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The Wright Opera House Welcomes James McMurtry to Ouray in March


Stay in Ouray for a weekend of music and fun!

Spend the day enjoying the beauty of the San Juans. With plenty of ice for climbing, snow for sledding, and water for soaking, what better way to end the evening than a concert in one of the most historic venues in Southern Colorado? Since the grand opening in 1888, the Wright Opera House has served the city of Ouray as a venue for art and culture, as well as a distinct addition to the Ouray Historic District.

After functioning in this role for over 100 years, the building stood empty until 2007 when a group of voluteers formed the "Friends of the wright Opera House", and began the process of revitalizing the building to its former glory, bringing talented performers and events to Ouray once again.

James McMurtry is one of the eras most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and it is with great excitement that the Friend of The Wright Opera House welcome this talented musician to share his music. The Box Canyon Lodge, in support of The Wright Opera House, is offering two tickets to this concert and a one night stay for $99.00 plus tax. Tickets to the show itself will be available at discounted rates as well.

wright opera house ouray coloradoEvery song tells a story and Americana Music Award winning James McMurtry has over 19 years of stellar songs full of the heart and soul of a true story teller.

Since the debut of his first album 'Too Long in the Wasteland' in 1987, this Texas native has realeased several critically acclaimed albums. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here", was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."

james mcmurtry2Much of his music is reminiscent of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff, early influences in his life, with a touch of folk and a taste of rock, manifest in his stark guitar riffs. Genuine and passionate lyrics combined with the keen talent of his band members Ronnie Johnson, Darren Hess and Tim Holt, his show at the Wright Opera House is sure to be one to remember.

Show starts at 7:30pm, March 23 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Ticket price: $25.00 per person

Box Canyon Lodge Special! One Night Stay plus two adult Tickets: $99.00 plus tax

Contact: Rennie Ross
Emailsavetthewright @ouraynet .com
Phone: 325 4399



5th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival in the Uncompahgre Mountains!


Dancing, fashion, food and fun for a great cause in Southwest Colorado! 

wine and whiskers dog.oreoSaturday, March 10, 2012, spend the evening Mardi Gras style with fantastic food, a live and silent auction filled with spectacular finds while dancing the night away all in support of our furry friends in Southwest Colorado!

second chance logoThe Second Chance Humane Society once again presents its annual fund raising event not to be missed. Party attendees will be spoiled from the moment they arrive at the Ouray County 4H Center in Ridgway as they enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

wine and whiskers catAfter a day enjoying the scenic wonders of Southwest Colorado, join the Second Chance Humane Society in a fundraiser not soon forgotten! Sample from a decadent array of tasty treats prepared by local chefs from Ouray and San Miguel Counties, with the palate pleasing creations of Chef Alix Fremgen as he returns to provide a dining experience not soon forgotten.
Bid on over 300 items in the silent auction and marvel at the Fashion Cabaret Fashion Show. The evening heats up to the diverse high energy dance tunes of DJ Antone. A cash bar will be open for the evening as well, and this should be one of the most fun and exciting evenings of the year.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and available at the Second Chance Thrift Shop, Telluride Veterinary Clinic, Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray or DaLee Spa in Montrose.
Don't miss this great function for an even greater cause!


Raise your spirits with great food, drinks and friends in Ouray!


O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray, Colorado serves up awesome entertainment to heat up the winter!

iceclimber4It's Saturday night. You have had a great day enjoying all of the winter activities the San Juans have to offer; ice climbing, skiing, sledding, soaking in the mineral hot springs, finished off with a fantastic dinner at one of our many great restaurants, but the night is young and there is still fun to be had!

At 10:00 every Saturday night through the end of March, the crew at O'Brien's clears the dinner tables and the real fun begins. 

tony rosario.2Local musical talents including Tony Rosario, the North Fork Flyers, and Funkdafari, featured at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have played this little Ouray venue, in the traditional laid back Ouray atmosphere of dancing and entertainment.

til willisLocal singer and song writer, Til Willis often plays the Pub as a headliner, or with some of our many talented local artists. Either way, it is always a pleasure to hear him play.

funkdafariJen Greenholt, owner of O'Brien's, has made it her goal to offer consistently good food, service and fun at this Ouray hot spot. "Poor and Hungry" Mondays offers burger specials for those on a budget, All You Can Eat Fish every Friday and Happy Hour every day combined with a friendly staff makes your dining experience extremely enjoyable. til willis yony rosarioThe menu includes a wide variety of homemade food, including fresh spinach salads, homemade soups and irish egg rolls, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. And you always get a perfect pint!

