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


Mountain Air Music Series Begins its Second Year in Ouray!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California Honeydrops 2With opening set by The Dustbowl Revival, a Venice, California based collective, merging old-school bluegrass, gospel, jug band, swamp blues and 1930's swing, the final free concert in Ouray is sure to be a show stopper on June 27!

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

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

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

See You Soon!



Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail


Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls

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

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

ouray colorado scenic overlook

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

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

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

bear creek falls million dollar highway

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

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

Mt Abrams ouray 

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

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

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


Ouray Hotel Welcomes Wright Opera House Concert Goers


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

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

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

Friday, May 31, 2013 - Over the Rhine

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

Friday, June 21, 2013 - Dan Navarro

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

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - The Trishas

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

Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Griffin House

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Jack Ingram

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

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Shawn Mullins

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

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

See you soon!


Experience Culture in Southwest Colorado


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you soon! 

The Ouray County 2013 Race Series is About to Begin!


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

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

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

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

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

The 2013 Race Series is as follows:

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - Mud Fest 5K

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

Monday, May 27, 2013 - Compassion 5K

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

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

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Trail Town 10 Miler

mile12 19 600 450 80Trailtown, Ridgway, Colorado

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

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Ourayce 10K

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

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

MtSneffelsHalfcourse map 080312There will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run .

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Ouray Mountain Trail Run

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - Rhythm Run 10K

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

At the end of each race, what better way to wind down and relax than a long soothing soak in the healing waters of Ouray Counties all natural mineral hot springs? Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be your home base for this years marathon series!




Wright Opera House Brings Yet Another Show Stopper to Ouray!


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

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

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

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

About the Wright Opera House:

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

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

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

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




Ouray County Wine and Whiskers Carnival is Growing!


Second Chance Humane Society celebrates 6th Annual Wine and Whiskers at Ouray County 4-H Event Center!

second chance logoEvery year, Second Chance Humane Society works to preserve and better the lives of animals all across the Western Slope. Since opening doors in Ridgway in 1194, the Second Chance Humane Society has saved thousands of pets in Ouray and San Miguel Counties. With the support of these two communities, they have been able to move their facilities to a large ranch outside of Ridgway, which offers the space to extend the number of animals they can take in.

As this non-profit organization grows, much through donations and volunteers, still it needs help. With fund raising events throughout the year, awareness of both the success of Second Chance, and its growing needs are made public. Of course, because Second Chance is about finding forever homes, which is a happy event, their fund raising efforts are certainly geared toward the joys of life, which are enhanced by that special dog, cat or hamster in every persons life.

santapawsSanta Paws has been a huge success for the Humane Society, and no less so here in Ouray County. It appears everyone had been missing the chance for their furry family members to tell Santa what they needed for the holidays.

The Second Chance Thrift Shop, located in downtown Ridgway is a huge source of income for the Humane Society, as well as a great place to view photos of the most recent possibilities for new members of your home.

The Wine and Whiskers Gala is somewhat new on the fund raising front, but has also achieved enormous results. Each year, the festivities get bigger and better, and this year, the have gotten so big, Second Chance has decided to spread the fun over two days. This way, everyone will get a chance to enjoy all of the fun there is to be had while serving a great cause!

Every year has been famous for the fashion show, which dominated the entire first part of the evening. This year, the opening night Mixer, Thursday March 14, from 6-8pm, is specifically dedicated to the fashion show. A small silent auction will be held as well, but the focus is on the show. Enjoy an evening of models walking the cat-walk displaying a variety of colorful ensembles straight from the thrift shop and given a whole new life. This is a fashion show not to be missed! Tickets for this event are $20.00 at the door, or $15.00 if purchased early.

winenwhiskersOn Saturday, March 16, put your dancing shoes on, and come with an empty belly! Chefs from all around the area will present a selection of decadent samplers, as revelers participate in a silent auction featuring a variety of local crafts and services, followed by a live auction sure to get you bidding, as well as an encore of the fashion show! But wait! Theres more! Dance the night away to a variety of musical genres presented by DJ Antone. What a fabulous opportunity to dress up and show your support to a great cause! Tickets for the Gala Event are $40.00 in advance, and $45.00 at the door.

So plan your next visit to Ouray around this spectacular event. Spend the weekend relaxing in the mineral hot springs. Go ice climbing, snow shoeing or take a scenic drive during the day, then dress up and head on down to the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway for not just one, but TWO nights of roof raising fun.

