Ring in the New Year in a winter wonderland full of adventure in Southwest Colorado!
The villages of Ouray and Ridgway Colorado have several things to do during January that may inspire a winter visit to our picturesque towns. In addition to this list of scheduled events in Ouray County, you can also enjoy relaxation at our hotel's very own natural hot springs and indulge yourself and a partner in a romantic winter weekend getawayor a casual weekday escape. These types of impulsive Colorado getaways serve as cabin fever preventatives and rejuvenate people for the remainder of the winter.
Thursday, January 5 through Sunday, January 8, 2012: Ouray Ice Festival
17th Annual Ice climbing festival and competition! Whether you are a climbing enthusiast, or prefer to watch these skilled atheletes from the viewing areas above, the Ouray Ice Festival offers breathtaking entertainment for all! addition to climbing competitions, a free kids’ climbing college, a free walk-up trail wall for adults, interactive Climbing Clinics for all experience levels, sponsor tents full of the latest gear to try out with a gear card, a food court and more!
Friday, January 6, 2012: Funkdafari Live at O'Brien's Pub
Telluride's Funkdafari will play live over Ice Fest weekend.
Friday, January 13, 2012: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub
Enjoy a night of music and fun at O'Briens Pub!
Saturday, January 14, 2012, 11:00 AM at Ouray Rotary Park: Ouray Parks & Rec Flat Ice Festival
Icy fun, food & beverages. Don’t have skates? No problem, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool will once again be renting ice skates this season.
Pick up new supplies at the silent auction and enjoy a thrilling slideshow hosted by a surprise guest! The $5.00 entrance fee and proceeds from the auction go to local womens shelters and the Ouray Ice Park.
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:00 PM: Prime Rib Dinner and Live Entertainment at the Ouray Elks Lodge
Enjoy a served prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, followed by live entertainment, all for just $20! This event is open to the public, and was a big hit last year, so RSVP early to Jim Pettengill, 626-4239. A limited number of unreserved meals will be available.
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 10:00 PM: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub
Live music and dancing at O'Brien's Pub!
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10:00 PM: Live Music at O'Brien's Pub
Live music and dancing at O'Brien's Pub!
Sunday, January 29, 2012, 7:30 PM: Mountaineer Opera at the Wright Opera House
A wonderful night of music and entertainment.
Reagrdless of your interests, Ouray and Ridgway provide a Winter Getaway to remember! Come relax and enjoy for a bit with us!
Relax 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.
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!
Ouray Colorado is the perfect place for an amazing winter getaway!
Of the many places to visit in southwest Colorado, Ouray, is at the top of the list. Weighing in at a mere 8 blocks long by 8 blocks wide, it is "tiny but mighty." With natural hot springs onsite, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a great place to enjoy a Colorado vacation or a simple weekend getaway in Ouray. The Box Canyon Lodge is a premier "hot spot" for those who love Colorado natural hot springs. They offer discount hotel rooms, especially during the winter. Here is a listing of current vacation deals available.
Thanksgiving in Ouray
Enjoy two nights lodging in Ouray and Thanksgiving dinner for two at your choice of the award winning Bon Ton restaurant or the Outlaw Steakhouse. Price includes a standard room for two at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, and a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings for two adults for only $225.00, not including tax and gratuity. Package availableThanksgiving weekend, November 24, 2011.
"Ouray" for Santa!
Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, the Switzerland of America. Santa will visit guests of the lodge on Christmas Eve and deliver (small, age- and gender-appropriate) presents to children and spread holiday merriment. Parents who wish can ask Santa to carry in other gifts the parents have left outside. The guests can also take advantage of the activities in Ouray, including sledding, soaking in hot springs and more. Rates start as low as $99 for one-night accommodations, double occupancy.
Ski Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort Package
Visit the other side of the mountain and explore the 1,360 acres of terrain, 10 lifts, 88 trails and five terrain parks found at Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort. we offer 2 adult lift tickets and lodging in one of our standard guest rooms for $189+tax per night. There are no blackout dates, this package runs through the entire ski season.
