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Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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Four Wheel Drive Updates for 2013 in Ouray County

  
  
  

Jeep Trails are opening up in the high country. Head on up to Ouray today!

Summer wildflowers in Imogene BasinOuray Coun ty has had a beautiful Spring! With the snow almost gone, it is time to head out to the high country and enjoy the amazing scenery of the San Juan Mountain range. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It's just a question of where you want to go to see the full effect of blankets of color over green grass.

Photographers fantasize about days as full of images as one might see in less than a morning here. With over 500 miles of trails to choose from right outside of town, it is no wonder Ouray, Colorado is nick-named The Jeeping Capital of the World!

Even driving the highway is a pleasure this time of year. Everywhere you look, the new calves and foals are roaming pastureland. Just earlier this week, a guest reported sighting a baby bear as she drove into town!

waterfalls near ouray colo in july1With the re-opening of three mines on Camp Bird Mine Road, the track is already open to the bathrooms at Yankee Boy! Take advantage of the mild weather and quiet time of year to explore the Uncompahgres!

Four Wheel Drive Road Status as of June 13, 2013:

Alta Lakes - Open
Black Bear Pass - Closed
Blue Lakes Trailhead - Open 
Brown Mountain - Open
Cinnamon Pass - Open to Lake City 
Clear Lake - Open
Corkscrew -Open 
County Road 2 to Animas Forks - Open
County Road 9 - Open
Cow Creek - Open

Engineer Pass -Open

Fall Creek Road (to Woods Lake) - Open

Governors Basin - Open

Hastings Mesa - Open

Horsefly - Open

Happy marmot around OurayHurricane/California - Open 

Imogene - Open to Richmond basin and Silver Basin on Ouray side - Open to the Summit only on San Miguel side.
Iron Springs (Hwy 145 through to Hwy 62)- Open
Last Dollar Road - Open 
Little Cone Road (CR G49) - Open
Maggie/Minnie - Open as far as the Kitty Mack Cut-off
Miniehaha (CR 51) - Open
Old Lime Creek - Open
Ophir - Open - BE ADVISED ICY CONDITIONS
Owl Creek Pass - Open
Picayune - Open
Pittsburgh Mine Road - Closed
Placer - Open
Poughkeepsie - Closed
Wildflowers around OurayRed Mountain Town - Open
Shrine Road (CR 6) - Open
Skyline - Open
South Mineral Campground road - County road 7 - Open with hosts on site
Yankee Boy - Open 
Stony Pass - Open to Pole Creek *Please use extreme caution crossing Pole Creek in the Spring!

Please remember as always: road conditions in the high country can change in minutes. Please use extreme caution during the early spring month. If in doubt, turn around and take a different trail. Even the low altitude Soaking in the hot tubs at the Box Canyon Lodgefour wheel drive trails can be treacherous as winter melt off erodes paths and causes rock slides. Every trip is an adventure, and once you have spent the day exploring the San Juans, there is no better way to relax than a long soak in our soothing mineral hot spring tubs!

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help plan your next trip in the high country! We can arrange jeep tours or jeep rentals with the company of your choice. For tours, the driver will come pick you up from our lobby and bring you right back to us at the end of an eventful day.

See You Soon!

 

Ouray Hotel Welcomes Live Music This June Rocks the San Juans!

  
  
  

Mountain Air Music Series Begins its Second Year in Ouray!

live music ouray bcmNothing quite compares to an afternoon at the park, enjoying a craft beer and dancing with friends new and old to live music!

The energy at these events is contagious. Regardless of your music preferences, these artists know how to entertain a crowd. Last year, the park was bursting with young and old showing off their moves in the grass before the stage. Surrounding the 'dancefloor' of softest green are booths offering a variety of beverages and tasty treats.

marchfourth 2013 by andy batt 11x6Each concert features a specific regional micro brew, and guest pourer's from non profits around the county, but thats not all! Non-alcoholic beverages, as well as wine and, we must not forget the Margarita Bike (if you havn'e blended your own margarita by bicycle, you have not lived) will be there to satisfy any craving.

This year, the first concert will be Thursday, June 6, 2013, and the buzz is that this will be a show stopper!

miss emilyThe March Fourth Marching Band (M4 to their fans) is not a marching band in any traditional sense of the word. Combining funky electric base with marching band themed costumes, percussion corps and brass, then tossing in spectacular acrobatics, M4 wins over audiences of all ages at every occasion, and has consistently been named a “festival favorite.” M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together, and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.

live music ouray bcm2Opening for this high energy extravaganza is the equally high energy Miss EmilyMiss Emily is one half classic soul and one half modern funk/pop diva sensation. Sprinkle that with a little jazz sugar and you have a dynamic, fiery lady with a vintage sound that’ll curl your toes.

