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Wildflower Season in The San Juan Mountains

  
  
  

The High Country of Southwest Colorado is in Bloom!

alpine tundra overlooking million dollar highway red mtn (1)When people talk of the majesty of the Uncompahgres, images of a blanket of color draped across fields of green often fill our minds.
Not to say the idea of the snow capped mountain peaks of winter, or the fantastic reds and yellows of Fall aren't equally breathtaking, there is something idyllic about a cool meadow filled with a rainbow of color.
high country wildflowers.2The first glimpse of a field high above timberline, covered in flowers, with a panoramic view of the world can be mind altering. Perhaps it is the thinner air, but that wouldn't translate so clearly into photographs.
Mid July through August, the flowers begin to peak in meadows and valleys in the high country, so now is the time to jump in your four wheel drive, and visit! 

Thanks to the input from our guests, the National Forest Service and county websites, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has an up to date listing of where the best flowers can be found:

National Forest Service Information:


black bear pass wildflowers (1)A few of our popular viewing areas and hiking trails-

  • Hope Lake - 6 miles out and back, south of  Telluride
  • US Basin - east side of  Red Mountain Pass near Ouray
  • Lizard Head - Wilson Meadows - 5 miles out and back, trailhead at Lizard Head Pass parking lot, south of Telluride
  • Bilk Creek Upper Falls - 7 miles out and back,  trailhead is off Sunshine Mesa Road, near Telluride.
  • Bear Creek Falls - 4.5 miles out and back , south on Pine Street in Telluride
  • Lower Blue Lake - 6.6 miles out and back, trailhead at the end of Dallas Creek Road (CR 7/FR 851 ) west of Ridgway on CO 62. 
  • Wetterhorn Basin Trail from West Fork Cimarron River - 6.2 miles out and back, US 550 near Ridgway- take Owl Creek Pass Road,  turn right (south) on West Fork Cimarron Rd (FR 860)   
  • Copper Creek - trailhead north of Crested Butte and Gothic off (FR 317)
  • Rustlers Gulch - trailhead north of Crested Butte and Gothic off (FR 317) 
  • Oh-Be Joyful Trail (#836) - off  FR 754 from CR 734, north of Crested Butte  
flowersHere are a few of our more popular 4 wheel drive routes:
  • Yankee Boy Basin
  • Ophir Pass
  • Imogene
  • Black Bear Pass
  • Cinnamon Pass
  • American Basin
A more personal point of view is provided to us by the marvelous folks at the Silverton Chamber:
silverjack owlcreekJuly 11th, 2014: In and Around Prospect GulchBelow Timberline
  • Arnica: Broad leaf and Heart Leaf are peaking
  • Avens: Very Prevalent & Pretty!
  • Columbine: Past Prime
  • Jacob’s Ladder: Very Prevalent
  • Paintbrush: Barely Started
Above Timberline
  • high country wildflowers.2Bluebells: Just Starting to Peak
  • Larkspur: Just Starting to Peak
  • Lovage: Peaking
  • Old Main of the Mountain: Peaking
  • Sky Pilot: Beautiful and Blooming
  • Yarrow: Peaking
According to guests, the flowers up at Yankee Boy are not quite at peak, so perhaps in the next week or two, they will be at full peak.
Summer is in full swing in the rest of the world, but when you travel to 7800 feet and above, it is a cool breath of fresh air. Once the sun begins to set, and stars dot the clear skies, nothing quite compares to a long soak in the soothing waters of our four natural hot spring tbs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, truly an oasis from the rest of the world!
Join Us at The Box Canyon LodgeA Rainbow of ExcitementAnd Color Await!

Ghost Towns of the San Juans - Animas Forks

  
  
  

Over 500 Miles of Four Wheel Drive Trails Provide a Glimpse into the History of Southwest Colorado Mining History.

animasforks2It is hard to believe as we put our jeep into four low and ascend the side of a mountain, high above timberline that once hardy men and women made this journey in the dead of winter an foot and with mule carts heavily laden with gold, silver, and other precious metals.

riversnowDriving along the narrow trails and gazing to the side of a 200 foot drop, a jeep tour driver will share stories of how these tough men and women would have to choose between the team of animals or the wagon they were pulling. Sadly, the gold won out much more often than the hardworking donkeys.

animasforkssign.2At an elevation of over 11,000 feet, the tiny town of Animas Forks began with just one small cabin in 1873, and within three years, boasted over 450 residents. With a post office, jail, general store hotel, and of course, a saloon, the town prospered for a few years during the mining boom. In 1997 and 1998, a grant to San Juan County served to preserve and stabilize the last few buildings of the once bountiful town. Now part of the Alpine Loop scenic byway, Animas Forks is a small window into life in the San Juans in the early 1900's.

view from gustavsonhouseParking at the base of the remaining buildings, one is somewhat haunted by the overwhelming beauty of the area. Only the foundation remains of what was once a boarding house that served as a resting place to over 150 miners. Gazing out of what must have been a basement window, the spectacular views almost make up for the harsh life they must have had.

The Gustavson House was once lauded for its indoor toilet (a glorified outhouse connected by a hallway). The family lived here year round, unlike many of their neighbors who left to winter in Silverton at the first signs of snow.

duncanhousebaywindowThe Duncan House was built in 1879, and is often mistakenly referred to as the Walsh House, although Tom Walsh never lived there. Its beautiful bay windows look across to the river and the Columbus Mine which sits the the fork of the Animas River.

With work always in progress to maintain the stability of these buildings, one can wander through these old homes and marvel at the tiny rooms, narrow staircases, the incredible views and the "modern conveniences". Glass still covers the windows, and it is easy to be taken away to a different time, as you imagine the hustle and bustle of the streets below less than a hundred years ago.

animasbunkhouse4Animas Forks can be reached either by traveling the Alpine Loop, accessing the town either by Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass or California Pass. If you are not looking to spend the day on the jeep trails, you can get there by taking County Road 2 out of Silverton. The first half of the drive is along a well maintained dirt road, eventually becoming a bit more rough. Although I did see some two wheel drive vehicles on the trail, something with a little more clearance might feel more comfortable, and allow for more exploring on the numerous little side trails.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to map out your next adventure in the high country! A perfect base camp for all of your four wheel drive fantasies, our knowledgeable staff will male sure you get everything and more from your visit, not to mention the inviting natural hot spring tubs just outside your door to soak away the dust of the road.

 

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Ouray Perimeter Trail gets TLC from the OTG

  
  
  

Circling the City of Ouray, the Perimeter Trail takes Hikers on a Path to Beauty!

CascadeLowerThe Ouray Trail Group is a non-profit corporation of volunteers working with the U.S. Forest Service dedicated to the preservation and safe use of hiking trails in Ouray County.

Thanks to these fine individuals, we are fortunate to have miles and miles of mapped and marked trails at our fingertips in Ouray.  

One of the newest and most popular trails is the Ouray Perimeter Trail. This 5.2 mile trek encircles the city of Ouray, offering spectacular views and an amazing hike for almost every level of expertise.

Formally, the trail begins across the street from the Ouray Visitor's Center, on the East side of Highway 550, however the true appeal of this trail is its accessibility from several spots in town and off of other trails, as well as linking to a variety of other trails along the way. 

ptoffppatchTo take the formal trail, walk from the visitor center up Main Street then left onto 8th Avenue. The trail takes you past Cascade Falls, to the Ampitheater, follows the Baby Bathtubs trail, and meanders along the Portland Trail for a little bit. Just a few more steps takes you through the Three Pines Day Use Area to Ohio Park.

The Potato Patch brings hikers to the highest point on the trail, at approximately 8500 feet. Spectacular views of the area take your breath away as you cross the highway, and travel along the Ice Park Trail toward the Upper Box Cañon Falls Trail, at which point you will cross a bridge that hovers over 200 feet above the Uncompahgre Gorge and walk through a tunnel carved into the mountain.

ptboxc stepsThe path soon descends onto Oak Street, which leads hikers back to a bridge across the river and into Fellin Park and the Visitors Center.

The popularity of the Perimeter Trail cannot be explained with just one simple answer, it is just a great trail!

Every step offers a vantage of the town below, and the mountains all around. There are steep portions, however the trail is manageable for most levels of hiker. Trail heads intersect the Perimeter Trail frequently, offering a plethora of options and ideas for the next adventure!

Of course, you don't have to start the trail from the Visitors Center, although it is nice to go in and check out all of the interesting and fun things to do in Ouray. 

OPTWherever you decide to hike, remember to be safe! Hiking at altitude can quickly dehydrate you, so be sure to bring water. Wear appropriate shoes. The terrain changes rapidly, and good sturdy shoes will be a blessing to you! Don't be afraid to turn back or take a rest if the trail feels too difficult hiking is not a race. Make sure you let someone know where you are going and when you plan on returning, and try to have at least one other person with you. Hiking is a lot more fun with a buddy! 

box canyon lodge hot (1)As always, don't forget your camera! These trails are amazing, with sights and scenery your friends may not believe without proof. Every twist in the path, and every opening in the trees offers a dream panorama for photographers of every level!

And after a nice hike, there is no better way to relax than to take a long soothing soak in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is an ideal location for access to the Perimeter Trail, and a plethora of other adventures. Our knowledgeable staff can help you to plan the perfect adventure based on your experience and expertise. From steep switchbacks leading to unbelievable views, to mild meanderings through shady woods, there is no end to the adventures to be had in Ouray!

 

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Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions Ouray - June 2014

  
  
  

Adventure Awaits in the High Country all around Ouray!

high country wildlife2June almost over, and July is waiting for us in the distance. Soon, all of the passes will be open for the adventurer to explore and experience The days are long and liesurely. Snow melt in the high country creates roaring rivers and seasonal waterfalls at every turn. One needs just to look up to be overwheled by the beauty and majesty of the Uncompahgres.

Wildlife looks on as if we are the ones on display, and wildflowers dot the countryside in a rainbow of colors. Travelling the four wheel drive trasls this time of year is both challenging and immensely thrilling. It is like travelling back in time. Every twist and turn is filled with wonder at the springtime beauty of a world awakening from a long winter nap. Adrenaline pumps through your veins as you wonder whether the mountain will permit passage. 

above timberlineThe weather can change in a heart beat. One minute, cruising with the top down and wondering if you put enough sunblock on, and the next pulling on sweaters and raincoats as mother nature teases with rain or snow.

Passes are opening in record time, and by the end of the month will be so well travelled, it will seem like old hat.

Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions as of June 27, 2014:

four wheel drive trail

Alpine Loop - Open  Animas Forks - Open    Alta Lakes - Open

Black Bear Pass - Closed
Blue Lakes Trailhead - Open
Brown Mountain - Open
Cinnamon Pass - Clear to Lake City
Clear Lake - Open
Corkscrew - Open
County Road 2 to Animas Forks - Open
room with a viewCounty Road 9 - Open
Cow Creek - Open
Engineer Pass - Open **Please Note! The Trail is Extremely Rough.
Fall Creek Road (to Woods Lake) - Closed
Governors Basin - One mile of Governors Basin is clear
Hastings Mesa - Open
top of corkscrewHorsefly - Closed                                                  
 Howardsville/Cunningham Gulch to Highland Mary Trail - open              jeep trailHurricane/California - Closed                                  Imogene - Closed - started clearing 6/9 to Richmond Basin and Silver Basin                                      Iron Springs (Hwy 145 through to Hwy 62)- Closed

Last Dollar Road - Open - High clearance vehicles only; expect mud snow and ice
Little Cone Road (CR G49) - Closed
Maggie/Minnie - Closed
Miniehaha (CR 51) - Closed
high country basinOld Lime Creek - Closed
Ophir - Open
Owl Creek Pass - Maintained to Vista Point - Open to West fork Intersection. Gunnison County will open their section by mid June **Please note! There is still deep snow.
Picayune -Open
Pittsburgh Mine Road - Closed
Placer - Open
old ore carsPoughkeepsie - Closed
Red Mountain Town - Open
Shrine Road (CR 6) - Closed
Skyline - Closed
South Mineral Campground road -Open to Bandora Lane

County road 7 - Open
Stony Pass - Open over the top to Pole Creek. ***Please note: Travel through Pole Creek is not reccomended 
Yankee Boy - Open

corkscrewWhether this is your first time, or you have been driving these roads for years, comsider taking a tour! The experienced drivers with all of our tour companies take the work out of experiencing the high country! Even if you brought your own vehicle, taking a half day tour is a wonderful way to get a feel for the road conditions and difficulty levels you are comfortable driving yourself. Not to mention the fact that when someone else is driving, you get to focus on the scenery, and getting the perfect shot with your camera!

black bearIf you are renting a jeep, or bringing your wn four wheel drive vehicle, please always remember to be safe! Check road conditions prior to setting out, and know the limits of your vehicle, as well as your own comfort levels. Let the satff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to map out the perfect itinerary. They have the most up to date information at their fingertips, and are eager to help you plan an adventure that you will enjoy. Remember to let the staff know when you return, and update us on how the roads are!

where weve been or where were goingDon't forget that every one of these roads is taking you over 9,000 feet. Weather conditions in the high country can change in moments! You are also a lot closer to the sun up there, so please remember sunscreen. Even if it doesn't seem hot or even sunny, take my advice on this one! Sun burns hurt, and make the rest of your dream vacation uncomfortable. Bring layers. In just a few feet, the weather can change from warm and sunny to a wintry snow storm, on into hail, followed by freezing rain, then back to seventy degrees again. If you come to a spot of trail that you are unsure of, scout ahead on foot before attempting. There is no shame in turning around and finding a trail you feel safer on.

mountain lakeRespect your fellow adventurers! Remember, ettiquette on four wheel drive trails allows right of way to up hill drivers, however, often due to the width of the roads, it is appropriate to trade off depending on who has more room. Don't try to pull offf without a comfortable space for your vehicle, and please remember the tundra is extremely fragile, so stay on the designated trails.

Above all, HAVE FUN!!!!!

The majesty of the high country is unbelievable. Bring your cameras, and be sure there is plenty of memory. Every turn holds new wonders to behold, and opportunities to capture just a taste of the San Juans!

 

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Green Hotel in Ouray Celebrates Silver Status!

  
  
  

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs AWARDED TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADERS™ STATUS

efh listing logoOuray, Colorado - May 8, 2014 today proudly announced it has been accepted as a Silver level GreenLeader into the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

exterior tubs“We strive to find ways to consistently reduce our carbon footprint, and to help our guests to do so as well, while at the same time providing exemplary service.”

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 260 million travelers who visit the site each month.”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

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Spring Fever In Southwest Colorado!

  
  
  

Longer days and warmer weather beckon in the San Juan Mountains!

foals.3Spring is in its full glory. As Mother Nature stretches from a long winter nap, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the world is showing signs of preparation for the Summer season.

A scenic drive along highway 550, even just a few miles, shows the signs of the season to come. 

Calves and foals frolic in the fields along the highway, and the truly observant may catch sight of young wildlife as well!

Knowing that the high country has not yet had enough time for a safe adventure, something a little lower sounded like a fine idea. Time to jump in the car and see how far we could go!

After much debate, we decided to make an attempt at Buckhorn Lake, located just on the edge of Ouray County.

scenicdriveFollowing Highway 550 North towards Montrose, turn right onto Buckhorn Road (just after the Conoco station). The road curves a bit, but in just short time turns into a dirt road, and houses quickly become sparse.

The steep incline is easily traversable for a couple of miles, and the views are spectacular!

A sharp curve takes you to, well, close to the end of this adventure in the first week of May.

snowyroads2Sunlight hasn't had time to melt all of the snow, and the road becomes a little more demanding. 

Shifting into four-low, the first snow packed switchback was easy enough to overcome, but alas! A dry stretch was misleading, and another curve brought us to a patch of road we obviously weren't the first to attempt.

Tire tracks and footprints told a tale even the most inexperienced could easily read..someone got stuck...perhaps this was a good place to stop and let the dogs play before turning back for safer adventures.

view.2Some folks passed us by, eager to prove they could get to the lake at the top, and it was a short fifteen minutes before we waved to them as they headed back down. Apparently even the most adrenaline driven weren't willing to walk back down the mountain!

So, turning back, we drove a short distance before turning off onto a drier patch, leading to a campsite overlooking the valley below. 

It was a little breezy, but still short sleeve warm, and we wandered about for a while, enjoying the grid like view of Montrose and Colona, before hopping back into the car and heading home.

early flowersSpring is in the air, it was apparent from the number of others we passed on the road that we were not the only ones ready for such a beautiful day, and eager to escape into the high country, but also pleasant to see we were not alone in the decision not to put ourselves in danger as others headed back down for a drier picnic spot.

baby dearIt won't be long before all of the four wheel drive roads are open for the season, but until then, just like everyone else, we will have to keep an eye on the County websites as they update everyone on road conditions, and remember to always be safe. 

 

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan your next escape! We research the road and weather conditions daily to ensure the safety of our guests as they experience the majesty of the Uncompahgres. Ready with advice on hiking, off roading and dining options, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is your perfect base camp for any adventure!

 

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Mother's Day in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray Celebrates Mom, a gift she will treasure always!

mothersdayWe all have one. She is strong and soft at the same time. Ready with soothing words for damaged egos, and ready to kiss away your hurts no matter how old you are, Mom is a steadfast presence. Constantly watching, and sometimes nagging, but always ready to catch us if we fall. Every year, we wonder what to do for her that will make her eyes shine. How to show her how much we appreciate everything she has given to us?

Why not mix it up a little? Take mom for a nice scenic drive through some of the most amazing country in Southwest Colorado for a weekend getaway in the San Juan Mountains? 

guestsatthetubsOnce you arrive at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, enjoy a soak in the healing waters of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs. Mosey over to the lobby, and peruse our extensive video library for a movie you all can enjoy before heading out for a fabulous dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants on Main Street. 

After dinner, enjoy the tranquil beauty of this tiny mining town as you watch deer graze in the field across the way, or up at the hot tubs themselves.

Sunday morning, May 11, 2014 is a day for leisurely relaxation, enjoying the company of family over a decadent Mother's Day Brunch.

waffleBack by popular demand, the Bon Ton Restaurant is reviving their famous Mother's Day Brunch! Offering favorites such as Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict, this champagne brunch is a decadent affair of taste bud tantalizing treats. The chefs at the Bon Ton invite you to enjoy a morning filled with fun and great food. Sure to impress mom with stellar service and a beautiful atmosphere, brunch at the Bon Ton is a great way to show her you care.

foodNestled in the middle of Main Street, Cavallo's Restaurant offers a plethora of pallet pleasing options with a Louisiana flare. Chef Sid will amaze mom with a menu offering everything from traditional to adventurous, as well as special items and a small gift for that special lady to remember her special day. Not just a brunch, but a dining experience, Cavallo's will surely make her eyes sparkle.

Why limit mom to choosing just one thing on the menu? The Ouray Elks will again be offering a buffet style brunch on Mother's Day, a savory selection of scrumptious cooking prepared by members of the Ouray Elks Lodge.

carnationIn memory of the mothers that couldn't share this Mothers Day with us in body, the Elks present a tribute to Mom, celebrating both those we have with us still, and those who have passed. A beautiful ceremony, accompanied with a single red carnation for Mom. What a lovely way to celebrate the day, and express our gratitude to the wonderful lady in our lives!

After Brunch, take a drive down to the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway and enjoy a special presentation by the Weehawken Dance Company: Dance Through the Ages. Enjoy great music and movement in this lovely historic venue!

Its a perfect day and a perfect way to celebrate the woman who made you who you are. She will remeber for years the special Mothers Day Escape with her favorite person in the world!

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the getaway best suited to your Mother. Always here to help with reservations and full of recomendations for enjoying the San Juans, there is no better basecamp for your next Ouray adventure!

 

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Ridgway Event: Love Your Valley Fest

  
  
  

Festival in Southwest Colorado Celebrates Music and Family Fun!

countyroadridgwayRidgway, Colorado, founded in the 1890's to service the Rio Grande Narrow Guage Railroad, has grown up! When the railroad closed down in the late 1950's, the forecast was bleak. How would a little town built primarily for the rairoad survive? Another testament to the resilience of Southwest Colorado, when the railroad shut down, Ridgway dusted itself off, and spread its wings as it were, developing a thriving ranch community, and maintaining itself as the threshold of the San Juans.

At the base of the Uncompahgre Mountains, surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks, and boasting incredible ranch land, this little town, less than 10 miles from Ouray is as open and inviting as its landscape.

flowerLeading the way with it's Concert Series, Ridgway opened the door for Ouray to host its own Mountain Air music series in June. Celebrating its 5th year this July, Ridgway is hosting five free concerts in Hartwell Park! 

Because these concerts are free, these little towns do what they can to absorb the cost that would otherwise result in a necessary addmission fee for attendees. Often, in the spirit of Ouray County, these fund raisers are just as much fun as the events the are promoting, and surprisingly inexpensive!

ridgwayconcertThe Love Your Valley Fest brings together all of the elements of a successful event: good food, good beer, live music, and even a dog show!

Most of the attractions are free, with the proceeds from a $20.00 beer ticket (which allows you to sample a variety of local craft beers) going toward the continuation of the Concerts in the Park.

Booths offering a variety of local art and merchandise line walkways, interspered with offerings of local cuisine, and of course, libations.

dennisweaverparkMusic is central to the event, featuring live performers that put a bounce in your step as you peruse the booths, or just relax on a blanket in the grass as the little ones play on the playground. 

Prior to the start of the festival at 1:00 pm, there is a huge parking lot sale sponsored by the ROCC, at the Ridgway Library, just behind the park. One mans trash is anothers treasure, and there are so many treasures to be found at this huge sale! With the proceeds going to such a good cause, it is almost impossible not to find a few things.

The Second Chance Humane Society puts in an appearance as well, with dog contests and competitions througout the day, making this a festival for the whole family!

So make it a point to plan your next visit to the area around Saturday, May 17! The festival starts at 1:00 pm and goes until  4:30 pm, with the parking lot sale running from 8:30 am til noon. A full day of fun awaits, followed by a relaxing evening in Ouray at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.

Enjoy the scenic drive back to Ouray, and a relaxing soak in the mineral hot springs before dinner. Sounds like an excellent weekend escape to me!

 

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Ouray Bar Still Serving the Best to the Best After 25 Years!

  
  
  

Have a drink with the locals in Ouray's very own Saloon!

SilverEagle4Ouray, Colorado offers a variety of great things to do during the day, from hiking to shopping, to soaking in the mineral hot springs, and some wonderful dining options in the evening. Often though, there is the lingering question of what to do after dinner if you are so inclined.  Many times, we are asked where the locals go, and what kind of night life there is to be found. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, there is one spot here in Ouray that hasn't changed in over twenty five years, and will hopefully stay around for another twenty five years!

SilverEagle3The Silver Eagle Saloon is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. This is a BAR not a restaurant, they do not serve food in fact they do not even have a kitchen. If you want to experience what it is like to chill in an old school saloon this is the place for you. You can still smoke in there, so any non smokers that have a problem with that may want to find another place to have a drink. They do not allow anyone under 21 to enter at anytime. This wonderful throw back bar is open 7 nights a week year round and usually open until 2am.

The Eagle (as the locals call it) is the only place in town with a pool table, they also have pinball, darts, and an internet jukebox.
Owned and operated by the same couple for the last 25+ years The Eagle is a a local hang out in the evenings, but be forewarned that most of the regulars don't get off work until around 10pm each night so the bar does not start to really get busy until about 11pm.
SilverEagle2The Eagle's history goes back to the late 1960's when the front and back bar where located on the other side of the building where the Ouray Glassworks shop is now. In the 1970's the original 1886 Brunswick Bar (made of Mahogany, Cherry Wood, and Zebra Oak) was moved into the newly built location where it remains to this day.
SilverEagle5Back in those days the bar was called 550 Saloon, and was renamed the Silver Eagle Saloon when Bruce and Cheryl McDaniel bought it in January, 1987. The McDaniel's had been managing and running the 550 for several years before they purchased it. This lovely old bar is a family operation, as not only do both Bruce & Cheryl still work it, but two of their four daughters have spent significant time working behind the bar over the years. You can still on occasion see one of their children appearing as a guest bartender when they are in town.
SilverEagleThe Silver Eagle Saloon is truly one of the great old bars in Colorado, it has been featured in books, magazines and websites throughout the years. Don't hesitate to go in sit down and have a cold one, and enjoy a little bit of Ouray history.
Located on Main Street, the Silver Eagle is just a short walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, the perfect spot to park your car and saunter up for some after dinner cocktails! Spend a day relaxing in Ouray, and an evening with friends old and new at this great little home town bar.
About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
Come in and say hello! 
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May 2014 Events in Ouray County

  
  
  

April Showers Bring May Flowers and so much more in Southwest Colorado!

box canyon lodge hot (1)Southwest Colorado is beginning to awaken from its long winters nap. Spring threatens at least a couple of times a week, bringing warm weather and the first blossoms are beginning to bud.

The townsfolk themselves are also stirring with a blend of festivals and frivolity, in anticipation of the summer months.

May is a perfect time to visit the area; still quiet enough so travelers can enjoy a peaceful escape, but with warm sunny days begging to be explored and enjoyed til the very last bit of sun shines.

Events in Ridgway and Ouray this May:

Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

million dollar highway crystal lakeHave you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Open Bard Series at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

deer at box canyon.2Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's event will feature Aaron Abeyta, of Adams State College. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm, Aaron will take the stage. Following his 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Jazz House Concert in a Lovely Ridgway Home from 7:30 pm to end

bald eagle ouray county colorado2An evening of jazz with Ellyn Rucker, vocal and piano. Reservations by phone -- 970-626-2970 Tickets are $25 each. Cash bar.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Third annual Ouray Pub Night at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The new owners of O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Shawn and Robin Dill, are hosting the third-annual Pub Night fund raiser to benefit the Ouray Library's book purchases and programs. This year's event will feature prizes given away throughout the evening, including library book bags, adult and junior fiction, and an e-reader.

The Library raised more than $700 at last year's event and hopes to top $750 this year. Whether you come by for a meal or a beer, Library staff and board members will be on hand to serve you . . . and to collect your donations.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Weehawken Dance Presents Dance Through the Ages at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway

faith.yaksWeehawken Dance offers a variety of classes through Weehawken Creative Arts, offering lessons in movement through a variety of genres. join the students as they display their talent in a concert that spans the ages.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Ridgway Moonwalk from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This month's Ridgway MoonWalk will feature a studio tour of creativity in the Solar Ranch neighborhood, just to the south of Ridgway. Get to know Ridgway's hidden secrets.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - ArtBar at the Sherbino: Beaded Jewelry with Jill Rikkers from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

jeep.ourayJoin us for a cocktail while Jill leads you through the creation of one of a kind beaded jewelry that includes gorgeous pearls, metals, beads and more! Class price includes a beverage, materials and an evening of fun. Additional items available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - ROCC Parking Lot Sale Behind the Ridgway Public Library from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

hiking boxcanyonHuge annual ROCC Parking Lot Sale. Buy or sell antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing, sports equipment and more. $10 per space to sellers, pay on day of sale. Free to nonprofits and buyers. Questions, e-mail evebeckerdoyle@icloudcom.

Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Autumn in Ouray County- Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

last dollar scenic drive.4An exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop inn September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Love Your Valley Festival in Ridgway Town Park from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

ironton ghost town18th Annual - in Ridgway Town Park. Free event ; live music by Funkdafari; micro brew tasting from regional breweries $20. All proceeds benefit the free Ridgway Concert Series. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Reception for Photographers in the Autumn in Ouray County Show at the Ouray County Museum from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Come and meet the photographers whose works are displayed in the Autumn In Ouray County Special Exhibit. Refreshments served.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Compassion Weekend 5K Run/Walk starts at Fellin Park in Ouray from 7:30am to 10:00am

owl creekRace beings the Running Season in Ouray County. It is held in Fellin Park in Ouray. This year we are planning to add a best costume category to the winners. Come enjoy Memorial morning with us and support a great cause.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - RACC San Juan Shuffle in Ridgway from 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Gourmet's delight!
Visit a selection of Ridgway restaurants and bars to sample our culinary specialties.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Hayes Carll at the Wright Opera House in Ouray from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

jeep.ouray.2Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 36-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Come enjoy an evening of great music and entertainment at the Wright Opera House!

 

May in the San Juans heralds the beginning of a season filled with colorful adventures in Southwest Colorado. Jeep trails are beginning to open up, offering a variety of exciting days exploring the high country in this beautiful area.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs create the ideal getaway for you and your family and friends. With our four mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in our courtyard, soak in the brisk early morning with a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you absorb the San Juans and prepare for a day of excitement.

See you Soon!

 

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