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New Local Restaurant Makes Every Meal an Event in Ouray!

  
  
  

Cavallo's Restaurant is fast becoming a local hotspot in Ouray!

mainstreetourayThere are a variety of fabulous dining establishments in Ouray, and at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, it is our job to guide our guests to the one most suited to their expectations.

Our job just got a lot easier!

Sid and Kelly Cavallo have truly outdone themselves with their new restaurant which proudly bears their name. Offering breakfast and lunch with a distinct Cajun style, Cavallo's has already filled a niche in Ouray's dining world.

cavallos food.3Located at 630 Main Street on the lower level, the restaurant has been lovingly redecorated in a Classic Garden Theme by Kelly, a perfect compliment to the culinary delights created by Sid. Cajun food has a reputation for being spicy, but not so, insists Chef Sid. The perfect Cajun dish is full of flavor, not spice, and he demonstrates this truth with dishes from traditionally recognized biscuits and gravy to a decadent twist on eggs Benedict.

Lunch is an adventure your taste buds will be ready to repeat with salads and shrimp po'boys just the tip of the iceberg.

cavallos food.2Not only has this town been gifted with a fun new dining option, every dish is prepared from scratch, using local produce as often as possible. A cup of chicory blend coffee freshly roasted by local coffee company Exotic Earth is a great compliment to any breakfast choice. Lunch can't get much better when paired with one of a rotating selection of micro brews provided by local breweries Mr. Grumpy Pants (Ourayle House), Ouray Brewery and Two Rascals.

Open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, Cavallo's is a definite must during any visit to Ouray.

But Wait! There's More!

cavallosrestaurantThroughout the month of November, and hopefully the entire winter, Cavallo's will be serving dinner and entertainment on select evenings. From movie night, to improvisational jazz guitar, with preset menu options that change every week, there is a whole new reason to visit Ouray this winter!

November 21, 2013, don't miss the Farm to Table Harvest Dinner! A collaboration of ideas between Kat Papenrock from the Ouray Chamber and Resort Association, Kris Dunham from Kristopher's Culinaire, and of course, Sid and Kelly Cavallo, the menu is sure to be a treat

cavallos food.4Tuesday, November 5, 2013  is the first Tuesday Night Dinner! Every week promises a new and exciting preset menu, with vegetarian and gluten free options available as well. But Wait! What would Tuesday Night Dinner Cavallo's style be without  music? Ben Gaude is a Jazz and Blues guitarist from New Orleans who has traveled with several bands in Colorado and New Mexico, guaranteed to be the perfect compliment to a terrific meal!

Friday, November 8, 2013 is the first Friday Night Dinner & a Movie! Thats right, doors open at 6:00 pm, and once all the dinner orders are in, sit back and enjoy a new film every week as you enjoy an excellent meal, local beers and the company of friends old and new.

bcl fallWith so much going on and so many great dining opportunities, it's no wonder Cavallo's has already become so popular.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we are always excited to inform our guests of fun and exciting events in Ouray, and it looks like there is definitely a new spot to be this winter!

Come stay and play in Ouray!

 

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this November, 2013

  
  
  

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!


turkeyWith the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. Walk the shops on Main Street and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There is something magical about the one of a kind treasures to be found that speak volumes to even the most difficult person on your Christmas list!

A scenic drive is ideal when the seasons are changing. every corner promises some new sight- whether it is fresh fallen snow, or the last leaves cingint to an aspen tree. Elk and deer are a constant addition to the scenery. Driving the Million Dollar Highway is always an adventure! Of course, even if you are planning on just staying in and enjoying the mineral hot springs, Ouray, with its natural mineral hot springs is definately the best option! 

Often when you visit a town with hot springs, the smell of sulfer is prevalent; not so in Ouray! And at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, there are four tubs just outside your room that provide the perfect relaxation spot as you prepare for the busy holiday season to come. And there is always something to do:

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

hot springs box canyonSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!

With the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. 

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

Due to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investments, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: The Music Behind The Mix

bambiatthetubsSherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Ages: At least 8 but less than 11
All new to Ouray County for ages 8-11, grades 3-5! The Music Behind the Mix: This six week class explores how to really hear what is happening in electronic dance music and to understand what makes that sound! The objective is to learn to mix songs in time, in tune and in style. It's a whole new way to embrace "learning to play music" for kids...it's the latest and greatest the music world has to offer! Students with or without musical background will find this class an amazing opportunity and unique!! If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more!

