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January 2014 Events in Ouray and Ridgway


From Ice Fest to Moonwalks, start the New Year off with a bang in Southwest Colorado!

fireworksnyeOuray celebrates the beginning of the year with fireworks and festivities, and takes that excitement into 2014 in great winter ways.

There is no comparison to the splendor of the Uncompahgres in the winter months, January is crisp with the click of axes driving into the Uncompahgre Gorge, as viewers stand to the side in awe of these athletes. The air holds a renewed vitality, chill and vibrant, the weather is perfect for winter adventures, and Ouray County is a perfect home base for whatever you have in mind!


January 1, 2014 - all day - NEW YEARS DAY

Happy New Year! 

ice skating ourayWhat a perfect way to begin the year! Head down to the city pool and rent some ice skates for a morning on the ice at Rotary Park, the soak away the chill when you return your skates. Or break out a few sleds and experience Vinegar Hill the head down to Mouse's or the Backstreet Bistro for a much deserved warm beverage!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House

wintertree"The Armstrong Lie" - In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Thursday, January 9 through Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 19th Annual Ouray Ice Festival

2014icefestWhether you are a seasoned climber here to compete, or a curious bystander, the Ouray Ice Festival is an amazing place to be this January! Dinners, parties, live music, hot tubbing and of course everything 'Ice' are the order of the weekend.

Athletes from around the world will be competing this year, and clinics and classes for the novice are abundant as well. Winter sports are always exciting, and ice climbing is definitely a favorite. Be sure to check the official schedule of events for this weekend of winter fun.

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9pm to 12am at O'Brien's Pub - Bone Wagon

Ever the favorite hangout for climbers, O'Brien's Pub welcomes the festivities of Ice fest with an evening of live music! Bone Wagon has performed all around Southwest Colorado, and is sure to get your blood pumping as you dance the night away!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - "A Touch of Sin"

mt.abrams6In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong's confession. The result? A documentary chronicling sports legend Lance Armstrong's improbable rise and ultimate fall from grace... We're pretty certain you've heard the story. Now come see the man, the legend and the lie on the big screen.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5pm to 8pm in Ridgway - Ridgway MoonWalk Art Outing, Presented by Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts

The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For January, the event will feature artists & creatives in Riverpark subdivision and the industrial park next door.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9pm at the Wright Opera House - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

wright1Spend the evening with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 2pm to 4pm at the Wright Opera house - The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel

Spend the afternoon with five 'working girls' in their twilight years, as the reminisce about their early days in New Orleans' Storyville District when "there was honor in the trade".

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel uses the absurd image of elderly prostitutes as a medium to explore the roles of women in a patriarchal society, and their hopes and fears. This heartwarming and often funny play is performed by the Timshel Theater Company, who has performed across Southwest Colorado.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 11:30 am to end at the Secret Garden Bed and Breakfast - Mozart's Birthday Luncheon Salon

secret gardenEnjoy the wonderful music of this great composer AND a fine Austrian luncheon at the inviting Secret Garden in Ouray. Music will be provided by the Chameleon Ensemble and other vocal guest artists. This will be a bright event on a chilly winter day, just as his music has brightened lives for 258 years. Sponsored by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 3pm to 7pm at the Wright Opera House - Library at the Wright

The library will host a double feature movie presentation. 
Watch for details about the next Library at the Wright movie presentation.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 6pm to 10pm at the Wright Opera House - dZi Foundation Hosts MountainFilm Tour in Ouray

icepark30The Best of MountainFilm of Telluride at the Wright Opera House. Different films each night. Hosted by the dZi Foundation. Doors open at 6PM films from 7PM to 10PM, a collection of long and short, different films each night. $10.00 at the door, each night, no reserved or advance ticket sales.

Let the friendly and professional staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to create a winter getaway for you this January! Take advantage of our Ice park membership and receive discounts to your room, dining and equipment while supporting the Park!

After a day of winter adventures, nothing quite compares to a long hot soak in the all natural mineral hot springs at your home away from home at the Box Canyon lodge & Hot Springs in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!



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Start the New Year in Ouray!


Fireworks and Festivity in Ouray are the way to ring in the New Year!

ouray winterSouthwest Colorado boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Located at the base of the Million Dollar Highway, the tiny town of Ouray is a picturesque location, with a variety of entertainment geared toward making your New Year start off on the right foot.