The second concert at Fellin park this June presents Otis Taylor one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. To call Taylor a cutting edge artist is an understatement. Although his music is based in the blues and folk realm, his meticulously crafted recordings crash the barriers of jazz, rock, funk, Americana and myriad other genres to create a hybrid that Taylor labels “trance blues." 

OtisTaylorPhotobyLenIrishScreen Door Porch, whose blend of Americana, Roots Rock and Country Blues is sure to have you dancing in the park. The band’s energetic stage show thrives in a space that houses colorable harmonies, award-winning songwriting, and a diverse bag of acoustic & electric instrumentation. 

On June 20, we welcome a group fresh from their most recent tour overseas. Originally from British Columbia, Current Swell has released a total of four albums. Musical influences from reggae, folk, surf and blues genres can be heard throughout their original music.  The band is landing in Ouray after an extensive tour schedule including Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing, sweating, and singing along.

California Honeydrops 2With opening set by The Dustbowl Revival, a Venice, California based collective, merging old-school bluegrass, gospel, jug band, swamp blues and 1930's swing, the final free concert in Ouray is sure to be a show stopper on June 27!

With the introduction of this festival of music and fun every Thursday in June, Ouray is even more the place to lay your hat for a day or a week. In the field of dancing frivolity are children and dogs adding to the celebratory atmosphere. If the tasty treats at the park aren't to your liking, not to fear, restaurants on Main Street are open for business offering a variety of culinary delights from pizza to steak and lobster. It is just a quick jaunt to dinner, then back to the park to dance away those calories!

live music ouray bcm3The concert at the park only lasts til about 9:00 pm, perfect for watching the grand finale, then taking the little ones off to sleep with dreams of dancing under the stars surrounded my mountains, then enjoy a soak in the soothing mineral hot spring water at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! If you don't have to worry about getting the young ones home, and aren't ready for the night to end at 9:00 pm, never fear! Every Thursday night, the opening act for Mountain Air will cruise on up to O'Brien's Pub & Grill to entertain the crowds well into the night!

Whether you join us for just one or all of these free concerts in the park, we look forward to showing everyone what a treasure Ouray is!

See You Soon!

 

 


Family Adventure Package in Ouray, Colorado

  
  
  

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be Your Gateway to Adventure in the San Juans!

ouray coloradoWhen picturing a vacation in the little mining town of Ouray, Colorado, what do you imagine? Perhaps bringing your 4x4 and exploring the plethora of jeep trails surrounding town, or spending the day soaking at the pool and shopping on Main Street?

Just a short distance from town is the trailhead to Mt Sneffels, one of several 14ers in Colorado. There are waterfalls practically around every bend on the Million Dollar Highway, one of the most breathtaking scenic byways in the country, and it is practically impossible to have a bad view. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, everywhere you look are magnificent mountain peaks and dramatic landscapes.

canyoning ouray.2Of course, for those more inclined to experience a real adventure, with thrills and chills and adrenaline pumping through their veins, Ouray has a variety of options, as well as a group of people who can create the ultimate adventure in the safest way possible.

sjmg logoThe San Juan Mountain Guides consist of a group of people dedicated to providing the ultimate experience for any skill level. These professionally trained guides are all certified Wilderness First Responders and have formal training in climbing instruction, rigging, guiding, and avalanche hazard assessment.

canyoning ourayCanyoning combines different elements of technical descent, whitewater challenges, and incredible scenery. From Portland Creek Canyon, with its breathtaking scenery and mild drops, to the more dramatic Cascade Canyon, there is an outdoor adventure suited to everyone. 

Imagine a day of rock climbing, rapelling and canyoning with your family! In the spirit of fun and learning  in the outdoors, the San juan Mountain guides will take you and your family on an adventure perfectly suited to you, creating an experience that will last forever in your memory. Mountain sports help kids gain self confidence and allow both parents and children to challenge themselves in a supportive environment. San Juan Mountain Guides has always offered specialized programs for families that stress fun and learning for every skill and adventure level.

large suiteAt the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our staff is dedicated to the kinder aspects of vacation. Clean comfortable rooms, and a staff oriented on creating a "Home away from home" for every visitor that walks through our doors. Ready to assist with everything from dinner reservations to information on the best hiking trails, no request is too big. Combined with our four mineral hot spring tubs, there is no better basecamp for a Ouray Adventure.

bcl tbsLet the Box Canyon Lodge arrange your Family Adventure for you! One stop shopping was never so easy! Just choose the adventure you would like, and the staff at the Lodge will make all of your preparations. All you have to do is show up and let your San Juan Mountain Guide take you on a half day trip you will not soon forget! 

