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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this June, 2014

  
  
  

Free Concerts, Art Exhibits and Water Festivals are just the beginning in Ouray and Ridgway this June!

box canyon lodge hot (1)As we enter into the summer months in the high country, wildflowers and waterfalls appear as if from thin air. The world is alive with color and life, inviting travelers to explore the highest peaks. 

Four wheel drive vehicles traverse mountain trails that once led to mines and homesteads deep in the mountain passes. Wildlife gazes from the cover and occasionally lets onlookers have a glimpse.

The cities of Ouray and Ridgway stretch away the last of winters grasp and welcome the season with an exciting mix of festivals and fun.

Events in Ridgway and Ouray this month:

Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Autumn in Ouray County- Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

main street shoppersAn exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop inn September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.

Monday, June 2 through Friday, June 6, 2014 - Ridgway Railroad Museum Work Week at the Ridgway Railroad Museum from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come and spend a day or more working on the rolling stock at he Ridgway Railroad Museum or on red Mountain reconstructing the Guston Depot. All skills are welcome - carpentry,computer filing, food prep, painting, etc.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - Sideways, Movie Presentation and Wine Tasting at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

live music ouray bcm3Join the Wright along with our awesome sponsors Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast and The Blue Pear for a wine-tasting featuring anything but merlot, light food pairings, a bottle of something expensive for auction, and of course the movie Sideways.

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Mountain Air Music Series Presents: SHELwith TAARKA opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

And so it begins. The Mountain Air Summer Concert Series is not playing around this year. This first concert of the season will sweep you away into a fantastical world of strings and harmony. Taarka opens with an original acoustic sound, the voices of the lead singers complimenting each other and their instruments in such a way as to have the crowd moving in short order. SHEL is comprised of four sisters from Fort Collins who are taking the music world by storm with their amazing harmonies and awesome instrumental abilities. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday June 6, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

wrightoperahouseJoin your fellow theater enthusiasts for  a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fund raiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - Ouray Trails Group 2014 National Trails Day at Ohio Park from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

hikingThis year will be different from previous OTG events. Rather than work an existing trail or build a new one we plan to

* Perform trash cleanup in the Ohio Park area. This area is designated as a USFS dispersed camping area (i.e. open for anyone to camp on) and as such there's a fair amount of litter left behind by campers.
* Scout the existing road from Ohio Park to the historic Zanett Tunnel (runs through the mountain to Bear Creek) to investigate the possibility of creating a new trail for use by the public.
* Scout the existing, but overgrown, trail from Portland Creek to the remains of the Portland Mine area again with the view of reopening this trail.
* Have a picnic (BYO) in Ohio Park.
All members of the public welcome.
Contact: Stuart Middleton-White

Email: stuartmw@dslr.net

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - The Odd Couple - Female Version by Niel Simon at the Wright Opera House from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

view from the topJoin your fellow theater enthusiasts for  a show sure to have you belly chuckling. This classic play is filled with timeless humor. Presented by WISE: Women In Support of Education, the proceeds of this fundraiser will be used toward their scholarship fund.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: The Brothers Comatose with Finnders and Youngberg opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Get ready for some toe tapping swinging fun with these two groups who compliment one another with musical energy. This is definitely going to be a "Music Party" as we let the music and scenery sweep us away! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday, June 13, 2014 - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing in Ridgway, Colorado from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

springtime columbines ourayJoin the Ridgway Creative District, Weehawken Creative Arts, and Ridgway's downtown galleries with special guests for a festive and fun outing celebrating great local talent and creativity! This MoonWalk's theme is Cowboys and Cowgirls. Brochures available, including a map of participating locations, at Resource Art, 540 Sherman St. Demonstrations and refreshments provided

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Compassion Weekend all day in Ouray

Every year, volunteers gather to lend a helping hand around Ouray County. From painting to yard work, join the community in giving a helping hand to someone who needs help with household projects.

Contact: Sabrina Butler

Email: sabrinabutler@mac.com

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Radney Foster at the Wright Opera House from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

uncompahgreTexas singer-songwriters, Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He’s written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In,”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Ridgway Heritage Days - Ute Mountain Utes & Axteca Dancers at Hartwell Park in Ridgway from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

random waterfallThis all day event celebrates Southwest Colorado and its rich history. 

