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The Easter Bunny visits Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado!


Celebrate Easter with a lovely Brunch and the Elks 45th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the San Juans!

elks lodgeSince 1899, the Ouray Elks Lodge has operated in the community providing events and activities in addition to scholraships and financial assistance through it's charitable fundraising.

This year, the Ouray Elks Lodge celebrates its 45th annual Easter Egg Hunt, in Ridgways Hartwell Town Park. The Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 8, 2012 and is open to all children ages 12 and under. In the event of bad weather, the hunt will be held at the Ouray Elks Lodge. Children will hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy treats, and there will be a few "special" eggs for prizes which will be handed out at the end of the festivities.

jellybeansMembers of the lodge gather Friday, April 6, 2012 for an Egg Stuffing Party and potluck, at which these generous volunteers help the Easter Bunny by filling as many colorful plastic eggs as they can with small treasures of candy and prizes. This event is also open, so if you would like to participate in helping create a magical experience for the kids, bring a dish and  your egg stuffing skills to the Ouray Elks Lodge at 6:00 pm.

Of course, before heading off to the Great Egg Hunt in Ridgway, don't forget to enjoy a phenomenal Easter Brunch in Ouray! 

beaumontBeaumont Hotel:

Historic Grand Ballroom for an elegant Easter Brunch. Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb, Eggs Benedict, made to order omelets & eggs & other assorted breakfast & lunch items.
Sunday, April 8th from 10:30 am - 2 pm
$26.99 Adult $16.99 Children 12 & under
Reservations Strongly Recommended

bon ton restaurantBon Ton St Elmo:

Plated Easter Champagne Brunch featuring a decadent variety of Bon Ton Brunch Specials and Classic dishes in this lovely turn of the century restaurant.
Sunday, April 8th 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Bon ton will reopen on Easter Sunday at 5:30 pm for dinner.

easter bunnyAfter the Easter Egg Hunt, what better way to relax and enjoy the holiday than a nice long soak in our all natural mineral hot springs?

We look forward to accomodating you and your family on this coming Easter weekend of fun! 


Upcoming Events in Ouray Colorado: April 2012


Ouray Colorado Calendar of Events: April 2012

bighorn in ouray coloradoWhile it is true that April is quiet in Ouray, we continue to serve visitors at our hotel in southwest Colorado all year long.  And, although it can be nearly buttoned up, a closer look reveals many gems.  The weather in the San Juan Mountains tends to be a little unpredictable, but it is a wonderful time of year for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.  The hot springs are just as warm, the daffodils grace the hillside and the first migratory birds start to arrive for the season.

There are also some interesting events in April too.  

April 1 - May 15 - Tax Professional Special

To reward accountants, tax preparers and CPAs, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has special rates for accountants to help them relax after the busy tax season finally ends.

Location:  Ouray Colorado, Box Canyon Lodge

Sunday, April 8 - Easter Egg Hunt

45th annual free Easter Egg Hunt, presented by Ouray Elks Lodge 492 in Ridgway's Hartwell town park. Start promptly at 2 PM. More than 1000 candy-filled eggs, with stuffed animals for those children who collect special prize eggs. In case of REALLY bad weather the hunt will be held at the Elks Lodge in Ouray. Open to all children 12 years old and under.

Location: Ridgway Hartwell Park (Town Park), Sherman Street, Ridgway CO

April 16 - April 23 Ouray Hot Springs Pool Closure

Each April, the Ouray Hot Springs Pool closes for mid year cleaning.  It is an indepth scrub down and time for maintenance.  The pool will be open during all the other days of April.  We will also have 1/2 price pool passes should you care to soak.

Location: Ouray Hot Springs Pool, 1230 Main Street, Ouray 

ouray county museum evelyn walsh mccleane roomThursday, April 19 - Ouray Museum Opens for the 2012 Season

It has been dubbed "One of the Best Small Museums in the West" by the Smithsonian and should not be missed.  It has 27 rooms of Ouray County History on display as well as old photographs and other exhibits of early mining history in the Uncompagre River Valley and the surrounding mountains.  The Ouray Museum will be open each Thurs, Fri and Sat from 10:00 - 4:30 PM for the remainder of April.  

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Thursday April 19 - June 30 - Bridal Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

Bridal Exhibit, "A sampling of Bridal Gowns 1883-1966," opens and runs through June 30th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Thursday April 19 - July 5 - Otto Mears Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

Otto Mears Exhibit opens. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investing, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Friday, April 22 - Earth Day Special at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

To demonstrate our commitment to Mother Earth and to reward those with electric or hybrid cars, we offer the best Earth Day getaway each year.