The Box Canyon Lodge is currently offering a Family Adventure Package which includes two nights lodging in one of our lovely guest rooms and a half day adventure with San Juan Mountain guides for $875.00 plus tax for a family of four. A journey for your family which will lead to many more outdoor excursions, creating a bond of learning and fun in a safe and exciting environment. At the end of the day, let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge make you feel at home as you soothe tired muscles in the mineral hot springs, then enjoy a quiet evening of relaxation with a game or movie from our library.

Just enter Promo code FAP2013 to begin your next Ouray memory!

See you soon!

 


Ouray Hotel Welcomes Wright Opera House Concert Goers

  
  
  

Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House Rocks Southwest Colorado!

Wright Opera HouseThe Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has always been a big supporter of the arts and music in Ouray. As each season turns, the Wright Opera House introduces a new music series, and we are excited to share this information with our guests. What better way to complete the perfect Ouray Getaway than to enjoy a concert in one of the most beautiful historic venues in Colorado. May 31, 2013 marks the beginning of the Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House. Talented artists from across the country will perform throughout the summer, offering a variety of genres from Folk-Rock to Country.

When planning your next trip to Southwest Colorado, be sure to check the Summer Music Series Schedule at the Wright:

Friday, May 31, 2013 - Over the Rhine

Over The Rhine Kick the season off with a bang, bringing the multi talented husband and wife duo, Over The Rhine. Since their 1991 debut album, Til We Have Faces, Over the Rhine has steadfastly made a name for themselves with a musical sound all their own. The most recent release, The Long Surrender, is a bountiful collaboration with Grammy Award winning producer, and singer/songwriter, Joe Henry. 

Friday, June 21, 2013 - Dan Navarro

Dan NavarroCelebrate the rich insight and depth of singer/songwriter Dan Navarro. Best known as a recording and touring artist as the acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric Lowens retirement in 2009, Dan has continued his career as a sol artist increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit. With his songs covered by a diverse mix of artists from Pat Benatar to Dionne Warwick his newest album, Shed My Skin, due to be released this year, is indeed highly anticipated.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - The Trishas

The TrishasJaime Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch often refer to themselves as an "accidental Band", but any one who has heard their voices soaring in four part harmony would believe these girls were anything accidental. As the discerning reader has most likely noted, there is no Trisha in the Trishas; the name was chosen on a whim while covering a hit by Trisha Yearwood which had been written by Savannah's father, Kevin Welch. With the release of thier first album High, Wide & Handsome, it seems as if the Trishas have been swept up in the power of their immense talents.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Griffin House

Griffin HouseRefered to as one of Nashvilles greatest treasures, Griffin House returns to the Wright Opera House. His intelligent and heart-felt lyrics have taken this would-be golf pro on a path his family had never dreamt of. Teaching himself to play guitar and write his own songs, he was quickly signed with Nettwerk record label and found himself featured on the CBS Morning Show, and headlining across the country.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Jack Ingram

Jack IngramFor over a decade, 2008 Academy of Country Music Award winner for "Best New Male Vocolist" Jack Ingram has been entertaining crowds since 1997. The Texas born Country and Western singer and songwriter views the reciept of the "New Artist" award as validation of his integrity as an artist, staying true to his personal vision as a performer. His most recent album Big Dreams and High Hopes has already produced the top twenty single "That's a Man", and several songs recieving quite a bit of attention and play time on Country stations across the nation.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Shawn Mullins

Shawn MullinsSince we last heard from Shawn Mullins in 2008's honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and band leader has undergone a series of transformative experiences. From an indoctrination into the collaborative creative process of intensive co-writing to the birth of his first child, his new album Light You Up is the ultimate culmination of the journey toward the American Dream. 

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is genuinely excited to share this amazing line-up for the summer with our guests. In order to make your visit as seamless as possible, let us help you plan your trip. Just enter Promo Code SCS2013, and specify the show you would like to attend. We will take care of all the details for you, even make reservations for dinner before the show if you would like. Stay and play in Ouray! Soak in the hot springs, visit the Box Canyon falls, shop for unique gifts on Main Street, and take in a great show! All of this and more just a few steps from your door.

See you soon!

