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2012-2013 Ouray Ice Climbing Season is About to Begin!


The Ouray Ice Park Prepares for the Best Year of Ice Climbing to Date!

ice fest1December 15, 2012 is the projected opening day for the Ice Park this year, and, as always, we wait with baited breath as the ice farmers groom the canyon walls for a season of climbing in the spectacular Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray, Colorado, home to one of the largest man-made ice parks in the world. Mother Nature at times plays with us a little, giving us these gorgeous 60*F days in early December, and creating concerns that perhaps there will not be enough ice to open on time, but the weatherman has promised a change in temperature, and snow by Christmas, so those of us at the Box Canyon Lodge at least anticipate a great season for climbers.

MtAbramsNestled at the base of the Uncompahgres in Southwest Colorado, Ouray County boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. With the first glimpse of the town as guests descend from the breath taking drive over the Million Dollar Highway from Durango, the nick-name Switzerland of America no longer sounds as arrogant. Snow covered peaks, and steaming mineral hot springs without even a hint of sulfur add to the appeal of this tiny mining town, filled with Victorian architecture standing proud and untouched since the birth of Ouray.

iceclimber4As if the opportunities for a variety of winter sports in the area were not enough, Ouray is ranked as one of the most popular locations in the world for ice climbing. Not only do the surrounding mountains provide numerous spectacular ice-climbing routes, Ouray has the first ice-climbing park in the U.S. where a mile of farmed ice is available only a two-block walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs and free to all who enjoy this unique sport. This year, a 25 foot overhanging steel tower has been erected on top of the Dizzy prow. Not only will this add to the elite mixed climbing comp route at Ice Fest, and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Comp this year, spectators will have an unparalleled view of each complex move.

ice fest line2Learn more about the Official Site of Ouray Ice Park and this new and exciting sport by visiting their website. Enjoy the annual Ouray Ice Festival and witness some of the world’s best athletes compete for titles and prizes.  The 2013 Ouray Ice Festival will be held January 10 through January13, 2013, and will be featuring dramatic changes. Not only is the new steel tower an exciting addition for climbers and spectators alike, this year there will be over $16,000.00 in prize money to be awarded to the best of the best! For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned climber, drained from a morning of exhilarating climbs, or a fan of the sport, heading back from watching these amazing athletes traverse frozen waterfalls,  return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the mineral hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The canyon holds a beauty and majesty in crisp ice reflecting every color of the rainbow, yet she can chill you to the bone, and nothing takes the bite of cold away like our tubs! With temperatures ranging from 103* F to 108* F, a 15 minute soak will soothe away the winter chill and rejuvenate you for an evening of relaxation in this beautiful little mountain town.


If you are interested in ice climbing instruction or guiding for this activity, contact the San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).

Hot Deal: 

box canyon hot springsWinter visitors to Ouray can enjoy the unique sport of ice climbing (if they are so inclined). An extraordinary group of locals have developed the FIRST ice park in the world, attracting sports enthusiasts from as far away as Europe, England and Japan to enjoy this exciting sport. It’s almost as much fun to watch as it is to climb. BUT, you don’t have to be an ice climber to enjoy this "Support the Ouray Ice Park" membership special during our off-season. The cost of membership is only $40.

ouray ice park 2011Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long as well as discounts at many shops and restaurants in support of the Ice Park. We sell the memberships as well as an assortment of Ice Park memorabilia, from stickers to French presses at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.

Be sure to check out the park, and make your reservations for the 2013 Ice Festival soon!

See You Soon!

December 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado


Enjoy a Picture Perfect Holiday in The San Juan Mountains!

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWhen one imagines the perfect cover on a Christmas card, they don't have to look much further than any window in Ouray, Colorado in the winter!
After a storm, the clouds open up to a crystal clear sky; the sun beaming down on trees laden with snow. Sledding and skiing are within walking distance from anywhere in town, and a sense of Holiday Cheer permeates this Winter Wonderland.

Join us in Southwest Colorado for a taste of small town winter cheer this December!