8am Ridgway Fire Dept Pancake Breakfast
Farmers Market, Blacksmith, Horseshoeing
Strawberry Shortcake, Music & Fun
Branding demonstrations
Ute Mountain Indians 2 pm

Don't miss the fun!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Fox Street with the Gold Magnolias opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

A roller coaster of roadhouse blues interwoven with super-sized helpings of funk with elements of rock, soul and jazz is the only way to describe Fox Street, and the perfect openers for this high energy band is the funky fun groove of the Gold Magnolias! Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Friday, June 20 through Saturday, June 21, 2014 - Basic Plein Air Painting Workshop with Patricia Bass at Ago Gallery in Ouray

million dollar highway.2Enjoy a two-day plein air workshop near beautiful Ouray, Colorado and Owl Creek Pass.   Bass is visiting from the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and is a part-time resident of Colorado, especially when the aspens are turning!  This workshop is designed for the beginner or intermediate student, the class will focus on outdoor, on location painting with study emphasis on color and value comparison, simplification and accelerated painting methods for rendering a quick study.  Instruction will be personally adjusted for your comfort level.  Plan to have two days of hard work and loads of fun, with a wine and cheese social at Ago Gallery on your final day.   Transportation is required to travel to various locations, directions will be provided before the workshop begins.

driving swcoloLevel: Beginner and intermediate painters, advance are welcome too.

Cost:  $150.00

Class size:  5 minimum to 12 maximum

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  JUNE 10

Materials:  Students should come prepared with their own easels and materials, required materials list will be provided.  Some materials are available for purchase at the Ago Gallery in Ouray. 

To register, call or visit AGO GALLERY on 445 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado, phone: 970-325-0270.  Feel free to call Tricia at 303-808-1770 with questions about the workshop.

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - Trio Solisti at the Wright Opera House starting at 7:30 pm

bald eagle ouray county coloradoTrio Solisti is "The most exciting piano trio in America," The New Yorker. We are privileged to have them in western Colorado. Their program will include, Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor, Op. 50 and Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition. See our website, www.ocpag.org for ticket information.

Monday, June 23, 2014 - Bicycle Tour of Colorado is in Ouray all day!

This is a large multi-day ride that will be spending the night of June 23rd, 2014 in Ouray. It is a fun event with lots of great energy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Evenings of History at the Ouray Community Center from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

seaesonal waterfall red mountain pass.4Steve Baker will speak on "The Uncompahgre Valley Ute Project."

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Mountain Air Music Series Presents: Afroliscious with The Congress opening at Fellin Park from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

combination of "soulful vocals, infectious hooks, funky bass lines, energetic horns and tight beats, while retaining the soul and feel of classic funk, disco, Latin, Tropical and Afrobeat recordings." Opening band The Congress sets the stage with their high energy high fun tunes. Local breweries will be offering a taste of a variety of craft beers, or you can pedal your way to the perfect margarita. Food and non alcoholic beverages abound as you and your family enjoy an evening of camaraderie at the Ouray City Park!

Saturday, June 28, 2014  - 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival at Rollans Park in Ridgway from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

box canyon lodge hotThe Ridgway River Festival is a one-of-a-kind event in the northern San Juan region. It is a celebration of the Uncompahgre River and our communities with all-age river races, educational activities, live music, local food and beverages, and is annually attended by 600 outdoor enthusiasts from across the region. 

Southwest Colorado is alive with activities and excitement all month long. What better way to spend a vacation than in Ouray and Ridgway?!? Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help with all of the details for your next adventure!

 

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Ouray Bar Still Serving the Best to the Best After 25 Years!

  
  
  

Have a drink with the locals in Ouray's very own Saloon!

SilverEagle4Ouray, Colorado offers a variety of great things to do during the day, from hiking to shopping, to soaking in the mineral hot springs, and some wonderful dining options in the evening. Often though, there is the lingering question of what to do after dinner if you are so inclined.  Many times, we are asked where the locals go, and what kind of night life there is to be found. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, there is one spot here in Ouray that hasn't changed in over twenty five years, and will hopefully stay around for another twenty five years!

SilverEagle3The Silver Eagle Saloon is a great place to enjoy a drink and relax. This is a BAR not a restaurant, they do not serve food in fact they do not even have a kitchen. If you want to experience what it is like to chill in an old school saloon this is the place for you. You can still smoke in there, so any non smokers that have a problem with that may want to find another place to have a drink. They do not allow anyone under 21 to enter at anytime. This wonderful throw back bar is open 7 nights a week year round and usually open until 2am.