 

Experience Culture in Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel Welcomes Guests to Enjoy an Evening at the Wright Opera House!

wright logoAs you may have read in previous posts, the Wright Opera House is a passion for us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. After having fallen into disrepair for quite some time, the recent efforts of the Friends of the Wright to revive this historic venue have far surpassed expectations. With each booking, and every sold out show, the Wright Opera House establishes itself as a theater worthy of recognition. The proceeds from these shows is then used towards further upgrades and maintenance on a building that has remained virtually unchanged since the late 1800's.

maxwagnerThis April, the Wright Opera House is pleased to present the Max Wagner Trio, the most recent addition to the Wrighteous Jazz Series, is an icon in the Jazz world. Following the footsteps of jazz greats such as Ella fitzgerald, Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks, Max Wagner  sings and scats with an individual sound drawn primarily from his own vocabulary. Lauded as " a powerful and innovative soloist" by the Denver post among many powerful acknowledgments of his prowess, Max has worked with many of todays Jazz greats, including Nick Brignola, Pete Christlieb, Dakota Stratton and Red holloway, just to name a few. His extensive performing, recording and touring work have afforded him the rare opportunity to become an accomplished musician in the Jazz trdition.

maxwagner2Performing four nights a weeks at Chapultepec, Denver's historic Jazz club, for over three years, Max has performed with and organised jam sessions with a variety of visiting bands, including the Harry connick Big band. For over twenty years, he has directed the Estes Park Jazz festival, which he also founded.

Delivering a musical experience combining classic jazz, soulful bebop latin jazz and romantic ballads, Max creates a connection with his audience from the first notes of his saxaphone and voice. His original lyrics, humor and soul bring a dimension to his music not often found in such an intimate setting as the Wright Opera House.

box canyon lodge eveningThe show begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Doors open at 5:30. tickets re $15.00 per person, and can be purchased online or at the door. The Box Canyon Lodge can also take care of your tickets for you when you stay with us. Always working to support the arts and the Wright Opera House, let us help create the perfect weekend getaway. Give us a call, and the staff at the hotel will make all of the arrangements for your next adventure. Reservations at your choice of restaurant, tickets to the show, and a listing of open shops and trails for your sightseeing enjoyment will be waiting for you at check in. The staff at the Box Canyon are knowledgeable in any activity you may be interested in here in Ouray, and of course, there are the soothing mineral hot spring tubs and movie library here at the hotel, which may be just about all the adventure you need!

After a scenic drive to Ouray, and a relaxing soak followed by an evening of entertainment, you may never want to leave.

See you soon! 

April 2013 Happenings in Ouray and Ridgway Colorado

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Invites you to Celebrate Spring in the Switzerland of America!

boxcanyonfallsSpring is in the air! March 31, 2013 is the official closing date of the Ouray Ice Park, but do not despair! Traditionally one of the quietest months of the year, April is a perfect time to get away and enjoy a truly peaceful vacation. As the snow in the high country begins to melt, hiking trails and scenic drives multiply daily. A short drive up the Million Dollar highway provides a feast of seasonal waterfalls easily accessible from your car. The land trades in her blanket of wintry white for a rainbow of wildflowers and the fresh green of brand new grass. Take a walk up to the Box Canyon Waterfall and experience the full impact of this natural wonder as the cavern resonates with the sound of winters melt off thundering through the canyon right before your very eyes. 

Take advantage of a walk in pottery class at Weehawken Creative Arts, or enjoy an award winning Indy film at the Wright Opera House. Live music abounds on the weekends, and of course there are always the soothing waters of Ouray's natural mineral hot springs.

Activities in Ouray and Ridgway this April:

spring flowers.3Monday, April 1, 2013 - All Day

Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days Registration Opens

Bringing together local government, business, non profit and community leaders together from across the Western Slope, the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days conference serves as a connection for the State's most influential funders to participate in a three day series of workshops focused on the needs of Western Slope Communities. This year, June 17 through June 19, 2013 is a perfect opportunity for funders and nonprofits to develop relationships and ultimately ensure increased recourses for the Western Slope.

ironton ghost townWednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisque ware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

wright logoFriday, April 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Welcome to the Punch - Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

This film from the UK tells the story of a former criminal forced to return to London to protect his son, who has become involved in a crime gone wrong. Follow the story as it delves deeper into conspiracies.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

weehawkenartsWalk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisque ware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

weehawkenlogoWalk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

sherbino masthead9Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

waterfalls near ouray colo in julyThursday, April 11, 2013 - Film  - "Split Estate" - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Sherbino Theater - Ridgway, Colorado

Thought provoking documentary on the issue involved with gas and oil drilling.

Friday, April 12, 2013 - Like Someone in Love - Movie Presentation 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

This Japanese film tells the story of a young prostitute who develops an unexpected connection to an elderly widower she had originally been sent to as an escort.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

snowshoeing2Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ski with the UWP - Ironton Park

An informal ski/snowshoe event at Ironton Park. Every second Saturday until the snow is gone, join the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership for an exciting adventure with like minded people. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am or up at Ironton by 10:20 am. No charge, just bring your gear and have some fun!

