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Fall Foliage Update for October 2012 in Southwest Colorado


Ouray Lodge works to give the most up to date Fall information!

september.2012.fall.colorsOctober is here, and the weather is still holding. The aspen trees are magnificent, even in areas where they have peaked and are now dopping leaves like the snow flakes soon to follow.

Every day, we at the Box Canyon Lodge try to get the most up to date information regarding where the leaves are at their best, and pass that information on to our guests. We also try to take drives ourselves, in order to have first hand knowledge to share with you, not to mention that we enjoy this time of year as well!

It is always a pleasure to hear from guests as they arrive at our doorstep of the fabulous colors the Aspens display. According to some folks who stayed with us earlier this week, the colors up on Owl Creek are pretty awesome on the Ridgway side. Great photo ops await!

september.2012.fall.colors.2The US forest Service is also a great resource, which we definately refer to as well.

The US Forest Service has issued the following status on foliage patterns for the San Juans.

Date: 10/03/12

Estimated Percentage of Current Fall Foliage:

Durango – 45% (90% oakbrush)
Purgatory - 95%
Molas - aspens - past peak
Silverton –  aspens - past peak

Red Mountain Pass - past peak
Dallas Divide / Telluride - 90%

Pagosa / Wolf Creek Pass – 70% East Fork

Rico - 90%
Dolores – 45% (80% oakbrush)
Mancos – 75% (90% oakbrush)

Areas with Greatest Amount of Color / Recommended Viewing Areas:

Purgatory should be still good this week.
Mancos to Transfer is good this weekend. 
East Fork of the San Juan North of Pagosa Springs.
A little lower to see color this week, and it is changing fast.  Middle Mountain and Missionary Ridge aspens and oak going fast.

Estimated Peak Viewing Period:

Down from the passes this week will be good but will peak sometime soon.
Other passes/ high elevation aspen groves, currently have some good color but are passed prime.

Viewing Suggestions / Tips:

Plan on driving a bit to find the best spots.  Around 9000 feet in elevation.

Trees That Are Currently Turning Color:

Aspens, grasses and low scrub oak.
Oak turned early and fast this year.  It is good at the lower elevations where many trees have not started yet.

For More Information on Fall Colors Please Contact:

San Juan Public Lands Center, Durango (970) 247-4874

Welcome Fall with a trip through the most specatcular scenery, and make your home base the Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray. Relax in the soothing mineral hot springs after a day of exploring in the high country. Spend some time in the town itself, visit specialty shops second to none, and enjoy a marvelous dinner in one of the many dining extablishments on Main Street. Let us help make your Fall getaway the perfect adventure!



Wright Opera house Welcome David Baker & Friends to Ouray


Concert in the San Juans Draws Fun and Funds to Historic Venue!

david.bakerThe next David Baker & Friends Concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 13. Baker, a favorite local singer/songwriter, has again gathered his talented musical friends to create an evening of fun and heartfelt tunes, both original and familiar. It will also be a major fund raising event for the Wright Opera House, with costs underwritten by Mick and Kathy Graff. This will be the fifth time Baker, a favorite local singer/songwriter, has gathered his talented musical friends to create an evening of fun and heartfelt tunes, both original and familiar.

Baker typically gathers a variety of top notch performers from around the region and creates a polished production with sometimes surprisingly integrated genres, hence the title, "David Baker & Friends." This production will showcase about 25 performers including violinist Debra TenNapel,concertmaster with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, the eight-member vocal group, Dolce Voce, drum and percussion stars, Ken Crombie and Kevin Vernon; and Jordan Carl on keyboard and sax. Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers will back up Baker and the other musicians. They will all be joined by budding young musicians from Ouray School. Baker is pleased with the 2012 version. "It's shaping up to be a truly special mix of many of the finest area musicians playing some of their own tunes, as well as lots of collaboration on everything from folk to funk, heartfelt to hilarious, solo to sing-a-long."

