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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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Ouray County Welcomes Jeff Solon Jazz Trio!


Wright Opera House and Sherbino Theater Present Jazz Concert in Southwest Colorado!

ouray coloradoOuray 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. 

sherbino 2The 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.

solon webJeff 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.

wrightlogo2;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!


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Wine & Whiskers in Ouray County - Fashionable Fun for a Good Cause!


Puppies and Kittens in Southwest Colorado find Refuge With Second Chance!

second chanceSince 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.

second chance2In 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!

second chance6It 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.

second chance1Saturday 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.

second chance3Get 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. 


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San Juan Mountains provide Inspiration to all kinds of Artists!


Maybe it is the scenery, but it seems the artistic are 'drawn' to the Uncompahgres.

aspenlightglassOuray County has painters, welders, woodworkers, quilters, photographers, and glass workers, just to name a few.

Aspen Light Glass in Ridgway does amazing work with fused glass art and jewelry. Diane does wall hangings, bowls, dishes etc. She specializes in frit painting, fused glass and pique assiette mosaics. The studio is open by appointment only in Ridgway this winter.

anncheeksAnn Cheeks moved  to Ouray only a year ago, but loves the area. Her first time in Ouray she actually stayed at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! She said she saw 2 deer that came really close while sitting in the hot tubs and a double rainbow. She has been inspired by our surroundings to paint mountains and waterfalls. She teaches for Weehawken Creative Arts in Ridgway and Ouray as well as Ah Ha School for the Arts in Telluride. She mostly does oils, but likes to play with all different mediums.

johnbillingsJohn Billings is known as the Grammy Man in Ridgway. Who knew that in a little unknown town in the south west corner of Colorado the Grammys are made. John is a craftsman who cares about his work, he creates the style and builds the mold. John also makes the Annie Award and the John Wooden Award. It takes about 15 hours to make 1 Grammy Award.

natashaNatasha Payette is an icon in Ouray County. She started and has taken the Weehawken Dance program to amazing heights! Natasha produces all the performances the dance program performs. She does all the choreography music, costumes set design everything from start to finish is under her talented control. For such a small community we have the most amazing dance programs! The group performs 2 big shows each year, one in May and one in December. They have done everything from the traditional Nutcracker to Natasha’s own version of Wizard of Oz, a tribute to The Beatles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Peter Pan. There is also a smaller group of committed dancers in the Weehawken Company that put on 2 smaller shows each year. For the Company performances each member has to choreograph one of their own dances. This last year instead of the Nutcracker they did Polar Express.

buckskinbooksellersOuray has a quilters guild that produces some amazing quilts each year. Every September the Ouray County Museum does a quilt show to show off old quilts. There is a raffle of one of the Guild’s quilts. The drawing takes place at the Quilter’s Tea which ends the month long show.

moonwalk2Of course the area attracts photographers. We have many photographers living in the area as well as visiting photographers who come to capture our spectacular surroundings. You can see many of the local talent at the annual Ouray County Arts Association’s Artist Alpine Holiday the first week in August. This year the event celebrates it’s 54th year. They also have a winter show over the President’s weekend every year. This year the winter show also happens to be on Valentine’s Day as well. The show is held at the Ouray Community Center Feb 14-17.  The Artist Alpine Holiday is also held at the Community Center with classes throughout the week as well as plein air paint out.

moonwalkAlso each month in Ridgway over the full moon there is an art walk that features different artists each month. You can check out their website or facebook page to find out what is happening each month.

wildflowerboutiqueThe Wildflower Boutique in Ouray boasts over 110 Colorado artists. From wall art to hand crafted pillows, candles and jewelry, the talent of local artists is highlighted in every corner. Since expanding their store in 2010 to include the Colorado Room, Dee and Robert have created a space filled with amazing works of all kinds.

As you can see, Ouray County is a treasure trove for the arts, and we have only just begun!

Come explore the galleries and shops, or bring your paints or camera. Capture the majestic beauty of the San Juans any time of year!

See You Soon!