Monday, April 15 through Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed

As if April 15 doesn't already have a bad reputation, the city pool will close for five days for cleaning and maintenance. But not to worry! The tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge will be open and ready to welcome all the last minute tax filers with a soothing soak.

baby.deerWednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

million dollar highway.2Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Thursday, April 18, 2013 through Friday, July 5, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

million dollar highway crystal lakeOtto Mears Exhibit - Ouray County Museum, Ouray, Colorado

Learn about one of the most influential entrepreneurs of Colorado. From mining to politics, newspapres to the Million Dollar Highway the life of Otto Mears is a fascinating journey in living the American Dream. This exhibit was so popular that it has been held over for another season. If you haven't been to the Ouray Museum, this is the time to go, and if you have been before, it is time to visit again!

ouraybreweryThursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Brushes, Beverages, and Beyond! - Ouray Brewery, Ouray, Colorado

Artistic expression has never been so fun! Join your fellow art enthusiasts at the Ouray brewery to create your own masterpiece based on the work of Antoni Gaudi. The price of the class includes materials and a pint at the Brewery. After the class, share your experience over appetizers or dinner at a discounted price!

elkFriday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end

Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Colorado

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, enjoy dinner and karaoke at the Lodge. Members and Guests welcome. Menu varies. Price is $7.00 per person.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

War Witch - Movie Presentation at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

Follow the story of Komona, a 12 year old girl forced to become a soldier in sub-saharan Africa during a civil uprising.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

fly fishing in southwest colorado1Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

rigsRIGS Free Clinics: Tenkara fly Fishing "On The water" Rod demos, Techniques & Innovations - RIGS Adventure Co., Ridgway, Colorado

Come explore Tenkara – the fastest growing segment in fly fishing – no reel, just rod, line and fly! Learn more about the latest technique in ultra-light fly fishing, cast rods and watch demos “on the water” while our certified Tenkara Network Guides introduce methods and tactics for Tenkara success. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 7:30 pm to end

maxwagnerMax Wagner Trio - Wrighteous Jazz - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

Tenor saxophonist Max Wagner and his trio complete the current Wrighteous Jazz season.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Montrose Community Band - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

The Montrose Community Band will take you on a musical journey for the afternoon. Enjoy a Blues Brothers Medley and Yackety Sax performed by these talented musicians directed by Toby King. Tickets are $10.00 per person.

earthday (1)Monday, April 22, 2013 - All Day

Earth Day - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray, Colorado

Come visit Ouray this Earth Day, and enjoy a green getaway! The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is offering complimentary rooms to anyone who drives their hybrid car to see us on April 22!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

WEDS JAM NIGHTS 233x300Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Wednesday night Jams at the Sherbino Theater! - Ridgway, Colorado

Bring your instrument and share talent with everyone at the Sherbino, or just head on down for an evening of live entertainment!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

cimaronWine & Dine for Weehawken - Cimaron Cafe, Ridgway, Colorado

Enjoy a decadent 5 course dinner and wine pairing with entrée choices of chicken, seafood or beef. Dinner is $60.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included)with 25% of the proceeds going directly to Weehawken Creative Arts. A silent auction will be held during this event. Reservations are highly recommended. Please call 970-626-4426.

weehawkenSaturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Walk-in paint Your Own Pottery at Weehawken's All Fired Up Studio - Ridgway, Colorado

Show your creative flair at the Weehawken Pottery Studio. Choose from a selection of bisqueware, and design to you own taste. Experienced artists share their techniques and guide you to a piece truly your own.

mudfest.2Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ouray County Mud Fest - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

The Ouray Chamber and Resort Association and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce present the 2nd Annual Ouray County Mud Fest. Bring your own 4x4, or just come watch the fun as vehicles compete through obstacle courses filled with muddy fun. Activities for the kids, a marathon, and plenty of food and beer will abound for a festive fun day for all!

obrienspubSaturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Live Music - The North Fork Flyers at O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Colorado

Enjoy an evening of toe tapping fun with one of Southwest Colorado's most popular performers.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Sherbino Presents: Joint Point!, Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado

Live music for you pleasure after a day of dirty fun at the Mud fest! Not to be missed.

mudfest.3Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Ouray County Mud Fest - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

The 2nd Annual Ouray County Mud Fest is just too big for one day! Celebrate Spring and the end of the Mud Season at this festival celebrating all things muddy.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 8:00 am

Mud Fest 5K - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

Race your way out of the mud Season with the first Annual Mud fest 5K! This is the first and newest addition to the 2013 Ouray County Race Series, and what a great way to get your feet wet than a quick 5K to start a great season of marathons!

So, if at first glance you were thinking to yourself that there isn't much going on in Ouray County in April, these are just a few of the great events you will enjoy after a day or evening of soaking and relaxing with us at the Box Canyon! Give us a call and let us help you create a Spring Getaway that will be second to none!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dine and Play this New Years Eve and New Years Day in Ouray County

  
  
  

fireworks-in-ouray

Stay and Play in Southwest Colorado this New Year!