Don't forget St. Pattys Day! This is an Irish pub, and they make it a point to celebrate in true Irish style!

obriens pub ouray3So be sure to visit O'Brien's Pub & Grill during your time in Ouray for a truly original experience in a restaurant filled with friends!



2012 Race Series in Ouray County


This year, join your fellow runners in the Ouray County Race Series!

John Ferguson, track and field coach for Ouray School, and president of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation, has been working with the community to create a race series beginning in May, which will comprise of six seperate races which will be held in Ouray County from May through October this year. Mr. Ferguson and his fellow Board Members believe that by linking the races, a broader awareness of Southwest Colorado and the varied terrain will reach more fitness enthusiasts to the area, making each race a more competitive experience.

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoEstablished in 1992, the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation operates within Ouray County to raise funds in order to provide support to projects in and around the area which fund innovative academic, artistic or cultural educational programs for students in Ridgway and Ouray. One of the most successful events sponsored by the foundation is the Mount Sneffels Half Marathon and Full Marathon every August, which will now be the fourth race in the series. Each race covers a different area in Ouray and Ridgway, offering runners and spectators alike a diverse taste of the San Juan Mountains.

Each race is not only an accomplishment, but an opportunity to see the San Juans in a different light. Additionally, any competitor participating in all six races, or five races and acting as volunteer for one will recieve a special fleeceprovided by An Eclectic Eye gift Shop in Ouray, Colorado.

trail running ouray coMay 28, 2012 - Compassion 5K, Ouray, Colorado

Beginning in Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this is the second annual Compassion Run, operating in conjunction with the Compassion Weekend in June which raises funds for families in need in Ouray County.

The running course will be an out and back loop and mostly follows the flat River Trail on the north side of Ouray along the Uncompaghre River.  

June 16, 2012 -  Trail Town 10-Miler, Ridgway, Colorado

This is the first year for this 10k race, which will begin in Trailtown in Ridgway, Colorado, following a course along County Road 10, or Cow Creek Pass, a beautiful stretch of trail.

mt sneffels half marathonJuly 4, 2012 - Ourayce 10K, Ouay, Colorado

Starting at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.


August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half-Marathon Run/Walk, Ouray & Ridgway, Colorado

There 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 .

This year our half marathon is one of seven events around Colorado that is part of the USATF Colorado Grand Prix. We are hosting the USATF Colorado State Men's Half Marathon Championship. $2000 in prize money will be awarded ($1,000 for the men's championship). Prize money will be exclusive to USATF Colorado members and US citizens.

ouray trail runSeptember 29, 2012 - Ouray Trail Run, Ouray, Colorado

The Ouray Mountain Trail Run is a 14-mile endurance trail race organized to support local Ouray youth recreational programs/events. This challenging course circumnavigates the beautiful town of Ouray, Colorado nestled in the heart of the San Juan mountains.

October 21, 2012 - Rhythm Run 10K/5K, Ridgway, CO

The final run in the six month series, this 10k run begins in Ridgway, Colorado, supporting Ridgway High School Students participating in the Colorado Ambassadors of Music Europe Tour 2012.

ouray box canyon tubs

For more information on trail running and running races in Ouray and surrounding towns see our website which contains additional information on races in the vicinity of Ouray.

At the end of each race, what better way to wind down and relax than a long soothing soak in the healing waters of Ouray Counties all natural mineral hot springs? Join us as your running headquarters!











February Events for Ouray and Ridgway Colorado


February is a great time to visit Ouray County.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Weehawken Creative Arts Centers of Ouray County: More than painting!


Weehawken Creative Arts Centers offers a plethora of learning and fun to Ouray County!

weehawken logoFilling a void in Ouray County for years now, Weehawken Creative Arts centers is a non-profit organization that seems to have encompassed all that defines this small County in Southwest Colorado. From visual arts to horticulture, this organization defines the arts based on the needs and interests of its community. Ballet, Poetry and culinary classes abound, as well as photography and woodworking. Zumba Dance classes are held daily, and Karate for adults and children offer opportunities for the community to express themselves while getting a great workout!

iceclimber3Of course, in addition to traditional dance and acting classes, one cannot forget the beauty of the area all around. Recognizing this, in conjunction with San Juan Mountain Guides, Weehawken is offering several Outdoor Winter Workshops. Beginning this weekend and operating through March, celebrate the beauty of the San Juans while participating in one of these four hour courses designed to open your eyes to the fantastic world of Ouray Sports.

