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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).

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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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Ouray Hotel Serves Up the Best Choices this Thanksgiving!

  
  
  

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us in Southwest Colorado!

thanksgiving turkeyNovember in the San Juans is the perfect time to visit. After all of the rushing about in the Summer and fall months, things have begun to mellow. Some of the restaurants and shops have closed for the season, and winter has begun to show signs of moving in for a few months. It is not yet cold enough for Ice Climbing, but perfect for soaking in the soothing mineral hot springs on a crisp clear evening.

With the holidays looming, this is a perfect time to get away and prepare for the many activities in the weeks to come, and of course, there are some fabulous specials being offered at The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs!

Escape the norm this Thanksgiving! Stay in Ouray, and let us take care of all the details!

 

Outlaw Restaurant

outlaw logoOpen from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, serving a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and primerib with all the traditional trimmings you might expect. Celebrate the holiday in this charming atmosphere surrounded by friends and family and music.

Let the folks at the Outlaw provide you with Thanksgiving dinner in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The oldest restaurant in Ouray, the Outlaw has a distinct feel to it. John Wayne memorabilia decorates almost every surface, and the player piano at the entrance fills the room with an Old West mood of fun and festivity. You will feel as if you have been transported back to simpler times as you enjoy all of the dishes you have come to anticipate on Thanksgiving.

Dinner will be served from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Price is $24.00 per adult, $12.00 per child 12 and under

 

Cimarron Cafe


Thanksgiving Menu  cimarronLocated just nine miles north of Ouray, the Cimarron Cafe, which only opened its doors a few short months ago, has already established itself as a spectacular dining experience. Whether you choose to enjoy your meal in the bar area, with several giant televisions broadcasting a variety of sporting events, or relax in the dining room, with expert servers anticipating your every need.

After eating your fill of the decadent delights on this buffet, a scenic drive back to Ouray and our soothing mineral hot springs is ideal!

This year, General Manager and Head Chef, Roy Perkins will be hosting a Thanksgiving Buffet, featuring all of the traditional dishes! There will be only two seatings for this event, at 1:00pm and at 4:00 pm, so it is important to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Price is $25.00 per adult ad $12.50 for children ages 12 and under. Price includes one non-alcoholic beverage.

Stay at the Box Canyon and recieve a voucher for a complimentary glass of champagne or house wine with your dinner.

 

Every year, we get up early on Thanksgiving to start the turkey and prepare for a day full of cooking and football. Wouldn't it be nice to have all the fun with none of the work? Celebrate with that special someone, or bring the whole family. We've got you covered! There won't be any dishes to wash, and the table is already set. If you run out of rolls, not to worry! Someone else is standing by, ready to replenish your plate!

Give us a call, and we will make all of the arrangements for you! All you have to do is enjoy.

Once you have enjoyed a fabulous meal, head on back to the Box Canyon, and enjoy some football, or a movie from our extensive video library. Let us take all the pressure off so that you can enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be. 

Between the fabulous food and the majestic beauty of the San Juans, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.

See You Soon!

 

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November Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

  
  
  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - The Grinch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - THANKSGIVING!

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

Call us for details! 970-325-4981

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

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

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

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

See you soon!

 

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Ouray Oktoberfest: A Fall Celebration

  
  
  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combine your trip to enjoy the Oktoberfest with other activities that let you explore the San Juan Mountains in October! Drive the Million Dollar Highway for an easy beautiful scenic drive through a photographers paradise of fall foliage. Or, hike one of the many trails accessible in town for a more close up experience. Cascade waterfall is a spectacular sight surrounded by a rainbow of leaves, and the Box Canyon Waterfall is a sight to behold.

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

 

 

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October Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

October is a "Scary" good time in Southwest Colorado!

million dollar highway fall colorsFrom scenic drives accross the Million Dollar Highway, to shopping to investigating one of the many ghost towns just miles from our front door, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a lodging experience second to none in Ouray! Let us help you to create an adventure specifically suited to your personal wants and needs this October!

Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

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

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Join us at the Wright Opera house at 7:00pm for a viewing of The Well-Diggers Daughter, a French film based in World War I, about love, family and the seductive beauty of the Provençal countryside.

ridgway farmers marketFriday, October 5, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

Friday, October 5, 2012 - Wrighteous Jazz/ Oktoberfest Celebration Michele Wilkinson Trio at the Wright Opera House in Ouray

Friday night, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, celebrate Fall with this dynamic trio for a night of musical fun.

oktoberfest ouray coloradoSaturday, October 6, 2012 - Oktoberfest & 48th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing

Head on down to the Ouray Community center from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and enjoy an evening of great food, beer and music as you wait with everyone for the Grand Finale: the drawing for a brand new Jeep!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: Sleepwalk With Me

Head to the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm, and enjoy this Indy comedy as you follow a comedian struggling through all th usual life issues, and is a sleepwalker to add to the fun.

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

fall foliage 2012 3Saturday, October 13, 2012 - David Baker and friends at the Wright Opera House

From 7:00pm to 9:30pm, tap your feet to the sounds of this musical great in one of the most beautiful historic venues in Southwest Colorado.

Monday October 15 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed

Every few months, the City of Ouray closes the city pool for a few days in order to provide maintenance they are unable to perform when the facility is in use. But don't let this dishearten you from a visit! There are still plenty of things to do in Ouray, and the tubs at the Box Canyon are still open for our guests.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk: History of the Utes

Ever wonder about the Native Americans who once lauded the Ouray Hot Springs as sacred ground? Head down to Ridgway from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for an in depth talk by Roland McCook on the history of the first people to live in this valley.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Email: johnsonmarietta@ymail.com
Phone: 970-765-6760

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02Friday, October 19, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Rhythm Run 10K/5K

Starting at 12:00pm to 2:00pm, head to Fellin Park to join in or root for your favorite atheletes in the final marathon of the season.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: TBD

At 7:00pm, the Wright Opera House will again be presenting a fabulous independent film for movie enthusiasts.

beaumontSaturday, October 27, 2012 - 125th Anniversary Halloween Ball at the Beaumont Hotel

Pull out that favorite costume and head to the Grand Ballroom in the Beaumont for a hauntingly fabulous evening from 8:00pm to 12:00am. Sure to become a tradition, a Halloween ball in this beautiful setting is sure to get your blood flowing.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - HALLOWEEN!

Take the little ones out onto Main Street for Trick or Treating fun, then back to the Box canyon for a relaxing soak in the warm waters before digging into the goody bag!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Halloween Bash with DJ Sunday Smith at O'Briens Pub

Once the little ones have had their fill of candy, and are safely sleeping, get your costumes back on and wander over to O'Briens Pub for a night of costume contests and dancing from 10:00pm to 1:00am.

October is prime time for visiting Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Let us help you create the most memorable vacation in one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado.

 

 

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Upcoming Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado: March 2012

  
  
  

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

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

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

 

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

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

Contact: dZi Foundation

 

Email: info@dzifoundation.org

Phone: 970-626-9765

More Info: www.dzifoundation.org 

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

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

Contact: Deidra Krois

Email: Mosaic.community.project@gmail.com

Phone: 9703180382

More Info: Www.ridgwayriverfestival.org 

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

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

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

Contact: Danny Wesseling

Phone: 626-5058

More Info: http://www.ourayelks.org

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

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

Contact: dZi Foundation

Email: info@dzifoundation.org

Phone: 970-626-9765

More Info: www.dzifoundation.org 

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

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

Contact: KARA TATONE 

Phone: 970-626 3033

Email: kara@sanjuanhuts.com

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

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

Contact: Kelly Goodin

Email: kelly@adoptmountainpets.org

Phone: 626.2273

More Info: http://www.adoptmountainpets.org 


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

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

Email: evanslowande@gmail.com

More Info: http://www.roccnet.org/  

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

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

 

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

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

 

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February Events for Ouray and Ridgway Colorado

  
  
  

February is a great time to visit Ouray County.

ouray sleddingThe snow is soft and perfect for sledding, the ice is excellent for climbing, and the evenings are such a peaceful time for soaking in the mineral hot springs and enjoying a quiet relaxing getaway. The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs continually strives to be not only your favorite choice for lodging in Ouray, but also your most cherished home away from home.  

