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Ice Climbers Anticipate a Great Year in Ouray!

  
  
  

Ouray Ice Park is an incredible display of engineering and community support.

ourayice2Ice climbing: an exhilarating, challenging, if not dangerous sport that brings thousands of enthusiasts to Ouray each year. The crunch of crampons on ice, the swing of ice picks, and the crisp winter air bring these men and woman into the most intimate contact with Mother Nature.

ourayiceparkmapThe Ouray Ice Park is supported through many businesses in Ouray, membership fees, and by donations. The canyon walls are transformed with the help of Colorado’s cold winters as well as the Ice Farmers who create the ice a gravity based irrigation system that is fueled by excess water from the city of Ouray. The water is sprayed through one hundred and fifty shower heads onto the canyon walls to create beautiful blue ice. This system requires constant attention during the late fall and winter months to avoid freezing and damage to the system. According to Ouray Ice Park’s website there is a mile stretch of about two hundred climbs that vary from just starting out to advanced expert climbs.

ourayiceFor years, the annual Ice Festival is held in Ouray, 2015 will be the twentieth year. It will be held from January eighth through the eleventh. The festival welcomes all; from spectators, young children learning to climb, intermediates, to seasoned veterans who compete for top speeds and cash prizes.

2015icefesticefestThere are two competitions in Ice Fest; one is a mixed climbing challenge, and the other is a speed test. During the festival San Juan Mountain Guides will be holding climbing clinics. They have half day, full day, and climbing and back country skiing clinics that range from introductory to advanced ice. Ice Fest has many local vendors on site to provide hot drinks and lunch for competitors and spectators to keep them warm and happy throughout. The Festival is also supported by many sponsors that have booths that offer ice gear as well as winter wear.

icepark30Those visiting and living in Ouray have the privilege to come in close contact with many of the top ice climbers throughout the US and the world.

Kids Wall2We have climbers that come from all over; once they get a taste, they keep returning year after year. The Festival continues to grow and attract more attention. If you do have the opportunity to watch these climbers in their element; take it all in. The intensity of the physical elements, the strength and agility of the climbers, and the incredible beauty that surrounds you. After a day of climbing or watching this unique sport, there is nothing better than soaking in our tubs while contemplating this incredible union between man or woman and nature.

iceclimberWith the purchase of an Ice Park membership, climbers receive discounts on gear, dining, and room rates. For $40.00, this annual membership not only helps to fund the ice park, but also pays for itself in a very short period of time.

This year, in honor of their 20th anniversary, The Ouray Ice Park is offering ALL ACCESS PASSES to the Festival. 

bcmsupportthankyouThe purchase of an ALL ACCESS PASS provides admission on a first-come, first seated (where applicable) basis to all Ouray Ice Festival Events:

  • Thursday Night: Kick-Off Party at the Wright Opera House
  • Friday Night: Dinner, Silent Auction & Fashion Show Followed by a Presentation by Kelly Cordes at the Ouray Community Center
  • Saturday Night: Live Auction and Keynote Presentation by Peter Metcalf and Will Gadd at the Wright Opera House
  • Saturday Night Petzl Party at the Ouray Community Center.

The purchase of an ALL ACCESS PASS also automatically preregisters you for your demo gear card to be used throughout the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and limited to the first 150 registrantsThe purchase of a pass does not guarantee admission.

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs happens to be the closest hotel to the Ice Park. We are within walking distance of many climbs!

Let our knowledgeable staff help you to plan the ideal Winter escape! We can provide you with information on gear, as well as guides or teachers who will take you on the ice and make your first (or one-hundredth) excursion into the sport a perfect experience!

About the author: Jennie Withrow is a long term resident of Ouray County, and extremely knowledgeable in the area as well as the best places to shop! We are thrilled to have her with us at The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! be sure to tell her "Hi" next time you visit!

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

 


Winterfest in Ouray!

  
  
  

A Season of Wintery Fun is Upon us in Ouray County! 


turkeydinnerWinterfest
 is a season of wintery holiday events from Thanksgiving to the Ice Fest in January. We kick off the season with Small Business Saturday November 29th. Start the day with a delicious breakfast at Cavallo’s Restaurant  and then shop till you drop in Ouray’s fantastic and one-of-a-kind shops. End the day on 7th Ave and Main at 7 pm with a Christmas tree lighting, caroling , hot drinks and s’mores. Don’t forget to sign up on Amex’s website to qualify for their $10 rebates for shopping local.


elkssantaYule Night is December 6th. Shops will be open late and offering refreshments and fun things to do as well as discounts all day. There will be a Parade of Lights at 6 pm ending at the Ouray Elks Lodge with Santa and Mrs. Clause. There will also be a Live Nativity and carolers in the Elk’s Park with fire barrels for keeping you toasty. At 7:30 the winners of the parade will be announced. The Ouray County Chorus will be performing a holiday concert at the Ouray County 4-H Center in Ridgway on December 7th. This is a wonderful event and free to the public!

winterfestcalendarDecember 12th -14th is a very full weekend. Come for the whole weekend and start with a 4 course Wine Dinner at Cavallo’s Restaurant paired with wines from Stoney Mesa Winery in Cedaredge Colorado. The dinner starts at 5 so then you can go from there to a radio drama performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Wright Opera House. However, if you want to stay longer at the dinner you can always see the show on Sunday instead. Tickets for the Wine Dinner are $50 and require reservations by December 6th. Attendees at the Wine Dinner will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival the next night for half price.

