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March 2013 Happenings in Ouray and Ridgway


March in Southwest Colorado is Second to None!

wintersnow2As we usher in the third month of a new year, the serenity of the San Juans is profound. March and April are traditionally a time of peaceful preparation for the warmer months to come. Although last year we did not have as much snow as we would have liked, this is the season when, if its going to happen, it does. Mountains of snow cover the mountains in a blanket of wintery bliss, making a day of winter activities that much more exciting, and a soak in the natural mineral hot springs and even more splendid experience.

Friday, March 1, 2013 through Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Spring Break Special at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

tub.soakingBox Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray, Co.

Celebrate Spring Break in Ouray with this amazing special! Let the staff at the box canyon Lodge help you to create the vacation adventure of a lifetime this March and April.

Friday, March 1, 2013 - Dinner and Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

Ouray Elks Lodge 6:00 pm to ?

Head on over to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of entertainment and great food! Cover is $7.00 per person, and includes dinner. After enjoying a great meal, sing your heart out in the bar with your fellow karaoke enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - Ouray Elks Chili Cook Off

chiliOuray Elks Lodge 4:00 pm to ?

Head back to the Lodge for the annual Chili cook off! Bring your free entries to the lodge starting at 4:00. Opens to the public at 5:00, with judging by the public. Bring enough to feed a bunch of people, if you run out, you lose votes. Dinner $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 10, $25 families of 4. Classes: Red, Green, Salsa, Cornbread, Dessert, and Pro Red, Pro Green and Pro Salsa for restaurant cooks and caterers.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - The Sherbino Theatre Presents Matt Haslett

sherbino masthead9Sherbino Theater, Ridgway, Co. 8:00 pm to 12:00

Bringing together a diverse mix of musicians, Matt Haslett has successfully combined a number of genres ranging from Jazz to Rock-n-Roll into a sound unique and entirely mobile. Enjoy an evening with Matt at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway and dance the night away! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - Studio Tour - Ann Cheeks and Rick Bickhart

ouray winterHaydn Building, Ouray, Co. 4;00 pm to 6:00 pm

Free studio tour of new residents, Ann Cheeks, fine artist and Rick Bickhart, graphic designer. Refreshments provided

Saturday, MArch 9, 2013 - Live Music - Miss Emily

O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Co. 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Join your fellow music enthusiasts at O'Briens Pub on Saturday for a night of fun and friendship while dancing away the hours!

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Second Chance Humane Society Wine & Whiskers Opening Night Mixer

second chance logoOuray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, Co. 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Now in its 6th year, the Second Chance Humane Society Wine and Whiskers Carnival has grown to the point that it now needs two nights for all of the fun! Thursday, March 14 is the Opening Night Mixer, focusing mainly on the fashion show, with a small silent auction prior to the fun.

Tickets for March 14th are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Friday, March 15, 2013 - Dinner and Karaoke at the Ouray Elks Lodge

box canyon lodge winter in ouray2Ouray Elks Lodge 6:00 pm to ?

Head on over to the Ouray Elks Lodge for an evening of entertainment and great food! Cover is $7.00 per person, and includes dinner. After enjoying a great meal, sing your heart out in the bar with your fellow karaoke enthusiasts.

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - Second Chance Humane Society Wine & Whiskers Opening Night Mixer

winenwhiskersOuray County 4-H Event Center, Ridgway, Co. 5:30 pm to midnight

Now in its 6th year, the Second Chance Humane Society Wine and Whiskers Carnival has grown to the point that it now needs two nights for all of the fun! Saturday, March 16 is the Mardi-Gras themed Gala Event, with over 300 items available in the live and silent auctions, decadent dishes from regional chefs and the Fashion Cabaret, followed by dancing til midnight.

Tickets for March 16 are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - St. Paddy Day Celebration

4leafcloverO'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray, Co. - ALL DAY

The luck of the Irish has brought you to O'Brien's Pub in the Switzerland of America! Enjoy drink specials throughout the day, and a live performance from the Three Irishmen during Happy Hour. But wait! Starting at 8:00 pm, dance the night away to the festive sounds of Bone Wagon.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Spring Sing with Telluride Choral Society

Wright Opera House, Ouray, Co. - 2:00 pm

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild is proud to present this afternoon of "A River Runs Through It" a mixture of contemporary choral, folk and pop.