Bring your true love to see us this month for a wonderful Romantic night away, or bring the kids for a weekend of ice climbing, sledding and ice skating, followed by a soothing soak in our mineral hot springs tubs.  Winter activities abound!

tony rosarioSaturday, February 4, 2012 – 10:00 pm to 1:00 am - Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

After a fantastic meal of Fried Pickles and Shepherd’s Pie, dance the night away to the soulful sounds of Tony Rosario and the Blue Heelers!

Friday, February 10, 2012 – 1 pm to 7 pm – Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

obriens pub ouraySaturday, February 11, 2012 – 10:00pm to 1:00 am – Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

Saturday nights are definitely a great time at O’Brien’s! After dinner, get ready to dance away those calories to the musical mixes of DJ Sunday Smith!

Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

rodeo and julietTuesday, February 14, 2012 – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Rodeo & Juliet at the Wright Opera House

Take your sweetie out for an evening of music and fun at the Wright Opera House! Enjoy the sweet soul harmonies of Rodeo and Juliet at this Valentine’s Day concert sure to be a night to remember.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 10:00pm to 1:00 am – Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

Join the O’Brien’s crew for another awesome Saturday night of frivolity, dancing away to the musical styling of local favorite Funkdafari!

Don’t forget! Valentine’s Day can be every day in Ouray! Celebrate the month of romance in one of the most picturesque places on earth! Let us help you create an adventure to last a lifetime!valentine=candy

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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Ouray Colorado : Dining Options

  
  
  

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

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

 

Christmas Eve Dining Options:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kids Climbing College returns to Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado!

  
  
  

The Ouray Ice Park opens for the 2012 season on December 17th.


iceclimber5.0For close to 30 years, Ouray has been one of the best kept secrets for ideal ice climbing conditions. In 1992, when Eric Jacobsen, who had purchased some property in a bankruptcy auction made arrangements with Ouray County to lease the land for recreational purposes. The amount of the lease? $1.00 per year, with an insurance umbrella which would allow the public free use of this area.
In the fall of 1994, Bill Whitt, Gary Wild and Mike O'Donnell, using garden hoses and other household items, created the first farmed climbs in the Uncompahgre Gorge.
The next couple of years, Ice climbing enthusiasts began to flow into the sleepy winter town to try out the park. By 1997, Ouray Ice Park Inc was created to better organize the number of volunteers and materials needed to develop the Ouray Ice Park into the world famous climbing venue it is today.
With climbs ranging from extreme for the most seasoned climber, to the Kids Wall, a specially developed 40 foot high, 140 foot wide slab of ice specifically designed for training children ages 8 to 88 it is hard to believe that all of this was made possible by the generosity of so many volunteers!
Kids Wall Ouray ColoradoWith training classes provided by some of the top climbers of our generation, the San Juan Mountain Guides have outdone themselves yet again.
This year, SJMG is once again offering an interactive Ice Climbing class for children ages 8-17. The 2012 Kids Climbing College is a free class hosted by San Juan Mountain Guides, and sponsored by the Ouray Ice Park, and all of the necessary equipment is provided. All your young ones need to bring are warm clothes, (ski clothes are great) gloves, a hat, and a grownup to sign paperwork! Each 2 to 3 hour class is on a first come, first serve basis, and is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be introduced to this fabulous sport!
ouray ice park 2011Parking is available at the park, in designated areas, or just walk up to the park from the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs! The walk back is a great way to revisit all you have learned as you prepare to relax in the mineral hot spring tubs, a perfect way to finish a great day!

The Kids wall is located at the Upper Bridge of the Ouray Ice Park.


2012 Interactive Ice Climbing For Kids Class Schedule:

Monday December 26, 2011 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday January 8, 2012 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Sunday February 12, 2012 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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