The Eagle (as the locals call it) is the only place in town with a pool table, they also have pinball, darts, and an internet jukebox.
Owned and operated by the same couple for the last 25+ years The Eagle is a a local hang out in the evenings, but be forewarned that most of the regulars don't get off work until around 10pm each night so the bar does not start to really get busy until about 11pm.
SilverEagle2The Eagle's history goes back to the late 1960's when the front and back bar where located on the other side of the building where the Ouray Glassworks shop is now. In the 1970's the original 1886 Brunswick Bar (made of Mahogany, Cherry Wood, and Zebra Oak) was moved into the newly built location where it remains to this day.
SilverEagle5Back in those days the bar was called 550 Saloon, and was renamed the Silver Eagle Saloon when Bruce and Cheryl McDaniel bought it in January, 1987. The McDaniel's had been managing and running the 550 for several years before they purchased it. This lovely old bar is a family operation, as not only do both Bruce & Cheryl still work it, but two of their four daughters have spent significant time working behind the bar over the years. You can still on occasion see one of their children appearing as a guest bartender when they are in town.
SilverEagleThe Silver Eagle Saloon is truly one of the great old bars in Colorado, it has been featured in books, magazines and websites throughout the years. Don't hesitate to go in sit down and have a cold one, and enjoy a little bit of Ouray history.
Located on Main Street, the Silver Eagle is just a short walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, the perfect spot to park your car and saunter up for some after dinner cocktails! Spend a day relaxing in Ouray, and an evening with friends old and new at this great little home town bar.
About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
Come in and say hello! 
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May 2014 Events in Ouray County

  
  
  

April Showers Bring May Flowers and so much more in Southwest Colorado!

box canyon lodge hot (1)Southwest Colorado is beginning to awaken from its long winters nap. Spring threatens at least a couple of times a week, bringing warm weather and the first blossoms are beginning to bud.

The townsfolk themselves are also stirring with a blend of festivals and frivolity, in anticipation of the summer months.

May is a perfect time to visit the area; still quiet enough so travelers can enjoy a peaceful escape, but with warm sunny days begging to be explored and enjoyed til the very last bit of sun shines.

Events in Ridgway and Ouray this May:

Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

million dollar highway crystal lakeHave you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Open Bard Series at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

deer at box canyon.2Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's event will feature Aaron Abeyta, of Adams State College. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm, Aaron will take the stage. Following his 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.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Jazz House Concert in a Lovely Ridgway Home from 7:30 pm to end

bald eagle ouray county colorado2An evening of jazz with Ellyn Rucker, vocal and piano. Reservations by phone -- 970-626-2970 Tickets are $25 each. Cash bar.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Third annual Ouray Pub Night at O'Brien's Pub in Ouray from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The new owners of O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Shawn and Robin Dill, are hosting the third-annual Pub Night fund raiser to benefit the Ouray Library's book purchases and programs. This year's event will feature prizes given away throughout the evening, including library book bags, adult and junior fiction, and an e-reader.

The Library raised more than $700 at last year's event and hopes to top $750 this year. Whether you come by for a meal or a beer, Library staff and board members will be on hand to serve you . . . and to collect your donations.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Weehawken Dance Presents Dance Through the Ages at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway

faith.yaksWeehawken Dance offers a variety of classes through Weehawken Creative Arts, offering lessons in movement through a variety of genres. join the students as they display their talent in a concert that spans the ages.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - Ridgway Moonwalk from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This month's Ridgway MoonWalk will feature a studio tour of creativity in the Solar Ranch neighborhood, just to the south of Ridgway. Get to know Ridgway's hidden secrets.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - ArtBar at the Sherbino: Beaded Jewelry with Jill Rikkers from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

jeep.ourayJoin us for a cocktail while Jill leads you through the creation of one of a kind beaded jewelry that includes gorgeous pearls, metals, beads and more! Class price includes a beverage, materials and an evening of fun. Additional items available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but not required.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - ROCC Parking Lot Sale Behind the Ridgway Public Library from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

hiking boxcanyonHuge annual ROCC Parking Lot Sale. Buy or sell antiques, jewelry, furniture, clothing, sports equipment and more. $10 per space to sellers, pay on day of sale. Free to nonprofits and buyers. Questions, e-mail evebeckerdoyle@icloudcom.

Saturday, May 17 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Autumn in Ouray County- Special Photo Exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

last dollar scenic drive.4An exhibit of 16 Ouray County Photographers who attended the John Fielder Photo Workshop inn September 2013. Each photographer will have one 10 x 15 photo exhibited.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Love Your Valley Festival in Ridgway Town Park from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

ironton ghost town18th Annual - in Ridgway Town Park. Free event ; live music by Funkdafari; micro brew tasting from regional breweries $20. All proceeds benefit the free Ridgway Concert Series. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - Reception for Photographers in the Autumn in Ouray County Show at the Ouray County Museum from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Come and meet the photographers whose works are displayed in the Autumn In Ouray County Special Exhibit. Refreshments served.

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Compassion Weekend 5K Run/Walk starts at Fellin Park in Ouray from 7:30am to 10:00am

owl creekRace beings the Running Season in Ouray County. It is held in Fellin Park in Ouray. This year we are planning to add a best costume category to the winners. Come enjoy Memorial morning with us and support a great cause.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - RACC San Juan Shuffle in Ridgway from 2:00pm to 9:00pm

Gourmet's delight!
Visit a selection of Ridgway restaurants and bars to sample our culinary specialties.