DB Poster 225x300Baker is best known in the area for his original songs, but is known nationally for his songwriting and scoring for PBS Kids and the Disney Channel.

The production is a major fall fund raiser for the Friends of the Wright Opera House in the Campaign to Restore the Wright Opera House. Tickets are $20 with other donations being accepted during the evening. The production costs are being underwritten by Mick and Kathy Graff which will enable revenue from the evening to go directly to the fund to restore the historic building.

Before the concert, there are so many things to do and see in Ouray. The Fall colors are beginning to fade, but this is still prime time to visit and take a scenic drive or hike the Perimeter Trail. Shops are stocking up with original gift ideas for the upcoming holidays, which are really not so far away. A long soak in the hot springs before heading up to your room and getting ready for an early dinner before the show starts is a great way to relax before the toe tapping fun to come.

dallas divide fallThe Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supporter of the Wright Opera House and bringing more entertainment to this venue, from musical greats to historic vignettes to school plays, bringing cultural life to new heights in Southwest Colorado. Be sure to mention to us if you are palnning to attend the show for an additional discount on your reservation.

October brings several great opportunities to share the fun. Michelle Wilkinson will be performing this Friday, October 5 as part of the Wright Operas fall Jazz Series, and the presentation of the cult Classic Rocky Horror Picture Show is becaoming a seasonal sensation drawing revelers from all over. Every week, it seems as if there is more to experience. Be sure to check here for more information on planning your perfect weekend getaways!

wright opera house logoDate/Time

Date(s) - 10/13/2012
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wright Opera House

472 Main Street, Ouray Colorado


Ouray Oktoberfest: A Fall Celebration


Food Fun and Music with the Box Canyon Lodge at Oktoberfest in Ouray, Colorado this Fall

october colorsOctober in the San Juans is a spectacular time of year. As the last of the aspen leaves fall, the folk in town begin to prepare for winter and the first snows. To celebrate another succesful season, and usher in the restful winter months, Oktoberfest, with music, dancing, fabulous food and beverages, is a long tradition bringing together old friends, and creating new ones every year.

This year is going to be even more exciting with a fireworks display at the end of the evening!

ouray fireworks 2The city of Ouray still has some left over fireworks from the Fourth of July, which, as you may remember, had been cancelled due to the dry weather. Well, thankfully, we have had some much needed moisture, and now we get to enjoy another spectacular light show. Nothing really compares to fireworks in Ouray. Personally, I am hoping for at least a bit of snow on the peaks, because the reflection on snowy mountain peaks, followed by the booming echo as each firework explodes as absolutely amazing!

austrian connectionBack by popular demand, Austrian Connection, from Westminster Colorado, headlines and their classic German folk songs entertain party goers. Wear your lederhosen or dirndl to participate in a costume contest, as you polka the night away and enjoy a wide variety of traditional German dishes, while sampling microbrews from one of our local breweries.

oktoberfest jeepDoor prizes from many shops and restaurants in the area are given away throughout the evening, with the drawing for a brand new Jeep Wrangler as the grand finale of the celebration. Every year for the past 48 years, the Ouray Chamber and Resort Association raffles off a brand new jeep, selling tickets all season long, then presenting the keys to the winner on the eve of Oktoberfest. This year, you can see the orange Jeep Wrangler parked in different places on Main Street. Raffle tickets are only $5.00 for one, three for $10.00, or seven for $20.00. The proceeds of the raffle are used toward the beautification and maintenance of the City of Ouray, as well as the purchase of next years jeep.

outlaw restaurant ourayLocal shops will be participating in a sidewalk sale during the day. What better time to investigate all of the treasures these shops have to offer, and pick up some early Christmas presents for those hard to shop for people on your list.

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

box canyon tubs

After a day spent experiencing the variety of colors of fall in Southwest Colorado, and exploring the shops and sidewalk sales on Main Street in Ouray, celebrate Oktoberfest in the Switzerland of America. At the end of a day full of adventure, beauty, good food, music and spirits, its time to relax with a long soak in the natural mineral hot springs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to complete the best Oktoberfest celebration around!