The Weekday Escape (Off – Season)
Give yourself a break and unwind from the pressures of work. Bring that book you’ve been wanting to read and relax in our outdoor mineral springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The room rates during the week, Sunday through Thursday, would be reduced from the standard rack rates for one night; more so for two or more nights. This applies to our suites as well as our standard rooms. Call our toll-free number or click on the "Reservation Request" button to check out our Weekday Escape rates and availability. These rates are only available 10 days before arrival and based on availability. Black out dates apply.
The "Support the Ouray Ice Park" Membership Special
Winter 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. Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rack rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, plus 10% off at many of Ouray’s local restaurants and shops. This membership package not only helps you with lower lodging and dining rates, it also helps the economy of Ouray by assisting with the further development of the Ouray Ice Park. We are proud supporters of this growing sport and welcome all ice climbers to stay with us!
Whether you have been climbing for years, or just added this exhilarating sport to your "Bucket List", this package is a great way to experience the ice with friends! The package includes a half-day ice climbing lesson for two (including ice climbing equipment) and two nights lodging in a standard room for $450+ tax. The offer is good all winter from mid-December until late-March, special events excluded.
Located at 7,700 feet above sea level in southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray is surrounded on three sides by 13,000-foot peaks, earning it the nickname "The Switzerland of America." Ouray is home to several natural hot springs, including those at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is open year-round. Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering rock climbing, hiking, four-wheeling and mountain biking in the summer and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
-Book Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Getaway for just $450-
There are many benefits to getting away with friends. Expenses are split, enjoyment is shared and memories are made. If you and your buddies are ready for a getaway as unique as your friendship is, head to Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colo., (a.k.a. ‘Switzerland of America’) to try your hand – or pick! – at the sport of ice climbing.
Ice climbing novices and gurus alike will appreciate the Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Package. It includes a half-day ice climbing lesson for two (including ice climbing equipment) and two nights lodging in a standard room for $450 plus tax. The offer is good all winter long from mid-December until late-March, special events excluded. Call (800) 327-5080 to book.
The Ouray Ice Park – the world’s first park dedicated exclusively to the sport of ice climbing – is just two blocks from Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. The park is located in the Uncompahgre River Gorge and was built and is operated entirely on a volunteer/donations basis. It’s free to enter and climb in the park. Local guides and instructors, as well as rental equipment are available.
The 17th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, ‘the X Games of the ice climbing world,’ is January 5-8, 2012, and features elite ice climbers from around the world. The schedule includes films, auctions, demonstrations, clinics and, of course, lots of ice climbing for beginners and experts alike.
After a day in the Ice Park, warm up with a revitalizing soak in one of Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs. The redwood tubs offer stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Open 365 days a year, and for the exclusive use of Box Canyon Lodge guests, the tubs provide the perfect setting to connect with your best friends and swap tales about proudly scaling vertical ice walls, no matter how tall (the tales or the walls!).
The beautiful town of Ouray provides a scenic and peaceful backdrop for strengthening the bonds of friendship. Take a stroll among the shops, socialize over a great meal, and catch up at a local watering hole. All the while, soak in the fresh mountain air and capture a few postcard-worthy snapshots with your buddies in front of the vibrant landscapes. Complement your ice-climbing adventure with any one of Ouray’s other outdoor activities including backcountry skiing and boarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
So, recently, we added the documentary “Bag It” to our video library at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Because of our own green initiatives, and also because the story begins with two of our neighbors, I decided to check it out.
The story begins with a little competition between two Colorado towns to see which one can reduce their use of plastic bags more in a specific time period. I don’t believe that the names of either town are actually mentioned, but I do know a couple of people who participated in the competition a few years ago. Now, perhaps just because of the natural development of the documentary, or other reasons not specified, we find out the authors wife is expecting, which causes a more in depth investigation on his part into plastic, and the effects it has on our environment.
I assure you, even if you aren’t concerned right now, and don’t particularly like documentaries, you will start to think twice every time someone asks “Paper or plastic?” or “Would you like a bag for that?” once you sit through even a portion of this film. I know I do.
