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Make Yule Fest a weekend of fun in Ouray, Colorado!


December 9, 10 and 11, 2011, celebrate the season with Ourays own unique version of Yule Fest.

box canyon christmas tree

Originally celebrated on the longest night of the year, the traditional lighting of the Yule log was begun to light the night sky. Now, we light the Christmas tree, and decorate our shops and homes with bright lights to keep the long dark nights of winter aglow.

From fabulous arts and crafts at the Painting Marmot, to gift baskets filled with specialty items for the kitchen at Kristopher’s Culinaire; gourmet chocolates from Mouse’s Chocolates, or hand blown ornaments from Ouray Glassworks, just to name a few, the shops in Ouray provide a plethora of original and beautiful gift ideas.  As you wander up and down Main Street to peruse the array of holiday finds, keep your eyes peeled for the special hidden ornaments in participating shops as part of the Ouray Scavenger Hunt. Turn in a list of at least ten ornament locations to the Ouray Visitor’s Center to enter a drawing for a gift certificate to the shop or restaurant of your choice.

Yule Fest begins in earnest this weekend, with a Christmas Jazz Concert at the Wright Opera House on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm. Enjoy the original sound of Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers, a combination of jazz, rock, and pop, dominated by bluegrass and country , creating a performance everyone will love.

Saturday morning, December 10, 2011, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, take the whole family to the Ouray Community Center to decorate your own gingerbread house, sponsored by Weehawken and Voyager.  If you can’t make it on Saturday morning, have no fear!  From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2011 head down to Weehawken Ridgway to create your special memory. Register early at 970-318-0150, or

santa in ourayOnce you have finished creating the perfect holiday gingerbread house, hurry to Main Street to welcome Santa to Ouray in the Annual Holiday Parade.

Santa will be busy on Saturday, meeting with kids and pets of all ages at the Wright Opera House from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm as Santa Paws visits Ouray, sponsored by the Second Chance Humane Society.

santa paws ourayAfter a short break for cookies and milk, Santa will head over to the Ouray Elks Lodge at 4:00 pm to visit with more children and families as they enjoy sing along caroling, dinner and a live Nativity Scene.

Local Galleries will be open December 10, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, for you to stroll through and enjoy the creative talents of so many local artists for the Ouray Art Walk.

From 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, December 10, don’t forget to indulge at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, a benefit for Art Partners of Ouray, Montrose and Delta, a fantastic sampling of local wines, chocolates and cheeses with live music performed by Chameleon Ensemble.

Finally, celebrate the holiday season with a concert at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 7:00 pm.  The Ouray County Chorus will be performing their annual Christmas Concert for a lovely evening of music and cheer.

box canyon lodgeHappy Holidays! We look forward to seeing you at the best Yule weekend yet!


Winter Packages & Savings in Ouray, CO


winter-in-ourayOuray Colorado is the perfect place for an amazing winter getaway!

Of the many places to visit in southwest Colorado, Ouray, is at the top of the list. Weighing in at a mere 8 blocks long by 8 blocks wide, it is "tiny but mighty." With natural hot springs onsite, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs offers a great place to enjoy a Colorado vacation or a simple weekend getaway in Ouray. The Box Canyon Lodge is a premier "hot spot" for those who love Colorado natural hot springs. They offer discount hotel rooms, especially during the winter. Here is a listing of current vacation deals available.

Thanksgiving in Ouray

Enjoy two nights lodging in Ouray and Thanksgiving dinner for two at your choice of the award winning Bon Ton restaurant or the Outlaw Steakhouse. Price includes a standard room for two at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, and a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings for two adults for only $225.00, not including tax and gratuity. Package availableThanksgiving weekend, November 24, 2011. 

"Ouray" for Santa!

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray, the Switzerland of America. Santa will visit guests of the lodge on Christmas Eve and deliver (small, age- and gender-appropriate) presents to children and spread holiday merriment. Parents who wish can ask Santa to carry in other gifts the parents have left outside. The guests can also take advantage of the activities in Ouray, including sledding, soaking in hot springs and more. Rates start as low as $99 for one-night accommodations, double occupancy.

Ski Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort Package

Visit the other side of the mountain and explore the 1,360 acres of terrain, 10 lifts, 88 trails and five terrain parks found at Purgatory at the Durango Mountain Resort. we offer 2 adult lift tickets and lodging in one of our standard guest rooms for $189+tax per night. There are no blackout dates, this package runs through the entire ski season.

The Weekday Escape (Off – Season)

Give yourself a break and unwind from the pressures of work. Bring that book you’ve been wanting to read and relax in our outdoor mineral springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside. The room rates during the week, Sunday through Thursday, would be reduced from the standard rack rates for one night; more so for two or more nights. This applies to our suites as well as our standard rooms. Call our toll-free number or click on the "Reservation Request" button to check out our Weekday Escape rates and availability. These rates are only available 10 days before arrival and based on availability. Black out dates apply.