October Events in Ouray and Ridgway


October is a "Scary" good time in Southwest Colorado!

million dollar highway fall colorsFrom scenic drives accross the Million Dollar Highway, to shopping to investigating one of the many ghost towns just miles from our front door, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a lodging experience second to none in Ouray! Let us help you to create an adventure specifically suited to your personal wants and needs this October!

Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: The Well-Digger's Daughter

Join us at the Wright Opera house at 7:00pm for a viewing of The Well-Diggers Daughter, a French film based in World War I, about love, family and the seductive beauty of the Provençal countryside.

ridgway farmers marketFriday, October 5, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Phone: 970-765-6760

Friday, October 5, 2012 - Wrighteous Jazz/ Oktoberfest Celebration Michele Wilkinson Trio at the Wright Opera House in Ouray

Friday night, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm, celebrate Fall with this dynamic trio for a night of musical fun.

oktoberfest ouray coloradoSaturday, October 6, 2012 - Oktoberfest & 48th Annual Jeep Raffle Drawing

Head on down to the Ouray Community center from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and enjoy an evening of great food, beer and music as you wait with everyone for the Grand Finale: the drawing for a brand new Jeep!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Movies at The Wright: Sleepwalk With Me

Head to the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm, and enjoy this Indy comedy as you follow a comedian struggling through all th usual life issues, and is a sleepwalker to add to the fun.

Friday, October 12, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Phone: 970-765-6760

fall foliage 2012 3Saturday, October 13, 2012 - David Baker and friends at the Wright Opera House

From 7:00pm to 9:30pm, tap your feet to the sounds of this musical great in one of the most beautiful historic venues in Southwest Colorado.

Monday October 15 through Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed

Every few months, the City of Ouray closes the city pool for a few days in order to provide maintenance they are unable to perform when the facility is in use. But don't let this dishearten you from a visit! There are still plenty of things to do in Ouray, and the tubs at the Box Canyon are still open for our guests.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk: History of the Utes

Ever wonder about the Native Americans who once lauded the Ouray Hot Springs as sacred ground? Head down to Ridgway from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for an in depth talk by Roland McCook on the history of the first people to live in this valley.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market

From 11:00am to 4:00pm, discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.
Contact: Marietta Johnson, Market Manager
Phone: 970-765-6760

The Rocky Horror Picture Show 02Friday, October 19, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Join your fellow classic movie fans for a showing of this cult classic. Follow Brad and Janet on screen and on stage as they brave the ridiculous in this musical extravaganza.

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - Rhythm Run 10K/5K

Starting at 12:00pm to 2:00pm, head to Fellin Park to join in or root for your favorite atheletes in the final marathon of the season.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Movies at the Wright: TBD

At 7:00pm, the Wright Opera House will again be presenting a fabulous independent film for movie enthusiasts.

beaumontSaturday, October 27, 2012 - 125th Anniversary Halloween Ball at the Beaumont Hotel

Pull out that favorite costume and head to the Grand Ballroom in the Beaumont for a hauntingly fabulous evening from 8:00pm to 12:00am. Sure to become a tradition, a Halloween ball in this beautiful setting is sure to get your blood flowing.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - HALLOWEEN!

Take the little ones out onto Main Street for Trick or Treating fun, then back to the Box canyon for a relaxing soak in the warm waters before digging into the goody bag!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - Halloween Bash with DJ Sunday Smith at O'Briens Pub

Once the little ones have had their fill of candy, and are safely sleeping, get your costumes back on and wander over to O'Briens Pub for a night of costume contests and dancing from 10:00pm to 1:00am.

October is prime time for visiting Ouray and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. Let us help you create the most memorable vacation in one of the most beautiful areas in Colorado.





