ tax.  The offer is good  all winter from mid-December until late-March, special events excluded.

Located at 7,700 feet above sea level in southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray is surrounded on three sides by 13,000-foot peaks, earning it the nickname "The Switzerland of America." Ouray is home to several natural hot springs, including those at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is open year-round. Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering rock climbing, hiking, four-wheeling and mountain biking in the summer and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.


Ouray Hotel offers Best Thankgiving Day experience!


Thanksgiving in Ouray, the Gem of the Rockies- a perfect holiday escape!

ouray box canyon tubsNovember is here, ushering out the last leaves of fall, and welcoming the winter season with open arms. The holidays are fast approaching, even as the busy summer has ended and school just begun. What better time to take a break, and prepare for the months to come?

Escape the norm, and celebrate Thanksgiving differenty this year! Enjoy a two night stay in the most spectacular setting imaginable, and allow one of our first class restaurants to serve you an incredible traditional Thanksgiving meal!

Waken on Thursday, November 24, 2011 and begin your day with an excellent cup of coffee, soak in the 103 to 108 degree water of one of the mineral hot springs tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge & hot Springs. Enjoy a short hike or early nap before getting ready for an amazing dinner at your choice of restaurant:  

bon ton restaurantBon Ton Restaurant-

Open on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., offering a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, in addition to a selection from their regular menu. Feast on the culinary delights in a beautiful setting as the staff at the Bon Ton caters to your every need.






Outlaw Restaurant-

Open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, serving a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and primerib with all the traditional trimmings you might expect. Celebrate the holiday in this charming atmosphere surrounded by friends and family and music.




box canyon lodge winter in ourayFor those ready for a quiet relaxing getaway, there is nothing to compare to Ouray, Colorado. Saunter down Main Street and peruse the shops for unique gifts, Take a scenic drive or soak in the soothing hot springs as you survey the breathtaking beauty around you, creating a holiday experience you will not soon forget.

 This package includes two nights lodging at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in a standard guest room, and traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for two adults at your choice of the Bon Ton or the Outlaw restaurant for the low rate of $225.00, not including tax and gratuity.

Book your Thanksgiving Getaway before its too late!



Natural Hot Springs in Southwest Colorado


box canyon lodge hot springsRevered throughout history for their soothing powers, hot springs have been popular and sought out all over the world. Europe and Asia created huge bath houses dedicated to the therapeutic effects of natural spring water, and legend states the Native American people of North and South America have always deemed the land surrounding hot springs as sacred ground and avidly maintained a truce of peace while visiting the many pools across the west. Upon the arrival of settlers in southwest Colorado, perhaps the Ute Indians found some level of camaraderie through the soothing waters known and respected by both peoples.

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.

redwood tub terraced on mountainsideBubbling to the surface at temperatures from 140 to 180 degrees, Ouray does have to cool its water to make it safe for bathing. 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 City Pool at the north end of town contains over one million gallons of mineral hot spring water ranging in temperature from a cool 82 degrees to a balmy 104. There is a section set apart for swimming laps and a large water slide. The Swim Shop offers everything from water toys for sale or rent to bathing suits just in case you forgot yours, to snacks. Upstairs, the newly renovated gym provides a fantastic view of the pool below as you work up a healthy sweat prior to a soothing soak.

The Wiesbaden is on the east side of Ouray.  This facility has a large soaking pool outdoors;  it also is home of the Lorelei, a small yet private outdoor soaking pool that can be rented by the hour, and the unique vapor cave in the basement of the hotel. 

Although there are just a few known sources where the mineral water rises to the surface, evidence of the hot springs flowing beneath Ouray is all over, from steaming drainage grates, to portions of road that never seem to be quite as frozen as the rest of the ground in deep winter. Driving past Ridgway, Colorado, north of Ouray, it is not unusual to experience the sensation of driving through a cloud, as the heat from the springs creates a surreal mist across the highway near Orvis Hot Springs, a bathing suit optional facility well worth visiting if only to view the beautiful grounds and natural setting of the several tubs scattered about the property.

Just 5 miles north of Durango on US Highway 550, Trimble Hot Springs boasts warm water too.  Like Ouray, the water is essentially odorless; it is high in iron and calcium.  Trimble Hot Springs has two geothermal pools that are opened year round and they range in temperature from 101-105 degrees Farenheit.  In April - October, they also open an Olympic-size swimming pool.  Noting its proximity to Mesa Verde National Park (less than 1 hour away), it seems likely the ancient puebloans may have soaked in these waters too. 

Pagosa Springs too has natural hot springs. The water in Pagosa has the traditional odor of sulphur.  There are three separate facilities that cater to the public and all are in downtown Pagosa.  Healing Waters (formally known as The Spa at Pagosa Springs), the Overlook, and the Springs Resort


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