Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Three Romantic Ideas to Enjoy all Winter in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @01:38 PM

OK, it's that time of year again. We are fast approaching the equally loved and feared Valentines Day...

Now, it's safe to assume that by now, any big plans for the day itself have been made. Reservations booked, flowers ordered, dinner plans made - but sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts are more about being together. Of course, anytime is a great time to show that special someone how much you care, and nothing quite compares to spending a day together enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!

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CDOT Provides Amazing Road Maintenance in Ouray County!

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @03:04 PM

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) keeps Southwest Colorado safe!

Colorado has enjoyed a genuine snowy winter this year! As we all enjoy the great conditions for a variety of winter activities, the conditions of our roads is always on our minds. What fun would it be to hear about excellent conditions for skiing, ice clibing etc. if there is no safe way to get there?  Never fear! The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and our local organizations work extra hard in the winter to keep our roads cleared every time it snows. 

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Free Family Fun Every Winter in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @11:21 AM

Winter Fun for the Whole Family In Ouray, Colorado!

Years ago, at the birth of a flourishing hard rock mining community, the settlers of Ouray, CO retired for the winter with no idea of what a harsh mistress Mother Nature could be in the Uncompahgre River Valley.  Early snows cut the budding town off from travel, and food stores became more and more sparse. As Christmas approached, the town found itself in dire circumstances. Many would have given up, hoarded what they had, and given nary a thought to their neighbors.


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Ouray, Colorado - the Perfect Winter Escape

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @11:35 AM

Ouray, Colorado is the perfect winter escape!

 At the base of the San Juan Mountains in a tiny little box canyon, the town of Ouray offers winter visitors a peaceful respite from the outside world.
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Weehawken Creative Arts Presents the Blue Moon Jazz Club!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @10:53 AM

Ouray County is overflowing with artistic talent. From painters to performers to craftsmen and culinary genius, few places can boast such a variety of creativity.

A Colorado Non-Profit Organization (501-c-3), the mission statement of Weehawken Creative Arts is: “to provide high-quality arts education and personal growth programs and events to adults and children year-round.” For twelve years now, they have nurtured the artist in us all, cultivating the abilities of multi-talented artists into a team of instructors whose passion for their art easily transmits to students eager to learn and express themselves. With classes and performances in Ouray, Ridgway and Motrose, this organization consistently fills a much appreciated niche in the county.

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Kids Climbing College

Posted by Sarah Martin on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @02:18 PM

Take your child to the Ice Park this winter to learn Ouray’s favorite freezing activity. The Ouray Ice Park has partnered with San Juan Mountain Guides to offer two more days throughout this winter for kids to learn ice climbing from the experts for free.

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OCPAG Presents an Intimate Jazz Quartet at the Wright this January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @10:29 AM

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG), is a non-profit organisation dedicated to obtaining presentations and performers of the highest caliber in the performing arts for the enjoyment of Ouray County’s residents and visitors. From concerts to classes, Ouray County benefits greatly from the tireless efforts of this organisation to bring color and culture to our little corner of the world.

Outdoing themselves yet again, OCPAG is proud to bring the Jordan Carls Quartet for an intimate Jazz Cabaret at the Wright Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

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An Adventure On the Ice in Ouray

Posted by Sarah Martin on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @10:36 AM

Ice climbers from all around the world come to our sleepy town of Ouray every year to brave the extreme temperatures, heights, and vertical climbs of the Ouray Ice Park. Anticipation builds as ice farmers dangle by ropes to prepare every crevasse of the park to ensure safe and desirable ice climbing conditions. Ice farmers fearlessly brush off fresh snow, excavate unwanted ice, and form new ice daily from the many faucets at the top of the gorge.  Since the park has so many variables effecting the ice formations, the official announcement of when the gates will open and close to the public changes each year. This year, thrill seeking enthusiasts received the perfect holiday gift, because the park opened on Christmas Day.

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Ice Fest 2016 - It just keeps getting better!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 @02:31 PM
For over twenty years now, Ouray has celebrated the natural beauty of the Uncompahgre Gorge with a man-made ice park - the biggest in the country! where else can one experience the sport of ice climbing on such an epic scale, while at the same time less than a mile from town?
This year marks the 21 Annual Ouray Ice festival. The park itself is free, and maintained by a group of volunteers whose passion for the sport is contagious. The Ice Festival serves to raise much needed funds for the maintenance and growth of the ouray Ice Park.
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Holiday Dining in Ouray December 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @08:20 AM

Any day in Ouray County is one to remember. The beauty of this tiny town, nestled at the base of the Uncompahgres is breathtaking. It is close to impossible to find a view anything less than spectacular. The fresh mountain air is crisp and clean in the winter months, and soaking in the all natural mineral hot springs even more magical when the air is filled with steam as giant flakes of snow land on the water all around.
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