Tickets for these events are available at the Second Chance Thrift shop, Buckskin Booksellers, and Telluride Veterinary Clinic. call 970-626-2273 for details.


March 2013 Happenings in Ouray and Ridgway


March in Southwest Colorado is Second to None!

wintersnow2As we usher in the third month of a new year, the serenity of the San Juans is profound. March and April are traditionally a time of peaceful preparation for the warmer months to come. Although last year we did not have as much snow as we would have liked, this is the season when, if its going to happen, it does. Mountains of snow cover the mountains in a blanket of wintery bliss, making a day of winter activities that much more exciting, and a soak in the natural mineral hot springs and even more splendid experience.

Friday, March 1, 2013 through Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Spring Break Special at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

tub.soakingBox Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray, Co.

Celebrate Spring Break in Ouray with this amazing special! Let the staff at the box canyon Lodge help you to create the vacation adventure of a lifetime this March and April.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - Dinner and Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Ouray Elks Lodge 6:00 pm to ?

Head on over to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of entertainment and great food! Cover is $7.00 per person, and includes dinner. After enjoying a great meal, sing your heart out in the bar with your fellow karaoke enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - Ouray Elks Chili Cook Off

chiliOuray Elks Lodge 4:00 pm to ?

Head back to the Lodge for the annual Chili cook off! Bring your free entries to the lodge starting at 4:00. Opens to the public at 5:00, with judging by the public. Bring enough to feed a bunch of people, if you run out, you lose votes. Dinner $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 10, $25 families of 4. Classes: Red, Green, Salsa, Cornbread, Dessert, and Pro Red, Pro Green and Pro Salsa for restaurant cooks and caterers.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - The Sherbino Theatre Presents Matt Haslett

sherbino masthead9Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Co. 8:00 pm to 12:00

Bringing together a diverse mix of musicians, Matt Haslett has successfully combined a number of genres ranging from Jazz to Rock-n-Roll into a sound unique and entirely mobile. Enjoy an evening with Matt at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway and dance the night away! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - Studio Tour - Ann Cheeks and Rick Bickhart

ouray winterHaydn Building, Ouray, Co. 4;00 pm to 6:00 pm

Free studio tour of new residents, Ann Cheeks, fine artist and Rick Bickhart, graphic designer. Refreshments provided

Saturday, MArch 9, 2013 - Live Music - Miss Emily

O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Co. 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Join your fellow music enthusiasts at O'Briens Pub on Saturday for a night of fun and friendship while dancing away the hours!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Second Chance Humane Society Wine & Whiskers Opening Night Mixer

second chance logoOuray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, Co. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Now in its 6th year, the Second Chance Humane Society Wine and Whiskers Carnival has grown to the point that it now needs two nights for all of the fun! Thursday, March 14 is the Opening Night Mixer, focusing mainly on the fashion show, with a small silent auction prior to the fun.

Tickets for March 14th are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Friday, March 15, 2013 - Dinner and Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2Ouray Elks Lodge 6:00 pm to ?

Head on over to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of entertainment and great food! Cover is $7.00 per person, and includes dinner. After enjoying a great meal, sing your heart out in the bar with your fellow karaoke enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - Second Chance Humane Society Wine & Whiskers Opening Night Mixer

winenwhiskersOuray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, Co. 5:30 pm to midnight

Now in its 6th year, the Second Chance Humane Society Wine and Whiskers Carnival has grown to the point that it now needs two nights for all of the fun! Saturday, March 16 is the Mardi-Gras themed Gala Event, with over 300 items available in the live and silent auctions, decadent dishes from regional chefs and the Fashion Cabaret, followed by dancing til midnight.

Tickets for March 16 are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - St. Paddy Day Celebration

4leafcloverO'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Co. - ALL DAY

The luck of the Irish has brought you to O'Brien's Pub in the Switzerland of America! Enjoy drink specials throughout the day, and a live performance from the Three Irishmen during Happy Hour. But wait! Starting at 8:00 pm, dance the night away to the festive sounds of Bone Wagon.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Spring Sing with Telluride Choral Society

Wright Opera House, Ouray, Co. - 2:00 pm

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is proud to present this afternoon of "A River Runs Through It" a mixture of contemporary choral, folk and pop.