About the Author: Faith Parry was born on a hippie commune in Southwest Colorado. After graduating with a degree in music, Faith has traveled extensively around the world, always finding her way home. She loves hiking, taking nature photos, baking, and throwing great parties. Faith founded the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in Ouray; a fantastic party featuring all products from Colorado, which has quickly become an event not to be missed each winter. 


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A Romantic Getaway in the San Juan Mountains


Ouray Hotel Offers Romance Every Day of the Year With These Great Packages!

cupidWhen considering a romantic getaway with your significant other, think no further than the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you have been getting those looks. That questioning gaze when they think you're not paying it going to be the same old thing? A quick bunch of roses from the grocery store, or a box of candy with a Charles Schultz character on the front?

Step outside of your comfort zone, and surprise your hearts desire with a getaway that will let them know exactly how much you care!

ouray winterTake a scenic drive along Highway 550 to the beautiful town of Ouray. Wander Main Street, each locally owned and operated shop a testament to hard work and creativity. Purchase a one of a kind gift for each other, then enjoy lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in town.

After lunch, head down to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and check in to your room. Located in the Southwest corner of Ouray, the Box Canyon offers the best of both worlds.

Serenely tucked in at the base of the walking entrance to the Box Canyon Waterfall Park and the Ouray Ice Park, the hotel feels as if it is a world away from everything. The welcoming front desk agent will direct you to your room, where your true romantic adventure begins.

romance.package.adrenalineWhether it is relaxation and serenity, or an epic adventure for two, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs have taken care of all of the details for you. 

Adrenaline junkies will find an itinerary for the adventure of their choice. All of the arrangements have been made to meet with your guide in the morning and your itinerary is already printed and placed in your room for you; all you have to do is enjoy your evening, and prepare for a day of snowmobiling or ice climbing.

Take a class at the Ice Park. Ultimately, climbing is a two person sport. One person has to hold the line as the other climbs; somewhat similar to relationships.

A snomobile tour in the San Juans between Ridgway and Telluride is an experience the two of you will remember for a lifetime. Couples who have shared their adventurous day with us have always been bursting with the fun and excitement of the speed and beauty of these tours.

Spend the day snowshoeing or cross country skiing. The serene quiet of the Uncompahgres as the two of you explore a variety of trails leaves the impression of being the only people in the world. We will plot out the perfect map for you to a spot ideal for your skill level.

Rates for the Adventure Romance begin at $150.00.

For the couple who just wants to relax and enjoy some quiet couples time, settle in for an evening of soaking in the mineral hot springs and an early dinner. Your appointment for a couples massage has been set either here in your room, or at the spa, your choice.

Once back to the hotel, a late check out has been arranged. In the morning, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, roasted in Ridgway, entices the two of you out of bed, and back to the tubs for a morning soak. The crisp mountain air quickly clears the cobwebs of sleep, and nothing quite compares to enjoying a steaming cup of coffee as the sun glistens on the winter landscape. You won't have to get out of your warm robes until it is time to meander home in the afternoon.

Rates for the Relaxation Romance Package begin at $175.00.



No rule book says that this is the end of your romantic getaway, or that you have to specifically choose one package or the other.  There are a variety of activities in and around Ouray that seem to have been specifically created for a couple enjoying each others company.


The list is endless, and the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is waiting to help create a getaway specific to you and your love.

The Box Canyon Lodge Romance Packages are specifically  designed for you and your love. When you call, our informative front desk will work with you to create the getaway that will live forever. Starting at $150.00 plus tax, this is a wonderful way to show your love how much you care. 


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Ridgway Moonwalk - Art and Culture in Southwest Colorado


Local artists on display by the light of the moon in the San Juan Mountains!

rcdlogotagline(sm)When the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts joined forces to develop the first Moonwalk, the question of whether this would become a monthly adventure was an unspoken one. Now, with over twelve full moons successfully explored, it seems the Ridgway Moonwalk is here to stay.