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your holiday headquarters. With so many great events this weekend, New Years Eve culminates with fireworks at Midnight over the town. Relax and play at the Box Canyon Lodge this New Year and know that Ouray Colorado dishes up some divine culinary options should you desire the perfect vacation getaway at an affordable price. The following list outlines the dining choices and entertainment:

New Years Eve

kobe steakThe Beaumont Grill - 7pm.   The Beaumont will be serving a delectable 4-course featuring Kobe Beef and crab legs. Seating by reservation only.

Luella's Lounge-  5:30pm. Located in the Beaumont Hotel, Luella's is a lovely spot to enjoy a cocktail or two as the New year approaches.

djsundaysmithO'Briens Pub-  11am to close. Live music starts at 9pm. Serving lunch and dinner with New Years specials throughout the day, O'Briens will also host a great New Years Eve party with music, dancing and a full bar. featuring DJ Sunday Smith, the fun will continue even after the fireworks!

prime ribThe Outlaw Restaurant - Open 5pm - close.  Enjoy their Special Holiday Menu or order from their complete menu of aged steaks, prime rib, crab, lobster, vegetarian options and kids menu.  The Outlaw has the perfect wine list to bring in the 2013 New Year.

champagneThe 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 New Years Eve features a traditional menu in addition to their daily fare complimented with party hats and a champagne toast.

super nachosThe 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.  

Cimarron Cafe- Ridgway, Co - Open til 9pm. Since opening just a few months ago, the chefs at the Cimarron Cafe have consistently wowed us with culinary delights ranging from $6.00 burger night on Mondays to exceptional breakfast options and Date Night Thursdays featuring filets and decadent appetizers. New Years Eve will be no different. A special menu created by head chef Roy Perkins is sure to tempt the palatte with a phenominal end to 2012!

ouray breweryOuray Brewery - Open 11am - close.  The Ouray Brewery has three levels — with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses the kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers the main dining area and brewery. And level three boasts the only rooftop patio in the “Switzerland of America” — Ouray, Colorado. The menu includes gluten free specialties too as well as some variations to typical pub grub!

Buffalo Chicken wingsGold Belt Bar & Grill - 11am to 9pm. From Pizza and wings to specialty wraps, enjoy lunch or dinner and service with a smile! 

Backstreet Bistro - Open 7am - 5pm.  Warm, fresh coffee, homemade bagels and pastries, and sandwiches as well as a full breakfast menu with pancakes, bacon, sausages, eggs, omelets, and skillets.  

Mouse's Chosolates - 9am to 9pm. Satisfy the end of the year chocolate craving with decadent truffles or one of their famous Scrap Cookies!

pizzaColorado Boy Brewery - Ridgway, Co. - 4pm to 9pm. Featuring some of the best craft brews in Southwest Colorado, and gourmet pizza to die for! Celebrate the Fourth Anniversary of this great little brewery on New Years Weekend!

Trail Town Still - Ridgway, CoTrail town still is located at 240 Palomino Trail in Ridgway and we make fine spirits from local ingredients. Come to our New Year's Bash with DJ Funk-O-Deluxe, midnight breakfast, and rides home (local) available.

fireworksnyeOuray Elks Lodge - 6pm to ?. The Ouray Elks know how to throw a New Years Party! Enjoy free appetizers, reasonably priced cocktails, and karaoke in one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Ouray! 

New Years Day

Backstreet Bistro - Open 7am - 5pm.  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 the morning after!

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2The Beaumont Grill - 4pm to 9pm. 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. 

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.

Ouray Brewery - Open 11am - 9pm.  The Ouray Brewery has three levels — with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses the kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers the main dining area and brewery. And level three boasts the only rooftop patio in the “Switzerland of America” — Ouray, Colorado.  The menu includes gluten free specialties too as well as some variations to typical pub grub!

tubs winter night.2The Outlaw Restaurant - Open 5pm - close.  Enjoy their Special Holiday Menu or order from their complete menu of aged steaks, prime rib, crab, lobster, vegetarian options and kids menu.

Gold Belt Bar & Grill - 11am to 9pm. From Pizza and wings to specialty wraps, enjoy lunch or dinner and service with a smile! 

Colorado Boy Brewery - Ridgway, Co. - 4pm to 9pm. Featuring some of the best craft brews in Southwest Colorado, and gourmet pizza to die for!

In between tasting from these decadent dining options and New Years Party fun, don't forget to enjoy some of the other activities right outside your door at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, your Holiday Headquarters!

