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Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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Ouray and Ridgway CO Calendar of Events August, 2013

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Offers a Variety of Fun Activities this August!

million dollar highway crystal lakeAs the temperatures all around reach maximum summer heat, Ouray and Ridgway provide a cool escape. Not to say that it doesn't get hot up here - 82* can feel pretty darn toasty at 7800 feet. We just have the option of taking a ride up the mountain or down to the river. The Ridgway Reservoir is a marvelous place to spend the day boating, fishing, or just soak up some sun on the swim beach, taking regular breaks for a cooling swim. 

With over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails to choose from, it is pretty easy to take a scenic journey into the high country, where you may need to wear a jacket when you get out of your jeep to take some amazing photos.

Both towns are filled with live music, museum exhibits and a variety of entertainment, including a Brew Festival and the Annual Ouray County Rodeo. 

Events in Ouray and Ridgway this month:

hummingbird.ourayMonday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 -10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum: Photo Exhibit: San Juan Memories

The Annual San Juan Memories Photo Exhibit. Photos from all areas of the San Juan Mountains are displayed. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded.

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, August 2, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: The Sherbino Presents "You Knew Me When"

Enjoy an evening at the Sherbino in Ridgway with old friends and new!

box canyon lodge eveningSaturday, August 3 through Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Alpine Artists Holiday Art Show

Whether you are an artist or an art enthusiast, the Alpine Artists Holiday has for 53 years provided a much appreciated niche. Join over 2,000 attendees and 300 artists from all over to enjoy and purchase one of a kind art created by local and nationwide artists. The Ouray County Arts  Association has successfully organized and maintained  one of the oldest and most popular juried art shows in Colorado.

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Swing Dance Party!

Come join swing/lindy hop instructor Chris Shima for another of his deejayed swing dance parties! Doors open at 6, and the bar will be open!

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray, Colorado: Live Music "You Knew Me When"

Enjoy a night of dancing and music in Ouray!

ironton ghost townSunday, August 4, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse / Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm beginning at the North end of Ouray: San Juan Mountain Geology Field Trip

The Ouray County Historical Society is hosting a Geologic Tour in the San Juan Mountains on August 6, 2013, as a fund raiser for the Ouray Museum's new Research Center in Ouray. The tour is limited to 25 participants. A guidebook with stop descriptions, transportation, and lunch will be provided. Cost is $100. A $10 discount is being offered to members of the Ouray County Historical Society. For more information, contact the OCHS at (970) 325-4576.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

farmers marketFriday, August 9, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, August 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: David Baker in Concert

David Baker will bring his eclectic musical repertoire to the Sherbino stage for a sit-down concert on Aug. 9th. Tickets are $10. From John Denver covers to his original tunes, we’re sure you’ll enjoy every minute!

RRSaturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 11, 2013 - All Day Event at Hartwell Park in Ridgway, Colorado: Ridgway Rendezvous Art Festival

Weehawken Creative Arts invites you to the 29th ANNUAL RIDGWAY RENDEZVOUS ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL on August 10 & 11, 2013! Show runs 9-5pm Sat. and 10-5pm on Sunday!

2009 Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon photos 9 600 450 80Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Ridgway and Ouray, Colorado: Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon

Marathon and Half Marathon. Marathon starts in Ridgway. Half Marathon starts in Ouray. The entry fee includes snacks at the finish line, half price admission to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and an official race t-shirt. Fees go directly to the Mt Sneffels Education Foundation , a non profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives and educational experiences of the youth in Ouray County.

uwpcropped banner1logoeditSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 am starting at the Ouray Visitors Center in Ouray, Colorado: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

Join the staff of the UWP every 2nd Saturday of the month for an informal hike around Ouray. Meet at the Visitors Center at 10:00 am with good boots, water and snacks for a fun and educational experience.

hikingSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm - Starting at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray, Colorado: Corkscrew Turntable Hike

Guided hike of the Corkscrew Railroad Bed and Turntable sponsored by the Ridgway Railroad Museum and OCHS. Meet at the Ouray County Museum at 9:00 am. Cost is $10.00 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to register.

jackingram webbannerSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Summer Music Series Welcomes Jack Ingram

The wright Opera House is excited to bring to you Jack Ingram, winner of the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for "Best New Male Vocalist". Part of this years Summer Music Series, this concert is sure to bring the house down.

obrienspubSaturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Andrew Wynne, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

wright2Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: The Complete History of America (abridged)

600 years of history is covered in 6000 hilarious seconds! This show is filled with rapid-fire lines, slapstick comedy and audience participation. Every one will have a good time keeping up with this fast moving and innovative story line. History has never been such fun.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray, Colorado: guided Tour of the Ouray County Museum

Guided Tour of the Ouray Museum by Curator Don Paulson. 9 am, $10 per person ($5 for OCHS Members). To register call 970-325-4576

12 string guitarWednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

Thursday, August 15 through August 18, 2013 - All Day Event in Fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado:  4th Annual Ouray Canyon Festival

Whether you have spent years exploring this challenging sport, which combines rock climbing and rapelling (to name two), or have never experienced the adventure that is canyoning, the Ouray Canyon Festival is definitely something to check out. 

fruitFriday, August 16, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, August 16, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: The Sherbino Presents 'Joint Point'

Join all of your friends at the Sherbino Theater for an evening of toe tapping festivities with this popular Colorado band.

cemeterySaturday, August 17, 2013 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery

Guided Tour of Ouray's Cedar Hill Cemetery located five miles north of Ouray on Hwy 550. Meet at the Cemetery at 9 am, $10 per person. Preregister at 970-325-4576

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Wright Opera House Fundraising Gala

