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August 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado


Southwest Colorado sparkles with activities this August!

box canyon rainbowAs the summer season hits its stride, all of the trails have been travelled enough to make them seem easy. Flowers and waterfalls are still everywhere you look, and the local restaurants are ideal for a refreshing cocktail or meal after a day of perusing the variety of original gift ideas in our many local shops.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Evening of History: "Big Horses, Wild Cows, and Outhouses -- Stories of the Lester Israel Family," presented by Ginny Harrington

ouray county museum evelyn walsh mccleane roomGinny Harrington, former Ouray County Historical Society Director, will present an evening of History on some of the more historic Ouray County Ranches. Note that this event takes place on Wednesday August 1st at the Ridgway Town Hall.

Friday August 3, 2012 through Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday

This 9-day event is the 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday starting on Friday, August 3, 2012 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2012. In addition to the art show, there will be daily art demonstrations, door prizes, classes, etc. The entire show is free to the public.
Friday 8/3 & Saturday 8/4 - Show open 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 8/5 through Friday 8/10 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8/11 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday August 3, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

wright opera house ouray coloradoMelodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/ Half-Marathon (and Kids Run)

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoThere will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run

Saturday, August 11, 2012 and Sunday, August 12, 2012- Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous

The Ridgway Town Park will be teeming with the artistic talent of the area as local artists and entertainers gather to share at this event. Head down to the park from 8:00 am and spend the day enjoying free live music, and perusing the booths of local talent.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Griffin House

griffin houseEnjoy this truly gifted singer/songwriter as he takes you on a heartfelt tour through musical bliss! 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 through Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Third Annual Ouray Canyoning Festival

cascade falls canyoneeringThe Ouray Canyoning Festival offers a great opportunity to discover canyoning/canyoneering, explore new canyons, make new friends; to share ideas and information; and to learn new skills and techniques.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - Vignettes of History~ War & Angels

hot block 7th aveAppetizers at 4 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox, dinner at 5:30 pm in the Tundra Dinning Room of the Beaumont Hotel, followed by feature presentation in the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm: Judy Winnick portrays "Irena Sendler, Angel of the Warsaw ghetto" A one act play by Judy Winnick.

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.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register

Tuesday, August 21 through September 28, 2012 - OCHS Quilt Show

The annual Ouray County Historical Society Quilt show runs from August 21st to September 28th. The show features more than three dozen quilts which were either stiched or quilted prior to 1966.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Classical Cafe - an informal classical music concert

This is the opening concert of the 2012 San Juan Chamber MusicFest season. Max Levinson, piano; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Nurit Pacht, violin, will introduce classical music in an informal concert, set in cabaret style.

Friday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26, 2012 - Ouray Heritage Weekend

This weekend-long celebration of Ouray’s unique history include many heritage events throughout Ouray County like a mule race, special programs at local museums and fun, family events that highlight the areas rich mining, culinary, mountaineering, and cultural heritage.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Grillin' & Chillin' Brew & Music Festival

grillin n chillin2012 will be the sixth year that Ouray celebrates regional craft brews, energetic music, fantastic food, BBQ competitions, the non-profit community and family-friendly fun. Visitors can taste their way through more than fifteen regional ales and get to chat personally with the brewers, who consider this their one of their favorite brew fests. National recording artists keep spirits high all afternoon and compliment the high-pitched giggles of kids flying across Fellin Park on a zip line.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray's Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Concert presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Max Levinson, Artistic Director and Piano
Allison Eldredge, cello
Nurit Pacht, violin

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Family Classical Music Concert

music noteFamily Concert appropriate for children preschool through high school. Come and learn a bit about the wonderful, rich heritage of classical music.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Salon Dinner Concert

Dinner Salon Concert -- Finale to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest 2012. Gourmet Dinner provided by Secret Garden Catering and intimate dinner concert in a lovely Ridgway home. Reservations are essential -- call 970-626-2970.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Friday, August 31, 2012 - Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo

ridgway rodeoCome on out and support the 4-H Members and our great community!!!!
2012 Ouray County Fair Schedule TBD. 

Ouray and Ridgway offer a wide variety of fun for the entire family! Give us a call at the Box Canyon lodge and let us help you plan your perfect vacation adventure!