winechocolatecheese3On December 13th Weehawken Creative Arts is offering a Gingerbread House Workshop where families can purchase a house for $15 and decorate it at the Ouray Community Center from 10-noon. Space is limited for register now to reserve a house or 2 for your family. Then the evening of the 13th is the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival also at the Community Center from 6-9 pm. Tickets to this event are $20 and can be purchased on their website,  in locations around Colorado and at the door. After the festival if you are still wanting to party head over to Cavallo’s for a late night party from 9-11 pm with a Southern style Blues band a full bar and some great food. Then don’t forget “It’s a Wonderful life is playing again on the 14th at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

winterinourayShop Search and Soak December 20th. A fun scavenger hunt begins at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool at noon. Pick up your clues at the pool and then explore Ouray’s great shops looking for Christmas ornaments. Bring your completed for to Cavallo’s by 5pm and enter to win a 10 punch pass to the pool. Don’t forget to hang out at the pool for a party with Santa. The pool is open 11 am -9 pm.

santapawsIf you will be in Ouray for Christmas with kids call the Elk’s Lodge to schedule a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve. Whether you are at a home or a hotel Santa will come to you. Make reservations for a fabulous Christmas dinner at The Outlaw so you don’t have to cook or clean up!

George Winston is performing at The Wright Opera House on December 27th. Tickets are $25 in advance and going fast, so book your tickets today for this festive winter themed concert.

December 29-31 various organizations are hosting Snow Games around town.

December 29th the Ouray Ice Park is hosting an Ugly Sweater and Pull Up Contest at the Ice Park at 3 pm.

December 30th the Nordic Council is hosting a Cross Country Crawl at Ironton Park at noon.

December 31st …. Is hosting Broomball games at Ouray Rotary Park at 3 pm. All of these events are free and open to the public. Come out and have fun and experience winter in Ouray.

FIREWORKSBring in the new year in Ouray with a fantastic fireworks display at midnight booming above Ouray’s canyon walls. Celebrate with special dinners at the Beaumont Hotel, Cavallo’s, Bon Ton and the Outlaw. There are also parties on New Year’s Eve at O’Brien’s and the Ouray Elk’s Lodge. Then wake up to a delicious brunch at Cavallo’s and have dinner at the Outlaw.

ourayice2Before the big Ice Festival bring your kids to the Ice Park on January 3rd for a free Ice Climbing College for ages 7-17. The 20th Annual Ice Festival starts January 8 and is a 4 day festival of climbing competitions, parties, movies and much more. Check out their website for all the details and become an ice park member to support the park as well as getting discounts at hotels, restaurants and local businesses.

The season is bursting with exciting activities in Ouray, and what better way to end a day of festive fun than with a long soothing soak in the mineral hot spring tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!

Give us a call today and let us help you plan your winter getaway!

About the Author: Ever the wine enthusiast and farm to table promoter, Faith Parry is the brains and brawn of the Ouray Wine, Chocolate and Cheese festival. She tirelessly explores hidden gems, and shares with us experiences and adventures that otherwise we wouldn't know were so fabulous! Southwest Colorado is a treasure trove of talented people all eager to share their passion for a variety of creativity from wine and cheese, to the Ridgway MoonWalk.

Shop and Save in Ouray!

Ouray, Colorado is the Perfect Holiday Shopping Experience!

  
  
  

Escape to a Winter Wonderland in Southwest Colorado this season!

winterinourayShopping for Christmas presents can be a daunting task; the crowded department stores, the lack of supplies, and finding parking. Not to mention the fact that many of the gifts you buy are not as unique or memorable as you would like. The pressures of Christmas and New Year’s tend to extend beyond just the gifts. Maybe you will be having family or friends staying with you and are expected to prepare elaborate meals. Or perhaps you have fundraisers or other holiday events to run. All these added responsibilities can be overwhelming.

Christmas Tree (1)A simpler way to find the gifts you need would be to come for a relaxing trip to Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and stroll through the uncrowded streets of Ouray. To take some time to rest before the festivities begin. This will allow you to handle those challenges with ease and actually enjoy the time with loved ones.  The shops of Ouray offer truly individual gifts that will be cherished for years. A one-of-a-kind present that truly matches what that someone special wants.

extoticearthlogoOur very own Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters has freshly prepared organic coffee that makes a wonderful gift that is also eco-friendly.

Wildflower Boutique has a large variety of beautifully made purses, clothing, jewelry, and much more to offer. Buckskin Books has a large selection of books to choose from including many that detail the history of Ouray. Rockin P Ranch can meet all your needs for the Cowboys on your list with clothing, furniture, and jewelry.

Khristopher’s Culinaire has just about everything you need for the avid cooks in your life. And there are many more shops that offer glass art, pottery, winter sports gear, precious rocks, gems, and so much more. And of course Mouse’s Chocolates for the chocolate lover’s; they can make your experience even easier by boxing up and shipping your chocolates for you.

mainstreetSaturday November 29 is Small Business Saturday which starts off from 9-11 AM with a community breakfast at Cavallo’s Restaurant followed by shopping in the wonderful shops of Ouray. Then at 7 PM the Ouray Christmas tree will be lit. If you have an American Express and register online on https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/shop-small/ when you spend $10 you get $10 back up to three times when you shop at small business on the 29th.

mainstrretourayThe Ridgway Art and Gift Sale is Saturday December 7th from 10 AM to 4 PM. They will have local jewelry, paintings, pottery, photography, handmade textiles, ornaments, and much more at the Ridgway Community Center.

In support of our small businesses and Main Street, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot SPrings is offering an additional 10% discount on your room for every $100.00 in receipts you bring in from our Main Street Shops!