Enjoy a fine Colorado Summer Party with your friends while celebrating the 125th Birthday of the historic Wright Opera House! Featuring the return of Tammy Kenning with Nancy Ziglar, we'll have light snacks and a cash bar on hand as well enjoy the show tunes, get a behind the scenes look at the details for remodeling the lobbies, installing the elevator, as well as learn more about the future projects of the Wright Opera House.

obrienspubSaturday, August 17, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Rob Webster, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013. Located in the Colona School.

weehawkenartsWednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on County Road 23, south of Ridgway, Colorado: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For August, the focus will be on the outskirts of Town south on County Rd. 23.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

silverjack owlcreekThursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:30 pm at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest; Classical Cafe

Always a favorite, the San Juan Chamber MusicFest opens their 11th annual season with the Classical Cafe -- an informal concert to learn more about chamber music, the instruments and composers. Max Levinson, Artistic Director

Friday, August 23 through Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm at Fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado: Ouray Heritage Weekend

Ouray County Heritage Weekend features county-wide events that celebrate Ouray’s rich mining, ranching and cultural heritage. from mule races to historic tours, the Ouray Heritage Weekend is sure to entertain and educate.

ross ranch last dollar roadFriday, August 23, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, August 23, 2013 - 8:00 am to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: The Sherbino Presents 'Alternate Route'

Dance the night away at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway to the musical stylings of this great band!

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at fellin Park in Ouray, Colorado: Grillin & Chillin Brew & Music Festival

Featuring live music, local craft breweries, BBQs and much uch more, the 6th Annual Ouray Brew and Musc Fest is a day filled with family fun at Ourays Fellin Park. The concert and park admission are free, and the beer tasting, which runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm is only $25.00 including a commemorative tasting glass.

wright logoSaturday, August 24, 2013 - 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado

San Juan Chamber MusicFest's premier performance at of classical favorites at the Wright Opera House. Max Levinson, Artistic Director

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: Tony Rosario, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

last dollar scenic driveSunday, August 25, 2013 - 2:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest - Family Concert

This event is for the entire family and what a delightful way to introduce children to the beauty and fascination of classical music. The musicians of the San Juan Chamber MusicFest will play and instruct informally to share their enthusiasm for the music and their instruments. A wonderful family event!

chimneyrockTuesday, August 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm in Ouray, Colorado: San Juan Chamber MusicFest - Home Salon Concert

This is the festive finale for the San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- an intimate home concert and gourmet dinner held at one of the most beautiful homes in the county. Again, the musicians of the San Juan Chamber MusicFest will present a program that will be followed by dinner. Reservations are necessary.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Trail Town Still in Ridgway, Colorado: Mountain Jam Open Mic Sessions

Local musician David Nunn hosts this Jam. Open to all, beginners welcome. Come showcase your talent!

rodeoThursday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo

Support the 4H club as they display their hard work from the year at the Livestock Show, watch talented athletes display their abilities at the 4H Horse Show, and enjoy all of the traditional fun and excitement of a small town county fair. Kids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day.

Typically runs from Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. The 4-H Fair & Livestock Show is immediately followed by the CPRA Sanctioned Ouray County Rodeo. 

At the Rodeo, booths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.

owl creekThursday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Annual Quilt Show

Ouray County Historical Society's annual quilt show featuring dozens of historic quilts that were either quilted or pieced before 1960.

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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!

wright1Friday, August 30, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado: Trace Bundy in Concert!

Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience.

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Honey Don't & Gabrielle Louise Live at the Sherbino!

Enjoy an evening of music fun and dancing at the Sherbino!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 6:00 pm to8:00 pm at the Ridgway State Park North of Ridgway, Colorado: RIGS Free Clinics: Labor Day Weekend Fly Fishing Clinic

rigsFREE Labor Day Weekend Fly Fishing CLINIC @ RSP (Pa-Co-Chu-Puk). 
Meet by the walking bridge over the river at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance to Ridgway State Park for an informative and free presentation and demo on fly fishing tactics, strategies and rigging for producing quality trout in these Gold Medal Waters!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Swing Dance Party!

Come join swing/lindy hop instructor Chris Shima for another of his deejayed swing dance parties! Doors open at 6, and the bar will be open!

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray, Colorado: The North Fork Flyers, Live at the Pub!

Haven't had enough music today? Head down to O'Brien's Pub & grill this evening and dance the night away.

bcl tbsLet the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to create the perfect getaway! With so many options available for your daily adventures, what better way to start or finish your day than with a soothing soak in our all natural mineral hot spring tubs? 

Your Southwest Colorado Adventure is just a phone call away.

See you soon!

 

 


 


 

Telluride: Just a Short Scenic Drive from Ouray

  
  
  

Enjoy a Day of Fun in Telluride, Just 1 Hour Drive from Ouray

Although Ouray and Telluride are less than 10 miles apart as the crow flies, the practical person takes a scenic drive along the San Juan Skyway over the Dallas Divide and makes it to Telluride in less than one hour.Gondola in Telluride Colorado

While in Telluride, take the free gondola ride that connects the two towns:  Mountain Village and Telluride.  Have a dog with you?  Just make sure you get into the car marked as "pet friendly" and let your playful pooch enjoy the mountain air too!  Want to take your bicycle up the mountain too?  No problem, most cars are equipped with a bicycle transport rack on the outside of the car.  And, the gondola ride is still free!

Midway through the ride, at the apex of route, get off and enjoy a nature center and some mountain top hiking trails and bike trails.  You can also mountain bike your way to the bottom of the mountain.

bcltubsThere are numerous restaurants and stores where you can shop, dine, and hang out.  In Mountain Village, there is a jumping swing and lovely public art.

Come back to Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and enjoy the peaceful respite after a day away, exploring another eclectic Colorado Mountain Town.