Tickets are Adults $15, Students $5.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Wrighteous Jazz House Concert - Blues Indigo

ouraysnowHome of Charlie Carson and Marsha McCall, Ouray, Co. - 8:00 am

Blues Indigo is a jazz/blues duo featuring Mike Gwinn, guitar & vocals & John White, alto sax, flute & bass; both members of the popular group The Northfork Flyers, Blues Indigo explores the intimate relationship between blues & jazz in a dynamic duo format featuring covers and originals. Material includes seminal blues by Jimmy Reed, Paul Butterfield, Robert Johnson and original compositions by Mike Gwinn. Tickets are limited and reservations must be made by calling 970-626-2970. $25 per person, includes refreshments

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Elks Prime rib Dinner & Entertainment

elkOuray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co. - 6:00 pm

Support the local Elks Lodge as they raise money for charity with a silent auction, karaoke, and a full prime rib dinner! Open the members and non members.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children ages 5-10. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 970-626-4239 before March 20, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Elks Easter Egg Stuffing Potluck

Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co. 6:00 pm

Annual Easter Egg stuffing potluck. Come help prepare candy-stuffed eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a dish to share, eat at 6 pm, stuff eggs immediately after.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Elks Easter Egg Hunt

eastereggsOuray Fellin Park, Ouray, Co. 2:00 pm

45th annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt, starts at 2 pm SHARP at Ouray's Fellin Park. Public welcome at no charge. Starts on time, don't be late, the park will be totally cleaned out by 2:10! In case of REALLY bad weather (enough snow to bury the eggs), event will be held at the lodge; check the park first. Free stuffed animals to lucky kids who find prize eggs.


tub.soakingTypically, there are only a few weeks left of the ice climbing season in March, as the weather warms, the ice becomes less stable, but no less magnificent to look upon. However, this is not a time to despair over the end of the ice climbing season! Now is the time to celebrate the many alternative adventures to be had! Join us in Ouray for a serene escape. Soak in the soothing mineral hot springs, take a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Highway, or just relax in your room with a few movies from our extensive movie library.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs pamper you and help create a memorable escape from the day to day.

See you Soon!




Events this February in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado


Enjoy a New Adventure in Southwest Colorado this February!

mt.abrams6February. The shortest month of the year. With only 28 days in the month, the activities are filling the calendar for Ouray and Ridgway. At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, every day is Valentines Day, what with our awesome cedar tubs on the hillside, and our fantastic location, The Box Canyon is a perfect romantic escape, and this year, the month offers plenty of entertainment for couples and family alike!
From exciting performances at the Wright Opera House, to figure skating workshops at Rotary Park just outside of town, to karaoke, there is something for everyone in Ouray County this month!

Friday, February 1, 2013 - dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film on Tour

dzi logo6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Co
The dZi Foundation, a non- profit program out of Ridgway, Co is pleased to present hand selected films from the Telluride International Film Festival at the Wright Opera House on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2013. Different films will be played each night. This is definitely a film festival to see!
Tickets are $10.00 per night

Friday, February 1, 2013 - Chris Knight plays Trail Town Still

9:30 pm to ?? At the Trail Town Still 240 Palomino Trail, Ridgway, CO
With his fun and unique music, an evening with Ridgways own Chris Knight is sure to be great fun!

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - ZIKR Masters Class pm to 7:00 pm at Weehawken Ridgway, 630 N. Cora St, Ridgway, CO
Join fellow experienced dancers in class with the ZIKR Dance Ensemble, a dance company rich in cultural dance as well as original and contemporary pieces.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film on Tour

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Co
The dZi Foundation, a non-profit program out of Ridgway, Co is pleased to present hand selected films from the Telluride International Film Festival at the Wright Opera House on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2, 2013. Different films will be played each night. This is definitely a film festival to see!
Tickets are $10.00 per night

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - Super Bowl at the Sherbino

football4:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Co
Watch the big game in style on the giant screen at this Super Bowl Party!

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - ZIKR Dance Ensemble

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Wright Opera House Ouray, Colorado
Enjoy a spectacular show as this highly acclaimed dance ensemble perform a variety of dances ranging from historic rituals to modern original works. Celebrate the beauty of dance and music when combined to capture the true nature of the art of dance.
Adults: $15.00, Students $5.00

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - ZIKR Dance Ensemble

zikr.dance7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House Ouray, Colorado
Enjoy a spectacular show as this highly acclaimed dance ensemble perform a variety of dances ranging from historic rituals to modern original works. Celebrate the beauty of dance and music when combined to capture the true nature of the art of dance.
Adults: $15.00, Students $5.00

Monday February 4, 2013 - Ouray Library Book Event: Blazing Ice with Author John H. Wright

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the San Juan Room at the Ouray Community Center, Ouray, Co
The Ouray City Council and the Ouray Public Library are pleased to sponsor this evening with author John H. Wright as he discusses his book “Blazing Ice: Pioneering the Twenty-First Century’s Road to the South Pole”.

