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Things to do in Ouray during the winter

  
  
  

winter lodgeOf course, soaking in natural hot springs is a must if you stay at our Ouray Colorado hotel, but, there are many other things to do in Ouray in the winter.  Here is our list of Four things to do while in Ouray that do not involve ice climbing in the Ouray Ice Park.

  1. Relax : Rejuvenating your spirit is important in all seasons but especially during the busy holiday season.  Enjoy Ouray's slower paced, less crazy pace.  Read a good book, stroll Ouray's historic Main Street, sip lattes and eat truffles at Mouse's Chocolates and enjoy the scenic mountains surrounding Ouray.  Once you have done all of that, why not get a massage from one of Ouray's great massage therapists?
  2. Ski : What is your pleasure?  Do you prefer cross country skiing on a groomed track?  or do you prefer more trail breaking yourself?  How about an earn your turn back country adventure?  If you like all the fun of skiing without as much work, enjoy the pleasures of Telluride or Durango Mountain Resort.  Ouray is close to all the varied types of skiing.  Now go make some turns!
  3. Wildlife Viewing : When the winter arrives in Ouray, so do some more animals.  Visit the bald eagles along the river in Ridgway, only 10 minutes north of Ouray.  Eagles are fairly common along the Uncompahgre River and they winter along the river in the high cottonwood trees and feast on fish.  Look for rocky mountain bighorn sheep on the Million Dollar Highway or just north of Ouray, and watch for small birds that winter at home feeders.  Of course, deer are viewable in town all year long.  This list is just a sample, why not try to find other animals during your winter safari?
  4. Photography :  Winter is an especially great time for photography.  Wildlife provides subjects and the scenery is magnificent.  Rich Durnan, a local photographer with an incredible eye has a few workshops through Weehawken Creative Arts this winter including a wildlife session as well as a winter scenery workshop.  Why not expand your horizons and take a class to enhance your skills?

If you would like even more ideas, we have a 2 page list with ideas and suggestions for even more fun in Ouray.  Download Winter Activies in Ouray now!

ouray winter things to do 

 

Winter in Ouray: Ice Climbing

  
  
  

The ice is starting to form.  Several good nights in the teens and so they have cranked up the ice making!  It is just a month away before the world famous Ouray Ice Park opens.  Yippee!

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.

From "ice cold" to "hot springs hot" it is the order of the day when you return to the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to take a soak in the 108-degree hot springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside.

You are not up to the challenge but you think the kids might be? Then, bring the young-ins to one of the Kids Climbing College sessions that happen this winter. The cost is free but people are encouraged to register. Equipment is provided, just make sure they are wearing their best winter gear. Dates of program: 12/26 from 12n – 4p, 1/8 and 1/9 from 10a-3p (Ice Fest) and 2/12/11 from 12n – 4p. Pre registration is encouraged.  We are happy to help you get registered if you let us know. 

If you still think Ice Climbing is a little too daring for you, there are two bridges over the gorge and several viewing stands built specifically for those interested in watching this interesting sport.

Learn 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 16th annual Ouray Ice Festival will be held Januyary 6 – 9th, 2011. For more information on this world renowned competition see the Official Ouray Ice Park Festival site.

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

Hot Deal: 

Winter 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.

Membership entitles you to 20% off of our regular rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs all winter long. We sell the memberships at the lodge and all proceeds go directly to supporting the programs and the offerings of this great place.

 

Join the Ouray Ice Park

Thanksgiving is relaxing in Ouray!

  
  
  

Bountiful HarvestIf you spend Thanksgiving in Ouray, you can be assured of a very peaceful and relaxing day.  No need to fuss and cook that turkey yourself.  Let one of Ouray's local restaurants do that for you.  You can also avoid dishes too.  With this kind of special treatment, you can reflect on the bounties of life and give thanks with those closest to you.  The Bon Ton, the Beaumont, and the Outlaw will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday but you will be best served to have reservations.

Don't enjoy the hectic shopping routine on the Friday afterwards?  Then, slowly walk the streets of Ouray without the crowds and hectic pace.  Ouray has many shops that will be open and they provide one of a kind gifts that can't always be found in shopping malls.  Each store in Ouray is owned and operated by a person who cares passionately about their store, who hand picks all of the merchandise they sell themself, who calls Ouray home and who thinks of their customers first.  (Ouray is infact the most beautiful shopping mall in the world!)

Not up for shopping?  Soak in the surroundings in our natural hot springs that are terraced on the mountainside and/or watch a movie with your kids. Need more space?  Soak at the Wiesbaden or the one million gallon Ouray Hot Springs pool.  It will be open on Thanksgiving too.  Let us help you design the Thanksgiving Day of your choosing.  Call us for your reservations!

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