Getting There:  Drive US 550 North to Ridgway.  Turn Left onto Colorado Highway 62 up and over the Dallas Divide.  While in route, enjoy the scenic views of the Double RL Ranch and the Sneffels Massif in the background.  Turn Left at Colorado Highway 145 and complete the drive to Telluride along the San Miguel River.

 

Ouray and Ridgway Events in July 2013

  
  
  

From Fireworks to Photography, Ouray and Ridgway are the Place to be This July!


july 4 fireworks ourayThere is no better place to be than Ouray County any time of year, but there is something extra special about the month of July. While temperatures reach triple digits everywhere else, in Ouray, we occasionally rech the upper 80's. Of course, 80* at 7800ft can be pretty hot, but that's no problem, because right outside our door are over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads leading to picnic spots beside waterfalls or even snow!

July and August are exciting also, because this is the time of year so many people visit. You never know who you may run into: an old friend or a traveller from the other side of the world. Folks who met here on the Fourth of July years ago have been known to become life-long friends, returning every chance they get to experience the San Juans again togeher.

fourth of july.jetsThe Fourth of July is an absolute show stopper. With parades, water fights and fireworks, the festive air is contagious. It is impossible not to smile at the waterfights, as teams pummel each other with firehoses, often drenching onlookers in their efforts to win the day.

Events this July in Ouray and Ridgway are as follows:

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!

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wright Opera House in Ouray: Melodrama D.K. Molar the Devious Dentistor There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth

Watch the hilarity unfold as Flossy Daily and Phil De Tooth uncover the dastardly crimes of Dr. D.K. Molar and his evil Nurse Nova Caine. Take an evening out with the cast of The Wright Opera House for this great melodrama, sure to have you laughing!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Evenings of History: Recreation and Celebration in Ouray Through the Lens of Historic Photos

old cameraCelebrate the history of Ouray through photographs with Gail Saunders, Photo archivist and Maria Jones, Director of the Ouray County Museum.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Bingo

Bring your friends and your dotter to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of Bingo. Light refreshments are available, open to the public.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - non timed event in Ouray: Ourayce - Annual 10K Running Race

IMG 0580 Jan Peart 2  12 120 90 80 cBeginning and ending at City Hall in Ouray, be sure to include this race as part of your Independence Day celebrations. The race is over in time to watch the parade, and one can usually get something to eat after the race at the Ouray Mountain Rescue Team breakfast, too.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:30 pm in Ouray: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

fourth of julyFourth of July in Ouray is second to none! Start out at the Commuinty Center for a Pancake Breakfast, then cheer for the racers at City Hall as they take off on the informal 10K, Ourayce.

Racers return just in time for the Main street Parade at 10:00 am. Once the parade has ended, take the family down to Fellin Park for live music, picnics and other family activities.

Promtly at 2:00 pm, prepare for a soaking on Main Street, as the famous waterhose fights begin! Once the waterfights are over, head back down to the park, or take the kids for a swim. There is just enough time for dinner and a little relaxation, then set up your lawn chairs as the torchlight parade heads down the mountain, signalling an amazing fireworks display once the sun sets!

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ridgways Hartwell Park: Pickin in the Park - Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty with  opener Isa & Joe Alan

The Summer Concert Series has moved to Ridgway, and what better day to kick off the season than a FREE concert in the park on the Fourth of July!

yo mamasThe concerts bring a variety of high quality national bands, with local and regional bands opening the shows. The music is always family friendly so the young, the elders, and everyone in between will enjoy the concerts. We’ll have local beer on tap as well as great food, drinks and snacks from local vendors!

Every Thursday, opening bands will play a late night show at the Sherbino Theater until 12:30 am!

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, July 5, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: The Sherbino Presents: Funkdafari

funkdafariThis Ska/Funk/Jazz band hails form right here in the San Juans and regardless of your musical preferences, they will have you doncing the night away!

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: The Sherbino Presents: Visions of America

Visions of America is a multi-media presentation featuring the photography of Joe Sohm, and narrated by Clint Eastwood (50 minutes)

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

ocrhmlogoThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Monday, July 8 - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 -10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum: Photo Exhibit: San Juan Memories

fall boxcanyonThe Annual San Juan Memories Photo Exhibit. Photos from all areas of the San Juan Mountains are displayed. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded.

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wright Opera House in Ouray: Melodrama D.K. Molar the Devious Dentistor There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth

wright logoWatch the hilarity unfold as Flossy Daily and Phil De Tooth uncover the dastardly crimes of Dr. D.K. Molar and his evil Nurse Nova Caine. Take an evening out with the cast of The Wright Opera House for this great melodrama, sure to have you laughing!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Evenings in History: Many More Moccasins: The Ute, Navajo and Blackfoot Nations and World War I

ouray county museum"And Many More Moccasins: The Ute, Navajo and Blackfoot Nations and World War I," presented by Timothy Winegard, Colorado Mesa University.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Bingo

Bring your friends and your dotter to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of Bingo. Light refreshments are available, open to the public.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ridgways Hartwell Park: Pickin in the Park - Mountain Heart with opener The Matt Flinner Trio

mountainheartThe concerts bring a variety of high quality national bands, with local and regional bands opening the shows. The music is always family friendly so the young, the elders, and everyone in between will enjoy the concerts. We’ll have local beer on tap as well as great food, drinks and snacks from local vendors!

Every Thursday, opening bands will play a late night show at the Sherbino Theater until 12:30 am!

Friday, July 12 - Sunday, July 14, 2013 all day event Starting in Silverton: Hard Rock 100 Race

hardrock home5Do you love marathons? Really LOVE them? Then perhaps this 100 mile race across the San Juans is for you. Beginning in Silverton, this is a 100-mile run with 33,992 feet of climb and 33,992 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 67,984 feet with an average elevation of 11,186 feet - low point 7,680 feet (Ouray) and high point 14,048 feet (Handies Peak).