After a day of shopping you can enjoy dinner at one of the lovely restaurants of Ouray and release all your stresses while soaking in our tubs.

About the author: Jennie Withrow is a long term resident of Ouray County, and extremely knowledgeable in the area as well as the best places to shop! We are thrilled to have her with us at The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! be sure to tell her "Hi" next time you visit!

Shop and Save in Ouray!

 


Thanksgiving in Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones in Ouray!

turkeydinnerIt is difficult to believe that we are already so close to the Holidays! With just a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, it is time to begin planning if you have not already!

Black Friday will be a crazy time, as everyone rushes to get the best possible deals. At times like this, it seems much more peaceful to relax in a soothing mineral hot spring after enjoying a decadent feast at one of the amazing restaurants serving dinner in this tiny mountain town.

ouray winterShops on Main Street will be open on Friday, offering a variety of gift ideas, original and suited to everyone on your list. There is truly something more special to receiving a present that was created as if with you and you alone in mind.

Thanksgiving in Ouray offers a variety of dining options. What better way to enjoy the holiday? Enjoy a decadent meal with friends and family in the atmosphere of your choice before heading back to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs for a soothing soak followed by relaxing to one of our complimentary movies in your room while enjoying left overs.

The best part: NO DISHES!

The following restaurants will be serving thanksgiving Dinner in Ouray

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom

beaumontlogoThe Beaumont Grill is located in the old Melodrama Theatre of the hotel and has a historical mining theme. It offers freshly made, wholesome American-Style Cuisine including steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads, nightly fresh fish specials, vegetarian choices, gluten-free options with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. You can choose from one of the Western Slope’s largest wine selections.

Kings, Presidents and many of the rich and famous have dined in the Grand Ballroom in the last 127 years. It features magnificent 21-foot ceilings met by hand-painted plaster walls that emanate old-world charm and elegance. The Lounge exudes a sense of glamour, privacy and upscale exclusivity. Reserve the Historic Grand Ballroom or Luella’s Lounge for special events in an elegant atmosphere. 

Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet- Seatings- noon, 2:30 & 5pm

Adults- 34.95 Kids 17.99 (12 & Under)

Reservations required and secured with credit card

Bon Ton

bontonlogoThe Bon Ton is a roman­tic Col­orado restau­rant 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.

Located down­stairs in the St. Elmo Hotel in Ouray, CO; the restau­rant is warmly dec­o­rated with rock walls, hard­wood floors and a beau­ti­ful bar. The Bon Ton has been one of west­ern Colorado’s favorites for more than 20 years.

On Thanksgiving, The Bon Ton is open from 3:00pm -7:00pm, Serving off menu options, ranging from a Traditional Turkey dinner, Prime Rib, Salmon and several other menu items.

Prices vary, and reservations are recommended

Outlaw Restaurant-


outlawlogoThe Bonatti's immigrated to Ouray in the early 1920's buying the Outlaw Building. Their granddaughter Chris sold in April 2009 to the Choates. It has been a restaurant since the 1940's and The Outlaw since late 1968. We welcome you to it's western charm & friendly atmosphere, adorned with old family photos, the Duke's Hat & other memorabilia. Come in where past and present merge.

Today the Outlaw Restaurant is still available to the citizens and visitors of Ouray; and the Outlaw Restaurant still has the same sign hung in 1969. Those who return come back with happy memories of the past, while newcomers take away experiences they will fondly remember.

On Thanksgiving, the Outlaw will be open from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, serving a Traditional Turkey Dinner as well as a few specialty some menu items.

Prices vary, and reservations are recommended.

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2Of course, Even if you have dinner reservations, a little breakfast or lunch is definitely a must, and The Backsteet Bistro will be open from 7:00am - 1:00pm, providing breakfast and lunch options for everyone.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you design the perfect holiday getaway. We will make your dinner reservations for you, and be waiting with a worm welcoming smile when you and yours arrive in the beautiful winter wonderland of Ouray!

 

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History of Ouray - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere!

boxcanyonlodgehistoryLong before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name "Uncompahgre", or dirty water, was given to the area to protect the secret of the hot springs.

Once gold had been discovered though, the soothing waters of the natural springs were an added perk to living in the area, offering a soothing respite from days deep in the earth searching for treasure.

In 1877, a newspaper article mentioned the vast number of bath houses in Ouray and their popularity. While several places took advantage of the warm waters for recreational purposes, it was not until the early 1900's when a facility was opened which brought to light the healing properties of the hot springs.

Rich in a variety of minerals, particularly helpful in soothing rheumatism and skin problems, the first sanitarium was developed.

cogar sanitariumRichard and Bessie Cogar purchased the land which now houses the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, as well as its neighboring hotel in 1913, with the intention of building the first sanitarium in Ouray. 

In the early 1900's, the term "Radio Active" had an entirely different connotation than the post World War Two use of the word, as did the term "Sanitarium".

sweetskinThe Cogar's Sanitarium and "Radio-Active Baths" were incredibly successful, and men and women came fraom all over to take advantage of the treatments provided at the facility.

In 1927, after the death of her husband, Bessie had remarried and left Ouray, selling the sanitarium to Mr. C.W. Kent, of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Kent maintained and invested in the sanitarium, which he re-named "The Sweet Skin Sanitarium", until 1946. During his residence and ownership of the hot springs, he added five cabins to the property to accommodate the growing tourism and declining mining industry.

boxcanyonmotelIn 1945, Mr. Kent sold the land to the Idarado Mining Company, who re-named it the "Crystal Court Bathhouses", and rented cabins to local miners.