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 9th Annual Art Show and Sale

Start Time: 10:00 am End Time: 4:00 pm
Art Show & Gift Sale. 9th annual. Dec. 1, 10-4 pm. Ridgway Town Hall. Local Artists. Demonstrations, refreshments. Details, Information, 970-626-3982.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Gingerbread Houses - Ouray Time: 10:00 am End Time: 12:00 pm 
Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate.
Contact: Weehawken Arts
Phone: 970-318-0150

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Canyon Notes: A Library Benefit Featuring The Poetry of Beth Paulson

Beth.PaulsonStart Time: 5:00 pm End Time: 6:30 pm 
Join Beth Paulson for readings from her newly published poetry book Canyon Notes.Wine and light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to or call 325-4616.
Contact: Maureen O'Driscoll
Phone: 970-325-4616

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Movie at The Wright - "Magic Mike" Girls' Night Out followed by auction to help send Heidi Duce to the Special Olympics

Start Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 10:30 pm
A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money until he must decide between the life he knows and the girl he loves. Ladies, gather your friends and enjoy an evening of fun for a great cause! The movie will be followed by a LIVE bachelor auction. All proceeds will benefit local extreme athlete Heidi Duce to support her training for the 2014 Paralympics. Movie Price is $7.00 per person
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - Music at the Sherbino: The Milemarkers

mile.markersStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
The Milemarkers deliver high-quality Americana rock! Their skillfully crafted original songs have received praise from music promoters and musicians across the country.
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570


Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Gingerbread Houses- Ridgway

gingerbread.houseStart Time: 1:00 pm End Time: 3:00 pm
Enjoy the holiday tradition of Gingerbread House decorating with Weehawken and our partner, Voyager. Each registered family will receive a gingerbread house to decorate as they wish from a wide variety of candies, frosting and more. A $10/family donation is appreciated but not required to participate.
Contact: Weehawken Arts
Phone: 970-318-0150

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - Ouray County Chorus Christmas Concert

music noteStart Time: 7:00 pm 
Enjoy an evening of music and cheer at the Ouray County 4-H Center in Ridgway, Colorado. Holiday music to tap your toes to and sing along!
Contact: Loretta Casler
Phone: 970-901-4204

Friday, December 7, through Sunday, December 9, 2012 - Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend

elks.santa.5Start Time: 9:00 am End Time: 10:00 pm 
Ouray welcomes the holiday season with a long weekend of special events, shopping and winter cheer with Yule Fest Town will be aglow in decorated windows, twinkling lights and Santa’s chuckles. The weekend features holiday music various venues, a wine, chocolate and cheese celebration that supports local nonprofits, visits with Santa for the kids and the pets and great shopping opportunities at local small businesses, many of which feature holiday specials and events.
Contact: Ouray Chamber Resort Association
Phone: 9703254746

Friday, December 7, 2012 - Movies at the Wright/Step Up To The Plate Time: 7:30 pm End Time: 9:30 pm
Acclaimed French chef Michel Bras passes the torch (in this case his namesake restaurant) to his son Sébastien in this intimate documentary.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Wright Opera House --- Santa Paws, pets' pictures with Santa Claus, benefit for Second Chance Humane Society

Start Time: 1:30 pm End Time: 3:30 pm 
Bring your four legged friends to the Wright Opera House in Ouray this Yule Fest Weekend! Meet Santa, and donate to a great cause!
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Yule Night visit with Santa/Chili supper

santa and reindeerStart Time: 5:00 pm 
Children visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5:00 PM, followed by chili supper beginning at 5:15. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Chili supper includes chili, cornbread, salad, dessert, beverage for $8/adults, $5 ages 5 - 12. Hot dogs and chips available if kids don't want chili.
Ouray Elks Lodge
421 Main St.
Ouray CO 81427
Contact: Jim Pettengill
Phone: 970-626-4239

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 4th Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest

wine and chocolate.2011Start Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening of treats and delightful tastings of wine, chocolate, cheese and more! And an opportunity to buy the things you try! Dress in your best impression of Winter Wonderland and enter to win the most festively dressed. Vendors will be coming as far as Fort Collins! Music provided by Alternate Route. This event a benefits a different local non-profit each year. Deck the halls in Ouray on Dec. 8th 7 pm- 10 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 a the door.
Contact: Faith Parry
Phone: 970-325-4913

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - Tony Rosario Band

tony rosarioStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 11:00 pm
The Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway is excited to present the talented musical stylings of Tony Rosario! Head on out to Ridgway for a night of Music and dancing.
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - LIVE MUSIC-North Fork Flyers

north fork flyersStart Time: 9:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
O'Briens Pub is starting the season out right with one of the most popular musical groups in Southwest Colorado performing live thei Yule Fest weekend!
O'Brien's Pub & Grill
726 Main
Ouray CO 81427 USA