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

fruitThe 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, July 12, 2013 - 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Ouray Library Book Sale

70s partyThe Ouray Library Book Sale starts Friday night. Be among the first to stop by the Library's popular book sale and get the best selection of books!

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater: 70's Night at Club Sherb!

Featuring DJ Shima! Where Funk, Disco, Pop & Rock COLLIDE!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am starts at the Ouray Visitors Center: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

hikingEvery 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. Please meet at the Ouray Visitor?s Center at 10am with your good boots, water and snacks. Please regularly check the UWP website for cancellations or postponements.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Cedar Hills Cemetery Outside of Ouray: Guided Cemetery Tour

cemeteryGuided Tour of Ouray's Cedar Hill Cemetery located five miles north of Ouray on Hwy 550. Meet at the Cemetery at 9 am, $10 per person. Preregister at 970-325-4576

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Community Center in Ouray: Ouray Library Book Sale

Stop by the Ouray Community Center for the library's popular book sale. Thousands of books in every category are available for the taking. All books are sold by donation. So take what you want and give what you can!

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: The Trishas - Summer Music Series

thetrishasWho knew a simple tribute to Kevin Welch, and a quickly thought up name would result in the whirlwind of recognition Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch continue to recieve once their amazing harmonies were heard! Don't miss a performance not soon forgotten in this installment of the Wright Opera House's Summer Music Series.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 12:0 am at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: Fractalia

fractaliaJoin this up and coming rock band for a night of music and dancing. With an original sound and electric performances, you will soon be one of a steadily growing group of fans.

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wright Opera House in Ouray: Melodrama D.K. Molar the Devious Dentistor There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth

wright2Watch the hilarity unfold as Flossy Daily and Phil De Tooth uncover the dastardly crimes of Dr. D.K. Molar and his evil Nurse Nova Caine. Take an evening out with the cast of The Wright Opera House for this great melodrama, sure to have you laughing!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Community Center in Ouray: Evenings of History- "History of the Red Mountain Project"

Learn about the fascinating history of the Red Mountain project which preserved over 1300 acres of mining history on Red Mountain Pass through purchases from willing sellers. Presented by Bob Risch, Co-Director of the Red Mountain Project and the Mayor of Ouray.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Bingo


Bring your friends and your dotter to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of Bingo. Light refreshments are available, open to the public.

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ridgways Hartwell Park: Pickin in the Park - Pato Banton & The Now Generation with opener Lipbone Redding

patobantonThe concerts bring a variety of high quality national bands, with local and regional bands opening the shows. The music is always family friendly so the young, the elders, and everyone in between will enjoy the concerts. We’ll have local beer on tap as well as great food, drinks and snacks from local vendors!

Every Thursday, opening bands will play a late night show at the Sherbino Theater until 12:30 am!

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

ridgway farmers market logoThe 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, July 20 through Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Weehawken Ouray: Desmond O'Hagen Pastel & Oil Painting 2-Day Workshop

weehawkenlogoThis workshop is designed to help you reach the next level in your pastel or oil paintings. The experience will emphasize composition, developing technique through a more painterly approach, and the importance of light, values, and contrasts. Along with an informal talk on a variety of painting topics, there will be hands-on, individual instruction and critiques. Students are encouraged to move out of their "comfort zone" and experiment with new ideas in technique and subject matter. You will not want to miss this opportunity to work with this highly awarded instructor who's honors include the International Pastel Society "Master Circle" recognition among many others!

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm meet at the Ouray County Museum: Guided Walking Tour of Ouray's Main Street

ouray coloradoLearn about the history of the historic buildings on Ouray's Main Street. $10 per person. Meet at the Museum. Preregister at 970-325-4576.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Philippines Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction

Dinner and Silent Auction. Donations only. An all-you-can-eat Asian buffet with tropical island decor. Silent auction includes native handmade crafts, jewelry and pearls from the Philippines as well as gift certificates and merchandise from local restaurants, golf courses and businesses. Raising funds for the upcoming mission, "Operation Christmas Share" which provides gifts, clothes and school supplies for the needy and orphaned children in the Philippines. Partial funds will also be used to help build a cafeteria and home economics room for a school there. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: An Evening with Doris and Roger

ironton ghost townJoin us for this incredible performance of renowned jazz pianist Doris Merrit

Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Colona Schoolhouse/Grange: Ongoing Exhibits at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Downtown Ridgway: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway District and Weehawken Creative Arts!

weehawkenartsThe Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For July, the focus will be on the Historic Business District/General Commercial Core area of town.

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wright Opera House in Ouray: Melodrama D.K. Molar the Devious Dentistor There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth

wright3million dollar highway.2Watch the hilarity unfold as Flossy Daily and Phil De Tooth uncover the dastardly crimes of Dr. D.K. Molar and his evil Nurse Nova Caine. Take an evening out with the cast of The Wright Opera House for this great melodrama, sure to have you laughing!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray: Evenings of History- "How the Peaks in the San Juan Mountains got their Names"

Don Paulson, Curator, Ouray County Museum. "How the Peaks, in the San Juan Mountains Got Their Names." Come and learn how the peaks from the loftiest such as Uncompahgre to the lowliest such as Baldy got their names.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Bingo

Bring your friends and your dotter to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of Bingo. Light refreshments are available, open to the public.

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ridgways Hartwell Park: Pickin in the Park - Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics with opener Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys

rubyvelleThe concerts bring a variety of high quality national bands, with local and regional bands opening the shows. The music is always family friendly so the young, the elders, and everyone in between will enjoy the concerts. We’ll have local beer on tap as well as great food, drinks and snacks from local vendors!