Tuesday, October 22 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Sherbino Theater: DJ Producer using Ableton Live

Sherbino Theater with Jimmy Dorsey
Fee: Standard charge: $90.00
6 Week Session
Tue, October 22 - Tue, December 3
5pm to 6pm 
Ages: 11+, Grades 6th-9th
All new to Ouray County for middle schoolers! This six week class will teach the parts of a song, talking the language of music, tonality, keys, beat matching and transitions. By the end of the class the student will be able to sequence beats, mix songs and create melodies to compliment his/her mix. This is a brand new way of learning to play music but not from a instrument perspective but in the education of composition. If you are curious but want to know more, give us a call and we can connect you to the instructor to find out more! It's a unique opportunity right here in our community!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

sunset.ridgwayHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Open Bard Poetry Series

mt.abrams5Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's featured poet isWendy Videlock from Grand Junction. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm a nationally or regionally known poet from Colorado or beyond takes the stage. Following the reading and a short intermission will be an open reading during which audience members can read or perform their poetry. Open Bard is sponsored by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society and the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. 

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ridgway Library: 10th Annual Community Artists Show featuring 21 Local Artists

deer at box canyonThe Ridgway Library is hosting the 10th Annual Community Artists Show from November 9, 2013 - January 9, 2014. This year's show features 21 talented local artists who work in a variety of different styles and media. The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 - 7 pm. Refreshments will be available. The Library is located at 300 Charles Street in Ridgway. For more information contact Judy Hazen at 626-5513.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center: Friends of the Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show

Join the Friends of the Library for the 38th Annual Friends of the Ouray Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ouray Community Center. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for the vendor showcase; lunch is served at noon; the fashion show begins at 1:00 p.m. We hope to see you at this wonderful event!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

ouray at nightHave you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino theater: ArtBar in Clay- Holiday Ornaments at the Sherbino

With the holiday season sneaking up on us, what a better time to think of a gift or keepsake from the heart. While you sip on a delicious beverage of choice, Deidra Krois will guide you through the process of making some special clay ornaments. You'll get to experiment with creating texture stamps, with each being a unique piece of functional art. Students can expect to make up to 5 ornaments and a small plate. All materials and firing is included, along with a beverage of choice. Additional may be purchased during class to be enjoyed with friends, or make new ones! Come learn more about this great medium, while completing your holiday shopping! Please note, items will be ready for pickup 10-14 days after completion of the projects. Pre-registration is requested though not required.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

elk2Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Brian Loftus & Tony Galizia - Jazz at the Wright

Brian Loftus and Tony Gulizia, known as 'BLT', take the stage at Ouray's Wright Opera House on November 16th to kick off the Wright's second season of bringing Jazz music to Ouray County. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Ridgway Secondary School Gym: "Tossed & Found"- A Family Event

ouray winterAward-winning juggler, dancer and physical comedian Peter Davison in a new one-man show, including original music by Jesse Manno. Tossed & Found is appropriate for all ages, and a perfect show for the entire family to enjoy together.

Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Ridgway Firehouse & Gallery: Ridgway Moonwalk

Discover the creative outdoors at the Ridgway MoonWalk on Sunday, November 17!! This art outing at the full moon features Ridgway's Alley Art, Alley Poems, and Public Art sculptures in the downtown area. Meet the poets, artists, and sculptors who created these works at receptions for them at various venues, including Resource Art Co-op and the Firehouse of Michael McCullough and Lucy Boody where maps and a scavenger hunt will be available. Walkable, refreshments available, all ages welcome. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Adult swing/Lindy Hop Intro

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of the Lindy Hop? With the essentials easy to pick up in just four short weeks, you will be dancing to any genre of music, and having a blast while doing so! Continue with Lindy Hop Beginning B the following month. Don't miss the best swing classes in the tri-county area! Taught by Chris & Wendy Shima, Lindy teachers for over 15 years!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

mt.abrams6Come “get randy” with former Independence Café master bartender Randy Gregory, every Thursday afternoon/evening for the foreseeable future at the historic Sherbino Theater!