Intro to Ice Climbing for Adults:

iceclimber5 (1)January 22, 2012, February 26, 2012, and March 16, 2012 9am to 1pm for Adults ages 16 and up
Have you often wanted to try this sport, but felt intimidated by the ice? This is a four hour course designed to teach the basics of ice climbing. The course will include instruction on crampon and ice tools use, introductory movement skills for ice, and basic top-rope belay skills. This is an excellent way for individuals to get a taste of ice climbing, learn some fundamental techniques, and experience the Ouray Ice Park. All equipment and boots are included in the course tuition. Students need their own appropriate winter clothing.
Price Member: $60.00
Non-member: $66.00

Introduction to Ice Climbing for Youth:

Kids Wall Ouray ColoradoJanuary 23, 2012, February 5, 2012 and March 9, 2012 9am to 1pm for ages 11-17
A great way for the young ones to learn the basics of Ice Climbing in a safe environment. This is a four hour course designed to teach the basics of ice climbing. The course will include instruction on crampon and ice tools use, introductory movement skills for ice, and basic top-rope belay skills. This is an excellent way for individuals to get a taste of ice climbing, learn some fundamental techniques, and experience the Ouray Ice Park. All equipment and boots are included in the course tuition. Students need their own appropriate winter clothing.
Price Member: $60.00
Non-member: $66.00

Introduction to Backcountry Ski Touring:

cross country irontonJanuary 21, 2012, February 25, 2012 and March 17, 2012 9am to 3pm for ages 16 and up
Backcountry Skiing is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the Uncompahgres in the winter, however, as with all outdoor activities, it is a good idea to know the fundamentals of safety and equipment. This will be a one day introduction to the fundamentals of backcountry skiing in the San Juans. It will include instruction in ski equipment selection and usage, basic snow and avalanche recognition skills, avalanche transceiver use, ski technique for uphill and downhill travel, and tour selection and planning. This is an intensive intro session. Field session will occur on Red Mountain Pass. All ski and avalanche equipment is included. Students need their own appropriate winter clothing.
Price Member: $60.00
Non-member: $66.00

weehawkencreativeartslogoSo come on up to Ouray for the weekend, and experience the great outdoors while learning a new awesome sport, then come home to the soothing mineral hot springs tubs at the Box Canyon!


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


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

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

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

2012 Interactive Ice Climbing For Kids Class Schedule:

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

This Fall enjoy a haunted getaway in Southwest Colorado


Halloween in the San Juan Mountains is filled with spooky fun for all ages!

Not sure where to find the best haunted adventure this month? Look no further than Ouray and the surrounding area!

Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02Prepare to be scared at the Rocky Horror Picture Show playing at the Wright Opera House in Ouray at 9:00 pm each evening..... Well, you may not be scared by the movie, but the cult classic will be played out in its traditional fashion, with local actors performing the film lives onstage. Don't forget your props or the words to the Time Warp, as you follow the misadventures of Brad and Janet singing their way through an evening with the mad Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his bevy of unusual friends. This film is explicit, and not for children.

Also on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, 2011, as well as the weekend prior, October 15 and 16, 2011, Ride the Pumpkin Patch Express out of Durango, Colorado and join the Peanuts gang on an adventure through the Pumpkin Patch, with games, entertainment and a plethora of great family fun. Trains depart each day at about 3:00pm and the entire trip is about three hours long. Remember to wear your costumes, and take part in Trick or Treating before you get your picture taken with your favorite Peanuts character!

halloween-pumkinIf you don't feel like going all the way to Durango, have no fear! On Saturday, October 22, 2011, head on down to the Ridgway town park for the Childrens Harvest Festival. Featuring carnival games for the kids and vendors selling all types of local beers enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment as the band Whiskey in the Morning plays a free concert from 3:00pm till dusk.