Every Thursday, opening bands will play a late night show at the Sherbino Theater until 12:30 am!

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

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, July 26, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Christmas in July with "The Grinch"

weehawkenlogoCome enjoy Christmas in July when Weehawken Dance presents a fun rendition of "The Grinch"!

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Christmas in July with "The Grinch"

Come enjoy Christmas in July when Weehawken Dance presents a fun rendition of "The Grinch"!

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray: Griffin House- Summer Concert Series

griffinhouseWhen watching this talented performer hypnotize audiences with his talent, it is hard to believe the he almost became a golf pro instead of a singer songwriter. You will understand how lucky we all are when you join Griffin House at the Wright.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway: Susan Walton

susan waltonGrowing from a folky cover artist to an experienced performer of original material Susan proves she’s a talent on the rise. Her first album, "January Trees", portrays a singer songwriter in full bloom.

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum: ONE WOMAN SHOW- "Spurs & Latigo" Natalie Heller Special Exhibit

Inspired to take up photography in 1994 when she first visited Telluride, and further impassioned when she moved to Ridgway in 2005, this talented photographer shares her incredible images of Ranching Life in the San Juans. To view more photography, please visit www.loneconephotography.com & www.etsy.com/shop/loneconephotography

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at The Wright Opera House in Ouray: Melodrama D.K. Molar the Devious Dentistor There's Gold in Them Thar Teeth

wright1Watch the hilarity unfold as Flossy Daily and Phil De Tooth uncover the dastardly crimes of Dr. D.K. Molar and his evil Nurse Nova Caine. Take an evening out with the cast of The Wright Opera House for this great melodrama, sure to have you laughing!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Magic with Eli

Don't miss an evening of family friendly entertainement at the Wright Opera House.Eli the Magician will thrill and amuse. For only $10.00 per person, this show is a definite winner!

 

There are so many things to do this month, it's hard to choose when to come up! Give us a call at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and let us help plan the perfect getaway!

See You Soon!

 

 


 





 

 

 

Four Wheel Drive Updates for 2013 in Ouray County

  
  
  

Jeep Trails are opening up in the high country. Head on up to Ouray today!

Summer wildflowers in Imogene BasinOuray Coun ty has had a beautiful Spring! With the snow almost gone, it is time to head out to the high country and enjoy the amazing scenery of the San Juan Mountain range. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It's just a question of where you want to go to see the full effect of blankets of color over green grass.

Photographers fantasize about days as full of images as one might see in less than a morning here. With over 500 miles of trails to choose from right outside of town, it is no wonder Ouray, Colorado is nick-named The Jeeping Capital of the World!

Even driving the highway is a pleasure this time of year. Everywhere you look, the new calves and foals are roaming pastureland. Just earlier this week, a guest reported sighting a baby bear as she drove into town!

waterfalls near ouray colo in july1With the re-opening of three mines on Camp Bird Mine Road, the track is already open to the bathrooms at Yankee Boy! Take advantage of the mild weather and quiet time of year to explore the Uncompahgres!

Four Wheel Drive Road Status as of June 13, 2013:

Alta Lakes - Open
Black Bear Pass - Closed
Blue Lakes Trailhead - Open 
Brown Mountain - Open
Cinnamon Pass - Open to Lake City 
Clear Lake - Open
Corkscrew -Open 
County Road 2 to Animas Forks - Open
County Road 9 - Open
Cow Creek - Open

Engineer Pass -Open

Fall Creek Road (to Woods Lake) - Open

Governors Basin - Open

Hastings Mesa - Open

Horsefly - Open

Happy marmot around OurayHurricane/California - Open 

Imogene - Open to Richmond basin and Silver Basin on Ouray side - Open to the Summit only on San Miguel side.
Iron Springs (Hwy 145 through to Hwy 62)- Open
Last Dollar Road - Open 
Little Cone Road (CR G49) - Open
Maggie/Minnie - Open as far as the Kitty Mack Cut-off
Miniehaha (CR 51) - Open
Old Lime Creek - Open
Ophir - Open - BE ADVISED ICY CONDITIONS
Owl Creek Pass - Open
Picayune - Open
Pittsburgh Mine Road - Closed
Placer - Open
Poughkeepsie - Closed
Wildflowers around OurayRed Mountain Town - Open
Shrine Road (CR 6) - Open
Skyline - Open
South Mineral Campground road - County road 7 - Open with hosts on site
Yankee Boy - Open 
Stony Pass - Open to Pole Creek *Please use extreme caution crossing Pole Creek in the Spring!

Please remember as always: road conditions in the high country can change in minutes. Please use extreme caution during the early spring month. If in doubt, turn around and take a different trail. Even the low altitude Soaking in the hot tubs at the Box Canyon Lodgefour wheel drive trails can be treacherous as winter melt off erodes paths and causes rock slides. Every trip is an adventure, and once you have spent the day exploring the San Juans, there is no better way to relax than a long soak in our soothing mineral hot spring tubs!

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help plan your next trip in the high country! We can arrange jeep tours or jeep rentals with the company of your choice. For tours, the driver will come pick you up from our lobby and bring you right back to us at the end of an eventful day.

See You Soon!

 

Ouray Hotel Welcomes Live Music This June Rocks the San Juans!

  
  
  

Mountain Air Music Series Begins its Second Year in Ouray!

live music ouray bcmNothing quite compares to an afternoon at the park, enjoying a craft beer and dancing with friends new and old to live music!