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - Dolce Voce -- Holiday Voices

christmas tree box canyonStart Time: 2:00 pm End Time: 4:00 pm
Montrose based a capella choral group will entertain and delight us with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages. This will be a highlight of our season in Ouray County! Adults $10, Students $5
Contact: Sue Hillhouse
Phone: 970-626-2970

Friday, December 14, 2012 - Movie at the Wright "The Flat"

Start Time: 7:30 pm End Time: 9:30 pm
When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Target Opening Day of Ouray Ice Park - Weather Permitting

The Ouray Ice Park (the Park) is a manmade ice climbing venue operated in a spectacular natural gorge just outside the town of Ouray, CO. It is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15-minute walk of the Park entrance. Whether you are a seasoned climber, or new to the sport, the Ouray Ice Park is the premiere place to climb!

Phone: 970.325.4288

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Christmas in the Park - Ridgway

Start Time: 11:00 am End Time: 3:00 pm 
Come visit Santa from noon til 2:00 pm with complimentary photo and gift bag. Kids crafts, face painting, holiday treats and Christmas Caroling.
Contact: Susan Leverenz
Phone: 970-369-5406

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Movies at The Wright Opera House/Ballet in Cinema: The Bolshoi Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

nutcrackerStart Time: 2:00 pm 
Discover one of childhood's most celebrated tales in this beloved holiday ballet, brought to life by acclaimed dancers Vladimir Vasiliev, Yekaterina Maximova, Vyacheslav Gordeyev and Nadia Pavlova (with music by Peter Tchaikovsky). Watch Herr Drosselmeyer unwrap his magical gifts for Clara and Fritz, as well as the dance confections that emerge in Clara's dreams.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - The Sherbino Theater Presents: JOINT POINT!!!

sherbinoStart Time: 7:00 pm End Time: 12:00 am 
Joint Point is quickly becoming a coveted commodity for the hungry Colorado music scene. Catch the Point at the Sherbino!
Contact: Brian Scranton
Phone: 970-201-8570

Friday, December 21, 2012 - Santa Delivers Stocking Stuffer Potluck

santa listStart Time: 6:00 pm 
Help stuff stockings for Santa Delivers (on Christmas Eve). Bring a dish to share. Everyone welcome. A Ouray tradition!
Contact: Jim Pettengill
Phone: 970-626-4239

Friday, December 21, 2012 - Suzanne Paris plays till the end at Trail Town Still

Start Time: 9:00 pm
Susanne Paris will play her awesome blues as we come to the "End of the World As We
Know It Party" on Dec 21st from 9pm-12am. Time to buy a new Mayan calendar (It seems I only just got the last one).
Trail Town Still is located at 240 Palomino Trail (behind the Conoco) in Ridgway and makes fine spirits from local ingredients. Yes, we have gift baskets!
Contact: Joe Alaimo
Phone: (970)626-3060

Monday, December 24, 2012- CHRISTMAS EVE

santa eveSanta and his elves are on the move!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012- CHRISTMAS DAY

christmas morningEnjoy Christmas at The Box Canyon! Wake to the serene beauty of a small Colorado Town, Share the spirit as you enjoy a cup of coffee in the soothing mineral hot springs, then enjoy a scenic drive before a decadent dinner at one of our fine dining establishments!

Saturday, December 29, 2012 - Concert - The Intervention Jazz Band

interventionband buyStart Time: 7:30 pm
Jazz Concert in the Wrighteous Jazz Series sponsored by Friends of the Wright Opera House and Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.
Phone: 970-316-0028

Monday, December 31, 2012 - NEW YEARS EVE

fireworks in ouray coCelebrate New Years Eve in one of the most beautiful places in the country! Join your fellow revellers at one of the parties or dinners in the county, then "Ooh" and "Ahh" to the spectacular fireworks display at midnight in Ouray! Definately an experience not to be missed.

Local shops in Ouray and Ridgway offer a variety of original gift ideas for everyone! Wander the streets of these little villages and enjoy a different perspective on holiday shopping. Here are not the bulging aisles and frenzied crowds of a department store, angry florescent lights flickering overhead. Let the crisp mountain air usher you up and down Main Street, with the friendly smiles of shopkeepers as they assist you and your fellow guests in a leisurely quest for the perfect gift. 