Sometime around 1953, the original 35 acres were parceled out, and on July 9, 1959, The Ouray County Herald announced the opening of the Box Canyon Motel. Long term residents, Tommy and Della May (or Sally) Fellin had built a two story hotel with ten complete units. This building is the first of three expansions over the year, and is on the Southwest side of the property. When John Ray and Mary Joyce Scoggins purchased the property in 1964, there were fourteen completed units available for rent.

During the five years they owned the hotel, the Scoggins added another eight rooms to the property, and moved the front desk to the front of the hotel, facing the street.

Joseph and Viola Muse purchased the Box Canyon Motel in 1969, selling it again in 1972 to Kurt and Margaret Kircher. When the Kirchers sold the property to Thomas and Nancy Borman in 1975, there were twenty two rooms. During their time at the Box Canyon, the Bormans added eight more units, and built the four mineral hot spring tubs which still provide hours of relaxation and pleasure to our guests.

boxcanyonlodge1993When John and Barbara Uhles purchased the hotel in 1986, they immediately set about making the property their own, renaming the Property "Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs", and completely refurbished the original 14 rooms. They purchased the parcel of land between the Box Canyon and its neighboring hotel, the Chief Ouray Gun Club, and added eight rooms, including the two large suites, each with a fireplace, and the Honeymoon Suite. 

In May, 2007, Rich and Karen Avery purchased the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. With 39 beautifully maintained rooms, including five suites and a fully furnished two bedroom apartment, it was easy to fall in love with. The four mineral hot spring tubs still stand on the hillside. The tubs themselves have been replaced once or twice, still as cedar tubs though in order to best compliment the majesty of the views.

box canyon lodge hot (1)Every year, the Averys follow the tradition of upgrading and maintaining the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. The Averys expanded increased use of the hot springs by converting the entire property to geothermal, using the natuaral heat to warm the guest rooms and tap water. Every time a guest returns, whether it is weeks, days or even years later, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs provides the perfect escape. The love and passion put into the property from the very beginning shines through in every portion of the grounds and rooms.

Come see us soon!

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Wright Opera House Brings Music, Art and Culture to Historic Ouray

  
  
  

Historic Venue has Southwest Colorado Singing its Praises!

wright logoRecently, The Wright Opera House recieved another grant to use toward renovations on the building. Work had commenced on the new elevator and refurbishing the stairway. Every event brings us that much closer to a finished work!

With summer now coming into full swing, it is time to put more restoration on hold and bring out the fun! From Wednesday night movies, to plays and concerts, the Wright is entering into the season with a variety of entertainment which will not only please the crowds, but also shine a light on the immense amount of work being put into bringing back the golden years of this venue.

Guests at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs get a little extra incentive this month to take in a show at the Wright! Just bring us a ticket stub, and receive an additional 10% off of your stay!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Wednesday Night Movie - "The Lunchbox"

the lunchbox2Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Radney Foster

radneyfosterCountry and Western artist and producer Radney Foster has been on the scene since his first album release in 1992. Four top ten chart songs later, he began to explore the 'Original" love song. Every release of music since has demonstrated his originality while at the same time, his strong voice and instrumental talents reflect his love for the soul of the country. 

Thirty years later, with the realease of his first album in over five years, Radney hes decided to forego the expecctations of others, and write to please himself, “I’ve gotten to an age where I feel like I don’t have anything to prove,” admits Foster. “And that’s very freeing when it comes to playing, singing and recording.” The fact is, he has found his own secret in the creation of music that remains traditional, while at the same time exuding his joy in the song.

Don't miss an evening with this great performer. Regardless of your genre of preference, the passion and fun in his music will have you begging for more!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Movies at the Wright - Locke

lockeIvan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, LOCKE is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Trio Solisti

triosolistiThe Ouray County Performing Arts Guild welcomes the “consistently brilliant” Trio Solisti for a concert at the newly renovated Wright Opera House on Sunday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to hear one of the nation’s most celebrated trios perform a program that includes Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor, Op. 50, and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. Trio Solisti, comprised of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Adam Nieman, has earned a reputation for soulful and passionate performances marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant”) and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance”).

Monday, June 23, 2014 - Magic with Eli

eliAward winning teen magic star from Toledo, OH, Eli will return to the Wright Opera House on Monday, June 23th at 7:00 PM. Eli's show packed the house in 2013 and he is back with a mix of his signature routines and some brand new effects never before seen in the world of magic. Eli's action packed show combines classic magic performed with a hip and modern twist. As always, it is packed with humor, music and audience participation.

The Wright Opera house has also asked Eli to "share the magic" this year, and so a few lucky kids will be able to work with Eli this year, learning hands on magic and maybe getting their start in showbiz just like Eli did! Space is limited, so please book early.

Shows at the Wright all begin seating and last minute ticket sales half an hour before show time. There is nothing quite like enjoying a show in this historic theater. The acoustics are perfect, and the intimate setting ideal. 

Remember to present your reciept to the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, or just give us a call and we can arrange "Will Call" tickets at the door for a trouble free evening of fun at this fantastic venue, and a little discount to enjoy our mineral hot springs!

 

See you soon!




Weekday Fun for Everyone in Ouray!

  
  
  

An Adventure Filled With Music, Flowers and Fun Awaits in Southwest Colorado!

live music ouray bcm3Well, the time has come again. With sunny days in the seventies, and jeep trails outside your door for every ability, it is no wonder that everyone is looking forward to the concerts in the park with such anticipation. 