New Years Eve Dining and Entertainment all Day:

Artisan Bakery - 7am to 2pm

ice climberEnjoy a breakfast or lunch not soon forgotten. With fresh breads baked daily, and a variety of delicious options, the Artisan will take care of any craving, and boost that energy for the evening to come!

Backstreet Bistro - 7am to 3pm

From breakfast sandwiches to amazing omelets for breakfast, and a variety of hearty luch options, the Backstreet Bistro is a fun and delicious spot to fill you up.

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom - 7pm to 9pm - reservations 9710-325-7000

Ring in the New Year with a Four Course Meal in the Grand Ballroom. Enjoy fresh Kobe Beef & succulent Crab along with a few auspicious accompaniments. 

Beaumont Lounge 5:30 pm to close

Celebrate the New Year with a cocktail in one of the loveliest buildings in Ouray. 

Bon Ton - 5pm to close

wintertreeNothing quite compares to dinner at the Bon Ton. From spaghetti and meatballs to Beef Wellington, there are few places on the western slope as consistently perfect. Great service and spectacular food are just what you need to rev up for the New Year!

Buen Tiempo - 5:30pm to close

Who needs champagne when there are top shelf margaritas to be had! The Buen Tiempo offers excellent service and lots of fun. Never a dull moment, and a pitcher of margaritas among friends as the New Year ends is a great way to remember all the good out there!

Colorado Boy Brewing Co. - Ridgway - 4pm to 9pm

bald eagle ouray county colorado2Ridgway is just a short scenic drive from Ouray, and the pizzas at the Colorado Boy are well worth the drive! Be sure to bring a designated driver so you can enjoy some of the great microbrews, or just grab a couple of growlers to enjoy back at your room.

Cavallos - 7am to 2pm

Breakfast and lunch with a Southern flair! With a menu like theirs, the hardest part of dining at Cavallos is deciding what you want to try today. Open for breakfast and lunch, then closing for a couple of hours before the New Years Eve festivities begin!

Cavallos New Years Eve Dinner and Celebration- 5pm cocktail hour, seating at 6pm and 7pm - Reservations: 970-325-2042

snowshoeing2Enjoy a decadent five course dinner prepared by Sid as you prepare to ring in the New Year! New Orleans style celebrations are the order of the day as well!

Dinner is $40.00 per person, and well worth it.

Goldbelt - 11am to 9pm

From pizza and wings to the daily special, what a great place to enjoy dinner and a beer before continuing on with the New Year celebrations!

Mouse's Chocolates - 9am to 10pm

nordicadventure.2There is no better way to welcome the New Year and say goodbye to the old than with a truffle from Mouse's. Melt in your mouth excellence and the beginning a a great New Year!

O'Brien's Pub 11am to close

Lunch of hearty stew and a burger? Sounds fantastic! Dinner is served as well in this festive little pub, and after 9pm, the fun begins with a fun and roudy New Years Eve party! At the end of the year, head outside to enjoy the fireworks, then head back in to celebrate with your first cocktail for 2014!

Ouray Brewery - 5pm to close

bambyattubsEnjoy a New Years microbrew and a great dinner option, then hang out with friends old and new on the roof to watch the fireworks at midnight!

Ouray Elks Lodge - 6:30 pm to close

Open to the public, the Elks Lodge knows how to throw a New Year's party! Finger food, and drink specials, with Karaokeall night long! Play pool, or shuffle board as the songbirds share their talents! The party goes on and everyone is always in a festive mood at midnight when the fireworks display brings the town out to Main Street.

Outlaw Steakhouse - 5pm to close

fireworksnyeThe Outlaw has long been one of the funnest places to enjoy any holiday, and New Years Eve is no different! The casual atmosphere combined with unbelievable service and amazing food truly make this a spot for a New Years celebration!

Silver Eagle Saloon 11am to 2am

Ring in the New Year with old friends and new at the Eagle! Drink specials all night long, a juke box and pool table are really all you need to share a great New Years Eve in Ouray!


New Years Day

sleddingWell, we have all survived another year. Now is time for a hearty breakfast, or lunch before getting out to Vinegar Hill for some New Years sledding fun!