Museums of Ouray County


Experience the Vibrant Past of the San Juans!

ouray blacknwhiteThe history of Ouray County is resonant with all of the elements of a good western novel. Settled in the 1800's, Ouray is one of very few towns boasting such spectacular original Victorian Architecture undamaged by natural disaster, and maintained with so much love. Until the early 1960's, Ouray was the booming center of a huge mining community, filled with miners, saloons, churches, hotels, entertainment of many sorts, and its own hospital.

The town is named for Chief Ouray, of the Ute Indian Tribe, and also has the prestige of reaching a peaceful settlement with the Native Americans in the area. With such a rich and engaging history, it is no wonder there are such wonderful museums, celebrating Ouray County with contagious passion.

Ouray County Museum

ouray museumWith the decline of the mining industry and the railroad closing, the population of Ouray County could no longer support a hospital, which depended primarily on the donations of the miners it worked to care for. The building remained empty for some years, until it was purchased by the Ouray County Historical Society and recreated into a 27 room museum filled with the early art, gems, photographs and memorabilia of Ouray and its vibrant history.

In addition to the exhibits within the museum, walking tours of the town and the Evenings in History lectures, take guests on colorful journeys into the past; mining, ranching, and so much more! Every month or so, a special exhibit featuring everything from the development of the Million Dollar Highway to the evolution of fashion serve to entrance visitors with the victories and defeats of the early settlers of Ouray.

Ouray County Historical Society
420 6th Avenue
P. O. Box 151, Ouray, CO 81427
Phone: 970-325-4576

Ridgway Railroad Museum

d&rgDid you know that once the Denver Rio Grande Railroad travelled all the way to Ouray at least a couple of times a day? Transporting passengers and precious metals to and from the Rocky Mountains, the railroad was a large contribution to the revenue coming into and out of the San Juans.

For over fifty years, the Denver Rio Grande Railroad travelled the high country to Ouray, servicing travellers and transporting silver, gold and equipment to and from Ouray County. The town of Ridgway was actually created to accommodate the rail system, and has blossomed into a thriving community even after the derailment of the D&RGR.

Ridgway Railroad Museum transports each traveller back as The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad journeyed across the western states, changing the concept of transportation until it eventually was replaced in this area by highways and the automobile.

Explore the rise and fall of the rails in Southwest Colorado, through photographs, models, and historical documents as you are transported to the early days of mass transit and the trials and achievments of the Denver Rio Grande Railway.

This September, come on out to celebrate the railroad and its origins at the Ouray County Railroad Days Celebration. For thee days, enjoy guided hikes along several of the railroad routes through the San Juan Mountains, and explore the museum and all of the old rail cars and pictures of Ouray County's world-famous railroad heritage. From September 20 through the 23rd, immerse yourself in the colorful history of the rails!

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is located at the Junction of US Highway 550 and Colorado State Highway 62 in Ridgway, Colorado.
Mail: Ridgway Railroad Museum, PO Box 588, Ridgway, CO 81432

Ouray County Ranch History Museum

blacksmith shop ouray colorado bwImages of the Old West are filled with movie images of John Wayne type ranchers and cowboys bustin broncos and battling with the railroads over land rights; stagecoaches travelling across plains, and homesteaders working the fields. Often, the image of Ouray County is one of mining towns and all of the adventure of toiling deep in the mountains to strike it rich. There was however a large number of families coming to the Rocky Mountains to create a more permanent living off of the land, providing crops and livestock to maintain the mining community.

North of Ouray, the land evens out into fields and meadows which have long held a reputation of rich, fertile soil, capable of producing some of the best crops of alfalfa in the state. As Ouray County became famous for its rich mineral deposits high in the mountains and began to grow, ranchers took over the low lands, raising cattle and sheep to sustain the many towns and communities working deep in the earth. Fields were alternated between grazing and raising crops to feed the herds through the long winter months.

The Ouray County Ranch Museum encompasses the image of life as a settler with a variety of exhibits from a sampling of furniture and tools, to photographs of some of the first rodeos that bring to life the trials and triumphs of the early ranchers in Southwest Colorado.