Midweek is a great time to visit! From jeep tour and amazing hikes to concerts in the park, your days will be filled!

So, here's the plan: 

a view of main streetWednesday, come on up to Ouray and get settled in your room. Wander the shops on Main Street, and find something fabulous for yourself or someone on your list. The hardest thing about dinner is what are you in the mood for? I guarantee we can find something to appeal to any taste. Unless you want something rare, like cuttlefish. Nobody serves cuttlefish. But there are some great places to sample fresh Rocky Mountain Trout! I don't think anyone serves those.

bcl courtyardSoaking in the all natural mineral hot spring water is undeniably one of the best ways to relax. Under a canopy of stars, with your favorite companion, or early in the morning enjoying a cup of unbelievably good coffee from Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters,as the warm water soothes away the last bit of sleep, our hot spring tubs are the ultimate experience.

box canyon lodge hot (1)Thursday morning greets you with the sun smiling down on our little valley in anticipation of adventures.

Around 8:30, a jeep pulls up, and the driver leaps down calling your name and escorting you to the seat of your choice. Other daredevils are there, introducing themselves with nervous smiles, all unsure of what they have signed up for. Cameras ready and jackets stowed under your seats, let the adventure begin!

The driver creates an atmosphere of camaraderie with his passengers, as he travels ever up into the San Juans. Occasional stops along the way educate and entertain simultaneously. Who would have believed that hundreds of miners lived year round in that bunkhouse on the other side of the mountain? How can one not stare in awe of the rainbow of wildflowers blanketing the meadow at Yankee Boy in June? Is it possible for that many colors to truly exist?

deer at box canyon.2The wildlife is out in droves, quietly peering at travelers as they journey the roads- occasionally giving onlookers a glimpse of their grace and beauty. As a deer stops to stare, it is easy to wonder who is watching whom! Don't forget to look up! Bighorn Sheep dot the cliffs, and hawks, blue jays and a variety of aviary sweep the skies and rest on the branches of almost every tree you pass.

yankee boy basin columbinesThe half day tour returns you to town just in time to seek out lunch. Conversation is filled with exchanging pictures and commenting that no photograph can truly capture what you just experienced, as well as discussions about whether the driver was telling the truth about the heart shaped porch in Ironton, or perhaps embellishing some of the stories you just heard.

After returning to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to catch your breath, head to the lobby to peruse our extensive video library, or jump back in your suit for a lovely afternoon soak.Afternoons are so quiet and peaceful in our courtyard, it feels as if you are the only one here.

music in the park ourayThursday evening is filled with electric anticipation, as folks from near and far begin to gather at Fellin Park. Booths line the outskirts, offering a variety of craft beer to sample, and a plethora of snacks and fun games for the kids abound, as everyone sets up lawn chairs in front of the stage.

live music ouray bcmWhen the music starts, the experience cannot be measured. Echoing off the tiny box canyon walls, toes begin to tap, and the lawn chairs empty out as everyone takes to the grassy field moving to their own style as the band plays on.

It is impossible not to feel the energy. Regardless of your favored genre of music, the MountainAire Music Series has outdone itself again. Each band brings such joy to the crowds. Children and adults mingle as if they were the oldest of friends. Smiles brighten the mountain air as the sun begins to set; creating a rainbow of colors and sounds of pure pleasure.

Far too soon, the second band plays their final song. Revelers sway to the farewell notes, embracing one another in a moment of absolute togetherness. Lawn chairs and family members are gathered up in anticipation of next weeks show, and plans are made to sit with new friends.

There is still time for a quick jump in the tubs before wearily returning to a clean comfortable room to watch the movies you picked out earlier. Perhaps you will be able to stay awake through the whole movie, or just let the background noise of a romantic comedy lull you into a rest filled with dreams of the wonders yet to be explored in beautiful Ouray Colorado!

bcltubslgEarly risers on Friday morning can enjoy a quick walk up to the Box Cañon Falls before returning for one last soak, or a long soak before taking a more challenging hike. The serene beauty of the San Juans beckons for more adventures. Stay through the weekend, or reserve your next visit with us so you can continue on with a scenic drive to adventures untold!

Let us help you to plan the perfect escape. From dinner reservations to river rafting adventures, to the perfect spots for quiet introspection, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are here to make every moment of your time in Ouray the best moment imaginable.

 

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January 2014 Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

From Ice Fest to Moonwalks, start the New Year off with a bang in Southwest Colorado!


fireworksnyeOuray celebrates the beginning of the year with fireworks and festivities, and takes that excitement into 2014 in great winter ways.

There is no comparison to the splendor of the Uncompahgres in the winter months, January is crisp with the click of axes driving into the Uncompahgre Gorge, as viewers stand to the side in awe of these athletes. The air holds a renewed vitality, chill and vibrant, the weather is perfect for winter adventures, and Ouray County is a perfect home base for whatever you have in mind!

 

January 1, 2014 - all day - NEW YEARS DAY

Happy New Year! 

ice skating ourayWhat a perfect way to begin the year! Head down to the city pool and rent some ice skates for a morning on the ice at Rotary Park, the soak away the chill when you return your skates. Or break out a few sleds and experience Vinegar Hill the head down to Mouse's or the Backstreet Bistro for a much deserved warm beverage!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House

wintertree"The Armstrong Lie" - In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

2014icefestWhether you are a seasoned climber here to compete, or a curious bystander, the Ouray Ice Festival is an amazing place to be this January! Dinners, parties, live music, hot tubbing and of course everything 'Ice' are the order of the weekend.