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Hayes Carll at the Wright Opera House in Ouray from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

jeep.ouray.2Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 36-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Come enjoy an evening of great music and entertainment at the Wright Opera House!

 

May in the San Juans heralds the beginning of a season filled with colorful adventures in Southwest Colorado. Jeep trails are beginning to open up, offering a variety of exciting days exploring the high country in this beautiful area.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs create the ideal getaway for you and your family and friends. With our four mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in our courtyard, soak in the brisk early morning with a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you absorb the San Juans and prepare for a day of excitement.

See you Soon!

 

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Ouray County Welcomes Jeff Solon Jazz Trio!

  
  
  

Wright Opera House and Sherbino Theater Present Jazz Concert in Southwest Colorado!

ouray coloradoOuray County boasts a variety of exciting and fun events throughout the year, and this year is starting off with a bang!

The Wright Opera House, located in Ouray, has teamed up with the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Colorado, to bring the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio to Ouray County this April 13, 2014 at 7:30pm in Ridgway!

The Wright Opera House has worked to bring music to Ouray County for the past few years, parenting the Wrighteous Jazz Series, which brings musicians from all over to the historic venue in Southwest Colorado. 

sherbino 2The Sherbino Theater has also made it their goal to share a love of the arts in an historic setting that virtually sings by itself.

As these two venues work ever harder to not only present performances that are memorable, they also work to continuously improve the buildings themselves, restoring them to the splendor they once were in the days of the railroad and mining prosperity in the west.

For the past couple of months, with work on the Wright Opera House in full swing, the two venues have joined forces to keep the music alive!

Based out of Durango, Colorado, a scenic drive over the Million Dollar Highway, Jeff Solon travels the west, sharing his talent and love of jazz wherever he lands!

He has performed on mountaintops and in concert halls - mesmerizing music lovers whether they are new to the genre, or jazz is their first love.

Regardless of personal preferences, talented artists such Jeff Solon and his associates seem to infect others with their own passion for the song, and the experience creates a memory not soon forgotten.

solon webJeff performs both as a solo artist and in groups based on the interests of the venue. 

The performance at the Sherbino in April will feature Jeff Solon himself, complimented by renowned bass guitarist Elizabeth Riordan and classical pianist Jack Maynes.

Elizabeth Riordan has performed around the world. After a near fatal car accident, her passion for Jazz and the bass was increased tenfold, as demonstrated with her determination to not only overcome but to outdo herself as an artist. Since moving to Southwest Colorado, elizabeth has worked primarily with Jeff to create a sound and mood that emphasize their profound love of jazz.

wrightlogo2;Since he was a child, Jack Maynes has had a powerful love of music and the classical piano. After having completed his degree in 2011, Jack has travelled the Southwest, sharing his love of music in a variety of genres, always bringing his own special combination of sensitivity and passion to the music.

The first show in the upcoming series, the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio is the perfect appetizer to a summer of spectacular shows.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan the perfect getaway and concert experience. Always avid supporters of the arts, we are genuinely excited to share this next season of musical expression with our guests.

See You Soon!

 

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Ouray: Waterfall Viewing in Colorado Peaks in May and Early June

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Waterfalls


Waterfall viewing in the late Spring and early Summer is delightful.  The thunderous roar of the water as it falls back to the ground amazes even the coolest teenager.  Ouray is home to three great year round falls that should not be missed, but, the springtime runoff proves exceptionally awe inspiring.

Of course, just two blocks from our hotel is our namesake, the Box Canyon Falls.  It drains melting snows from great wildflower basins like Yankee Boy Basin or Imogene Basin into Canyon Creek and then merges into the Uncompaghre River right in Ouray.  Just before it enters town, it drops a couple of hundred feet in a tall and narrow gorge.  This area is also home to numerous birds, including the Black Swift, which makes its home on the steep canyon walls.  It is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic.

box canyon falls walkway

 

Cascade Falls, on the other side of Ouray, is a very dramatic and scenic feature of town.  These falls are wide open and fall from the cliffs on the east side of town.  This waterfall is visible from nearly every spot in town.  It is a steep walk upward from the parking area to the  bottom of the falls but there is a great hiking trail that heads up the hillside known as Lower Cascade Falls Trail that winds around the hillside.

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Bear Creek Falls is just outside of town, 2-3 miles south of Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway.  A brand new viewing stand has been finished and provides a wonderful location to stand above the falls and watch the water drop a couple hundred feet below.  Look for beautiful rainbows in the mist.

bear creek falls

Seasonal waterfalls abound in the area too.   Just look around the cliff walls as you drive into Ouray and you will see numerous falls along Red Mountain Pass and even along the red cliffs on the way to Ridgway.