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Nordic Ski Race in the San Juan Mountains this March!


The Sneffels Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Ski Race on the Northern flanks of the Sneffels Range.

san juan hut logoSan Juan Hut Systems is proud to present this 34.4 full course, or 23.8 mile short course race through the majestic San Juan Mountains.  On March 10, 2012, backcountry skiers of all kinds will meet at the Last Dollar Trailhead above Telluride Regional Airport for a challenging race across the challenging terrain of Colorado.

cross country skiAll AT, Ransonee and classic Nordic skiers are invited to participate in this ultimate challenge which traverses the Alder Creek/Dallas Trail system, running hut to hut and aid station to aid station to benefit the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experiences of youth in Ouray County.

cross country irontonBoth courses will begin at the Last Dollar Trailhead. The Short Course will run approximately 24 miles, ending near Ridgway at the Blue Lakes Trailhead, with a total ascent of 3,990 feet, and a descent of 5,498 feet. The Long Course will run a little over 34 miles ascending 6,630 feet, with a descent of 9,057 feet ending at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, a perfect opportunity to soak your weary bones in the healing mineral hot spring waters in Ouray.

The entry fee is $100.00 per racer. 

Register by phone with San Juan Hut Systems: 970-626-3033. For more information visit: 








Box Canyon Falls In Ouray is Wonderful in Winter


Ouray is a great Spring Break Destination with Kids in Southwest Colorado

Even though it seems like Spring Break is nearly upon us in Southwest Colorado, many beautiful winter photos of Box Canyon Falls (Box Cañon Falls) in Ouray remain.

This attraction is free all winter long (there is a small fee in the Summer) and only a short walk from the Box Canyon Lodge.  The falls are less dramatic in winter since much of the water is frozen.  However, you can still see the very dramatic canyon walls and hear the thunderous roar of the water falling several hundred feet to Canyon Creek below.  

Welcome solitude?  This beautiful waterfall remains very uncrowded and one of the great things to do in Ouray during the winter but you get to enjoy it with fewer people than in the summer.

Walk slowly to the falls as it is somewhat icy but once you turn the corner to see the falls, the grates are free from snow and ice and the beauty of the canyon shines.

The Box Canyon Falls remains cold so warm up with a visit to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, another fun thing to do in Ouray with Kids over Spring Break.  We sell discount passes to the Ouray Hot Springs to our guests.  Or like most of our hotel guests, enjoy a soak in our natural hot springs terraced on the mountainside as you relax after a fun filled day in Ouray!

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ouray colorado box canyon falls winter walkway

As you walk up to the Box Canyon Falls from our hotel in Ouray, you also pass the Ouray Ice Park and many times you can enjoy watching the climbers ascend the icy cliff wall from the road just af few hundred feet from your room.

ouray ice park near box canyon lodge


5th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival in the Uncompahgre Mountains!


Dancing, fashion, food and fun for a great cause in Southwest Colorado! 

wine and whiskers dog.oreoSaturday, March 10, 2012, spend the evening Mardi Gras style with fantastic food, a live and silent auction filled with spectacular finds while dancing the night away all in support of our furry friends in Southwest Colorado!

second chance logoThe Second Chance Humane Society once again presents its annual fund raising event not to be missed. Party attendees will be spoiled from the moment they arrive at the Ouray County 4H Center in Ridgway as they enjoy complimentary beer and wine from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

wine and whiskers catAfter a day enjoying the scenic wonders of Southwest Colorado, join the Second Chance Humane Society in a fundraiser not soon forgotten! Sample from a decadent array of tasty treats prepared by local chefs from Ouray and San Miguel Counties, with the palate pleasing creations of Chef Alix Fremgen as he returns to provide a dining experience not soon forgotten.
Bid on over 300 items in the silent auction and marvel at the Fashion Cabaret Fashion Show. The evening heats up to the diverse high energy dance tunes of DJ Antone. A cash bar will be open for the evening as well, and this should be one of the most fun and exciting evenings of the year.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and available at the Second Chance Thrift Shop, Telluride Veterinary Clinic, Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray or DaLee Spa in Montrose.
Don't miss this great function for an even greater cause!


Raise your spirits with great food, drinks and friends in Ouray!