The energy at these events is contagious. Regardless of your music preferences, these artists know how to entertain a crowd. Last year, the park was bursting with young and old showing off their moves in the grass before the stage. Surrounding the 'dancefloor' of softest green are booths offering a variety of beverages and tasty treats.

marchfourth 2013 by andy batt 11x6Each concert features a specific regional micro brew, and guest pourer's from non profits around the county, but thats not all! Non-alcoholic beverages, as well as wine and, we must not forget the Margarita Bike (if you havn'e blended your own margarita by bicycle, you have not lived) will be there to satisfy any craving.

This year, the first concert will be Thursday, June 6, 2013, and the buzz is that this will be a show stopper!

miss emilyThe March Fourth Marching Band (M4 to their fans) is not a marching band in any traditional sense of the word. Combining funky electric base with marching band themed costumes, percussion corps and brass, then tossing in spectacular acrobatics, M4 wins over audiences of all ages at every occasion, and has consistently been named a “festival favorite.” M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together, and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.

live music ouray bcm2Opening for this high energy extravaganza is the equally high energy Miss EmilyMiss Emily is one half classic soul and one half modern funk/pop diva sensation. Sprinkle that with a little jazz sugar and you have a dynamic, fiery lady with a vintage sound that’ll curl your toes.

The second concert at Fellin park this June presents Otis Taylor one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years. To call Taylor a cutting edge artist is an understatement. Although his music is based in the blues and folk realm, his meticulously crafted recordings crash the barriers of jazz, rock, funk, Americana and myriad other genres to create a hybrid that Taylor labels “trance blues." 

OtisTaylorPhotobyLenIrishScreen Door Porch, whose blend of Americana, Roots Rock and Country Blues is sure to have you dancing in the park. The band’s energetic stage show thrives in a space that houses colorable harmonies, award-winning songwriting, and a diverse bag of acoustic & electric instrumentation. 

On June 20, we welcome a group fresh from their most recent tour overseas. Originally from British Columbia, Current Swell has released a total of four albums. Musical influences from reggae, folk, surf and blues genres can be heard throughout their original music.  The band is landing in Ouray after an extensive tour schedule including Australia, the U.K. and Europe.

Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B. With stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music, The California Honeydrops get people out of their seats and onto the floor, dancing, sweating, and singing along.

California Honeydrops 2With 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 on June 27!

With the introduction of this festival of music and fun every Thursday in June, Ouray is even more the place to lay your hat for a day or a week. In the field of dancing frivolity are children and dogs adding to the celebratory atmosphere. If the tasty treats at the park aren't to your liking, not to fear, restaurants on Main Street are open for business offering a variety of culinary delights from pizza to steak and lobster. It is just a quick jaunt to dinner, then back to the park to dance away those calories!

live music ouray bcm3The concert at the park only lasts til about 9:00 pm, perfect for watching the grand finale, then taking the little ones off to sleep with dreams of dancing under the stars surrounded my mountains, then enjoy a soak in the soothing mineral hot spring water at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs! If you don't have to worry about getting the young ones home, and aren't ready for the night to end at 9:00 pm, never fear! Every Thursday night, the opening act for Mountain Air will cruise on up to O'Brien's Pub & Grill to entertain the crowds well into the night!

Whether you join us for just one or all of these free concerts in the park, we look forward to showing everyone what a treasure Ouray is!

See You Soon!

 

 


Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail

  
  
  

Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls

Ouray Colorado is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains and pictures abound.  One of the great hikes accessed from town is the Sutton Mine Trail where some spectacular views beckon professional and amateur photographers alike.  This hike is a fairly short out and back.  From the trailhead, the hike is 2.2 miles to the Neosho Mine and the wonderfully decorated Antique Store.

The first 0.5 miles is akin to walking on a stairmaster with an endless series of switchbacks.  The trail is in very good shape, but, it is steep so slow and steady is the way to go.  With a shorter stride, the Scenic Overlook comes soon enough.

ouray colorado scenic overlook

From this point on, the hike is very enjoyable.  The trail undulates with an upward slope, with short spurts through stretches of pine trees with the occasional aspen.  The views are very nice and you can see the Million Dollar highway below and the Amphitheater above.

The Bear Creek Drainage to the east is an interesting site and with very good eyes one can watch 4x4s meander the spur that takes Jeepers up to Engineer Pass and connects Ouray to the Alpine Loop.  The Bear Creek Overlook comes 1.7 miles from the trailhead.  But, keep walking another 0.3 miles to the best view on the hike.

Cross two streams (the first could easily be dry by late June and the second will last the full year), emerge from the forest at approximately 2.0 miles from the trailhead to a magnificent view of the Bear Creek Falls.

bear creek falls million dollar highway

This stunning vantage point for Bear Creek Falls comes with a wonderful picnic location too.  Nice rocky outcroppings make for a nice bench in which to rest weary feet and the road below makes for some interesting observations.  Bear Creek Falls goes under US Highway 550 and plunges 225 feet.  

And, at this same picnic location, enjoy views to the south of Mt. Abrams.

Mt Abrams ouray 

Another 0.2 miles and the trail ends at the Neosho Mine.  This hike is out and back.

For photographers and those who enjoy more shade, Bear Creek Falls is to the east, so make a late afternoon of it for best light.   

Getting There:  The Trailhead is very near the Ouray Ice Park Office off of Camp Bird Road.  From town, head south on US 550 and turn onto Ouray County Road 361.  Pass the CDOT buildings, pass the Ouray Ice Park Kiosk and park on the right within 0.1 miles.  The trailhead is on the left side, just after the Ouray Perimeter Trail crossing.  If you have reached the Water Towers, you have passed it.  There is a very small parking area here, enough for 3-4 vehicles on the side of the road.

 

Ouray Hotel Welcomes Wright Opera House Concert Goers

  
  
  

Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House Rocks Southwest Colorado!