In July, venture into any high mountain basin in search of your favorite Jeep Trail or patch of wildflowers and you will find wonderful falls all summer long that cascade over granite through wonderful forests.

imogene basin waterfalls

waterfalls near ouray colo in july

 

You can also find delicate trickles of water that appear after an afternoon thunderstorm.

seasonal waterfall in southwest colorado

 

And, don't forget your camera.  Photography buffs and pros alike love Southwest Colorado for its incredible scenic beauty.  You just can't take an ugly photograph in Southwest Colorado!

 

 

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First Annual ForkFest in Ouray Highlights Local Farm Fresh Cuisine

  
  
  

A New and Improved Culinary Arts Festival in The San Juan Mountains!

weehawkenlogoWeehawken Creative Arts has taken Ouray County by storm. A Non-Profit, 501-c-3 organization, Weehawken continuously outdoes itself in its mission to "provide quality arts and cultural education and experiences to the visitors and residents of Ouray County year-round."

From a variety of classes offering education in everything from pottery to dance, Weehawken provides a much needed niche for the artistically inclined. 

forkfestfArt is not only the traditional drawing and poetry one might expect, but encompasses a plethora of activities, centered around many peoples favorite are: FOOD! Culinary art is often overlooked, however from cooking classes to studies in agriculture, Weehawken embraces this belly pleasing form of expression.

For years, Ouray hosted a Culinary Art Festival, which, unfortunately had become dated and unpopular. This year, with the support of several restaurants and local farms, Weehawken has taken up the banner, and is reintroducing the Ouray Culinary Festival as a new and improved ForkFest.

forkfestlogoOn April 25 and 26, 2014, join Ouray County as we celebrate the art of a great meal. 

Focusing on the rich agricultural history of the county, Ouray forkfest will begin on Friday night with local specialties and special cultural events at Maggie's Kitchen and Ourayale House Brewery, Gold Belt Bar and Grill, Cavallo's Restaurant, Mouses's Chocolates & Coffee, the Ouray Brewery, The Bon Ton, and the Silver Nigget cafe to name a few from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the first annual Restaurant Crawl. Save room as you explore the decadent delights each of these esablishments has prepared for you!

cavallos foodSaturday morning, head to the Ouray Community Center for a champagne brunch from 9:00 am til 11:00 am. Indulge in decadent breakfast items prepared by local chefs just for you. From 10:00 am til 5:00 pm, learn some new ideas at the Ouray School Gym, where there will be demonstrations from local chefs on how to prepare delicious meals at home, as well as presentations given by a number of local food producers such as Ridgway Community Garden, the Valley Food Partnership, Tomten Farm, Straw Hat Farm Market & Kitchen Store, and  Hartman Gardens of Colorado.

forkfestwineandcheeseSaturday evening, from 5pm til 7pm, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting, featuring some of the best local daires and wineries in Southwest Colorado. Colorado is becoming one of the most recognized states for its amazing wineries, offering a variety of perfectly aged reds and whites with a distinctive flavor.

Culinary festivals are always a great way to spend the weekend, and for $45.00 for the entire weekend, you will definitely get your moneys worth! Of course, if you dont have two days, no worries. Everything is ala carte as well, so that you can pick and choose your favorite activities.

Start planning today for the last weekend in April! Tickets will be going on sale the first week of April at a number of outlets. Tune in regularly to the ForkFest facebook page for updates on sponsors, tickets and participating restaurants. The number keeps growing, which promises this will be a Festival to remember!

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Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help arrange the perfect getaway in Ouray! Give us a call, and reserve your room today. We will help arrange your tickets and have your itinerary waiting when you arrive. Enjoy a scenic drive through Southwest Colorado, then relax in our all natural mineral hot spring tubs before enjoying a decadent weekend of great food and company!

See You Soon!

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Wine & Whiskers in Ouray County - Fashionable Fun for a Good Cause!

  
  
  

Puppies and Kittens in Southwest Colorado find Refuge With Second Chance!

second chanceSince 1994, the Second Chance Humane Society has worked in Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel Counties to provide a safe refuge for lost and displaced pets.

With strong community support, they have grown from a small group of volunteers offering foster services, to a new facility able to provide shelter to a large number of pets as they wait to find their forever homes.

second chance2In October, 2011, the Second Chance opened a new Animal Resource Center at Angel Ridge Ranch, a 52 acre property located just outside of Ridgway. Here, they are able to provide care to more animals, as well as a broader scope of educational opportunities to the communities they serve. Currently, they are in the process of building a new dog facility that will accommodate almost twice as many rescues!

second chance6It is with the goal of finishing the new dog facility on time that Second Chance is presenting its 7th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival.

Community donations and interest are the bread and butter (or Kibbles & Bits) of the organization. Without the generosity of the areas it serves, Second Chance would not be able to consistently maintain its exceptional record of rescuing and caring for dogs and cats. In 2013, they were able to place 244 dogs and cats into new forever homes, while successfully reuniting 82 pets with their lost owners!