At the edge of Ouray County, in Colona, Colorado, this original museum in the old Colona School and Grange, The Ouray County Ranch History Museum is sure to transport you into another time for a little while to complete the picture of life at the turn of the century.

Ouray County Ranch History Museum
206 County Road 1, Colona, Colorado



39th Annual Imogene Pass Run from Ouray to Telluride


September 8, 2012, Athletes from Across the Country Continue a Years Old Tradition in Southwest Colorado.

ricktrujilloIn 1974, Rick Trujillo, a local working at the Campbird Mine, decided to finish his day off with a quick run over to Telluride. He was training for the Pikes Peak Marathon, and thought this would be a great run. The competitive nature of Southwest Colorado miners took over, and less than a month later, six men participated in the first annual "Imogene Pass Mountain Marathon".

Imogene Pass Run is a 17.1 mile course beginning in the center of Ouray, and travelling over a mountain pass which most people these days will only travel by four-wheel drive vehicles about three or four months out of the year. It is impossible to not admire the hardiness of the athletes who decide to run each year, averaging a time of two to three hours to run a trail that peaks at an elevation of 13,120 ft, an altitude most people find difficult to breath at just walking! Of course, this is also one of the most scenic races in Colorado. As racers traverse the steep terrain, they cannot help but take in the absolute majesty of the San Juan Mountain Range, climbing above timberline, and confronted with the sense of being on top of the world, surrounded by blue skies and mountain peaks as far as the eye can see.

imogene pass runSeptember is an interesting time in the high country of the Rocky Mountains. You never know exactly what the weather is going to do - and often it will change numerous times as you travel higher. Regardless of whether it is a beautiful sunny day down here at 7800 ft, runners may experience every type of change as they climb the rugged peaks, and descend down into Telluride, a mere 8820 ft. It is not unheard of for the race to be cancelled due to snow (granted this doesn't happen often), and people have been treated for hypothermia (not since 2002 though). Because of the safety issues when runners are not properly prepared, the rules have been changed a bit since that first little race to accommodate the approximate 1500 runners who now compete in this demanding run.

imogene pass run volunteersThe race of course is not only made up of runners. Every year, volunteers organize to provide food and water to competitors as they traverse the mountains. Six aid stations are scattered along the trail, and generous people bundle up against whatever the weather may offer, waiting to ensure a safe and exciting run.

The Box Canyon Lodge is an active supporter for the Imogene Pass Run, and is a perfect location for athletes participating in the race. Centrally located to some of the best trails in town, and convenient to the starting point of the Imogen Run, the Box Canyon also boasts four natural mineral hot spring tubs, a great place for runners to recover after the race.
Buses transport runners back to Ouray from Telluride for free until 2:30 on the day of the race, and registration began on June 1, 2012. For more information on how you can participate, go to:

imogene pass run logo

See you there!



Ridgway Colorado: Loghill Lungbuster Challenge - Bicycling Event


Bicycle Time Trial in Ouray County Colorado

Calling all Bicyclists!

Bicyclists of all ages, sizes and tire preferences should start training now for the first-ever Log Hill Lungbuster Challenge, a time trial and fund raiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.

loghill lungbuster logoThe event is slated for Sunday, September 16.  This is a new kind of fundraiser for OCHS, one that capitalizes on the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who both live and visit Southwest Colorado. The Ouray County Historical Society has long worked to uphold its Mission Statement: "Dedicated to preserve, protect, procure, exhibit, and interpret whatever relates to the natural, social, and cultural history of Ouray County and the adjacent San Juan Mountain Region of Colorado." The Lungbuster Challenge is yet another step in history, as locals are more and more involved in outdoor recreation. It is the hope of OCHS to make this an annual event, bringing people to Ouray County to compete year after year.

loghill lungbuster mapThe competition route starts at the Old Schoolhouse Emporium on West Sherman Street in Ridgway, then follows a 15 mile course west out of town on Highway 62 and CR 24A.  At CR 1, bikers will follow the road's steep serpentine ascent up Log Hill escarpment, ride around the various subdivisions of Log Hill, and finish at the Divide Ranch and Country Club.