Wright Opera HouseThe Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has always been a big supporter of the arts and music in Ouray. As each season turns, the Wright Opera House introduces a new music series, and we are excited to share this information with our guests. What better way to complete the perfect Ouray Getaway than to enjoy a concert in one of the most beautiful historic venues in Colorado. May 31, 2013 marks the beginning of the Summer Music Series at the Wright Opera House. Talented artists from across the country will perform throughout the summer, offering a variety of genres from Folk-Rock to Country.

When planning your next trip to Southwest Colorado, be sure to check the Summer Music Series Schedule at the Wright:

Friday, May 31, 2013 - Over the Rhine

Over The Rhine Kick the season off with a bang, bringing the multi talented husband and wife duo, Over The Rhine. Since their 1991 debut album, Til We Have Faces, Over the Rhine has steadfastly made a name for themselves with a musical sound all their own. The most recent release, The Long Surrender, is a bountiful collaboration with Grammy Award winning producer, and singer/songwriter, Joe Henry. 

Friday, June 21, 2013 - Dan Navarro

Dan NavarroCelebrate the rich insight and depth of singer/songwriter Dan Navarro. Best known as a recording and touring artist as the acoustic duo Lowen & Navarro until Eric Lowens retirement in 2009, Dan has continued his career as a sol artist increasingly in demand on the national concert circuit. With his songs covered by a diverse mix of artists from Pat Benatar to Dionne Warwick his newest album, Shed My Skin, due to be released this year, is indeed highly anticipated.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - The Trishas

The TrishasJaime Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch often refer to themselves as an "accidental Band", but any one who has heard their voices soaring in four part harmony would believe these girls were anything accidental. As the discerning reader has most likely noted, there is no Trisha in the Trishas; the name was chosen on a whim while covering a hit by Trisha Yearwood which had been written by Savannah's father, Kevin Welch. With the release of thier first album High, Wide & Handsome, it seems as if the Trishas have been swept up in the power of their immense talents.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Griffin House

Griffin HouseRefered to as one of Nashvilles greatest treasures, Griffin House returns to the Wright Opera House. His intelligent and heart-felt lyrics have taken this would-be golf pro on a path his family had never dreamt of. Teaching himself to play guitar and write his own songs, he was quickly signed with Nettwerk record label and found himself featured on the CBS Morning Show, and headlining across the country.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Jack Ingram

Jack IngramFor over a decade, 2008 Academy of Country Music Award winner for "Best New Male Vocolist" Jack Ingram has been entertaining crowds since 1997. The Texas born Country and Western singer and songwriter views the reciept of the "New Artist" award as validation of his integrity as an artist, staying true to his personal vision as a performer. His most recent album Big Dreams and High Hopes has already produced the top twenty single "That's a Man", and several songs recieving quite a bit of attention and play time on Country stations across the nation.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Shawn Mullins

Shawn MullinsSince we last heard from Shawn Mullins in 2008's honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and band leader has undergone a series of transformative experiences. From an indoctrination into the collaborative creative process of intensive co-writing to the birth of his first child, his new album Light You Up is the ultimate culmination of the journey toward the American Dream. 

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is genuinely excited to share this amazing line-up for the summer with our guests. In order to make your visit as seamless as possible, let us help you plan your trip. Just enter Promo Code SCS2013, and specify the show you would like to attend. We will take care of all the details for you, even make reservations for dinner before the show if you would like. Stay and play in Ouray! Soak in the hot springs, visit the Box Canyon falls, shop for unique gifts on Main Street, and take in a great show! All of this and more just a few steps from your door.

See you soon!

 

Experience Culture in Southwest Colorado

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel Welcomes Guests to Enjoy an Evening at the Wright Opera House!

wright logoAs you may have read in previous posts, the Wright Opera House is a passion for us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. After having fallen into disrepair for quite some time, the recent efforts of the Friends of the Wright to revive this historic venue have far surpassed expectations. With each booking, and every sold out show, the Wright Opera House establishes itself as a theater worthy of recognition. The proceeds from these shows is then used towards further upgrades and maintenance on a building that has remained virtually unchanged since the late 1800's.

maxwagnerThis April, the Wright Opera House is pleased to present the Max Wagner Trio, the most recent addition to the Wrighteous Jazz Series, is an icon in the Jazz world. Following the footsteps of jazz greats such as Ella fitzgerald, Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks, Max Wagner  sings and scats with an individual sound drawn primarily from his own vocabulary. Lauded as " a powerful and innovative soloist" by the Denver post among many powerful acknowledgments of his prowess, Max has worked with many of todays Jazz greats, including Nick Brignola, Pete Christlieb, Dakota Stratton and Red holloway, just to name a few. His extensive performing, recording and touring work have afforded him the rare opportunity to become an accomplished musician in the Jazz trdition.

maxwagner2Performing four nights a weeks at Chapultepec, Denver's historic Jazz club, for over three years, Max has performed with and organised jam sessions with a variety of visiting bands, including the Harry connick Big band. For over twenty years, he has directed the Estes Park Jazz festival, which he also founded.

Delivering a musical experience combining classic jazz, soulful bebop latin jazz and romantic ballads, Max creates a connection with his audience from the first notes of his saxaphone and voice. His original lyrics, humor and soul bring a dimension to his music not often found in such an intimate setting as the Wright Opera House.

box canyon lodge eveningThe show begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Doors open at 5:30. tickets re $15.00 per person, and can be purchased online or at the door. The Box Canyon Lodge can also take care of your tickets for you when you stay with us. Always working to support the arts and the Wright Opera House, let us help create the perfect weekend getaway. Give us a call, and the staff at the hotel will make all of the arrangements for your next adventure. Reservations at your choice of restaurant, tickets to the show, and a listing of open shops and trails for your sightseeing enjoyment will be waiting for you at check in. The staff at the Box Canyon are knowledgeable in any activity you may be interested in here in Ouray, and of course, there are the soothing mineral hot spring tubs and movie library here at the hotel, which may be just about all the adventure you need!