O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray, Colorado serves up awesome entertainment to heat up the winter!

iceclimber4It's Saturday night. You have had a great day enjoying all of the winter activities the San Juans have to offer; ice climbing, skiing, sledding, soaking in the mineral hot springs, finished off with a fantastic dinner at one of our many great restaurants, but the night is young and there is still fun to be had!

At 10:00 every Saturday night through the end of March, the crew at O'Brien's clears the dinner tables and the real fun begins. 

tony rosario.2Local musical talents including Tony Rosario, the North Fork Flyers, and Funkdafari, featured at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have played this little Ouray venue, in the traditional laid back Ouray atmosphere of dancing and entertainment.

til willisLocal singer and song writer, Til Willis often plays the Pub as a headliner, or with some of our many talented local artists. Either way, it is always a pleasure to hear him play.

funkdafariJen Greenholt, owner of O'Brien's, has made it her goal to offer consistently good food, service and fun at this Ouray hot spot. "Poor and Hungry" Mondays offers burger specials for those on a budget, All You Can Eat Fish every Friday and Happy Hour every day combined with a friendly staff makes your dining experience extremely enjoyable. til willis yony rosarioThe menu includes a wide variety of homemade food, including fresh spinach salads, homemade soups and irish egg rolls, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. And you always get a perfect pint!

Don't forget St. Pattys Day! This is an Irish pub, and they make it a point to celebrate in true Irish style!

obriens pub ouray3So be sure to visit O'Brien's Pub & Grill during your time in Ouray for a truly original experience in a restaurant filled with friends!



February Events for Ouray and Ridgway Colorado


February is a great time to visit Ouray County.

ouray sleddingThe snow is soft and perfect for sledding, the ice is excellent for climbing, and the evenings are such a peaceful time for soaking in the mineral hot springs and enjoying a quiet relaxing getaway. The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs continually strives to be not only your favorite choice for lodging in Ouray, but also your most cherished home away from home.  

Bring your true love to see us this month for a wonderful Romantic night away, or bring the kids for a weekend of ice climbing, sledding and ice skating, followed by a soothing soak in our mineral hot springs tubs.  Winter activities abound!

tony rosarioSaturday, February 4, 2012 – 10:00 pm to 1:00 am - Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

After a fantastic meal of Fried Pickles and Shepherd’s Pie, dance the night away to the soulful sounds of Tony Rosario and the Blue Heelers!

Friday, February 10, 2012 – 1 pm to 7 pm – Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

Saturday, February 11, 2012 – 10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

obriens pub ouraySaturday, February 11, 2012 – 10:00pm to 1:00 am – Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

Saturday nights are definitely a great time at O’Brien’s! After dinner, get ready to dance away those calories to the musical mixes of DJ Sunday Smith!

Sunday, February 12, 2012 10:00 am to 3:00 pm - Winter Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ouray Community Center

Spend an afternoon or an entire weekend enjoying this three day event featuring the talents of local artists. Admission is free, with a Silent Auction at which to bid on your favorite pieces!

rodeo and julietTuesday, February 14, 2012 – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Rodeo & Juliet at the Wright Opera House

Take your sweetie out for an evening of music and fun at the Wright Opera House! Enjoy the sweet soul harmonies of Rodeo and Juliet at this Valentine’s Day concert sure to be a night to remember.

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 10:00pm to 1:00 am – Live Music at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill

Join the O’Brien’s crew for another awesome Saturday night of frivolity, dancing away to the musical styling of local favorite Funkdafari!

Don’t forget! Valentine’s Day can be every day in Ouray! Celebrate the month of romance in one of the most picturesque places on earth! Let us help you create an adventure to last a lifetime!valentine=candy


Welcome winter at the 3rd Annual Wine & Chocolate Fest in Ouray!


End a great Yule Night with a sampling of decadent goodies and live music at the Ouray Community Center!

ouray wine chocolate fest decadent candyOnce the parade is over, and the christmas lights on Main Streets are lit, head on down to the Ouray Community Center this December 10, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm for a fun filled evening enjoying local wines, chocolates and other decadent delights! The change of venue can now accomodate live music and dancing, as well as being handicap accessible! For the first time, the event will feature live music from local quartet, the Chameleon Ensemble who will be paying Celtic and Chamber music.