Both mountain biking (fat tires) and road cycling (skinny tires) are popular in the area so they will both be welcome.

The Ridgway Lungbuster Challenge will be in the form of a time trial, in which contestants start at intervals of about one minute apart. Then each rider races against the clock.  Best time awards will be given in both fat tire and skinny tire divisions and there will be subcategories for gender and ages.

loghill lungbuster posterParticipants will receive a custom pair of wicking bicycling socks as well as a very colorful  t-shirt with the Lungbuster logo on the front.  This is in addition to the energy drinks, water and nourishment offered at the one supported "rest stop" at mile 6 as well as the fun and festivities at the finish line near the Divide Ranch and Club on Loghill Mesa.

While you are in Ouray County, be sure to check out some of the many other activities, shops and restaurants the area has to offer! From driving the Million Dollar Highway, to taking a tour of the sets of the original John Wayne film 'True Grit', hiking, jeeping, mountain biking, and long soothing soaks in the mineral hot springs scattered throughout the county, the list of fun goes on and on.

The race's $40 registration fee will benefit the Ouray County Historical Society.  For further information and to register for the event, contact the Historical Society at (970) 325-4576 or visit their website at



Annual Rodeo and Fair Returns to Ouray County!


Recapture a feel for the Old West in Southwest Colorado this year at the Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo!

This year, the Ouray County Fair theme is "Living the Dream, the Ouray County Way", and that is just what participants are going to do this year!

classic apple pieWhether you are a full blown city dweller, or a complete outdoor enthusiast, most likely you played "Cowboys and Indians" at least once in your childhood. Something about a rodeo seems to recapture the excitement and innocence of a new country beginning to stand on its own two feet, something as American as Baseball and apple pie, which reminds me, don't miss the Pie Baking competition!

ouraycountyfairshowKids 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. Having participated myself in 4-H, it is fun to see the club still running strong and teaching kids the importance of responsibility and hard work. At the end of the competitions, there is a Livestock Sale, which can be quite fun to watch, as the auctioneer entices the audience to bid higher. There are several classes of livestock to be judged, from market animals, to breeders, to horsemanship. There is also a dog show at 8:00am on Saturday, August 4, 2012.

ridgway.rodeoThere is a lot of debate as to where the first rodeo was held in the United States. Cities from Pecos, Texas to Deer Trail, Colorado vie for the distinction of home to the Rodeo. Regardless of where the event was first held, Rodeos across the country can all take pride in upholding the tradition and history of the American West. Ridgway does not try to pretend it was the first, only that it is one of the longest running and most famous. For decades, cowboys have travelled from all over the country to compete in this world class event.

hotdogsandbeerouraycountyBooths 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.

The final schedule of events for this years rodeo has not yet been released, however it should be similar if not identical to the 2011 schedule. Keep checking in for an update, but for reference, 2011 events are below.

Aug. 31: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 1: Booth Set-Up, 10 a.m. to 12 noon., Horse Show, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fair Entries Open Class, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Judging Begins at Exhibit Hall, 1 p.m. Tractor Pull, 6 p.m.

Sept. 2: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Livestock Entries and Weigh-in, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Poultry and Rabbit Judging, 12:30 p.m. Goats, Yaks and Bucket Calf Judging, 2 p.m. Swine Show, 5 p.m. Sheep Lead, 6 p.m. Livestock Carcass Contest Measuring, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carcass Educational Seminar, 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 3: Exhibit Hall Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sheep and Beef Judging Begins, 9 a.m. Round Robin Showmanship and Best Fitted, 1:30 p.m. Parade of Champions, 3:15 p.m.