The "Support the Ouray Ice Park" Membership Special

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 rack rate here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, plus 10% off at many of Ouray’s local restaurants and shops. This membership package not only helps you with lower lodging and dining rates, it also helps the economy of Ouray by assisting with the further development of the Ouray Ice Park. We are proud supporters of this growing sport and welcome all ice climbers to stay with us!

Box Canyon Ice Climbing Getaway

Whether you have been climbing for years, or just added this exhilarating sport to your "Bucket List", this package is a great way to experience the ice with friends! The package includes a half-day ice climbing lesson for two (including ice climbing equipment) and two nights lodging in a standard room for $450+ tax.  The offer is good  all winter from mid-December until late-March, special events excluded.

Located at 7,700 feet above sea level in southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray is surrounded on three sides by 13,000-foot peaks, earning it the nickname "The Switzerland of America." Ouray is home to several natural hot springs, including those at the Box Canyon Lodge, which is open year-round. Ouray is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering rock climbing, hiking, four-wheeling and mountain biking in the summer and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.


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. 


Local Restaurant and Brewpub in Ouray Colorado - don't miss it!


The Ouray Brewery is busy enough to make anyone thirsty for a growler!

Ouray brewery exterior nightAug 9, 2010 was a big day for the Ouray Brewery when they opened their doors and became the only brewpub in the City of Ouray. Not only were they the only brew pub, they were also the only spot in town where one can enjoy roof top dining. Centrally located in the heart of Ouray's main street,the Ouray Brewer is open all winter, almost every day, and is working to make your visit with them memorable regardless of the time of year.

Owner and operator Errin Eddy is a fifth- generation Colorado native with his roots deep in Ouray Business to include the popular Ice Park and Ice Festival. 

pint glass logo (1)Ouray Brewery has a series of events coming up that they would like to share:
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. 11 am- 9 pm.
Growlers and Growlettes to go.

Food Bank Donation Station- Oct. 1- Nov. 23. The Ouray Brewery will be accepting nonperishable items for donation to the Ridgway Community Food Pantry. 11 am - 9 pm. We will have a collection box for your convenience.

Monday night football specials: $3 pints $11 pitchers- Ouray Brewery
607 Main St. Ouray

Food Bank Donation Station- thru Nov. 23. The Ouray Brewery will be
accepting nonperishable items for
donation to the Ridgway Community Food Pantry. 11 am - 9 pm.

ouray breweryMonday night football specials: $3 pints $11 pitchers- Ouray Brewery
607 Main St. Ouray

Nov 10- Bad Movie Night- 7:00. See for details.
All attendees will be entered into the weekly Swag Bag drawing.

Nov. 16, 2011 Fundraiser- 10% of proceeds
earned for the day will be donated to the Library at the Ouray School.

The Ouray Brewery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Monday, November
28th – Friday, December 2nd for a fall cleaning.
(We will re-open for dinner Friday night, December 2nd at 5pm)

This winter the brewery will continue their Winter Mountaineering Lecture Series, on going lunch and dinner specials as well as a few other special events. Celebrate the season with the staff at the Ouray Brewery and have a pint on the roof top. 

Guest Blog:

Jennifer Loshaw is an independent marekting consultant and artist living and working in Ouray County, Colorado. Jennifer has lived in Colorado for 12 years and is dedicated to the success of the county and celebrates the wonderful diveristy and oppertunity the area provides.



Ouray Hotel offers Best Thankgiving Day experience!


Thanksgiving in Ouray, the Gem of the Rockies- a perfect holiday escape!

ouray box canyon tubsNovember is here, ushering out the last leaves of fall, and welcoming the winter season with open arms. The holidays are fast approaching, even as the busy summer has ended and school just begun. What better time to take a break, and prepare for the months to come?

Escape the norm, and celebrate Thanksgiving differenty this year! Enjoy a two night stay in the most spectacular setting imaginable, and allow one of our first class restaurants to serve you an incredible traditional Thanksgiving meal!

Waken on Thursday, November 24, 2011 and begin your day with an excellent cup of coffee, soak in the 103 to 108 degree water of one of the mineral hot springs tubs at the Box Canyon Lodge & hot Springs. Enjoy a short hike or early nap before getting ready for an amazing dinner at your choice of restaurant:  

bon ton restaurantBon Ton Restaurant-

Open on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., offering a traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, in addition to a selection from their regular menu. Feast on the culinary delights in a beautiful setting as the staff at the Bon Ton caters to your every need.






Outlaw Restaurant-

Open from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, serving a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and primerib with all the traditional trimmings you might expect. Celebrate the holiday in this charming atmosphere surrounded by friends and family and music.




box canyon lodge winter in ourayFor those ready for a quiet relaxing getaway, there is nothing to compare to Ouray, Colorado. Saunter down Main Street and peruse the shops for unique gifts, Take a scenic drive or soak in the soothing hot springs as you survey the breathtaking beauty around you, creating a holiday experience you will not soon forget.

 This package includes two nights lodging at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in a standard guest room, and traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for two adults at your choice of the Bon Ton or the Outlaw restaurant for the low rate of $225.00, not including tax and gratuity.

Book your Thanksgiving Getaway before its too late!



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