Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray Hot Springs Pool to Undergo Major Renovations beginning September 6th.

Posted by Hannah Hollenbeck on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @09:33 AM

Ouray Hot Springs Pool has existed, in some form, since the early 1800s. Even before the discovery of gold and silver in the San Juan Mountains, Southern Utes extoled the virtues of Ouray’s geothermal waters. Since 1927, the facility has been instantly recognizable for its distinct oval shape surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains. Despite the Ouray Hot Springs Pool’s popularity, the facility has not been upgraded in quite some time and is showing signs of nearly a century of use. In the fall of 2012, the City of Ouray organized a committee of community members to begin investigating the feasibility of repairs and renovations to the beloved Hot Springs. In August of 2015, the Ouray City Council weighed the various plans and options and approved a master plan for the Pool.  Renovations will begin on September 6, 2016, with a complete closure of the Hot Springs facility (gym facilities are anticipated to remain open). The Hot Springs facility is anticipated to reopen in May 2017.

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Tags: ouray, natural hot springs

My Three Favorite Back Roads in Ouray, Colorado for Passenger Vehicles

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 @08:43 AM

Take the back roads in Ouray County and see more in just a short drive!

Often referred to as the Jeeping Capital of the World, Ouray and the surrounding area boast over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads. Each trail is filled with spectacular scenery; a journey into the colorful past that is the Western Slope of Colorado. Abandoned mines, wildflowers, mountain lakes and waterfalls are just a few of the sights awaiting you on any given trail.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, colorado, box canyon lodge & hot springs colorado, day trips from Ouray, san juan mountains, fishing

Must Haves for a Great Adventure in Ouray County

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 @02:01 PM

Exploring the high country around Ouray is always a great experience.

Whether you are going on a jeep tour, horseback riding, hiking or enjoying a scenic drive, it seems there is always something new around the next bend.

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Tags: safety tips, southwest colorado, 4WD, hiking trails, jeeping, fishing

The Ouray County Fair and Rodeo this September!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @05:16 PM

Perhaps it is just nostalgia, but there is something about a County Fair and rodeo that puts a smile on my face.

Wandering from building to building at the fairgrounds, checking out livestock lovingly raised by kids in the county, the smell of hay and horses, candied apples and cowboys......The competitions are fun to watch. Everything from disciplined equine work, to the loud and rowdy tractor pull. Of course, you can't forget the amazing food or the arts and crafts show!

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Tags: ouray event, ridgway event, Ouray County Rodeo

Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 @11:57 AM

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.

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, hiking trails, san juan mountains, million dollar highway

Press Release: Calling All Foodies: Fork Fest 2016 Comes to Ouray County Aug. 19 & 20, 2016!

Posted by Samantha Tisdel Wright on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @02:07 PM

Rediscover all the delicious food that Ouray County has to offer.


Ouray, CO, July 6, 2016: Tantalize your tastebuds and savor Ouray County’s lively culinary scene at Fork Fest 2016, coming to Ridgway and Ouray on Aug. 19 and 20. Sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts, Fork Fest began in 2013 as a fresh local twist on the erstwhile Ouray Culinary Festival of the 1980s. This year, organizers have expanded the scope of the event, shifting it from May to August, and including activities in Ridgway as well as Ouray. Throughout the weekend, foodies from near and far will delight in all the delicious food that Ouray County and the greater Uncompahgre Valley have to offer, and will learn new ways to prepare it for friends and family at home. 

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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, ouray, things to do in ridgway colorado, ouray event, ridgway event

Five Great Ways to Experience Ouray This Summer

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 @09:43 AM

Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding area is filled with amazing scenery and a variety of adventures. Regardless of the season, there are always a number of ways to enjoy a visit to the area, the hardest thing might be choosing which activities most appeal.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, ouray, 4WD, hiking trails, ouray museum, jeeping

Ridgway Creative District MoonWalk: Farm-to-Table Community Potluck Dinner in Conjunction with Ouray County Fork Fest 2016 - Press Release

Posted by Diedra Silbert for the Ridgway Creative District Commitee on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @05:35 PM

From: Diedra Silbert for the Ridgway Creative District Committee

Date: August 3rd, 2016

Join the community for a fun dinner in the park and the grand finale of Ouray County Fork Fest 2016, followed by Mountain Film on Tour! On Saturday, August 20th, starting at 5:00pm, the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts will host a Farm-to-Table Community Potluck Dinner in Hartwell (Town) Park-- near the park pavilion close to Charles Street. This MoonWalk brings together community and visitors for a sit-down potluck meal in the park with live music by Heather and Douglas and thirst-quenching libations.

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Tags: ouray music, ouray event, ridgway event, things to do in ridgway colo

Exploring the High Country in Ouray County - The Wildflowers are here!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 @12:53 PM

Above Yankee Boy Basin and the Twin Falls, Governor's Basin is a short ride that offers spectacular views!

Wildflowers blanket the mountains and meadows in a rainbow of colors. Blue Columbine, pink Elephants, scarlet Kings Crown, red, orange and yellow Indian Paintbrush, stark white Mouse Ears and brilliant yellow Black Eyed Susans are just a few varieties of flowers smiling at the sun in the high country.

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Tags: colorado wildflower update, scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, things to do in ouray

Hiking in Ouray County: Blue Lakes

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @01:57 PM

Photographers and sight seers alike enjoy Blue Lakes, one of the most popular hikes in Southwest Colorado.

There are several options, from a short 6 mile round trip to the lower lake, make a day of it, and hike to Blue Lakes Pass, about 11.5 miles, or, climb up and over from the trail head just past Yankee Boy Basin, allowing for spectacular views on the descent into the basin.

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Tags: ouray, hiking trails