After a scenic drive to Ouray, and a relaxing soak followed by an evening of entertainment, you may never want to leave.

See you soon! 

The Ouray County 2013 Race Series is About to Begin!

  
  
  

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Introduces a New Race to the 2013 Race Series in the San Juans.

logo mt sneffels marathonEvery year, marathon runners nationwide participate in at least one of the magnificent courses offered in The Mt. Sneffels Race Series, and this year, there is one more to watm you up for the season! 

2009 Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon photos 9 600 450 80A non-profit organization working with Ouray County Youth since 1992, The Mt Sneffels Education foundation provides academic artisitic and cultural projects for the youth of Ouray and Ridgway. trips to the Natural History Museum in Denver, Choral workshops and books for the Summer reading Program are just a tiny sample of the many projects sponsored by the foundation, living up to its mission statement: "To involve the Ouray County Comminity in developing resources to enrich our students lives and to broaden their educational experiences."

Of course, support for the varied projects for youth can be pricey, and it is through fundraising events that the bulk of this money is made. One of the most successful events sponsored by Mt Sneffels Education Foundation is the Mt Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon in August. This year marks the second year that Mr. John Ferguson, President of the foundation has organnised an entire Race Series, adding a seventh race to the schedule, much to the excitement of community members as well as athletes eager to break in their new running shoes on the trails of the San Juans.

2013ocrsBy competing in all seven races, or six races and volunteering for one, participants receive a special finisher award. Not only is this recognition for supreme athletecism, but also for the contribution to Ouray Counties education programs.

The 2013 Race Series is as follows:

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Mud Fest 5K

The newest race in the series, the Mud Fest 5K is the perfect way to warm up into the 2013 Race Series! Celebrating its second year, the Ouray County Mud Fest welcomes runners to participate in this 5K which begins at 8:00am at the Ouray County Fairgrounds, crossing Highway 62 and taking the trail to the entrance of the Riverwalk before circling back to the beginning. Once runners have completed the course, stay on to watch and welcome the end of the mud season!

Monday, May 27, 2013 - Compassion 5K

IMG 0580 Jan Peart 2  12 120 90 80 cIn its third year, the Compassion Run operates in conjunction with Compassion Weekend in June, raising funds for families in need in Ouray County.

The running course will be an out and back loop mostly following the Flat river Trail north of Ouray along the Uncompahgre river.

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Trail Town 10 Miler

mile12 19 600 450 80Trailtown, Ridgway, Colorado

This is the second 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.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Ourayce 10K

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013- -Mt Sneffels Marathon/Half Marathon

MtSneffelsHalfcourse map 080312There 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, September 28, 2013 - Ouray Mountain Trail Run

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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - Rhythm Run 10K

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

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? Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your home base for this years marathon series!

 


 

 

Wright Opera House Brings Yet Another Show Stopper to Ouray!

  
  
  

Jake Abell Returns to the Wright with Rosencrantz & Gildenstern this Weekend in Ouray!

wright logoAfter directing and receiving a positive response to 'Murder in the Cathedral' at the Wright Opera House in 2012, Jack Abell, a graduate of Ouray High School and current student at Baylor University is returning on March 15 and 16th, 2013 for a staged reading of 'Rosencrantz & Gildenstern are Dead'. "With this next play, I'm looking forward to serving up something different that will hopefully resonate again with audiences," said Abell.

Written by Tom Stoppard, the story of Rosencrantz & Gildenstern tells the tale of Shakespeare's Hamlet from the perspective of two of its most minor characters who, in Shakespeare's play, are enlisted by Hamlet's vicious uncle Claudius in his plans to rid himself of his nephew. "Stoppard adds a different perspective to this, making the action much more confused, ambiguous and downright hilarious," says Abell. "we're lucky to have such a great cast including Tony-nominee Terry Kiser, Mike Hockersmith, Dan Preston and a slew of Ouray's finest thespians."

rosencrantzJake and crew will run two readings of Rosencrantz & Gildenstern are Dead on March 15th and 16th at the Historic Wright Opera House. Tickets are $10.00 and, consistent with Jake's efforts working with local schools, students are free.

About the Wright Opera House:

Built in 1888 by the Wright Brothers, the Wright Opera House quickly became a focal point for culture and entertainment in Ouray, contrasting with the saloons and brothels offered at the time. Housing everything over the years from a theater, to movies, to an auto mechanic shop, the Wright has evolved over many decades and has served the town in a variety of capacities. Now, in its 125th year, the Wright is once again a cultural and entertainment venue, and is undergoing a restoration such that it can support the performing arts and the region's vibrant economy for generations to come.

About the Author: Josh Gowans is an avid supporter and fan of the arts. His work with the Friends of the Wright Opera House has been invaluable in bringing recognition to this beautiful historic venue. For information about the Wright and the upcoming staged reading directed by Jake Abell, contact Josh Gowans via email: josh@thewrightoperahouse.org

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is always excited to bring news of upcoming events at the Wright Opera House. From Jazz to Folk music, movies, plays and melodramas, the Wright delivers something for every taste. From its colorful history, to the beautiful arcitecture, a visit to the Wright Opera House is an adventure the moment you walk through the front doors. 

Located in a small Box Canyon in Southwest Colorado, Ouray itself has so much to offer, the drive to our pictoral little town is just the beginning! Enjoy a weekend adventure: explore the many outdoor activities, from ice climbing and snow shoeing, to wandering the shops on Main Street, followed by a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs, and finish the day with a great show at this historic venue!


 

 

 

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