Honestly, I have always understood the concept of recycling, and had great respect for people who adamantly do so, but never was very good about it myself. More and more though, perhaps as I realize how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful town as Ouray, recycling seems to be the only proper way to dispose of at least some of our waste.
Of course, here at the hotel, and other public areas, it is easy to recycle; the bins are clearly marked, and emptied for us, basically all we have to do is….well, nothing. At home, on the other hand, it actually takes a little bit of work. We have to separate our own recyclables, and arrange for proper pick up. Some places actually charge us for the service! Now, I have a friend who told me the other day that the price of aluminum has recently gone up, and he is madly collecting as many cans as he can to turn in for a little bit of cash. There has also been some talk about adding a $.05 tax to glass containers, and increasing the turn in value for them. Plastic, on the other hand does sometimes seem to be the redheaded step child in the recycling world. Not bottles, most of which are clearly marked, but all of the other little items we consider to be disposable that just aren’t.
Now granted, I am not suddenly become a fanatic about recycling, and I certainly don’t obsess too much, but suddenly, as I investigate more and more the value of going green, and the dedication it takes for any business to follow a green path, I must admit, I did leave my groceries at the store and walk home to get my bags the other day.
About the author: Maria Ziemba works at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and raises her daughter in Ouray. She strives to be environmentally conscious but realizes there are ways to always improve.
About the lodge: We strive to be a green hotel and realize there are many areas where we can work to improve but we continuously look for ways to save green by being green.
A list of things to do in Ouray Colorado is not complete without finding a few movie locations. Many westerns were filmed in and around Ouray County including the original production of "True Grit" staring John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell. John Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, the crotchety marshall helping Matti Ross track down her father's killer.
A great YouTube video showcases the locations from Ouray and Ridgway, then and now style.
A package that includes lodging, jeep rental and dinner is available through several Ouray businesses to enable you to track down these spots. This package is available from mid-June through September. Snow makes some travel difficult at other times of the year but both Ridgway and Ouray scenes are accessible year round.
You can book the True Grit Package through our hotel in Ouray.
Other movies filmed in the area include:
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk - With Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun, Marilyn Monroe
1951 Across the Wide Missouri - Clark Gable
1956 Tribute to a Bad Man - James Cagney
1962 How the West Was Won - Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne et al.
1964 Unsinkable Molly Brown - Debbie Reynolds
1965 Sons of Katie Elder - John Wayne and Dean Martin (based on a real Ridgway family)
1968 True Grit - John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Paul Newman
1978 Avalanche - Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow (final scene shows a clip of Farrow hanging off the Camp Bird Mine Bridge
1987 - Over the Top
, Sylvester Stallone. Opening has 18-wheeler driving through mountains. Red Mountain.Alferd Packer: The Musica
...aka Cannibal! The Musical (1996)Durango Kids
(1999) Sunchaser, The
Of course, soaking in natural hot springs is a must if you stay at our Ouray Colorado hotel, but, there are many other things to do in Ouray in the winter. Here is our list of Four things to do while in Ouray that do not involve ice climbing in the Ouray Ice Park.
- Relax : Rejuvenating your spirit is important in all seasons but especially during the busy holiday season. Enjoy Ouray's slower paced, less crazy pace. Read a good book, stroll Ouray's historic Main Street, sip lattes and eat truffles at Mouse's Chocolates and enjoy the scenic mountains surrounding Ouray. Once you have done all of that, why not get a massage from one of Ouray's great massage therapists?
- Ski : What is your pleasure? Do you prefer cross country skiing on a groomed track? or do you prefer more trail breaking yourself? How about an earn your turn back country adventure? If you like all the fun of skiing without as much work, enjoy the pleasures of Telluride or Durango Mountain Resort. Ouray is close to all the varied types of skiing. Now go make some turns!