Livestock Sale (terms: cash), 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Susan Long
Phone: 970-626-3306

Location Details

4-H Event Center
22739 Hwy 550
Ridgway Colorado 81432 Ouray





Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous in the San Juan Mountains!


Magic, Music and Art make for Family Fun in Southwest Colorado this August!

Ridgway AandCThe fun just keeps going in Southwest Colorado, with live music, bike races and marathons all culminating at the Park!

Weehawken Creative Arts Centers of Ouray County is a colorado Non-Profit organization dedicated to providing a broad variety of arts to the residents and visitors of Ouray County throughout the year. Offering classes in the arts ranging from the traditional to the unusual, Weehawken works within the community creating a broader awareness of the value of art in all forms.

ridgwayrendezvoustrainforkidsWeehawken Creative Arts proudly presents the 28th Annual Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous August 11 and 12, 2012 at Hartwell Parkl in Ridgway, Colorado. With the splendor of the San Juans in the back ground, The Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival is one of the funnest events in August.

ridgwayrendesvouscrowdThis year, with the Mount Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon both ending in Ridgway on August 11, 2012, the Arts and Crafts festival should be one of the best yet. Every year, thousands of people visit the booths of talented crafters and artists, enjoying a full day of live music, great food and childrens activities.

ridgway arts lineupThe bands begin at 9:00 am on Sturday, and the music continues into each evening with a variety of genres sure to please every musical taste. Each day, the field is full of kids enjoying train rides, face painting and sand art, just to mention a couple of the fun activities for the little ones! One of a kind treasures are everywhere, as over 100 artisits including George Coll and Mountain Mosaics display the best of their works in a juried art show. From hand crafted jewelry to one of a kind stoneware, to incredible paintings, you are sure to find something for that hard to shop for person in your life....and perhaps one or two things for yourself as well!
Every day of the Festival, don't miss the Magic Show on the live music stage by the True Grit restaurant from noon to 1:00pm, with toe tapping music both before and after. Gather at 2:00pm on Saturday to congratulate the winners of the Mt Sneffels Marathon, then off with the little ones for a big ball of cotton candy as more live music ensues.

The Festival is two days of great fun, but of course, there is so much to do and see in Ouray and Ridgway, don't feel tied down to this free event. Take a break from the festivities in the park for a soak in the mineral hot springs, a quick hike by the river, or a four wheel drive adventure! Then come on back for more of the celebratory feel of Art in so many forms in one of the most beautiful places in the country!


September Events in Ouray and Ridgway


From Bronco Bustin to Live Music, Ouray County has what you are looking for this September!

Fall Colors SeptemberSeptember heralds the beginning of Fall in the San Juans. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves turn from brilliant green to an assortment of colors, from golden yellows and oranges to an assortment of reds. depending on when we get our first frost, most if not all of the four wheel drive roads are still open, offering a photographers dream of colors and scenery.

A soak in the mineral hot springs either before or after a day of adventuring or an evening of great dining and an assortment of evening entertainment is just the peak of the perfect September getaway!

September Events are as follows:

million dollar highway scenic drivesFriday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

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

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

ridgway.rodeoSaturday, September 1, 2012 - Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo at the 4-HEvent Center, Ridgway, Co.

Come on out and support the 4-H Members and our great community!!!!

2012 Ouray County Fair Schedule TBD. 


david wilcoxSaturday, September 1, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright: David Wilcox from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The last in the summer Music Series, this is definitely not a show to be missed!

Sunday, September 2, 2012 - Live Music-Acoustic Sunday on the Patio at O'Brien's Pub from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Enjoy a fabulous Happy Hour and listen to great music by some of our most talented local musicians.

farmer market logoFriday, September 7, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market at Hartwell Park, Downtown Ridgway from 11am to 4pm

Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.