And why not? In 2012, the Ridgway Creative District was formed of a group pf volunteers working toward goals set forth by Governor Hickenlloper for economic development; the goal was to grow and nurture creative industries in our community.

weehawkenlogoWith so very many talented artists in the area, it is not hard to believe in the success of their efforts. The monthly moon walk, which focuses on a specific form of creativity every month, not only allows one to explore many different artists, but also the shops and restaurants of the area.

The group gathers in the early evening, then travels from one spot to another, viewing artists works, while warming up from the walk in shops along the way.

ExoticEarthLogo Transparent White Border 300x300This month, on January 17, 2014, the focus is on creative businesses in the Industrial District of Ridgway. 

The Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters is a prime example of ingenuity and expression. Participants will gather at 602 N Cora St, where in addition to viewing the works of local artist and crafter Joyce Withrow, they will be able to explore the intricacies of coffee roasting, an art for in and of itself.

Everyone knows that when the sun goes down in Southwest Colorado, it gets cold quickly, so this walkable event makes a point of keeping everything very close.

xfront bennett.jpg.pagespeed.ic.g3miXNAGSZJust a short walk from the Exotic Earth, experience the works of Kellie Day, as she displays her work in Bennett Forgeworks at 669 N. Cora Street. Bennet Forgeworks specializes in custom metalworks for the home, from railings to light fixtures. Explore the forge and see how it's done!

sjhRight next door, at San Juan Huts System, at 770 N. Cora Street, Diane Rickey will be displaying her talent for all to see. The San Juan Hut System takes their creativity outside. Developing a variety of trails for the outdoor explorer, these knowledgeable guides focus on the beauty of the Southwest, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Of course, there will likely be work exhibited by a variety of artists as participants explore the many displays in each of the shops.

moonwalkEvery month, the Moonwalk will focus on a variety of expressions, always a pleasant interlude into what makes this small community such an interesting and diverse place to visit.

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWalking with friends old and new on an exploration of creativity through art is an ideal way to spend an evening!

Once you have experienced the Moonwalk, it is just a short drive on the Million Dollar Highway to a cozy retreat at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Soak away the chill in one of our all natural mineral hot spring tubs, then relax to a movie from our extensive video library, enjoying a comfortable rest.

In the morning, explore the majestic San Juans. From scenic drives, to ice climbing, to just spending a day relaxing, let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create the perfect escape!

See you soon! 

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19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January


Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

ice3For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

ice6Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Colorado Boy Brewery.

Ouray Ice Festival Kick Off Party: 9:00 pm to 11:30 pm at the Beaumont Grill (505 Main Street)

This evening at the Beaumont is full fo great beer, food and prizes presented by the American Alpine Club. Great fun for you and friends old and new, as everyone gets ready for an Ice Fest Extravaganza!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

ice1Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Spaghetti Dinner/Indoor Gear Expo and Silent Auction 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the OurayCommunity Center

2014icefest2Treasures to bid on at the silent auction, hob-nobbing with world class atheletes, and beer provided by the award winning Ouray Brewery. For only $20.00 per person, this is the beginning of a night to remember!

Presentation by Adrian Ballinger: 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Main Street Theater (630 Main)

One of a mere handful of alpinists capable of keeping up with the Sherpa on climbs throughout the Himalayans, Ballinger has succeeded in climbs often uncompleted by other guides. With a knowledge of climbing and a strong rapport with the Sherppa, he brings an understanding of the climb beyond the competetive aspects of the sport.

$15.00 per person with beer provided by Ourayle House Brewery

Presentation by Kyle Dempster - "The Road from Karakol": 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Wright Opera House

Two time winner of the Piolet d'Or for his ascent of the 21,070-foot Xuelian West in Chinese Tien Shan, and more recently, the 23,901 foot Ogre I, Kyle Dempster stands on the cutting edge of the world alpine scene. His 25 minute film, The Road from Karakol takes us through the much unknown mountains of the Kyrgyz countryside, an epic adventure of disscovery.

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

icefestcompetitorsExplore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at

Elite Mixed Ice Climbing Competition: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Lower Bridge in the Ouray Ice Park

Kids Wall2Watch 25 of the worlds top climbers as they traverse a combination of artificial and natural features in a route created by the reknowned route setter Vince Anderson. The competion is fierc and awesome as climbers compete for a $9,000.00 purse, which is divided between the top three male and female climbers in this challenging competition.