Backstreet Bistro - 7am to 1pm

Whatever craving you may have, the Backstreet is ready to make your first meal of 2014 a great one! A capuccino and bagel sandwich sound great right now!

Cavallos - 7am to 2pm

Biscuits and gravy, omelets, Eggs Benedict with a New Orleans flair......And those are just a couple of options for breakfast! We won;t even talk about the lunch options, or we will be here all day! Ring in the New Year with another great meal with the Cavallos.

Goldbelt Bar & Grill - 11am to 9pm

icepark30Pizza and wings, or a chicken ceasar wrap? Anything you need is right here! Enjoy a great lunch or dinner at the Goldbelt.

Mouse's Chosolates - 9am to 9pm

Chocolate. Need I say more? Bring the family for a hot cocoa and a scrap cookie after a few hours out sledding!

O'Brien's Pub - 11am to 9pm

This Irish pub has a variety of hearty lunch and dinner options sure to please your taste buds! Enjoy an Irish coffee as you enjoy a bowl of stew and some great company!

Ouray Brewery - 11am to 9pm

Hot wings and a selection of microbrews. Not much compares to sharing a meal with friends and family on New Years Day at the Brewery.

Outlaw Steakhouse - 5pm to close

deer04The first day of the year deserves some indulgence. Dinner at the Outlaw, with amazing service and fantasic dining options is the place to begin. Spoil yourself and your loved ones with some prime rib and fun.

At the base of the Million Dollar Highway, the deceptively small town of Ouray offers a variety of activities for those looking for a different experience on the last day of the year. From live music and parties to decadent dinners and romantic hot springs, the New Year is welcomed in with a fireworks display second to none. Picture fireworks reflected off of mountains blanketed in pristine white, followed by echoing booms.....AWESOME!!!

Let the team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you plan the perfect New Years Eve! Give us a call!


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Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!


Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar


Christmas Tree (1)Every town large and small has their own holiday traditions, and each has its own unique story of beginning.  Here in Ouray we have a wonderful tradition of going to Vinegar Hill to go sledding as children and later as adults we will take our own children there to sled on Christmas day. You may ask why this particular sled hill is named Vinegar Hill? Well the name goes all the way back to the very first Christmas ever celebrated here in Ouray in 1875.


sledoldIn 1875 the town of Ouray was yet to officially exist, this valley was still Ute Indian land with only a small handful of white men just starting to settle here. These first men were here to prospect, mine and start a small settlement that would later be named Ouray in honor of the Ute Chief Ouray.



balsamic vinegarIn December 1875 when winter was just beginning the 13 men and no women that lived here gathered together in a cabin for a simple dinner consisting of bread, bacon, and beans. The men, finding that none of the traditional spirits were on hand and the closest place to find any liquor or wine was in Silverton, decided to doctor the one fluid that they had to drink, Vinegar!


Thus with a simple meal toasted with a glass of vinegar the first Christmas was celebrated and the location was named for that one drink, retaining that name to this very day. Not only was Vinegar Hill christened with that meal but a town was born, first named Lexington then changed to Uncompahgre City and eventually becoming the city of Ouray.


Now days Vinegar Hill still has a place in our Christmas traditions…..whether you spend the day sledding down it with your friends and family or just enjoy watching all the fun. Should you be in need of a sled to use for your day of fun check out Ouray Mountain Sports. And please try to remember this special place and its unique history in our beautiful little spot of the world.


This Christmas don’t worry that we will be serving a glass of Vinegar for your holiday meal, there are plenty of fabulous restaurants to dine at:



turkeydinnerArtisan Bakery: 7 AM – 2 PM

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 3 PM

Beaumont Hotel Grand Ballroom: 5 – 9 PM (Reservations 970-325- 7000)

Bon Ton: 5 PM - Close (Reservations 970-325-4951)

Buen Tiempo: 5:30 PM – Close (970-325-4544)

Cavallo’s: 7 AM—2 PM; 5:30 PM & 7 PM (Reservations 970-325-2042)

Goldbelt Bar & Grill: 11 AM – 4 PM

Mouse’s Chocolates: 9 AM – 7 PM

O’Briens Pub: 11 AM – Close

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: Closed


eye of round roast lCHRISTMAS DAY

Backstreet Bistro: 7 AM – 1 PM

Ouray Brewery: 5 PM – Close

Outlaw: 5 PM – 9 PM


From all of us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs we wish you warm and wonderful holiday season.

