Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Monday Night Melodrama at the Wright: The Great Ice Cream Scheme

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @05:58 PM

The Wright Opera House Presents a new Melodrama this July and August!

In 2007, a group of voluteers  formed the 'Friends of the Wright Opera House', a non profit group focused on the restoration of the historic entertainment venue.

From acclaimed musicians and performers to movies and local productions, the Friends of the Wright have successfully begun to achieve their goal of making the theater a crowning jewel for the City and County of Ouray, providing arts, entertainment and culture for all.

The last Monday of July and through August 15, the Wright Opera House brings us a new and entertaining Melodrama:  The Great Ice Cream Scheme!
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Tags: ouray music, ouray, things to do in ouray

A Back Road Adventure in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @01:29 PM

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to outdoor excitement in and around Ouray in the Summer.

From rafting to hikingrock climbing and canyoning to horseback riding, all of which boasting a variety of difficulty levels, it is impossible to say which is the most fun, or suited to you and your group. Only you can decide!

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, 4WD

Colorado Canyoneering

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @08:05 PM

Ouray invites you to experience Canyoneering with us!

One of the most exciting sports to reach Ouray, Colorado in recent years, Canyoning has indeed taken the area by storm. And why not? A sport that combines hiking with rock climbing and rappelling, as well as jumping, and swimming every aspect of the putdoor acventure is there for the enjoyment of all. 

Canyoneering, or Canyoning, as some people refer to it, is an experience every sports enthusiast should try at least once!

Unlike the dry canyons in Utah, the canyons in Ouray feature waterfalls, and amazing rock formations and scenery, sure to create the most memorable experience.

As always, Ouray has a route for any skill level, so whether you are a seasoned enthusiast, or new to the sport, there is a route just for you that will offer the precise amount of adrenaline you're looking for!

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Tags: canyoneering, colorado vacation, ouray, ouray event

Hiking in Ouray County - Baldy Trail

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jul 09, 2016 @08:18 AM

The area in and around Ouray is filled with a variety of hiking trails.Regardless of whether you are looking to scale a fourteener, or just want to explore the area, there is a hiking trail or two or three for you. The Baldy Peak Trail is a beautiful hike with unbelievable views of the Uncompahgre Plateau, and on a clear day, all the way to Grand Mesa.

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An Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jul 02, 2016 @09:34 AM

The Fourth of July in Ouray is always a grand celebration. From parades and water fights, to barbecues and free concerts in the ark, there are few places that take having fun so seriously.

The weather was on our side again this year, so we expect yet another epic firework display. As the Volunteer Fire Department fires illuminations into the sky above town, there are few places you will see such an awesome show!

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4WD Road Conditions in Ouray County, July 1, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @01:09 PM

The High Country is Calling all Adventurers to Ouray!

 Summer is here, and the jeep trails are beckoning. Only a couple of roads are still in the process of being cleared. The much needed moisture this week has not caused any delays, but definitely served to cool off the lower altitudes, and ensure an amazing Fourth of July Fireworks display!

There is no better time than the present to come up and escape the heat on one of our many awesome trails, and with over 500 miles to choose from, you're sure to find an adventure perfectly suited to your adventure demands.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditionsin Ouray County, June 26, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 @11:30 AM

Escape the Heat on a Jeep Adventure in the High Country Around Ouray!

 Summer has come to Ouray County! As temperatures soar accross the country, the heat wave has hit the high country as well - reaching highs in the 80's, and one day last week, it was 90 degrees in Ouray!

Of course, as the thermostat rises elsewhere, a hot day in Ouray is a breath of fresh air, and as you climb in altitude, it only gets cooler!

  Every day, it seems, there are more passes to explore, and the scenery is, as usual, breathtaking! 

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Outdoor Movies in Ridgway on Townie Tuesdays!

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 @07:20 AM


Ouray, southwest colorado Tuesdays in Ouray County will be Fun this Summer.  Ridgway is once again sponsoring Free Outdoor Movies in the Park on Tuesdays this summer.  

Visitors and townies alike are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket and watch these movies under the beautiful skies over town.  Everyone is encouraged to wear film-inspired costumes.

An evening in the park with family and friends, enjoying a great movie from the 80's and 90's is a great way to get together, and celebrate togetherness.

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

The Black Canyon - Exploring Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @09:52 AM

The North Rim of the Black Canyon - One of the Best Kept Secrets of Southwest Colorado!

Often, I am asked what I would do if I just had a couple of days to explore the area, and the answer is difficult at best. After over 20 years, I am still finding new adventures, and the list of things to do and see grows daily.

Recently, on a rainy spring morning, we went in search of sunshine and a new, interesting hike. We decided to go to the Black Canyon, one of the most awesome places in the area.  I had been to the South Rim of the Black Canyon several times, and it is indeed spectacular. I had not, however explored the North Rim, which is a little further from Ouray, and so the decision was made. Every time I visit the Black Canyon, as with so many places in Southwest Colorado, I am amazed at the beauty of Colorado, and its many secret places.


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Tags: scenic drives, colorado, hiking trails, colorado scenery

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, June 11, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 11, 2016 @09:24 AM

With over 500 Miles of Jeep Trails to Explore, it is no Wonder Ouray is Called "The Jeep Capital of the World"!

 It is hard to believe sometimes how quickly conditions can change in the high country! 

In the past week, we have seen more snow, lots of rain, hail, and incredible amounts of sunshine. The Uncompahgre is roaring right now, especially in the sfternoons, as the snow melts off of the peaks. A trip to the Box Cañon Falls during the Spring melt off is an experience everyone should have.

The County road crews have been diligently clearing high country trails for adventurers of all types, and more and more options are available daily!  At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our goal to obtain the most up to date information on the four wheel drive trails. From county websites, conversations with the jeep tour companies, and most importantly, our guests, we are able to tell you where to go and what trails are best suited to your needs.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping