Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Ouray County is a natural treasure.
Once central to a booming mining industry, Ouray County now relies mainly on tourism, recreation, ranching, construction and still some mining. Its two towns, Ouray and Ridgway, remain true to the best of the Western Colorado tradition - a relaxed, meaningful quality of life that many only dream about.
Ouray County is noted for some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Often refferred to as "Switzerland of America" and the "Gem of the Rockies", Ouray County offers amateur and proffessional photographers the magnificence of the San juan Mountains, waterfalls and sparkling riversd, alpine wildflowers and endlessly changing seasonal colors.
In addition, Ouray County offers a number of delightful visitor attractions:
Railroad buffs will enjoy a walk or ride along the old Denver and Rio Grande train bed, which runs paralell to the Uncompahgre River north of Ouray. Avid rock hounds can easily find specimens of pyrite, crystal and even silver and gold for those willing to try their hand at panning. the Bachelor Syracuse mine offers panning lessons and offers the equipment needed at their gift shop.
2.) Bird Watching
Bird watchers will delight in the unique varieties of birds in Ouray County. Species ranging from tiny hummingbirds to golden and bald eagles may be viewed from the town or in the mountains and meadows of the surrounding area. The Box Canyon Waterfall Park is one of just a few known nesting sites for the rare Black Swift, and the entire area has been listed by the National Audobon Society as a rare bird sanctuary.
Hikers and backpackers will find terrain and trails in the county perfect for beginners and experienced hikers alike. From an easy stroll to the base of Cascade Falls, or Portland Trail, a good first time intro to area hiking, to the challenge of the Horsethief-Bear Creek Loop Trail, Ouray County has something for all interests and abilities.
Often refferred to as the "Jeeping Capitol of the World", four-wheeling is an unqualified means of experiencing the magnificence of Ouray County. Bring along a four-wheel drive vehicle or trail bike, rent a jeep locally or enjoy the convenience of a jeep tour, with knowledgeable, experienced drivers. With access to over 500 miles of trails to explore, a four wheel drive adventure is an item easily marked off of your bucket list!
5.) Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing
Mountain climbing in the summer, and ice climbing in the winter are popular activities in Ouray County. Some of the most popular "fourteeners" are located in the area as well as other challenging peaks to conquer. Canyoneering is a sport quickly gaining popularity in Ouray County as well, combining hiking, climbing and rpelling through spectacular waterfalls. Adventure is easy to find here in Ouray County!
6.) Wildlife Viewing
Ouray County Sparkles during its long season of winter sunshine and moderate temperaturres. Ouray winters offer a quiet serene contrast to Colorado's more bustling ski areas. Deer, Elk and bighorn sheep are often seen grazing in the City Park during the winter months. One doesn't even have to travel that far from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, as a variety of wildlife enjoy the warmth of the hot springs, and can often be spotted just a few feet away while guests enjoy a warm soothing soak.
7.) Winter Exploring
The ultimate in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed against a backdrop of 14,000 foot peaks, wooded trails and alpine meadows. For those less athletically inclined, a snowmobile tour can be an exciting winter adventure which can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Regardless of the season, Ouray County offers a range of activities and interesting adventures centered around the majesty of the San Juan Mountains. The county's 540 miles encompass the rich, fertile ranchlands of the Uncompahgre river valley, the gentle rolling expanse of Dallas Divide, the majestic Sneffels Range, the scenic solitude of Owl Creek, Cow Creek and the Courthouse Range, and the spectacular Million Dollar Highway.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the mountain adventure of a lifetime for you! From arranging dinner reservations and jeep tours, to mapping out the ideal trails to explore, or just providing a quiet oasis frigors of the outside world, Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are the perfect escape.
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs AWARDED TRIPADVISOR GREENLEADERS™ STATUS
Ouray, 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.
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“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.
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Longer days and warmer weather beckon in the San Juan Mountains!
Spring 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.
Following 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.
Sunlight 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.
Some 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.
Spring 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.
It 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!
Ouray Celebrates Mom, a gift she will treasure always!
We 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?
Once 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.
Back 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.
Nestled 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.
In 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!
Festival in Southwest Colorado Celebrates Music and Family Fun!
Ridgway, 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.
Leading 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!
The 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.
Music 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!
Have a drink with the locals in Ouray's very own Saloon!
Ouray, 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!
The 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.
The 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.
Back 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.
The 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!
April Showers Bring May Flowers and so much more in Southwest Colorado!
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
Have 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
Open 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
An 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
Weehawken 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
Join 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
Huge 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
An 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
18th 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
Race 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
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
Hayes 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!
Wright Opera House and Sherbino Theater Present Jazz Concert in Southwest Colorado!
Ouray County boasts a variety of exciting and fun events throughout the year, and this year is starting off with a bang!
The Wright Opera House, located in Ouray, has teamed up with the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado, to bring the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio to Ouray County this April 13, 2014 at 7:30pm in Ridgway!
The Wright Opera House has worked to bring music to Ouray County for the past few years, parenting the Wrighteous Jazz Series, which brings musicians from all over to the historic venue in Southwest Colorado.
The Sherbino Theater has also made it their goal to share a love of the arts in an historic setting that virtually sings by itself.
As these two venues work ever harder to not only present performances that are memorable, they also work to continuously improve the buildings themselves, restoring them to the splendor they once were in the days of the railroad and mining prosperity in the west.
For the past couple of months, with work on the Wright Opera House in full swing, the two venues have joined forces to keep the music alive!
Based out of Durango, Colorado, a scenic drive over the Million Dollar Highway, Jeff Solon travels the west, sharing his talent and love of jazz wherever he lands!
He has performed on mountaintops and in concert halls - mesmerizing music lovers whether they are new to the genre, or jazz is their first love.
Regardless of personal preferences, talented artists such Jeff Solon and his associates seem to infect others with their own passion for the song, and the experience creates a memory not soon forgotten.
Jeff performs both as a solo artist and in groups based on the interests of the venue.
The performance at the Sherbino in April will feature Jeff Solon himself, complimented by renowned bass guitarist Elizabeth Riordan and classical pianist Jack Maynes.
Elizabeth Riordan has performed around the world. After a near fatal car accident, her passion for Jazz and the bass was increased tenfold, as demonstrated with her determination to not only overcome but to outdo herself as an artist. Since moving to Southwest Colorado, elizabeth has worked primarily with Jeff to create a sound and mood that emphasize their profound love of jazz.
Since he was a child, Jack Maynes has had a powerful love of music and the classical piano. After having completed his degree in 2011, Jack has travelled the Southwest, sharing his love of music in a variety of genres, always bringing his own special combination of sensitivity and passion to the music.
The first show in the upcoming series, the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio is the perfect appetizer to a summer of spectacular shows.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan the perfect getaway and concert experience. Always avid supporters of the arts, we are genuinely excited to share this next season of musical expression with our guests.
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!
Puppies and Kittens in Southwest Colorado find Refuge With Second Chance!
Since 1994, the Second Chance Humane Society has worked in Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel Counties to provide a safe refuge for lost and displaced pets.
With strong community support, they have grown from a small group of volunteers offering foster services, to a new facility able to provide shelter to a large number of pets as they wait to find their forever homes.
In October, 2011, the Second Chance opened a new Animal Resource Center at Angel Ridge Ranch, a 52 acre property located just outside of Ridgway. Here, they are able to provide care to more animals, as well as a broader scope of educational opportunities to the communities they serve. Currently, they are in the process of building a new dog facility that will accommodate almost twice as many rescues!
It is with the goal of finishing the new dog facility on time that Second Chance is presenting its 7th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival.
Community donations and interest are the bread and butter (or Kibbles & Bits) of the organization. Without the generosity of the areas it serves, Second Chance would not be able to consistently maintain its exceptional record of rescuing and caring for dogs and cats. In 2013, they were able to place 244 dogs and cats into new forever homes, while successfully reuniting 82 pets with their lost owners!
This year is the second in which the Wine & Whiskers will be held on two separate days in March.
Thursday March 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM is the Opening Night Mixer geared toward those who are most interested in seeing the fashion & dance show. The performance combines fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop), dance, and music for a high energy performance best described as “Attitude at Altitude”. Although there will be a small silent auction prior to the show on Thursday the focus will be on the roof-raising show.
Saturday March 22nd (5:30 – 11:30 PM) will remain the Gala Event: the fun packed bursting at the seams evening includes the delectable catered fare, well stocked silent auction, lively live auction, the famous fashion & dance show, concluding with a dance party!
Offering decadent food with a Louisiana Flare prepared by Chef Sid of Cavallo's Restaurant, music and mountains of fun, this is an event to mark on your calendars!
Tickets will be limited for both evenings to assure that all have a seat this year - so get your tickets today! They are $15 in advance for Thursday night ($20 at the door) and $40 in advance ($45/door) for Saturday night. They are on sale now on our secure website or shortly at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway.
Get an early start on Thursday, and enjoy an evening at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center; enjoy a fashion show unlike any other, as local models sport ensembles straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop!
On Friday, take the day to enjoy the splendor of the San Juans. Scenic Drives, frozen waterfalls and a plethora of outdoor activities abound between enjoying fabulous food and shopping on Ourays Main Street.
Saturday have your dancing shoes on, and be prepared to bid on some awesome items! Available auction items for bidding typically include golf, balloon, horse, sleigh, and bike adventure packages, a variety of wonderful art pieces, restaurant and get away packages, and hundreds more quality items and gift certificates from regional generous merchants, restaurants, artists, and service providers.
Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help arrange your visit. Spend a relaxing three day weekend! Start your break with a soothing soak in one of our natural mineral hot spring tubs. Bask in the beauty of the southwest as the steam surrounds you in a picturesque setting.