Friday, September 7, 2012 - Montrose Celebration of Art & Culture Downtown Montrose, Colorado from 5pm to 9pm

This event is held in Montrose but will feature Visual, culinary and performing arts from all over western Colorado

ourayceSaturday, September 8, 2012 - Imogene Pass Race Ouray to Telluride from 7am to 8am

Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, or prefer to cheer these incredible athletes, The Imogene Pass Run is a true endurance race beginning in Ouray, and heading over Imogene Pass to Telluride for 27 miles of grueling terrain in one of the most beautiful settings in Colorado.

divide ranch logoSaturday, September 8, 2012 - GOLF SCRAMBLE at the Divide Ranch Club from 8am to 3pm

4 Person Golf Scramble. Join the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Golf Tournament at the Divide Ranch and Club. The 4 person "Golf Scramble" will begin with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Check in will start at 8:00 a.m. 

Cost: $65 per person or $260 per team. 

Lunch will be hosted at the Clubhouse. 

jeff solonSunday, September 9, 2012 - Wrighteous Jazz--Jeff Solon's 12 piece swing band with vocalist Joyce Simpson at the Wright Opera House in Ouray from 2pm to 5pm

Tap your feet and share the fun at the Wright as we welcome the Wright Opera House Jazz Season!

jeep jamboree logoThursday, September 13, 2012 through Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Jeep Jamboree

Annual Jeep Event. Bring your own Jeep and explore the high country 4 wheel drive trails of the San Juan Mountains with experienced guides and fellow Jeep enthusiasts.

ridgway farmers marketFriday, September 14, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market at Hartwell Park, Downtown Ridgway from 11am to 4pm

Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - David Baker and Friends at the Wright Opera House Main Street Ouray

Enjoy another talented artist in one of the most amazing historic venues in Colorado.

loghill lungbuster logoSunday, September 16, 2012 - OCHS Lungbuster Log Hill Bike Challenge from 12pm to 4pm

The Ouray County Historical Societies First Annual Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge. A 15 mile time trial race starting in the town of Ridgway and ending near the Divide Ranch and Country Club on Log Hill. Registration and entry fee of $40 

Sunday, September 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes from 7pm to 8pm at the Ridgway Community Center at Town Hall

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. 

ridgway railroad museumThursday, September 20, 2012 through Saturday, September 22, 2012 Ouray County Railroad Days 

Ouray County Railroad Days presents two days of hiking on the Silverton Railroad right-of-way on Thursday September 20th and Friday Sept 21st. Then on Saturday Sept 22nd we have rides on RGS Motor No 1 and RGS Goose No 4. There is a symposium of 30 minute talks on Saturday afternoon along with a major address on Saturday night. The symposium ends with Car Pool tours of the RGS from Ridgway to Lizard Head Pass and a car pool tour of the D&RGW Ouray Branch from Ridgway to Ouray. See the Ridgway Railroad Museum web site for more details:

ridgway farmers marketFriday, September 21, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market at Hartwell Park, Downtown Ridgway from 11am to 4pm

Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.

gabriel gladstarFriday, September 21, 2012 - Gabriel Gladstar in Concert at the Wright Opera House 472 Main Street Ouray Co 7:30pm to 9:00pm

weehawken logoSaturday, September 22, 2012 - Weehawken Big Fundraising Event from 6pm to 10pm


Friday, September 28, 2012 - Ridgway Farmers Market at Hartwell Park, Downtown Ridgway from 11am to 4pm

 Discover Fresh, Local, Naturally Grown Produce - Ridgway Farmer's Market is a small, sustainable operation which supplies high-quality, specialty vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs from local farms, as well as a diverse assortment of arts and crafts, baked goods and other prepared foods.

tea hatsFriday, September 28, 2012 - Quilter's Tea from 3pm to 5pm at Venue Roscoe Fox, 539 Main Street.

Victorian theme, “hats admired but not required.” Refreshments served $5 admission. The drawing for this year's Quilt Raffle will take place.

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Ouray Trail Run from 10am to 2pm

mt sneffels educaation foundation logo2Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Mt Sneffels Auction@4H Center from 6pm to 9pm

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