Athletes from around the world will be competing this year, and clinics and classes for the novice are abundant as well. Winter sports are always exciting, and ice climbing is definitely a favorite. Be sure to check the official schedule of events for this weekend of winter fun.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9pm to 12am at O'Brien's Pub - Bone Wagon

Ever the favorite hangout for climbers, O'Brien's Pub welcomes the festivities of Ice fest with an evening of live music! Bone Wagon has performed all around Southwest Colorado, and is sure to get your blood pumping as you dance the night away!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - "A Touch of Sin"

mt.abrams6In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5pm to 8pm in Ridgway - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing, Presented by Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For January, the event will feature artists & creatives in Riverpark subdivision and the industrial park next door.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

wright1Spend the evening with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm at the Wright Opera house - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

Spend the afternoon with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:30 am to end at the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast - Mozart's Birthday Luncheon Salon

secret gardenEnjoy the wonderful music of this great composer AND a fine Austrian luncheon at the inviting Secret Garden in Ouray. Music will be provided by the Chameleon Ensemble and other vocal guest artists. This will be a bright event on a chilly winter day, just as his music has brightened lives for 258 years. Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3pm to 7pm at the Wright Opera House - Library at the Wright

The library will host a double feature movie presentation. 
Watch for details about the next Library at the Wright movie presentation.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6pm to 10pm at the Wright Opera House - dZi Foundation Hosts MountainFilm Tour in Ouray

icepark30The Best of MountainFilm of Telluride at the Wright Opera House. Different films each night. Hosted by the dZi Foundation. Doors open at 6PM films from 7PM to 10PM, a collection of long and short, different films each night. $10.00 at the door, each night, no reserved or advance ticket sales.

Let the friendly and professional staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create a winter getaway for you this January! Take advantage of our Ice park membership and receive discounts to your room, dining and equipment while supporting the Park!

After a day of winter adventures, nothing quite compares to a long hot soak in the all natural mineral hot springs at your home away from home at the Box Canyon lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

SEE YOU SOON!

 

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

Ouray and Ridgway Colorado June 2013

  
  
  

June in Southwest Colorado is the Perfect time to visit!

spring flowers.3Every year we wait with anticipation for the high country to dry out enough for all of the activities of summer. Not that winter was so horrible, but it is time to smell the flowers and explore a new season.

Concerts and festivals abound as we welcome the warm sunny days. It is always an adventure to visit the untouched beauty of the San Juan Mountains as the wildflowers peak and the jeep trails open one by one. Hiking trails beckon with the promise of magnificent scenery - a photographers fantasy land. And with the new Wibits obstacle course, the pool is even more inviting than ever!

Events this June in Ouray County:

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

Otto Mears Exhibit - Ouray County Museum, Ouray, Colorado

ottomearsLearn 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!

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

San Juan Green Home and Efficiency Expo - Ouray County 4H Event Center, Ridgway, Colorado

spring flowersTransition OurWay presents its First Annual green Energy Expo, bringing together speakers, panels and vendors to share the latest technology and trends in alternative energy and conservation methods. This year, the focus will be on home efficiency.

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Sherbino Presents: Katya Chorover - Sherbino Theatre, Ridgway, Colorado

Big Big Love front cover katya choroverOriginally from Seattle, Katya made Southwest Colorado her home in 2006, and has been sharing her music, fondly referred to as Fonky-Tonk, in all varieties of venues. Her brand new cd "Big Big Love" was released in 2011. It is a reflection on life and its many cycles, appealing to cowboys, farmers, and everyone in between.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Look Who's Talking - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

taste of ouraySupport our local Ouray and Ridgway high school students Daniel Degenhardt and Alex Peters on their road to the National Speech and Debate competition in Birmingham, Alabama, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in return. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Taste of Ouray - Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Colorado

The Annual Taste of Ouray culinary festival as always, is a great way to sample the local cuisine, brews and wine, as attendees exchange tickets for samples and cast a vote for their favorites. This year, a new competition, featuring a 'mystery ingredient' should make this years event a true adventure for your taste buds!

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mountain Air Music Series Presented by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool - Fellin Park, Ouray, Colorado

marchfourth 2013 by andy batt 11x6Don't miss the first free concert in the park this June: The March Fourth Marching Banda kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration. The opening set is the ever popular Miss Emily.

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am 

Live Music - Miss Emily - O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Colorado

miss emilyThe music doesn't end at 10:00! Walk up to O'Brien's Pub after the concert in the park for more from Miss Emily!

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Farmer's Market - Ridgway Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Celebrating Land Picnic at Ridgway Farmer's Market - Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

ridgway farmers market logoCelebrate Colorado Land Conservation Appreciation Week with Black Canyon Regional Land Trust staff and supporters at a picnic lunch in Hartwell Park on the opening day of the Ridgway Farmer's Market. We will have a table displaying our BCRLT banner - meet us there. Bring a blanket or camping chair if you like. Can't make it on the 7th? Look for us at the Ridgway Market EVERY FRIDAY from 12-3, June through October and stop by to say hello!

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm to close

Dinner & Karaoke at Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Colorado

elks lodge2Enjoy dinner (and karaoke every 2nd Friday of the month) at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Members and guests welcome. Varying menu. $7 per person.

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

RAT FEST: A Fundraiser for Ridgway Area Trails, Movie at the Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado

Enjoy an evening of great entertainment with friends and like minded individuals as you show your support to maintaining the Ridgway Area Trails.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk - Ouray Visitor's Center, Ouray, Colorado

uwp logoEvery 2nd Saturday of the month, the UWP invites you to hike around with our staff and board members. This is an informal opportunity to get to know the county, and get to know your community.