Dress up for a chance to win a grand prize as the "Most Festive" when judges decide who has truly represented the Woodland Winter Wonderland theme of the evening! Anne LaSala will have a festive portrait studio set up to take professional portraits of couples and groups available for purchase.

ouray wine chocolate fest awardsShop local vendors as they vie for Awards for "Most Decadent", "Most Creative", "Wine Taster’s Award", "Chocolatier’s Award", "Foodie Award" and "People’s Choice" for wine, chocolate and cheese. Find your favorites while taking the opportunity to support local businesses such as Liliputian Winery, Cottonwood Cellars, Black Bridge Winery and 5680' Vineyards, Mountain View Winery, Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese from Longmont, MouCo Cheese Co from Fort Collins, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy, Ray's Good Stuff, Crossroads Wine and Spirits, and MorningSong B&B. Logs of cheese, boxes of chocolates and bottles of wine will be available for purchase. It is the perfect place to buy delicious gift basket goodies!

ouray wine chocolate fest tasty treatsCelebrate the season this Yule Night at the Ouray Community Center with beautiful music, fantastic food, wine, and pleasant conversations, while finishing up your Christmas Shopping!
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be found in Ouray at Buckskin Booksellers, Khristopher's Culinaire, Mouse's Chocolates; in Ridgway at Cimarron Books; in Montrose at Around the Corner Gallery and Coffee Trader; in Telluride at Wizard Entertainment; in Durango at Maria’s Bookshop; and in Grand Junction at Pro Powder Coating and Crossroads Wine and Spirits.



Ouray, Colorado's Box Canyon Lodge & Ice Climbing – A Perfect Match


-Book Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Getaway for just $450-

iceclimber5.0There are many benefits to getting away with friends.  Expenses are split, enjoyment is shared and memories are made.  If you and your buddies are ready for a getaway as unique as your friendship is, head to Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colo., (a.k.a. ‘Switzerland of America’) to try your hand – or pick! – at the sport of ice climbing. 

Ice climbing novices and gurus alike will appreciate the Box Canyon Lodge’s Ice Climbing Package.  It includes a half-day ice climbing lesson for two (including ice climbing equipment) and two nights lodging in a standard room for $450 plus tax.  The offer is good  all winter long from mid-December until late-March, special events excluded. Call (800) 327-5080 to book. 

 The Ouray Ice Park – the world’s first park dedicated exclusively to the sport of ice climbing – is just two blocks from Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.  The park is located in the Uncompahgre River Gorge and was built and is operated entirely on a volunteer/donations basis.  It’s free to enter and climb in the park.  Local guides and instructors, as well as rental equipment are available.


ouray ice park 2011The 17th Annual Ouray Ice Festival, ‘the X Games of the ice climbing world,’ is January 5-8, 2012, and features elite ice climbers from around the world.  The schedule includes films, auctions, demonstrations, clinics and, of course, lots of ice climbing  for beginners and experts alike.  

After a day in the Ice Park, warm up with a revitalizing soak in one of Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs’ four natural hot springs hot tubs. The redwood tubs offer stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Open 365 days a year, and for the exclusive use of Box Canyon Lodge guests, the tubs provide the perfect setting to connect with your best friends and swap tales about proudly scaling vertical ice walls, no matter how tall (the tales or the walls!).

The beautiful town of Ouray provides a scenic and peaceful backdrop for strengthening the bonds of friendship. Take a stroll among the shops, socialize over a great meal, and catch up at a local watering hole. All the while, soak in the fresh mountain air and capture a few postcard-worthy snapshots with your buddies in front of the vibrant landscapes. Complement your ice-climbing adventure with any one of Ouray’s other outdoor activities including backcountry skiing and boarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. 


Events in Ouray and Ridgway Colorado: November and December 2011


Celebrate the Holiday Season in Southwest Colorado!

fall snow ourayAs Fall fades into winter and all of the leaves have created a blanket on the forest floors in preparation for snow, November and December offer the weary traveller a perfect getaway for a peaceful visit enjoying the spectacular beauty around you. See Ouray and meet its townspeople when the hustle and bustle of summer is over, and the focus turns to winter recreation and family fun. 

August 19 through November 19, 2011:

"A century of Ouray County Farming and Ranching: 1875-1975", Special Exhibit

The Ouray County Historical Society presents it's special exhibit of the 2011 season at theOuray County Museum. A Century of Ouray County Ranching: 1875-1975 runs from April 15th to July 5th and August 19 to November 19. Learn about the various types of ranching and farming that took place in Ouray County during the counties first 100 years. 