Tax Professionals Getaway at the Box Canyon Lodge!`


Tax Professionals Receive a Super Rate in April and May!

ouray box canyon tubsThe Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, located in Southwest Colorado, is offering an amazing rate to all of the Tax Professionals who have been working so hard to keep us all out of the red and in Uncle Sam’s good graces!

If you are a Tax Professional the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, Colorado would like to offer you an amazing rate from April 1st-May 15th, 2012.  Simply make your reservation and bring your business card or other form of credentials upon check in and we will give you 50% off any of our rooms, on any day of the week!

With its peaceful location, clean, comfortable, nicely decorated rooms, four mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside for the exclusive use of our guests, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, a wonderful hotel in Ouray, has become the home away from home for many of Ouray’s visitors.  This lovely property provides comfort and convenience to those traveling to Ouray Colorado on vacation for a week or a simple weekend getaway!



Hot Spring Break Ouray Colorado Style


Box Canyon LodgeOuray, Colo. — Spring break doesn’t have to be all about sand in unmentionable places, girls gone wild and sweaty bars. This spring break do something really hot – book the Hot Springs Break Special at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, Colo. (a.k.a. Switzerland of America).

Visitors who stay two nights in March and April get the third night for 50% off, plus two free passes to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. That’s a great discount off the typical room rate, which starts at $99/night, and a great way to visit the second largest all natural hot springs facility in the state. Choose from any of the Box Canyon’s well-appointed rooms, which include standard rooms, small and large suites, the romantic honeymoon suite, or the spacious two-bedroom apartment suite.

cross country irontonThere are a number of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Ouray – and nearly all of them are just steps from Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs. For instance, hire a guide and spend the day learning how to scale hanging walls of glistening ice at the world-famous Ouray Ice Park. You can even “earn your turn” and venture into the backcountry for some boarding or skiing in some of the most challenging terrain in Colorado. San Juan Mountain Guides offers classes and instruction for all abilities in both disciplines. Group discounts are also available.

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs are the perfect way to top off a fun-filled day in Ouray. The tubs offer spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. The hot tub temperatures range between 103 and 108 degrees, offering one of the best ways to revitalize after a full day of ice climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. (The tubs are also a great respite after a challenging day of reading, napping, and relaxing!)

box canyon hotspringsThe hot springs water in Ouray doesn’t contain any sulfur, so it is free of the unpleasant odor sometimes associated with hot springs. The hot springs water, which is rich in sodium, manganese, iron, and sulfates, is not only good for the body, it is also good for the environment.  Box Canyon Lodge uses this natural resource to heat the motel during the winter months. Thanks to this green initiative, this green hotel has been able to reduce natural gas consumption by 70-percent in the past four years.

About Box Canyon Lodge (  The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.”  Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the “Award of Excellence” by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has also earned the four-key rating from Green Key, a well-known eco-rating program.


Ouray and Ridgway Colorado Events in January, 2012


Ring in the New Year in a winter wonderland full of adventure in Southwest Colorado!

BOXCANYONWINTERThe 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.

iceclimber5.0Thursday, 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!

ice skating ouray2Saturday, 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.

ice climberSaturday, January 14, 2012, 7:00 PM at the Ouray Community Center: Chicks with Picks Winter Slideshow

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!

funkdafariSaturday, 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!







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.  

bcl christmas treeChristmas Day

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!


Winter Packages & Savings in Ouray, CO


winter-in-ourayOuray 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!

Box Canyon Ice Climbing Getaway

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.


Ouray, Colorado's Box Canyon Lodge & Ice Climbing – A Perfect Match


-Book Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Getaway for just $450-

iceclimber5.0There 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.


ouray ice park 2011The 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. 


Green Hotel in Ouray CO Hopes to Influence Both Employees and Guests


bag it movieSo, 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 movie: :  Bag It -- on Public Television  Find a Broadcast Screening Near You!  

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.

Ouray & Ridgway Colorado were home to the first "True Grit"


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 Musical (1996)
...aka Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Durango Kids (1999)
Sunchaser, The (1996)

Things to do in Ouray during the winter


winter lodgeOf 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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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!

ouray winter things to do 


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