Location:  Ouray Colorado, Box Canyon Lodge

Friday, April 27 - Colorado Children's Chorale

The Colorado Children's Chorale from Denver will sing in Southwest Colorado in April.  As noted by Adrian Partington, BBC Music Director, Royal Albert Hall, London, "Their stage manner, discipline, enthusiasm, and vigorous singing were of the highest order. They gave a bravura performance, which those present will not forget."  Tickets at $15 for adults, $5 for students, are available at Buckskin Booksellers located at the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, and Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway. The Box Canyon Lodge is also pleased to arrange tickets in advance to those interested in attending. The tickets online are also available.

Location: Wright Opera House, 470 Main Street, Ouray, CO 

Saturday, April 28 - Ouray County Mud Fest

It’s time to celebrate OURay mud! If watching (or participating in) 4X4 vehicles navigating obstacle courses and racing in the mud, motorcycles doing crazy things in the mud, antique tractors pulling in the mud, and other muddy activities sound exciting, then this is your time to come have fun in Ouray County!

Location: Ouray County Fairgrounds, 22739 Highway 550, Ridgway CO

Saturday, April 28 - Glass Studio Tour 

Free studio tour from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm featuring Sam Rushing, glassblower.  Demonstration and light refreshments sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts.

Location: Ouray Glassworks and Pottery, 619 Main Street, Ouray CO

Saturday, April 28 - Mud Fest Dance 

Continue the revelry after the Mudfest in Ouray at the Dance at the Ouray Community Center.  The dance will showcase live music and libations to help you dance the night away.  Fun starts at  7:00 pm.

Location: Ouray Community Center, 2nd Floor, Ouray CO

Evenings in History in Ouray County Colorado - Summer 2012


Southwest Colorado History Comes Alive During the Summer in Ouray

Historic Ouray ColoradoJust because it is summer doesn't mean you can't be learning!  Throughout southwest Colorado and especially in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado history buffs as well as Western Heritage neophytes revel in a treasure trove of historic sites, museums, educational programs, and guided tours throughout the region.  

Ouray County Historical Society has announced the schedule of their ever popular Evenings in History Lecture Series for Summer 2012.

June 12: Utes in Colorado - 7:30 pm

An Evening of history with Andrew Guilliford, Professor of History at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Andy will speak on "The Utes in Colorado - The Ute Trail, Ute Peeled Trees & Modern Utes."

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

June 19: Revenue Mine - 7:30 pm

Learn about the history of the Revenue Mine, one of the most important Mines in Ouray County. Ouray mining engineer and surveyor Bob Larson will talk about the over 100 year history of the Revenue Mine. Bob worked at the Revenue Mine in the 1980s.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

June 26: Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains - 7:30 pm

Kay Sibold has been studying Rocky Mountain Wildflowers for many years and has become quite an expert.  She will give a presentation highlighting the wild flowers found in the hikes around Ouray County.  Photos of each flower will be shown along with where they can be found in a typical summer.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 10: The Wright Opera House: Past, Present, and Future

Dee Williams, local resident and President of the Friends of Wright Opera House will present facts about the Historic Wright Opera House as well as discuss the ways this theater is being used now that it is owned by the non-profit and she will also discuss their big plans for the future.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 17: The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendary Watering Holes: 7:30 pm

Tom Noel, Professor History at the University of Colorado, Denver presents and Evening of History on "The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendary Watering Holes."

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 24: Ouray County Schools: 1876 to 1950:  7:30 pm

Learn about the history of Ouray County's early schools. Ouray originally had 13 separate school districts ranging from Red Mountain Town in the south to Colona in the north. Talk present by Ouray County Museum Curator Don Paulson

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

August 1: Big Horses, Wild Cows and Outhouses: Stories of the Lester Israel Family: 7:30 pm

Ginny Harrington, former Ouray County Historical Society Director, will present an evening of History on some of the more historic Ouray County Ranches. Note that this event takes place on Wednesday August 1st at the Ridgway Town Hall.

Location: Ridgway Town Hall, 201 N. Railroad Street, Ridgway, CO  81427

St. Patty’s Day in Ouray!


Who would have thought - St. Patrick's Day in the Switzerland of America!?!

box canyon rainbowOuray has found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! You can often find a leprechaun or two at O'Brien's Pub on his special day, celebrating the Irish holiday with $4.00 Irish Car Bombs and half price pints of Guinness all day to complement the Special Menu filled with your favorite Irish dishes and give-aways all day and into the evening.

From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, get your groove on with The "3 Irish Men", then take a break, to wander through town, or enjoy a relaxing soak in our natural mineral hot springs before heading back out to dance the night away to the foot tapping tunes of Funkdafari from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am.