Things To Do:

  • Take a dip in Ouray’s Hot Springs Pool! Discount passes available at the Front Desk.
  • The Ouray Ice Rink is located just one mile north of the Hot Springs Pool.  Skate rental available at the pool.
  • Just ask a local where the best sledding can be found and you will definitely hear “Vinegar Hill”, located at the top of 6th Avenue. Ouray’s favorite sledding run for over 100 years! 
  • Children’s Free Ski Hill. Perfect place for beginners!  Located at the top of 3rd Ave.

 

Ouray County Serves up Fabulous Dining Options Christmas 2012!

  
  
  

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your Holiday Headquarters.

tub.walkway.winterGive yourself the perfect gift this Holiday! Relax in our soothing mineral hot springs then head on out to enjoy a fabulous meal at one of the wonderful restaurants in Ouray County. Whether you prefer to stay close, or to take a quick scenic drive to Ridgway, there are menu options to please any palate! Let us take care of you, and help create a holiday escape not soon forgotten!

 

 

The following list outlines the dining choices on these two remarkable days:

Christmas Eve Dining Options: 

santa listOn Christmas Eve in Ouray, there will be plenty of dining options throughout the day and into the evening. 


Adobe Inn - 651 Liddell Drive Ridgway, Colorado 970-626-5939
Open 5pm to 9pm

Serving some of the finest Mexican food and spirits for over 24 years, The Adobe Inn takes diners in with its Southwestern atmosphere and keeps them happy with fabulous food and service. Entrees include Rellenos, Flautas, Chimichangas, Burritos and Enchiladas served six ways.

Backstreet Bistro - 636 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-0550
Open 7am - 2pm. 

ouray winterWarm, 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!


The Buen Tiempo - 515 Main Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-4544
Open 5:30pm - close. 

Serving great Mexican food and the best margaritas this side of Santa Fe, The staffs at the Buen Tiempo are sure to bring a smile to your face as well as your stomach! 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.


Beaumont Grille - 505 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-7000
Open 11am - 9pm. 

beaumontLocated in the Beaumont Hotel, the Beaumont Grille offers 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.


Cimarron Cafe - 153 Hwy 550 970-626-4426
Open 7am - 2pm

ouray winter7Featuring only the fresh­est ingre­di­ents, hand-made sauces and hand– crafted ingre­di­ents, this comfortable and casual fam­ily restau­rant has a large, var­ied menu, a well stocked bar and a great wine list.


O’Brien’s Pub - 726 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-4386
Open 11am - 10pm. 

obriens pub4Offering homemade Irish-American cuisine and a full bar, including Guinness on tap. The menu includes Irish Eggrolls, Scottish Eggs, Guinness Stew, Fish & Chips and other Irish specialties.


Ouray Brewery - 607 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-7388
Open 11am - 9pm

ouray winter5This brewery features an interesting menu -- a combination of bar food and gluten 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. 

Thai Paradise - 146 North Cora Street Ridgway, CO 81432 (970) 626-2742
Open 5pm - 9pm

Get your Thai on in Ridgway, Colorado! All of the dishes are full of flavor, very unique with just the right heat.

Christmas Day Dining Options:

ouray winter3Celebrate Christmas with a soothing soak in the hot springs, and a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee in our lobby, followed by a stroll through a Winter Wonderland, followed by enjoying a meal at one of these great dining options!

Backstreet Bistro - 636 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-0550
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!

The Beaumont Ballroom - 505 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-7000
Open 1pm - 4pm

ouray winter2The Beaumont will be serving a scrumptious four course dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Seating will be limited so reservations are recommended. 


Four Corners Cafe at Chipeta Resort - 304 South Lena Street Ridgway, CO 81432 970-626-3737
Open 7am - 11am

Delicious, Southwestern inspired healthy fare in a fine dining experience. Fresh, local, and organic is the theme for a Christmas breakfast to remember.


Ouray Brewery - 607 Main Street Ouray, CO 81427 (970) 325-7388
Open 11am - 9pm. 

ouray winter8This brewery features an interesting menu -- a combination of bar food and gluten 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. 


The Outlaw Restaurant - 520 Main Street Ouray, Co 81427 (970) 325-4366
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!

 

2012-2013 Ouray Ice Climbing Season is About to Begin!

  
  
  

The Ouray Ice Park Prepares for the Best Year of Ice Climbing to Date!

ice fest1December 15, 2012 is the projected opening day for the Ice Park this year, and, as always, we wait with baited breath as the ice farmers groom the canyon walls for a season of climbing in the spectacular Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado, home to one of the largest man-made ice parks in the world. Mother Nature at times plays with us a little, giving us these gorgeous 60*F days in early December, and creating concerns that perhaps there will not be enough ice to open on time, but the weatherman has promised a change in temperature, and snow by Christmas, so those of us at the Box Canyon Lodge at least anticipate a great season for climbers.