- Wildlife Viewing : When the winter arrives in Ouray, so do some more animals. Visit the bald eagles along the river in Ridgway, only 10 minutes north of Ouray. Eagles are fairly common along the Uncompahgre River and they winter along the river in the high cottonwood trees and feast on fish. Look for rocky mountain bighorn sheep on the Million Dollar Highway or just north of Ouray, and watch for small birds that winter at home feeders. Of course, deer are viewable in town all year long. This list is just a sample, why not try to find other animals during your winter safari?
- Photography : Winter is an especially great time for photography. Wildlife provides subjects and the scenery is magnificent. Rich Durnan, a local photographer with an incredible eye has a few workshops through Weehawken Creative Arts this winter including a wildlife session as well as a winter scenery workshop. Why not expand your horizons and take a class to enhance your skills?
If you would like even more ideas, we have a 2 page list with ideas and suggestions for even more fun in Ouray. Download Winter Activies in Ouray now!
The ice is starting to form. Several good nights in the teens and so they have cranked up the ice making! It is just a month away before the world famous Ouray Ice Park opens. Yippee!
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.
From "ice cold" to "hot springs hot" it is the order of the day when you return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the 108-degree hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside.
You are not up to the challenge but you think the kids might be? Then, bring the young-ins to one of the Kids Climbing College sessions that happen this winter. The cost is free but people are encouraged to register. Equipment is provided, just make sure they are wearing their best winter gear. Dates of program: 12/26 from 12n – 4p, 1/8 and 1/9 from 10a-3p (Ice Fest) and 2/12/11 from 12n – 4p. Pre registration is encouraged. We are happy to help you get registered if you let us know.
If you still think Ice Climbing is a little too daring for you, there are two bridges over the gorge and several viewing stands built specifically for those interested in watching this interesting sport.
Learn 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 16th annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held Januyary 6 – 9th, 2011. For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.
If you are interested in ice climbing instruction or guiding for this activity, contact the San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).
Winter 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.
Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long. We sell the memberships at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.
If you spend Thanksgiving in Ouray, you can be assured of a very peaceful and relaxing day. No need to fuss and cook that turkey yourself. Let one of Ouray's local restaurants do that for you. You can also avoid dishes too. With this kind of special treatment, you can reflect on the bounties of life and give thanks with those closest to you. The Bon Ton, the Beaumont, and the Outlaw will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday but you will be best served to have reservations.
Don't enjoy the hectic shopping routine on the Friday afterwards? Then, slowly walk the streets of Ouray without the crowds and hectic pace. Ouray has many shops that will be open and they provide one of a kind gifts that can't always be found in shopping malls. Each store in Ouray is owned and operated by a person who cares passionately about their store, who hand picks all of the merchandise they sell themself, who calls Ouray home and who thinks of their customers first. (Ouray is infact the most beautiful shopping mall in the world!)
Not up for shopping? Soak in the surroundings in our natural hot springs that are terraced on the mountainside and/or watch a movie with your kids. Need more space? Soak at the Wiesbaden or the one million gallon Ouray Hot Springs pool. It will be open on Thanksgiving too. Let us help you design the Thanksgiving Day of your choosing. Call us for your reservations!
If you have a reservation at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs but you do not show up that day and the hotel cannot resell your reserved room, you can be charged a one night fee that is equivalent to the amount of the room plus tax. To avoid being charged a No-Show fee, you need to follow proper cancellation procedures. Procedures may vary slightly by property, but, in general, if you follow these simple rules, you will not be charged:
1. Ask for a confirmation number when making your reservation. Retain this number in case you need to refer to this reservation again in the future.
2. Ask about the deadline for cancellation without penalty. You must cancel by this deadline to avoid any cancellation fees.
3. Ask for the phone number of the hotel, since it's best to call the hotel directly to make sure you are not charged. When you cancel your reservation, be sure to get the cancellation number. This number is your proof that you called and you did cancel should there be a discrepancy.
4. If you follow proper procedures and you are still charged a No-Show fee, call the hotel directly and give them your cancellation number and request that you receive a credit on your credit card on record. If you do not get the credit, protest the charge with your credit card company and typically, these charges will be reversed in your favor.
5. At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, you can read our cancellation policy on the FAQ page.