After the concert in Ridgway, head on back to Ouray October 22, 2011 for the Ouray Elks Annual Haunted Dinner and Costume Ball from 6:30 pm on. Wear your costume for a chance to win door prizes and best costume prizes, as you enjoy such culinary delights as Eye Ball Soup and Tombstone Cake. Get yourself something special at the silent auction, and sing your heart out to live Karaoke.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Hound of the Baskervilles clip image001Head on over to the Wright Opera House Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. to solve one of Sherlock Holmes most terrifying mysteries at the Ouray county Players presentation of The Hound of the Baskervilles Live Radio Show. This is a onetime only presentation, so be sure to get your tickets early.

After the play, put on your costume and grab a designated driver to head on down to Ridgway; Friday, October 28 from 9:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. for the Wicked Weehawken presentation of a Nightmare on Cora Street at the new Ridgway location on Cora Street. Dance the night away to live music performed by Ash Cloud, and take advantage of a half price cover charge if you wear your costume!

Cover with costume- $5.00, without costume - $10.00.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

trick or treatStart the evening off with the kids Saturday October 29, from 6:00 until 8:30 pm at the Ouray Elks Haunted House, themed after the film Cowboys and Aliens. A costume contest and scary adventure await kids of all ages as you tour through the Lodge with thrills and chills at every turn.

Keep your costume on for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate for staffs’ choice of Best Costume, which will be presented at 9:00 pm at the Ouray Brewery. Indulge in a Growlette as you enjoy live music performed by Andrew Wynne from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spend Sunday October 30, 2011 exploring the beautiful scenery of Southwest Colorado and rest up for the festivities to come. Soak in the Mineral Hot Springs, or shop the Main Street Stores for treasures that cannot be found anywhere else.ouray mountains in october

Monday, October 31, 2011

skeletonHappy Halloween! Monday October 31, take the little ones downtown in their costumes for the Ouray Main Street Halloween celebration. From 3:00 pm til dark, around 6:00 pm, Trick or Treat in a safe environment as you go from shop to shop for Halloween goodies and warm cheer.

After the kids have had a chance to rummage through their goodies, brushed their teeth and gone to bed, head on over to O'Brien's Pub and Grill for the Fifth Annual Halloween Costume Bash. Monday, October 31 celebrate All Hallows Eve to live music and dancing with prizes for the best costume to be won. There is no cover charge, and the parety starts at 9:00 pm.



Obtaining a Marriage License in Ouray, Colorado


If only all of your destination wedding details in Ouray, Colorado could be as simple!

7   WeddingWith so many things that go into planning your Colorado wedding it is sometimes very easy to overlook the most critical of details like your Marriage License!  Luckily, Colorado is not as stringent as some other states when trying to obtain that all important piece of paper to seal the deal.   

cake 2Once you arrive in Ouray and have decided to take the plunge you will head over to our County Court House located at 541 Fourth St. in Ouray to fill out the necessary paperwork for your license.  The Clerks office at the Courthouse is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, which is where you will need to go. (Excluding all holidays)


Your next order of business is meeting the requirements for marriage in Colorado.


  1. You will need to be 18 years or older and bring either your birth certificate or driver's license for your proof of age.  If you are under 18 you must have a parent or legal guardian present.
  2. If you are divorced you will need to provide proof of the dissolution of your last marriage.
  3. Finally, you will pay the $30 fee for your license.  The license is valid 30 days from the date issued.

colorado destination weddingsOne of the best aspects of getting married in Colorado is that anybody can marry you.  You do not need a member of the clergy or a Justice of the Peace to officiate your nuptials; in fact, you can marry your partner all alone under a waterfall or high on a mountain peak, no witness necessary.  Just make sure that your Certificate is returned to the County Clerk and Recorder who issued the license within 60 days of the marriage date


So, it’s just that simple to get a Marriage License here in beautiful Ouray.  Now you just have to make it through the wedding!


Weddings can be not only one of the most beautiful days of your life but also one of the most stressful.  If you are thinking about having your destination wedding in Ouray, Colorado and would like some more information on how to make it happen please feel free to contact us at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs and Ouray Event Planning.

About the author:   

Nikki Komar works at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.  She works with many of our groups including family reunions and destination wedding couples.  She lives with her husband and four children in Ouray.  