Saturday, November 5, 2011, 5:30pm

Karaoke Contest at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Contest entry fee will be $10 with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes a percentage of the pot.Taco Dinner starts at 5:30, with contestants beginning at 6:00pm

lees ski hillTuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:00pm

Ouray County Nordic Council Banquet at the Ouray Community Center

Annual fundraiser and membership dinner to benefit the Ouray County Nordic Council and trail maintenance.



Saturday, November 12, 2011 , 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friends of the Library Christmas Carol Luncheon and fashion Show at the Ouray Community Center

Support the public library at a fun filled luncheon and fashion show!

box canyon hot springsSaturday, November 12, 2011, 5:30 pm

Veterans Dinner, Turkey Bingo and Cash Raffle at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Annual Veterans' recognition dinner and turkey bingo, open to the public. Dinner and bingo proceeds go directly to VA hospital in Grand Junction. In addition, drawing for annual cash raffle to assist lodge with insurance


Sunday, November 13, 2011, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friends of the Library Afternoon Delight at the Ouray Community Center

Join the Friends of the Ouray Library for a parent-child event.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, all day

Ouray School Library fundraiser at the Ouray Brewery

Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Ouray Brewery, and help out the kids at Ouray School on Wednesday! Ouray Brewery’s monthly non-profit day will donate 10% of all sales to the Ouray School Library, so eat drink and enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Open Mic at the True Grit in Ridgway

Share your talent, or just come and enjoy an eveniing of music and fun at the True Grit!


Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Fourth Annual Ouray County Non-Profit Holiday Bazaar at the Ouray County 4H Event Center

Bring the kids to see Santa as you peruse the assortment of gift ideas presented by a number of local merchants and non profit organizations in Ouray County. Santa Paws, sponsored by the Second Chance Humane society, will be on hand to take pictures of Santa with kids and pets alike!

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Beaumont Hotel

Traditional American style Thanksgiving buffet. $29.95 for adults, $16.95 children

thanksgiving turkeyThanksgiving Dinner at the Bon Ton

Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, or order off of a limited menu of ulinary delights! Thanksgiving dinner is $21.95 for adults, $13.95 children

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Outlaw Restauraunt

Traditional American style Thanksgiving dinner.

Sunday, December 4, 2011 All Day

Ouray Elks Lodge Memorial Day Ceremony

Open to the public

wine and chocolateFriday, December 9, 2011, 7:30 pm

Christmas Jazz Conert at the Wright Opera House

The North Fork Flyers return to the Opera House for Christmas Jazz.

Saturday, December 10, 2011, 5:00 pm

Ouray Annual Yule Night Celebration, Main Street, Ouray

Be sure to dress warmy, and get a good spot on Main Street when Santa arrives, leading a parade through Main Street. After the parade, wander through the shops on Main Street, to find a number of treasures for your loved ones this Christmas! Santa Paws will be at the Wright Opera House, and The Ouray Elks Lodge will be having a great dinner with Santa in attendance!

Saturday, December 10, 2011, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest at the Wright Opera House

Third annual festival celebrating Western Slope Wineries and local chocolate creations. Taste the fantastic wines, chocolates and appetizers, then take some home with you for your holiday celebrations!

Sunday, December 11, 2011, 7:00 

Ouray County Chorale Chistmas Concert at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center

Enjoy a wonderful evening of carols and fun at the annual Christmas Concert presented by the Ouray County Chorale Group.

Sunday, December 18, 2011, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Winter Sing Concert at the Wright Opera House

Winter concert presented by the Telluride Choral Society.Tickets are $10 for Adults & $5 for Students (16 & under). Tickets are available, and at the following locations mid-November: Ouray - Buckskin Booksellers & Mouse's Chocolates, Ridgway - Cimarron Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Montrose - The Coffee Trader.

santa in ouraySaturdayDecember 24, 2011, All day

Santa Delivers!

Be sure to contact the Ouray Elks to have Santa visit your home or room throughout Ouray County!

Saturday, December 31, 2011, non timed event

Ouray Elks Lodge New Years Eve Party

Ouray Elks Lodge New Year's Eve Party with karaoke is open to the public.

Saturday, December 31, 2011, Midnight

fireworks in ouray coFireworks!

Celebrate New Years Eve with a spectacular fireworks display put on by the Ouray Fire Department and sponsored by the city of Ouray! 






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