Saturday, June 8,, 2013 - 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

RAT FEST: Music, Bikes and Beer in Ridgway's Town Park, Ridgway, Colorado

joint pointJoint Point! Live, on the new stage in Ridgway's town park!!!

9am-noon, trail building
12-3pm, trail riding
3-8pm, Festival

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Sherbino Presents: Doug Kolz, Ridgway, Colorado

doug kolzAfter the festivities in the park, head on over to the Sherbino and enjoy the Country/Folk talents of this seasoned performer!

Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14, 2013 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily

Ridgway Railroad Museum Work Week - Ridgway Railroad Museum, Ridgway, Colorado

railroad museumDo you love trains, and the history of the railroad in Southwest Colorado? Every year, the Ridgway Rairod Museum hosts volunteers interested in helping maintain the museum. Many projects to choose from. Come for one hour , a half day, a full day or all four days. We have projects for every skill level - sorting documents, working on the restoration of Business Car C, painting our rolling stock, lettering cars, cleaning up the yard, etc. Free lunch is served daily to volunteers.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mountain Air Music Series presents: The Otis Taylor Band - Fellin Park, Ouray, Colorado

OtisTaylorPhotobyLenIrishThe second FREE concert in the park this June presents the Otis Taylor Band, one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. With opening act by Screen Door Porch, whose blend of Americana, Roots rock and Country Blues is sure to have you dancing in the park.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

ROCC Talk: "The Geology of Ouray County" by Larry Meckel - Ridgway Town Hall, Ridgway, Colorado

Larry Meckel will describe "The Geology of Ouray County" at 7 p.m., Thurs., June 13 at the Ridgway Community Center. Refreshments and conversation, 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sceen Door Porch Live at O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Colorado

SDPQuartetbyDavidStubbsThe music doesn't end at 10:00! Walk up to O'Brien's Pub after the concert in the park for more from Screen Door Porch!

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Farmer's Market - Ridgway Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Corkscrew Gulch Turntable Hike - Ouray County Museum, Ouray, Colorado

corkscrew mapCorkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable Hike (guided, $10 cost) - Sponsored by the Ridgway Railroad Museum and OCHS. Call 970-325-4576 to preregister. Hikers will meet at the Ouray County Museum at 9:00 am. In case of inclement weather call Don Paulson at 325-0931 before 8 am to ascertain the hike status.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - All day, non timed event

Trail Town Ten-Miler Running Race - Trail Town, Ridgway, Colorado

One of the races in the Ouray County Race Series. The Trail Town 10-miler begins and ends near the Trail Town Distillery in Ridgway. This is a fun course in the keyhole or 'lollipop' style. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Ranch Rodeo - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

barrel racingThis special festival honors our ranching history and cultural heritage. In cooperation with the Ouray County Rodeo Association, O.C. Ranch History Museum, Ridgway Railroad Museum, 4-H, the Creative Art District, the Town of Ridgway and of course the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce we are planning an event that will appeal to everyone in and around our community.

Saturday, June 15
Parade 10 am
Ranch Rodeo - 11am - 4:00 pm 10 teams, 3 events
Jack Pot Barrel Racing - Mini Jr. Gymkhana - Mounted Shooting Exhibition
Meet the Animals

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 12:00 am

Heritage Days Barn Dance: OPAL MOON - Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

opalmoonJoin us at Hartwell Park after the Rodeo in a giant tent with carnival lights, and live music performed by Opal Moonhttp://www.opalmoonband.com/

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am 

The Sherbino Presents: Sticky Mulligan - Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado

sticky mulliganDance the night away to the funky, soulful vibe of this four piece band based out of Western Colorado.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Ranch Rodeo - Ouray County Fairgrounds, Ridgway, Colorado

rodeoThis special festival honors our ranching history and cultural heritage. In cooperation with the Ouray County Rodeo Association, O.C. Ranch History Museum, Ridgway Railroad Museum, 4-H, the Creative Art District, the Town of Ridgway and of course the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce we are planning an event that will appeal to everyone in and around our community.

Sunday, June 16
Pancake Breakfast 7am - 10 am
Morning church services in the park 9 - 10 am
Cowboy Poetry - Music - Story Telling 11am - 5 pm 
Blacksmiths - Ute Indians - Cowboy Gathering
Farmers Market for local produce, cheese, & wines
Children's Carnival Games

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Evennings of History: "What the Vanoli site as a whole can tell us about the 'Old West.'" - Ouray County Community Center, Ouray, Colorado

ghost towns ourayEvenings of History, "What the Ouray Vanoli Site Can Tell Us About the Old West" presented by Mary Van Buren, Professor of Anthropology, Colorado State University , 7:30-9:00 pm @ the Ouray Community Center. Sponsored by Teris Schery.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Current Swell - Fellin Park, Ouray, Colorado

Current Swell   Shane Deringer Photography 2This talented quartet hails from British Columbia, Current Swell brings an eclectic Pacific Northwest indie-rock sound to the series. Musical influences from reggae, folk, surf and blues genres can be heard throughout their original music. Opening set by The Fox Fire, a close knit folk rock quartet from Brevard, a little town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. 

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Fox Fire Live at O'Brien's Pub - Ouray, Colorado

FoxfireBoysStandingAfter the concert in the park begins to wind down, enjoy more music for the Fox Fire, as they jam the night away at O'Briien's Pub & Grill!

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Woman's Club Rummage Sale - Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Colorado

The Annual Woman's Club Rummage Sale is filled with treasures. 