Tickets are Adults $15, Students $5.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Wrighteous Jazz House Concert - Blues Indigo

ouraysnowHome of Charlie Carson and Marsha McCall, Ouray, Co. - 8:00 am

Blues Indigo is a jazz/blues duo featuring Mike Gwinn, guitar & vocals & John White, alto sax, flute & bass; both members of the popular group The Northfork Flyers, Blues Indigo explores the intimate relationship between blues & jazz in a dynamic duo format featuring covers and originals. Material includes seminal blues by Jimmy Reed, Paul Butterfield, Robert Johnson and original compositions by Mike Gwinn. Tickets are limited and reservations must be made by calling 970-626-2970. $25 per person, includes refreshments

Saturday, March 23, 2013 - Elks Prime rib Dinner & Entertainment

elkOuray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co. - 6:00 pm

Support the local Elks Lodge as they raise money for charity with a silent auction, karaoke, and a full prime rib dinner! Open the members and non members.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children ages 5-10. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to 970-626-4239 before March 20, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013 - Elks Easter Egg Stuffing Potluck

Ouray Elks Lodge, Ouray, Co. 6:00 pm

Annual Easter Egg stuffing potluck. Come help prepare candy-stuffed eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a dish to share, eat at 6 pm, stuff eggs immediately after.

Sunday, March 31, 2013 - Elks Easter Egg Hunt

eastereggsOuray Fellin Park, Ouray, Co. 2:00 pm

45th annual Elks Easter Egg Hunt, starts at 2 pm SHARP at Ouray's Fellin Park. Public welcome at no charge. Starts on time, don't be late, the park will be totally cleaned out by 2:10! In case of REALLY bad weather (enough snow to bury the eggs), event will be held at the lodge; check the park first. Free stuffed animals to lucky kids who find prize eggs.


tub.soakingTypically, there are only a few weeks left of the ice climbing season in March, as the weather warms, the ice becomes less stable, but no less magnificent to look upon. However, this is not a time to despair over the end of the ice climbing season! Now is the time to celebrate the many alternative adventures to be had! Join us in Ouray for a serene escape. Soak in the soothing mineral hot springs, take a scenic drive on the Million Dollar Highway, or just relax in your room with a few movies from our extensive movie library.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs pamper you and help create a memorable escape from the day to day.

See you Soon!




Seasonal Photography in Ouray, Colorado


When is the Best Time for Taking Pictures in the San Juan Mountains? You Decide!

Southwest Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Of course, I may be a little bit biased, but there are thousands of people who agree with me. Regardless of the time of year, there is something spectacular to be seen wherever you look. From abundant wildlife to breathtaking views,  it is difficult to say what might be the best.

box canyon lodge winter in ourayWinter in Ouray boasts a peaceful serenity. Snow falls for perhhaps a day or so, then the sun returns, shining brightly on the snow blanketed mountains and town. A sense of timelessness prevails, and the opportunities to capture feeling abound. Walk to the Box Canyon Falls, or the Ouray Ice Park to capture images of the Uncompahgre Gorge; ice, lines the sides of the canyon, and prisms of color glint in the crisp winter air. Ice climbers traverse the terrain in a spectacle of silent activity. From images of deer and elk grazing at the park, to the rainbow of colors in a frozen waterfall, there may not be enough memory in your camera!

spring flowersSpringtime in the Uncompahgres is a season of renewal and beauty. As the snow begins to thaw in the high country, seasonal waterfalls can be found virtually everywhere. The weather begins to warm and the world turns green and fresh. Wildflowers begin to blossom, and soon will envelope entire valleys in a spectrum of colors that must be seen to be believed. Yankee Boy Basin is one of the most popular areas for wildflower viewing and photography. Just a short drive from Ouray, yet worlds away, this valley has a little of everything. The Twin Falls are surrounded by shades of green with interspersing yellows, purples and reds from the flowers dotting the rivers edge. Between hills overflowing with color to the waterfall, this place is truly a photographers dream.

ironton ghost townSummertime brings opportunities for exploration! As the four-wheel drive trails open, photographers are able to venture deep into the high country. The panoramic views above timberline give the impression of eternity. Explore old mines and ghost towns, capturing a taste of life in the early years in Southwest Colorado, as hardy settlers tamed the mountain. Marvel at the dramatic scenery as you travel over Imogene Pass, open only a few months out of the year, as the trail takes you from Ouray at 7500 feet to a peak of 13,000 feet before dropping back to 8,000 feet in Telluride. The variety of scenery, wildlife and history are sure to please any photographer.

fall boxcanyonFall begins usually in mid to late September, and as the leaves change color, the entire landscape becomes a pallette of red and gold many a painter has tried to recreate. Drive The Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Durango, hardly need to get out of the car to fill a memory card with images leaving you hungry for more. The Last Dollar Road travels from Dallas Divide, just outside of Ridgway to Telluride, and is one of the most beautiful drives at the peak of Fall Colors. Parts of the road travel through a grove of aspen; at certain times of the day, as the sunlight filters through the trees, with random leaves floating down from the heights, words cannot describe the surreal beauty.  

It is difficult to settle on one specific time of year for capturing the beauty and majesty of the San Juans. Each season holds her own appeal, and it is up to you, the individual, to decide what you most desire. Once that decision has been made, book your next visit with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, and Ouray will take care of the rest!


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