Friday, February 8, 2013 - Movies at the Wright Opera House

7:30 pm to end at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO
Enjoy a new film in this beautiful historic theatre.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Jayme Stone “Room of Wonders”

jaymestonewithmamasissoko7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, CO
Join two-time Juno Award winning performer Jayme Stone for a night of his latest music from around the world!
Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Students, or take advantage of our Wright Opera House Special!

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Mardi Gras at the Sherb with Joint Point

8:00 pm to 12:00 am at the Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Colorado
Head down to the Sherbino and dance the night away with this amazing jam band based out of Telluride!
Cover Charge is $5.00 per person.

Friday, February 15, 2013 - Movies at the Wright Opera House

7:30 pm to end at the Wright Opera House, Ouray, CO
Enjoy a new film in this beautiful historic theatre.

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - Mountain Air Music Series Fundraiser

mountainair.logo7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill in Ouray, Co
Support the Mountain Air Music Series at this benefit hosted by the Ouray Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Ouray Elks Chili Cookoff

4:00 pm at the Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co
Enter for free to win the coveted prize of Best Chili, or just come and sample the many taste bud pleasing creations. Dinner and judging by the public is at 5:00 pm, with a silent auction and cash raffle later in the evening.
Entry is free, Dinner/Judging is Adults $10.00, Children 5-10 $5.00, or $25.00 for a family of four.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - ROCC Spaghetti feed Dinner

* spaghetti6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in Ouray, Co
Join guest speaker: NPR commentator Craig Childs for a talk focusing on Natural Science, Archaeology and journeys into the wilderness as you enjoy a fantastic spaghetti dinner.

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill in Ouray, Co
An evening of toe tapping fun listening to the talented Rob Webster play the night away.

So come to Ouray County and enjoy the soothing mineral hot springs after a day of fun! Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a winter sports extravaganza or a peaceful escape, let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you plan your ideal Colorado Vacation this February!


Wright Opera House Welcomes Jayme Stone to Ouray this February!


Jayme Stone's "Room of Wonders" February 9, 2013 at the Wright Opera House in Southwest Colorado!

Jayme StoneIt is easy to see the resemblance of the original banjo in more modern stringed instruments, each of which has a truly distinctive sound.

Dating back hundreds of years, the first banjo is a prime example of the evolution of modern music. The first record of similar instruments dates back to West Africa, and slowly spread across all of Africa into the Far East and the Middle East as early as the 17th century.

Following the journey of the banjo through the ages and all of the folk music in which the instrument is so prevalent, Jayme Stone has captured the sound in a remarkable way. Stating once in an interview that his music is the kind you learn from people, not from books, Mr. Stone has traveled the path of the banjo, finding his inspiration in every aspect of the folk traditions from Brazil to Norway to his most recent collaboration with singer and kora maestro Mansa Sissoko in West Africa.

banjoThe end result is an auditory feast of music unlike anything you may expect when you hear the word ’banjo’. The two-time Juno Award winning artist will be joining us at the Wright Opera House in Ouray, Colorado this February 9, 2013 for a performance sure to please.
Built in the 1800’s by the Wright family in the hopes of bringing more cultured entertainment to the wild mining town, then falling into disrepair in the late 1980’s, the Friends of the Wright are re establishing the dream, and continue to bring such talented artists as Jayme Stone to perform at the Wright Opera House. 

tub.soakingSpend the weekend in Ouray, and let us help you create a perfect escape from the day to day. Winter sports and activities in Ouray County and the surrounding area abound, followed by a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. A short trip up to Main Street offers a plethora of shopping opportunities, and dining options sure to please any palette. Then the evening really kick off as you head to the Wright Opera House to enjoy an exciting and fun concert! The concessions at the Wright offers not only soda and popcorn, but also wine and beer to enjoy as you tap your feet to the timeless music of Jayme Stone.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is offering a special rate of $125.00, which includes one night for two in one of our guest rooms and two tickets to see Jayme Stone on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins at 7:30pm....Plenty of time to enjoy dinner in Ouray then get settled for the show.

See You Soon!

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