MtAbramsNestled at the base of the Uncompahgres in Southwest Colorado, Ouray County boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. With the first glimpse of the town as guests descend from the breath taking drive over the Million Dollar Highway from Durango, the nick-name Switzerland of America no longer sounds as arrogant. Snow covered peaks, and steaming mineral hot springs without even a hint of sulfur add to the appeal of this tiny mining town, filled with Victorian architecture standing proud and untouched since the birth of Ouray.

iceclimber4As if the opportunities for a variety of winter sports in the area were not enough, Ouray is ranked as one of the most popular locations in the world for ice climbing. Not only do the surrounding mountains provide numerous spectacular ice-climbing routes, Ouray has the first ice-climbing park in the U.S. where a mile of farmed ice is available only a two-block walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and free to all who enjoy this unique sport. This year, a 25 foot overhanging steel tower has been erected on top of the Dizzy prow. Not only will this add to the elite mixed climbing comp route at Ice Fest, and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Comp this year, spectators will have an unparalleled view of each complex move.

ice fest line2Learn more about the Official Site of Ouray Ice Park and this new and exciting sport by visiting their website. Enjoy the annual Ouray Ice Festival and witness some of the world’s best athletes compete for titles and prizes.  The 2013 Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 10 through January13, 2013, and will be featuring dramatic changes. Not only is the new steel tower an exciting addition for climbers and spectators alike, this year there will be over $16,000.00 in prize money to be awarded to the best of the best! For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned climber, drained from a morning of exhilarating climbs, or a fan of the sport, heading back from watching these amazing athletes traverse frozen waterfalls,  return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the mineral hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The canyon holds a beauty and majesty in crisp ice reflecting every color of the rainbow, yet she can chill you to the bone, and nothing takes the bite of cold away like our tubs! With temperatures ranging from 103* F to 108* F, a 15 minute soak will soothe away the winter chill and rejuvenate you for an evening of relaxation in this beautiful little mountain town.

 

If you are interested in ice climbing instruction or guiding for this activity, contact the San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).

Hot Deal: 

box canyon hot springsWinter 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.

ouray ice park 2011Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long as well as discounts at many shops and restaurants in support of the Ice Park. We sell the memberships as well as an assortment of Ice Park memorabilia, from stickers to French presses at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.

Be sure to check out the park, and make your reservations for the 2013 Ice Festival soon!

See You Soon!



Santa Delivers to Hotel in Ouray Colorado

  
  
  

A CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN OURAY FOR OVER 80 YEARS!

 elks logoThe Ouray Elks Lodge works all year, holding special events, BBQ's and meetings, raising money for the community. The funds these hardy volunteers raise are used to help pay medical expenses for some, scholarships to deserving students, and FUN! Perhaps one of the most touching events is when Santa comes to town. Elk members hold a special potluck dinner a week or so before Christmas, to help out Santa and his elves by stuffing dozens upon dozens of stockings. On Christmas Eve, several members of the club offer their services even further to St. Nick by becoming honorary elves for the evening, driving him to and fro, across Ouray County in whatever weather, to help him deliver gifts and good cheer.

Elks.Santa.3Parents who live in the Community, and families who are visiting, are invited to call these honorary elves with the names and locations of their kids, so Santa can be sure to give them extra special attention.

On December 8, 2012, Santa is scheduled to arrive in Ouray, riding in not his traditional sleigh, but atop a fire truck destined for the Ouray Elks Lodge! Once the parade is over, Santa and Mrs. Claus will head on over to the Elks Lodge, where they will meet with all of the children, gathering any last minute changes to letters sent to the North Pole.  Of course, Santa is a very busy fellow this time of year, but has yet to forget a child. Especially in Ouray! 

elks.santa.4With the help of a dedicated staff of volunteers, Santa is able to make his rounds all through Ouray County, visiting children far and wide. Every Christmas Eve, the Ouray Elks Lodge brings smiles and gifts to the children of Ouray County, delivering a stocking filled with treats, and a special gift just for them.

It is always such a pleasure to see the faces of children light up when they discover Santa at their door, especially when they are far from home!  During your visit over Christmas to the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs we invite you to take part in this Ouray Christmas tradition.  Please give us a call at 800-327-5080, or send us an email, letting us know the names, ages, and gender of the children staying with you over Christmas Eve.  We will contact the Ouray Elks Lodge with your information and arrange for Santa to drop by your room and hand out gifts and treats for the children.  You can even arrange to leave gifts here in the lobby that you would like Santa to deliver for you.

 If you do not have reservations for this holiday, we still have some availability.  We love having you here!

 

 

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