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Yet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

icepark30Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

Presentation by Ueli Steck/Live Auction: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center

The Famous Swiss rock climber and mountaineer, nicknamed the “Swiss Machine” for his precision and efficiency, will be presenting at the 19th annual Ouray Ice Fest, as well as teaching at least a couple of clinics and competing in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed Comp. the biggest attraction of the year, be sure to arrive early at the Community Center to enjoy his presentation. In addition, you can bid on a wide variety of treasures at the Live Auction.

Tickets are $15.00 per person with beer provided by Ouray Brewery. 

Multimedia Presentation by Aaron Mulkey: 9:00 pm top 10:30 pm at the Wright Opera House

ice3Addicted to the chase, Aaron Mulkey has spent his career searching for the ultimate climbs, having completed an unprecedented number of previously unexplored ice in remote areas accross the American West and Norway. When there is no ice to climb, Mulkey finds other extreme sports to entertain himself, always pushing the envelope for his next great adventure.

Tickets are $15.00 per person, with beer provided by Two Rascals Brewery

Petzl "Saturday Night Freezer" Party: 10:30 pm to 1:00 am at the Ouray Community Center

Pull out your Disco best for this years annual late-night Petzl party! Always a great way to warm up after a day on the ice, let loose and boogie the night away with all your Ice Fest friends!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ouray Ice Festival Hari Berger Speed Competition: 9:00 am at the Lower Bridge

ice2This open competition blends both local favorites and all of the big names in the sport, as competitors vie for the best time in a side by side race against the clock on a route solely made up of ice.

Created as a memorial to Hari Berger, the Australian climber who was lost in 2006. With speed as a focus, and $7,000.00 in prize money at stake, this competition has become a huge hit both here in Ouray as well as on the World Cup scene.

Interactive Clinics at 9:00 am and 12:30 pm

Clinics will be offered in the mornings and afternoons of Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the festival. ou can sign up for the class of your choice at

Outdoor Gear Expo: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ice Park

Explore the variety of tents stations along the edge of the Uncompahgre Gorge filled with swag and demo gear from the outdoor gear manufacturers sponsoring this amazing festival. Once just a small selection of tools and crampons, nowthere are demos of almost anything you could want for your next ice adventure!

Kid's Climbing College: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

icefestYet again, San Juan Mountain Guides and the Woman's Club of Ouray County bring the ever popular Kid's Climbing College to Ice Fest. Offering free instruction to children ages 8 to 17, providing all of the technical gear as well for each 15 minute session. Be sure to sign your kids up for this once in a lifetime opportunity for a free lesson from some of the best climbers in the country!

Walk up Climbing at the La Sportiva Zone: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Just because you aren't a kid doesn't mean that you shouldn't try ice climbing at least once. 

Next door to the Kids Climbing College at the Kids Wall near the Upper Bridge and County Road 361, take a turn at Free Adult Walk Up Climbing. Offering free clinics for adults by top athletes, with no registration required, Sportiva has exceeded itself in offering a bucket list opportunity to everyone!

ASOLO Awards Ceremony: 1:00 pm at the Outdoor Gear Expo

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2For the second year, the ASOLO Award Ceremony will be held outdoors at the Ouray Ice Park. Custom trophys will be presented to the top performing athletes in both the Elite Mixed Climbing Comp and the Hari Berger Speed comp. A picture perfect moment as these individuals receive recognition as they stand arrayed on a pillar of ice, with fans and peers looking on.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supported of the Ouray Ice Park, and looks forward to welcoming both competing athletes as well as avid spectators of this extreme sport for the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival.
There is nothing better than warming cold bones in the soothing waters of our mineral hot spring tubs after a day of climbing and cheering on your favorite athletes. 


Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!







Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!


Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar


Christmas Tree (1)Every town large and small has their own holiday traditions, and each has its own unique story of beginning.  Here in Ouray we have a wonderful tradition of going to Vinegar Hill to go sledding as children and later as adults we will take our own children there to sled on Christmas day. You may ask why this particular sled hill is named Vinegar Hill? Well the name goes all the way back to the very first Christmas ever celebrated here in Ouray in 1875.


sledoldIn 1875 the town of Ouray was yet to officially exist, this valley was still Ute Indian land with only a small handful of white men just starting to settle here. These first men were here to prospect, mine and start a small settlement that would later be named Ouray in honor of the Ute Chief Ouray.



balsamic vinegarIn December 1875 when winter was just beginning the 13 men and no women that lived here gathered together in a cabin for a simple dinner consisting of bread, bacon, and beans. The men, finding that none of the traditional spirits were on hand and the closest place to find any liquor or wine was in Silverton, decided to doctor the one fluid that they had to drink, Vinegar!


Thus with a simple meal toasted with a glass of vinegar the first Christmas was celebrated and the location was named for that one drink, retaining that name to this very day. Not only was Vinegar Hill christened with that meal but a town was born, first named Lexington then changed to Uncompahgre City and eventually becoming the city of Ouray.


Now days Vinegar Hill still has a place in our Christmas traditions…..whether you spend the day sledding down it with your friends and family or just enjoy watching all the fun. Should you be in need of a sled to use for your day of fun check out Ouray Mountain Sports. And please try to remember this special place and its unique history in our beautiful little spot of the world.


This Christmas don’t worry that we will be serving a glass of Vinegar for your holiday meal, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants to dine at:



turkeydinnerArtisan Bakery: 7 AM – 2 PM

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 3 PM

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom: 5 – 9 PM (Reservations 970-325- 7000)

Bon Ton: 5 PM - Close (Reservations 970-325-4951)

Buen Tiempo: 5:30 PM – Close (970-325-4544)

Cavallo’s: 7 AM—2 PM; 5:30 PM & 7 PM (Reservations 970-325-2042)

Goldbelt Bar & Grill: 11 AM – 4 PM

Mouse’s Chocolates: 9 AM – 7 PM

O’Briens Pub: 11 AM – Close

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: Closed


eye of round roast lCHRISTMAS DAY

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 1 PM

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: 5 PM – 9 PM


From all of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs we wish you warm and wonderful holiday season.

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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The Ouray Victorian Yule Fest Weekend December, 2013


Shopping, Live Music, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese and Santa - All in Ouray This Yule Fest!

Winter is upon us. We have survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with flying colors. The holidays are in full swing, and Ouray is ready for Yule Fest.

ouray winterThe Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 13, 2013 through Sunday, December 15, 2013, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge, starting at 5:00 PM. The lodge will also provide a chili supper at 5:15, with meals just $8/adults, $5 kids 5 - 12. 

winefest17The Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Featured last month on 9News Colorado and Company, Faith Parry, creator and organizer of the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, introduced many of the vendors who will be attending this years gala event, including Dirty Water Soap Works IncEast Mesa DesignMountain View WineryStoney Mesa WineryJumpin Good Goat DairyHaystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and MouCo Cheese Company to name a few.

winefest10Colorado is increasingly receiving accolades for the spectacular wines produced accross the state, and many of the cheese and chocolate companies who will be in attendance are very well known and loved all over the country.

As always focusing on local talents, Faith has again included local distilleries and artists who will be displaying a variety of original and interesting wares. Whether you still need to finish off your Christmas list, or are looking to cross off some of your own holiday desires, surely there will be a plethora of enticing options available at this years Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Ouray! 

Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

winefest7After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub from 9:00pm to 12:00am, with Tony Rosario, a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide. 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.


This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special deal for our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Juans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

Saturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge guests receive 50% off of admission to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

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Ouray, Colorado Invites You to Join us for Thanksgiving!


Tiny Town in the San Juan Mountains Gives Plenty to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving.

snow ouray3The holidays are upon us. We knew this day was coming, and have been looking forward to it for what seems like ages.