About the Author: Morgan McDaniel is a Ouray County native. After graduating high school, Morgan continued through college, and spent some time out of Colorado. Recently, she returned to Ouray, and can be found pursuing a number of activities, as well as the occasional cameo appearance at the Silver Eagle. Morgan is also the newest member of our front desk team at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
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The Ouray Victorian Yule Fest Weekend December, 2013


Shopping, Live Music, Wine, Chocolate and Cheese and Santa - All in Ouray This Yule Fest!

Winter is upon us. We have survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with flying colors. The holidays are in full swing, and Ouray is ready for Yule Fest.

ouray winterThe Ouray Yule Fest Victorian Christmas Weekend greets the Holiday Season with open arms and activities sure to entertain everyone. From Friday, December 13, 2013 through Sunday, December 15, 2013, the town is bursting with sidewalk sales, Santa on parade, festive music in several venues and the Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, just to mention a few exciting opportunities to enjoy the Holiday Cheer and small town charm Ouray is famous for.

Every year, Ouray locals and visitors welcome the season with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will all have the opportunity to visit with him at the Ouray Elks Lodge, starting at 5:00 PM. The lodge will also provide a chili supper at 5:15, with meals just $8/adults, $5 kids 5 - 12. 

winefest17The Fifth Annual Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, which will be held at the Ouray Community Center on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, sample a variety of decadent treats, all presented by local vendors. Featured last month on 9News Colorado and Company, Faith Parry, creator and organizer of the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest, introduced many of the vendors who will be attending this years gala event, including Dirty Water Soap Works IncEast Mesa DesignMountain View WineryStoney Mesa WineryJumpin Good Goat DairyHaystack Mountain Goat Dairy, and MouCo Cheese Company to name a few.

winefest10Colorado is increasingly receiving accolades for the spectacular wines produced accross the state, and many of the cheese and chocolate companies who will be in attendance are very well known and loved all over the country.

As always focusing on local talents, Faith has again included local distilleries and artists who will be displaying a variety of original and interesting wares. Whether you still need to finish off your Christmas list, or are looking to cross off some of your own holiday desires, surely there will be a plethora of enticing options available at this years Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest in Ouray! 

Once again, door prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed, and the evening should prove to be the best yet of this hugely popular event.

winefest7After the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Fest, the evening continues at O'Briens Pub from 9:00pm to 12:00am, with Tony Rosario, a rugged oaken voiced guitar-slinger/troubadour, deftly running the rails from from Blues, Country, Rock, Folk, R&B, and Soul with the purpose of a steam-train engineer and an anything but common 1-man groove a country mile wide. 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 what better way to celebrate the season than an afternoon enjoying Dolce Voce, a Montrose based a capella choral group as they entertain and delight with a great assortment of holiday music from all ages.


This year, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is excited to offer a special deal for our Yule Fest Guests. Come on up to Ouray on Friday, and begin your weekend with a soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs. After an evening enjoying the serene beauty of the San Juans, head on back to the Lodge and wind down with one or a few movies from our video library.

Saturday morning, stay in town soaking and relaxing, or take a scenic drive through some of the most spectacular scenery in the state before the festivities of the night. As the sun sets, after the parade of lights and a visit with Santa, put on your Holiday best, and enjoy an evening at the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Fest. Sample pallet pleasing delights from local vendors such as Stony Mesa Winery, Pleasant View Vineyards, Four Leaves Winery, Joyce Withrow with Rosemaling, Gubbini Winery, Mountain View Winery, Trail Town Still, Mouse's Chocolates, Ouray Candy Company, Drost's Chocolates, Jumpin Good Goat Dairy, Dayspring Farm, Garrett Estate Cellars and MouCo Cheese. Peruse the variety of original gift ideas from your favorite Bordeaux, to a one of a kind piece of art displayed by local merchants!

box canyon lodge hot (2)Once the evening festivities have come to a close, your room at the Box Canyon is waiting to envelope you in a warm, cozy night sleep. Before heading home on Sunday, be sure to enjoy a cup of Exotic Earth Coffee as you take one last soothing soak in our mineral hot spring tubs!

Box Canyon Lodge guests receive 50% off of admission to the Wine Chocolate & Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

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