This year is the second in which the Wine & Whiskers will be held on two separate days in March.

Thursday March 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM is the Opening Night Mixer geared toward those who are most interested in seeing the fashion & dance show.  The performance combines fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop), dance, and music for a high energy performance best described as “Attitude at Altitude”.  Although there will be a small silent auction prior to the show on Thursday the focus will be on the roof-raising show.

second chance1Saturday March 22nd (5:30 – 11:30 PM) will remain the Gala Event: the fun packed bursting at the seams evening includes the delectable catered fare, well stocked silent auction, lively live auction, the famous fashion & dance show, concluding with a dance party!

Offering decadent food with a Louisiana Flare prepared by Chef Sid of Cavallo's Restaurant, music and mountains of fun, this is an event to mark on your calendars!

Tickets will be limited for both evenings to assure that all have a seat this year - so get your tickets today!  They are $15 in advance for Thursday night ($20 at the door) and $40 in advance ($45/door) for Saturday night.  They are on sale now on our secure website or shortly at the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Ridgway.

second chance3Get an early start on Thursday, and enjoy an evening at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center; enjoy a fashion show unlike any other, as local models sport ensembles straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop! 

On Friday, take the day to enjoy the splendor of the San Juans. Scenic Drives, frozen waterfalls and a plethora of outdoor activities abound between enjoying fabulous food and shopping on Ourays Main Street. 

Saturday have your dancing shoes on, and be prepared to bid on some awesome items! Available auction items for bidding typically include golf, balloon, horse, sleigh, and bike adventure packages, a variety of wonderful art pieces, restaurant and get away packages, and hundreds more quality items and gift certificates from regional generous merchants, restaurants, artists, and service providers.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help arrange your visit. Spend a relaxing three day weekend! Start your break with a soothing soak in one of our natural mineral hot spring tubs. Bask in the beauty of the southwest as the steam surrounds you in a picturesque setting. 

 

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Ouray and Ridgway Happenings this March and April 2014

  
  
  

Spring Ushers in Great Fun In Ouray And Ridgway!

outsideMarch and April are considered a time of renewal in Southwest Colorado. Often, instead of gentle showers, we have springtime snowfall, making this an awesome time for last minute winter activities.

Of course, Spring in Ouray County is kind of like any other season; you just don't know what you may find! One day, there is a cloudy sky filled with giant flakes of snow silently falling to the ground in a Christmas card scene, the next, the sun breaks through and blue skies accent the majesty of snow covered peaks, while we enjoy a day of sledding and soaking in short sleeves and tennis shoes!

Events in Ouray and Ridgway this March and April 2014:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Adult Swing/Lindy Hop Intro at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, CO. from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

tubsPerfect for those close to Ouray and Ridgway! This is a great way to spend time with your partner while learning some great new dance moves, and meeting some fun new people! Plan on visiting us at the Box Canyon Lodge Tuesdays and share your fancy new dance steps with everyone!

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Open Bard Poetry Series at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, Co. from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's event will feature Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root from Durango, editors of Cutthroat. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm, Pamela & William will take the stage. Following their reading and a short intermission will be an open reading during which audience members can read or perform their poetry.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - Ridgway Moonwalk starting at the Sherbino theater in Ridgway, Co from 5:00 pm to 8unday, M:00 pm

box canyon lodge hot (1)This month's Ridgway MoonWalk features a combination music and art show at the Sherbino Theater. Join the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts in a warm appreciation of talented local creatives.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Ririe- Woodbury Dance Ensemble at the Montrose Pavilion from 7:00 pm to end

Evening of contemporary dance presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild and Montrose Arts Council.

Tickets -- $15 Adults, $5 Students

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Wine & Whiskers Weekend at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center in Ridgway from 5:30 pm to 12:00 am

Thursday March 20th from 6-8 PM is the Opening Night Mixer geared toward those who are most interested in seeing the fashion & dance show. The performance combines fashion (straight from the Second Chance Thrift Shop), dance, and music for a high energy performance best described as ?Attitude at Altitude?. Although there will be a small silent auction prior to the show on Thursday the focus will be on the roof-raising show.

Friday, March 21, 2014 - Dance Sanctuary at Weehawken Creative Arts in Ridgway from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

tubs2Come and explore conscious dance based on the principles of Soul Motion - a moving meditation dance practice. A $5 donation would be appreciated to help cover costs.

Saturday, March 21, 2014 - Wine & Whiskers Weekend at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center from 5:30 to Midnight

Saturday March 22nd (5:30 pm - midnight) will remain the Gala Event: the fun packed bursting at the seams evening includes delectable catered fare, well stocked silent auction, lively live auction, the famous fashion & dance show, concluding with a dance party! 