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Farmer's Market - Ridgway Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

farmers marketThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

WCA Cookbook Kick-Off - Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast, Ouray, Colorado

secret gardenFree kick-off party for new WCA Cookbook. Bite-size
recipe samples and beverages will be served. Cook-book will be for sale.

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Dan Navarro - Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

navarroEvery month this summer, The Wright opera House brings us yet another talented artist performing in their Summer Music Series. Dan Navarro, singer, songwriter, with his songs of rich insight and experience, delivered straight up with honesty, grace and heart is truly an artist to be experienced.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Woman's Club Rummage Sale - Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Colorado

rummagesaleThe Annual Woman's Club Rummage Sale is filled with treasures.

Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Trio Solisti chamber Music Concert - 4H Event Center, Ridgway, Colorado

triosolistiRenown chamber music trio fron New York, Trio Solisti returns to Ouray County for the 11th appearance. Maria Bachman, violin, Jon Klibinoff, piano, and Alexis Pia Gerlach will provide an unforgettable chamber music for your enjoyment.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mountain Air Music Series Presents: California Honeydrops - Fellin Park, Ouray, Colorado

California Honeydrops 2The California Honeydrops get people up and dancing with stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music. With 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!

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:00 pm to 12:00 am

The Dust Bowl Revival at O'Brien's Pub - Ouray, Colorado

After the concert in the park begins to wind down, enjoy more music for the Dust Bowl Revival, as they jam the night away at O'Briien's Pub & Grill!

dustbowl revivalFriday, June 28, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ridgway Farmer's Market - Ridgway Hartwell Park, Ridgway, Colorado

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Kara Huber - Classical Pianist - Wright Opera House, Ouray, Colorado

kara huberThe Wright Opera House is pleased to present American pianist Kara Huber, acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post during a recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.” 

RRF 2013 LOGO smallSaturday, June 29, 2013 - 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

6th Annual Ridgway River Festival - Rollans park, Rigdway, Colorado


Join us for a FREE watershed celebration. Activities will include a whitewater rodeo, down-river races, the Junk of the Unc race, and fun at the Kid's Eddy. A regional watershed information tent will provide an essential educational component. Live music, local food vendors, and a beverage tent will round out the day. 

June is filled with live music and fun! From festivals to rummage sales, and dancing in the park at least once a week, what better way to spend a weekend? Of course, there are the usual activities to be enjoyed as well: soak in the hot springs, explore the high country, either by foot or by 4x4! Spend a day playing on the new obstacle course at the city pool, or just relax at the park, picnicking and flying kites!

See You Soon!

Ouray Colorado boasts a variety of neighbors!

  
  
  

Life in Southwest Colorado is a little different than a lot of the world.

faith.sheepIf you even have a commute it might only be a few minutes, but often includes traffic jams of Big Horn Sheep coming down from higher elevations to lick the salt off the roads. These beautiful animals are avid climbers, if one or two are on Highway 550, look up and you can pick out several more sheep of varying sizes perched on the rocks and outcrops above the road. You can tell the difference between males and females by the size and shape of their horns. Male Big Horn Sheep have larger horns with bigger curls whereas females have smaller horns with not much of a curl.

elk2Another sight you will see on a scenic drive are deer and elk covering the fields. They come down to lower elevations during the colder months for food. Elk are stately creatures that graze in open fields. One of the largest species of deer in the world, elk are easy to distinguish from their relatives, the mule deer. Elk seldom come to town any more, and are seen most frequently in the spring as they head for higher altitudes on their annual migration.

faith.deerDeer on the other had are more bold; coming into yards to eat all sorts of yummy greens you might be trying to grow. They love apples that have fallen in the yard in the fall as well. there are several deer who have taken up residence year round here in town. It is not unusual to see a few hanging out at Fellin Park in the evenings, or waiting patiently at a crosswalk on Main Street as they head down toward the Box Canyon Lodge, where they enjoy bedding down in the warm area near the hot springs.

faith.burrowOne of my favorite friendly critters just north of town are the half siblings Belle and Silverjack a sweet pair of donkeys. They love to say hi to anyone who stops to see them. Donkeys have a long history in Ouray County. Having been the primary pack animal used by miners, the area referred to as "Jackass Flats" received its name because this was the retirement home for donkeys who had gone blind from their work in the mines. Of course, Belle and Silverjack have no such history, just a lot of love.

faith.yaksAnother unique thing you will see near town is a herd of Yaks. They are beautiful enormous creatures with tons of shaggy hair. They can weigh anywhere from over 600 pounds to over 1,800 pounds. They are used for meat, milk and for their wool. They mostly live in the Himalayas, but we happen to have a herd of them right here in Ouray. While traveling in Nepal I got to eat lots of yak products such as yak burgers, tak cheese, and we were served muesli with yak milk. I personally think the dairy products taste a lot like goat. Yak is actually the proper name for the male and a female is called a dri, but commonly they have become know as yaks.

faith.marmotMy other favorite locals are the Marmots, also known as Whistle Pigs because of the sharp whistling noise they make. They are a golden brown with the cutest face. They live in holes in the ground or in the rocks. You find them higher up in the mountains. But beware, they like to chew wires on your car. Here is one I made friends with while hiking to Ice Lake.

There are many other beautiful and amazing creatures you may catch a glimpse of while visiting Ouray. From exotic domestic pets, to the occasional lost moose, you never know who you might meet in Ouray!


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 5 years ago; a fantastic party featuring all products from Colorado, which has quickly become an event not to be missed each winter. Faith recently joined our team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Come on up and meet her!

See You Soon!

 

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