When one wakes up in Ouray, and looks out the window, it is impossible not to feel the holiday spirit. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, with unbelievable views in every direction, Ouray epitomizes the sense of community and hard work that is Thanksgiving.

A night at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is an ideal way to begin, or end the perfect Thanksgiving, with no dishes to wash!

Wake in the morning to freshly brewed coffee roasted by our very own Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters as you soak in the early morning light. Work up an appetite on a leisurely stroll on Main Street, window shopping and enjoying the clean crisp mountain air.

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool will be open on Thanksgiving from 4pm to 9pm!

Bring the kids, and enjoy a day at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool! With a variety of temperatures, and a lap swimming area, the Hot Springs Pool is a fabulous place to enjoy an afternoon or evening, soaking, swimming and playing. big turkey dinner, and guess who is sleeping alllllll night?!? 

Dinner is not a problem, but deciding on where to eat may be! 

snow ourayWe serve a very light fare in the morning: homemade muffins, fruit and a selection of juices and teas in addition to coffee, which is just enough to get you going in anticipation of a decadent feast later in the day! Of course, if a full hot breakfast is what you are looking for, no problem! In addition to restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner, breakfast and lunch are on the menu as well!

Backstreet Bistro will be open from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

It is hard to believe when walking up to the front door of the Backstreet Bistro that there is anything interesting inside, let alone room for more than a party of perhaps three or four people. believe me, this is not the case! From the moment one walks through the door and is greeted by at least one smiling face, a genuine, good dining experience is in the works.

Just off the menu breakfast and lunch is what you can expect here on Thanksgiving - fabulous baked goods, and Boar's Head meats. You surely cannot go wrong.

At the counter, the menu is listed on the wall, and what a menu! Everything from bagel sandwiches to eggs benedict for breakfast, and a variety of delicious sandwiches for lunch are listed, and the job is to decide what to try!

Beaumont Hotel- Grand Ballroom, Thanksgiving Buffet, Seating’s , Noon,2:30 & 5pm

Adults $34.95, Children, $17.99 (12 & under)

snow ouray2When imagining a refined, traditional Thanksgiving feast, a seating in the Beaumont Grand Ballroom is exactly what comes to mind. Offering turkey, ham and prime rib, with a variety of traditional sides from home-made stuffing to decadent pies, this is a Thanksgiving Buffet sure to please!

This property, redone to the exact specifications of its original glory, is a testament to the accomplishments of our forefathers. 

Amazing architecture and even better food combine to create a truly original experience - one not to be missed.

Bon Ton- Open 3-7pm- Reservation requested- Turkey dinner with all trimmings as well as a limited menu.

For as long as anyone cares to remember, The Bon Ton Restaurant has been a local favorite. Serving masterpieces for the palette, with class and attention to detail not often found any more.

Walking down the stairs into the restaurant is like walking back in time. From the moment the host greets you, til the moment you leave - full to capacity on the decadent deliciousness that is the menu, you will be transported to a place where you are the star, and your dining pleasure is the goal.

The Victorian decor in the Bon Ton is romance to its fullest, with soft lighting, and excellent service, your glass will never be empty!

Outlaw Restaurant- Traditional Turkey dinner- open 4pm-8pm

turkey1Cowboys like turkey too, and the Outlaw Steakhouse is here to provide!

With John Wayne memorabilia every where, and wooden shingles with messages from guests old and new, the Outlaw is a great place to enjoy an evening with friends and family, making new friends along the way as you enjoy an amazing traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Tap your toes to upbeat music and a friendly atmosphere, as you dig in to some of the best fixins around. Not in the mood for turkey? Well, never fear, the limited menu is also offering a variety of flame broiled steaks cooked to perfection! 

You can always expect excellent service here, and a Thanksgiving to remember is definitely on the menu at the Outlaw!


Each of these restaurants have the highest reputation not only in Ouray, but are known far and wide. The best part by far though, is that there are no dishes to clean or food to put away! After indulging in a most wonderful feast, now all that is left is to head back to the hotel, pick out a movie, put on your Thanksgiving pants, and relax and digest.

The holidays are off to a magnificent start!

See you soon!

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