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Cavello's Restaurant: Ouray Chamber Resort Association Community Harvest Dinner

This is a five-course Farm-to-Table dining experience accompanied by specially sourced local produce, meats and wines. The meal will be a special creation by Chef Sid and local 'celebrity' sous chefs and servers to benefit the Ouray Chamber Resort Association 

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to end at the Ouray Elks Lodge: Dinner & Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

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

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - THANKSGIVING

Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Switzerland of America!

Beaumont Grand Ballroom

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal in the Historic Grand Ballroom of the Beaumont Hotel. Seating at noon, 2:30 and 5pm. $34.99/Adult. $17.99/kids 12 & under. Reservations Required.

Bon Ton

Whether it is a traditional plated Thanksgiving dinner, or something else you had in mind, the Bon Ton aims to please your pallette. Enjoy dinner from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm with your option of a turkey dinner, or something off of the limited menu.

Outlaw

tub.soakingServing a hearty Thanksgiving fare as well as a limited menu, the Outlaw Restaurant offers an ideal spot to enjoy dinner in a fun and festive atmosphere. Open from 4:00 pm to close.

 

Why worry about cooking all day, and dishes all night? Join friends and family at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and let one of our fabulous restaurants create the ideal Thanksgiving dinner for you. Whether you enjoy the traditional meal with all the fixings, right down to home made pumpkin pie, or something a little different, dinner is served, and all you have to do is enjoy. After dinner, head on back to the hotel where you can soak in the soothing mineral hot springs.

See You Soon!

 

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Ouray Oktoberfest 2013 - Celebrate Fall in The Switzerland of America

  
  
  

Craft Beer, Authentic Cuisine, and a variety of Prizes abound at the 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Southwest Colorado!

fallbcm4The Fall harvest is a celebration not only of bringing in the last crops of the year, but also a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the season, and prepare for the relative quiet of the season to come. If planned correctly, the harvest heralds a winter of relaxation and rejuvenation, as the earth rests and prepares for spring.

This is a wonderful time of year to visit. You never know what you might find! There could be a blanket of colored leaves draping the hillsides, or there could be a Christmas card worthy display from the first snow. Regardless, October is blessed with the best of both worlds. Brisk with the whispers of winter, yet bright and sunny as the days cling to one last glimpse of summer.

In Germany, the home of the original Oktoberfest, harvest festivities begin on September 21 and run for 16 days. Only specific types of beer are allowed to be served during the festival: those locally brewed, and with a high alcohol content!

oktoberfestHere in Ouray, Oktoberfest has become a little more westernized. Obviously, there is still a variety of craft beers to sample and enjoy, however, the celebration only lasts for a day. Shops all along Main Street hold sidewalk sales, and a general air of festivity is in the air. With so many options for shopping, this is a great time to start picking up gifts for those special people in your life in preparation for the holiday season just around the corner.

In the evening, from 5:00 til 9:00 pm, the Ouray Chamber hosts the Oktoberfest dance and celebration at the Ouray Community Center. 

falljeepingIf you haven't already, don't forget to pick up a few raffle tickets before the night begins. Every year, the Ouray Chamber raffles off a variety of prizes, with the grand prize being a brand new Jeep Wrangler! As visitors and locals walk Main Street throughout the Spring and Summer minths, the jeep is parked all over town for folks to check out. This year is a pretty little red jeep with a Ouray Edition sticker on it. 

Imagine the fun of enjoying an evening of toe tapping music, fantastic craft brews, great food, and a brand new jeep to pick up in the morning. Granted, you don't have to be present to win, but it does sound a little bit more fun than a phone call....Then again, that would be a call to take!

Tickets may be purchased any time at the Ouray Visitor Center (1230 Main Street, Ouray, 1.800.228.1876) and participating local businesses up to the October 4, 2013. On October 5, all ticket sales will move to Oktoberfest at the Ouray Community Center (320 Main Street, Ouray, 5-9 PM)

fallbcm3Tickets: 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 7 for $20

Proceeds from the raffle are used for Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks in Ouray, an annual student scholarship, the purchase of a new Jeep and community events.

Combine your trip to enjoy the Oktoberfest with other activities that let you explore the San Juan Mountains in October!

bcl tbsDrive the Million Dollar Highway for an easy beautiful scenic drive through a photographers paradise of fall foliage. Or, hike one of the many trails accessible in town for a more close up experience. Cascade waterfall is a spectacular sight surrounded by a rainbow of leaves, and the Box Canyon Waterfall is a sight to behold.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan an ideal getaway. After a day of exploring the many things Ouray has to offer, a long leisurely soak in our all natural minral hot spring tubs is the coup de gras for a perfect fall day.