April Happenings:

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Open Bard Series at the Sherbino theater in Ridgway, Co from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

winter2Open Bard is a monthly poetry reading/performance series at the historic Sherbino Theater in Ridgway. This month's event will feature Luis Lopez, of Colorado Mesa University. The doors open at 6:30 for sign-ups to read and refreshments. Starting at 7:00 pm, Luis will take the stage. Following Luis's 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. 

Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closed for Maintenance

What? The hot Springs Pool is closed? Never fear! The all natural mineral hot spring tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are full and waiting!

Every few months, the city pool has to close for maintenance and cleaning, which is necessary to keep this marvelous part of Ouray operational and healthy, but this is no reason to stay away! There are a number of great thisngs to do and see, and if soaking is a must, then just come stay with us!

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Jeff Solon Jazz Trio at the Sherbino Theater from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm 

exterior tubsThe Sherbino Theater and The Wright Opera House are pleased to co-sponsor an intimate jazz concert featuring the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio. Performing jazz standards and new original compositions, the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio brings new dynamics and interplay between the trio, allowing for spontaneity, intimacy, and depth that is so important in jazz.

Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 in advance and available online.

Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

hotspringtubs14Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Ridgway - Ridgway MoonWalk from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts in a fun exploration of creativity in the South Ridgway neighborhood. Tour studios of creatives and get to know your neighbors. Find Ridgway's hidden secrets.

Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26, 2014 - "How the Local Mountains Got their Names" exhibit at the Ouray Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how the peaks around Ouray got their Names? Our special exhibit answers these questions and more. See photos of the local peaks with detailed descriptions of where the names came from.

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Forkfest in Ouray from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

bighorn2"Restaurant Crawl" Local Ouray restaurants will open up for a taste of wine, beer or specialty drink and samples of appetizers. Tickets required

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Ouray Forkfest all day at the Ouray Communnity Center

Champagne Breakfast in the morning - tickets needed; 
free chef demonstrations with samples and food producers presentations in the afternoon


Ever changing, but always beautiful, the San Juan Mountains are an ideal spot for the Spring traveller. Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you to plan your next escape to Southwest Colorado!

 

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Budget Friendly Family Fun Abounds in Southwest Colorado!

  
  
  

october entry2A Winter Wonderland of Adventure awaits in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

 

 

Hot Springs:

hot tub in winter 3Centuries before the white man arrived, the Tabeguache Ute, a nomadic band, traveled to this idyllic setting in the summer months to hunt the abundant forest game and to soak in what they called “sacred miracle waters”. Even then, they knew the springs that simmer beneath much of Ouray were therapeutic. In fact, the town’s original name was “Uncompahgre”, the Ute word for “hot water springs”. Today, the natural hot springs in Ouray still draw visitors for their reputed healing abilities.  Here at the Box Canyon Lodge, our natural hot springs come out of the ground at 140°.  We then feed it into our redwood hot tubs at a more comfortable temperature, between 103°-109°, depending on the time of year.

Sledding:

ouray sleddingThe local children’s sledding hill, known as Vinegar Hill, has been Ouray’s sledding hill for over 100 years. It is located on the east side of town between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The top and bottom of Fifth Street, between these two avenues, is blocked off with hay bales to driving traffic.  In addition to this in-town sledding hill, a short drive from Ouray in either direction offers unlimited sledding in some of the most spectacular mountains you’ll ever see.  If you didn’t bring a sled you can purchase an inexpensive plastic one from several of Ouray’s shops. For the more serious thrill seeker, check out Ouray Mountain Sports for handmade wooden sleds from Silverton. A large piece of cardboard works well too!

Ice Climbing:  

iceclimber5.0Ouray is ranked as one of the most popular locations for ice climbing in the world. Not only do the surrounding mountains provide numerous spectacular ice-climbing routes, Ouray has the only ice park where a mile of farmed ice is available to climbers right in the city limits, easily accessible and free to all who enjoy this exciting sport.  With the accessibility of the Ouray Ice Park, more Ouray visitors are walking to the park and watching the climbers from the bridges and also from the stands built for this purpose along the top of the Uncompahgre Gorge. Climbers are usually in the park throughout the day but typically start early. CAUTION: Be sure to dress warmly and stay away from both the climbing area and edge of the gorge.  There are a number of world-class outfitters who live in the Ouray area. If you are interested in learning how to ice climb, San Juan Mountain Guides offers guided instruction for individuals or groups.  If this sport is new to you consider staying in Ouray for several days and including ice climbing lessons with your other outdoor activities.  For more information on the Ouray Ice Park consider buying “The Ouray Ice Park Guide” by local mountaineers Vince Anderson and Cindy Williams.  It is available at local stores in Ouray or at amazon.com.