Things to do in Ouray Colo & February Events


Lee's Ski Hill Ouray ColoradoThere are terrific things to do during the winter months in Ouray Colorado including that all time favorite:  soaking in natural hot springs while being snowed upon.  If you are feeling the need to getaway for a quick winter respite, let our picturesque village revitalize you; Ouray Colorado cures most cases of cabin fever!  Remember, Lee's Ski Hill is open on the weekends and provides a free rope tow to all who show up.  It is a great place to teach kids to ski or snowboard without incurring too much expense.  Other events during February 2011 in Ouray County are below.

February 5, 12, 19, and 26:  Free Fly Tying seminar Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm at RIGS in Ridgway:  In addition to Free Fly Tying Seminars, the Fly Section at the Shop has also expanded its new tying materials section to be the most comprehensive in the region. Every thing from new hook styles to the latest and greatest in dubbing, beads, tools and tackle.

February 6, 2011, 2:30pm:  Banjo Concert - Jayme Stone Concert: Room of Wonders Two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist Jayme Stone's brand new album, Room of Wonders, is inspired by folk dances from around the world: Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and North America. He'll be touring Colorado with gravity-defying guitarist Grant Gordy and Sandra Wong (nyckelharpa, fiddle). Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.  This concert will be held at the Wright Opera House.

February 11, 2011:  1:00pm - 7:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest.  Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations.  All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form.  Admission is Free.  Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association.  Info at (970) 626-3212.

February 12, 2011:  10:00am - 7:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest.  Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations.  All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form.  Admission is Free.  Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association.  Info at (970) 626-3212.

kids climbing collegeFebruary 12:  Kids Climbing College:  12pm at the Kids Wall.  There will be four ropes set up with four San Juan Mountain Guides on staff to instruct the kids on safety and on how to climb ice. Two ropes will be dedicated to pre-registrants while the other two ropes will be dedicated to "walk'up" customers. All necessary climbing equipment will be provided along with hot chocolate, but please have your future ice climbing stars dressed warmly!

February 13, 2011:  12:00pm - 3:00pm Winter Arts and Craft Fest.  Free admission and Artists' Demonstrations.  All pieces are for sale and the entries include any art or craft, such as fine art, jewelry, needlework, and another other art form.  Admission is Free.  Sponsored by the Ouray County Arts Association.  Info at (970) 626-3212.

February 12, 13, and 14, 2011:  Valentines Day Special Dinner.  The Outlaw Restaurant is offering a special couples dinner in honor of lovers everywhere.  The special includes 1lb of King Crab Legs and two 6oz Filets -- served with choice of soup or salad, French baguette, rice or potato, and our vegetable medley.  Each special comes with one dessert to share (choices are:  Crème Brule, Death by Chocolate, or Outlaw Mud Pie) for $95/couple + tax and gratuity.  They are also offering Wine Specials on those evenings as well:  

Lust Zinfandel, Micheal David, Lodi ($60/bottle) 

Clos Du Bois, Chardonnay, Sonoma  ($30/bottle).

February 14, 2011:  The Beaumont Hotel will be serving a romantic Valentine's Day Dinner in the Historic Grand Ballroom.  The three-course meal will include soup or salad, Ribeye or Petite Lobster and a delicious dessert.  Reservations only.  $69 per couple.

February 26, 2011: Snowshoe through San Juan Mountain Mining District:  Enjoy a glorious day of snowshoeing or skiing near Red Mountain Pass and learn about Ouray County's epic mining heritage with the Ouray County Historical Society and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership.  A snowshoe tour on Saturday, February 26 will explain the silent mining structures that recall the mining boom that gave life to the towns of Silverton and Ouray. Not only are these buildings at risk of disrepair, but some also lay at sites where leftover or exposed metals harm the health of the land and water of the Uncompahgre Watershed. Participate in this day's event to hear how OCHS and UWP work to protect and restore this valuable area of Ouray County.

The tour will be from 10am to 2pm, and will include a catered lunch plus a hot toddy/tea and coffee. This is a fundraiser for the OCHS and UWP, so please donate at least $25 per person (make checks payable to OCHS). Due to limited space, reservations are required. The group will meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 10am and carpool to CR 31. Please RSVP by February 20 to Rachel at For questions, call Don at 325-0931.

Mines to be visited include Guston, Robinson, Genesse-Vanderbilt, Yankee Girl, and discussion of teh Mountain King, Barstow and Idarado.

 February 27, 2011:  Chili Cookoff at the Elks Lodge.   Details to follow or call the hotel if you are interested.


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