See you soon!

 

Ouray, southwest colorado

Ghost Towns of the San Juan Mountains - Ironton

  
  
  

Not so Long Ago, Ouray was Just One Of Many Towns in Southwest Colorado.

ironton3Founded in 1883 and quickly becoming one of the largest towns in the area with over 1800 residents at its peak, Ironton, Colorado, originally know as Copper Glenn, was a thriving mountain town until the late 1950's. At the end of the mining craze in Southwest Colorado, it, along with so many towns, was eventually abandoned by its residents. 

ironton.10A few years ago, while out four wheeling with my family, my step father, born and raised in Ouray, began telling us about his days as a miner in Ouray County. One of my favorite stories was how he and his friends would sneak out and head up to Ironton for the night when they were kids. Apparently, it was quite the place to hang out, always full of miners and good times. Of course, I did wonder if he was referring to Red Mountain Town, which was reputed to have more bars than houses, but he was a pretty mild man, so Ironton probably seemed quite dangerous when he was 15.

ironton5The saloons are no longer standing, but one bar can be found in the Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel on 7th Street in Ouray. If you get the chance to, go enjoy a beer and the owners will share with you some interesting facts. Such as the fact that when the bar was dismantled, the pieces were numbered, but somehow, they still wound up putting it back together wrong. Not that it matters. It is a beautiful piece!

ironton.7Ironton was still considered a town up until the 1960's. In fact, there is an episode of the series "I've Got A Secret", dated December 18, 1961, that is quite amusing, and features the last resident of the town, Milton Larson. He and his brother stayed in Ironton working their mines until they passed away. Although the clip shows a picture of Miltons house in Ironton, it is difficult to picture where it is when in what is left of the town today. Not only that, but from what I have read and heard, as the mining industry began to decline, people just abandoned their homes and those left were known to move into an empty house if it were in better condition than their own. What an interesting time they must have had! Imagine choosing from a variety of homes every day.

Unlike Ouray and Silverton, Ironton suffered several fires through the years, destroying much of the original architecture. It is fascinating to look at old photos on the Historical Society website.

ironton.9Easily accessible from highway 550, Ironton can be visited any time of year. During the winter months, the Ouray Nordic Council grooms cross country ski trails all around the ghost town. There is little to compare to skiing around the remaining buildings in the surreal quiet of a winter day in the Uncompahgres. It is tempting to step inside and explore these silent witnesses to a time long passed regardless of the season. Be warned though, it can be pretty dark, and these houses are literally falling down. Enter at your own risk!

guideJeep tour guides will tell a variety of stories about some of the homes and characters of Ironton and the surrounding mines. One story that stands out is about a man so in love with his wife, he spent 8 years building her dream house in town, complete with a heart shaped deck. Less than a year after she joined him, she became ill and passed away during the long cold winter. The story goes that instead of putting her in the cellar until the spring thaw, she was wrapped in a blanket and set in her rocking chair on the porch she loved, gazing at the spectacular view until Spring.

ironton.12As with any old ghost town, stories about the people who once walked the streets are prolific. Of course, standing between two of the buildings still standing so pristine, one can create their own image of what it must have been like. One of my favorite things is to have conversations with the people that were actually there. Remember, Ironton is a fairly young ghost town, so many of our residents remember a different time. The Ouray County Museum is a great place to visit to view pictures of Ironton and many other towns that once were thriving communities, and they also offer a number of "Evenings in History" with speakers sharing a piece of American history from not so long ago.

Getting There:  The town of Ironton is located just off of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton. From the Box Canyon Lodge, turn right onto Highway 550 heading South toward Silverton. Just past Crystal Lake on the right, about nine (9) miles, there is a pull out on the left. Signs indicate the turnoff for Corkscrew Pass, Brown Mountain, and Ironton Park. This is an easier turn off to spot, and the town can be reached from this turn off, however, perhaps a quarter mile further south is a short dirt road leading to the town site, County Road 20D. The road is quite grooved, but you can get to the parking area without a four wheel drive.

 Happy Exploring!

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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