Ice Skating:  

ice skatingThe Ouray ice skating rink is located at Rotary Park, approximately one mile north of the Hot Springs Pool, and offers some amazing mountain views during the day, as well as the opportunity for some serious star gazing at night!  The rink is typically open from late December throughout the winter as long as winter temperatures remain cold enough to maintain ice. So bring your skates and enjoy the fun atmosphere of an outdoor ice rink. Or, pick up a game of “broom ball” with some of the locals. The rink is maintained by the City of Ouray and a cadre of volunteers. There is a small warming hut located at the rink. Lights at the rink allow for skating in the cold and silent hours of a winter evening with stars shining above.

Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing: 

cross country winter funOpportunities for winter sports activities abound in and around Ouray. Within walking distance of town, numerous trails provide cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing access, or just hiking, to take in the special charm of our beautiful valley blanketed in snow. A short drive in either direction will open up more challenging winter backcountry terrain along with miles of groomed Nordic track, or, slip on a pair of snowshoes and explore miles of untouched powder in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains. When winter comes to stay, many of our summer hiking trails are transformed into magnificent trails through spruce forests. You can really work up an appetite on some of the longer trails so pack a picnic and a thermos of hot cocoa to rejuvenate. Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski rentals are available in Ouray at Ouray Mountain Sports on Main Street.

Experience the splendor of the Uncompahgre Mountains in the winter with us. We guarantee you will never want to leave this Christmas Card perfect town!

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A Romantic Getaway in the San Juan Mountains

  
  
  

Ouray Hotel Offers Romance Every Day of the Year With These Great Packages!

cupidWhen considering a romantic getaway with your significant other, think no further than the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you have been getting those looks. That questioning gaze when they think you're not paying attention...is it going to be the same old thing? A quick bunch of roses from the grocery store, or a box of candy with a Charles Schultz character on the front?

Step outside of your comfort zone, and surprise your hearts desire with a getaway that will let them know exactly how much you care!

ouray winterTake a scenic drive along Highway 550 to the beautiful town of Ouray. Wander Main Street, each locally owned and operated shop a testament to hard work and creativity. Purchase a one of a kind gift for each other, then enjoy lunch at one of the amazing restaurants in town.

After lunch, head down to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and check in to your room. Located in the Southwest corner of Ouray, the Box Canyon offers the best of both worlds.

Serenely tucked in at the base of the walking entrance to the Box Canyon Waterfall Park and the Ouray Ice Park, the hotel feels as if it is a world away from everything. The welcoming front desk agent will direct you to your room, where your true romantic adventure begins.

romance.package.adrenalineWhether it is relaxation and serenity, or an epic adventure for two, the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs have taken care of all of the details for you. 

Adrenaline junkies will find an itinerary for the adventure of their choice. All of the arrangements have been made to meet with your guide in the morning and your itinerary is already printed and placed in your room for you; all you have to do is enjoy your evening, and prepare for a day of snowmobiling or ice climbing.

Take a class at the Ice Park. Ultimately, climbing is a two person sport. One person has to hold the line as the other climbs; somewhat similar to relationships.

A snomobile tour in the San Juans between Ridgway and Telluride is an experience the two of you will remember for a lifetime. Couples who have shared their adventurous day with us have always been bursting with the fun and excitement of the speed and beauty of these tours.

Spend the day snowshoeing or cross country skiing. The serene quiet of the Uncompahgres as the two of you explore a variety of trails leaves the impression of being the only people in the world. We will plot out the perfect map for you to a spot ideal for your skill level.

Rates for the Adventure Romance begin at $150.00.

For the couple who just wants to relax and enjoy some quiet couples time, settle in for an evening of soaking in the mineral hot springs and an early dinner. Your appointment for a couples massage has been set either here in your room, or at the spa, your choice.

Once back to the hotel, a late check out has been arranged. In the morning, a cup of fresh brewed coffee, roasted in Ridgway, entices the two of you out of bed, and back to the tubs for a morning soak. The crisp mountain air quickly clears the cobwebs of sleep, and nothing quite compares to enjoying a steaming cup of coffee as the sun glistens on the winter landscape. You won't have to get out of your warm robes until it is time to meander home in the afternoon.

Rates for the Relaxation Romance Package begin at $175.00.

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No rule book says that this is the end of your romantic getaway, or that you have to specifically choose one package or the other.  There are a variety of activities in and around Ouray that seem to have been specifically created for a couple enjoying each others company.

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The list is endless, and the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is waiting to help create a getaway specific to you and your love.

The Box Canyon Lodge Romance Packages are specifically  designed for you and your love. When you call, our informative front desk will work with you to create the getaway that will live forever. Starting at $150.00 plus tax, this is a wonderful way to show your love how much you care. 

 

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