Just a block down from the Pub, you may find an Irishman or two sitting out on the large patio enjoying a Green Pizza and washing it down with a pitcher of green beer! Other specials in honor of Sain Patrick's Day will be on the menu, including Corned Beef and Cabbage.

snowboarding child ourayOf course, there is more to do than hang out at the pub all day, not that that isn't fun....There are a number of winter activities for the family right here in town! Vinegar Hill is just up the street on 6th Avenue, and ready for a fantastic sledding experience, or, if you feel like skiing but don't want to head out of town, Lees Ski Hill is a great spot for families to practice their skills at no charge, and of course the Ice Park is still in great condition for a few climbs of your own or to watch these athletes scale walls of ice.

Shopping in March can be quite fun, shops on Main Street have a variety of treasures, and the friendly service of local shopkeepers will entertain and enlighten travelers to a number of interesting facts and activities in Southwest Colorado.

If you aren't in the mood for Irish food, do not fear! Several other local restaurants will be open and offering fantastic dining options.

obriens pub leprechaunArtisan Bakery - Fresh baked goods, Ouray style! Open daily 6:00 am to 2:00 pm

Backstreet Deli - Breakfast burritos and loaded sandwiches!  Open daily 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Bon Ton - Great Italian Food, Open daily 5:30 pm to close

Buen Tiempo - Santa Fe Style Mexican food with flair! - Open daily 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Gold Belt - Pizza, sandwiches and more! - Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 am to close

O'Brien’s Pub - Irish food and fun! - Open Wednesday through Monday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm for dining, bar only - 9:00 pm to close

Outlaw Steakhouse - Steak, Seafood and Pasta old west style! Open Tuesday through Sunday, 5:00 pm to close

Ouray Brewery - Eclectic menu to compliment a great variety of microbrews! Open daily, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Come stay in our Green Hotel and celebrate the "Luck of the Irish" with the Box Canyon Lodge!






Photography in Ouray Colorado Excites Year Round


Picturesque Ouray Colorado Provides Dramatic Photo Ops

Winter in Ouray is quiet, peaceful and offers hotel guests a wonderful respite away from their busy and hectic lives at home.  It also offers photographers a wonderful backdrop for a night on the town!

Consider taking some nightshots of Ouray and the surrounding mountains.  With a full moon and snow laden mountainsides, it is surprising just how much light is available for some fun pictures, especially in the winter.  The warmer months of April and May can deliver snow covered streets and this added reflective power packs a punch.  The area is very quiet during this time of year too!

Here are some fun shots of Ouray taken in March, just after a light blanket of snow with a big, bright, nearly full moon and some clouds racing overhead.  The clouds are actually moving which is giving the photos that interesting look.  A wide angle (or ultra wide angle) lens, a solid tripod, and some caffeine produced these results.  These pictures were taken around midnight and the only "enhancement" included some cropping and image rotations (learned a bunch about my ultra wide angle lens).  The colors came out directly from the camera!

box canyon lodge ouray colorado


winter over ouray colorado


twin peaks night in winter ouray colorado

Our hotel in Ouray would love to host your photography club or we would be happy to suggest some picture perfect locations for you to create your own beautiful images of Ouray - a National Historic District, a super cute Colorado Mountain Town, and a perfect place to spend Spring Break in Colorado.

The Wright Opera House Welcomes James McMurtry to Ouray in March


Stay in Ouray for a weekend of music and fun!

Spend the day enjoying the beauty of the San Juans. With plenty of ice for climbing, snow for sledding, and water for soaking, what better way to end the evening than a concert in one of the most historic venues in Southern Colorado? Since the grand opening in 1888, the Wright Opera House has served the city of Ouray as a venue for art and culture, as well as a distinct addition to the Ouray Historic District.

After functioning in this role for over 100 years, the building stood empty until 2007 when a group of voluteers formed the "Friends of the wright Opera House", and began the process of revitalizing the building to its former glory, bringing talented performers and events to Ouray once again.

James McMurtry is one of the eras most acclaimed singer/songwriters, and it is with great excitement that the Friend of The Wright Opera House welcome this talented musician to share his music. The Box Canyon Lodge, in support of The Wright Opera House, is offering two tickets to this concert and a one night stay for $99.00 plus tax. Tickets to the show itself will be available at discounted rates as well.

wright opera house ouray coloradoEvery song tells a story and Americana Music Award winning James McMurtry has over 19 years of stellar songs full of the heart and soul of a true story teller.

Since the debut of his first album 'Too Long in the Wasteland' in 1987, this Texas native has realeased several critically acclaimed albums. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here", was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."

james mcmurtry2Much of his music is reminiscent of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff, early influences in his life, with a touch of folk and a taste of rock, manifest in his stark guitar riffs. Genuine and passionate lyrics combined with the keen talent of his band members Ronnie Johnson, Darren Hess and Tim Holt, his show at the Wright Opera House is sure to be one to remember.

Show starts at 7:30pm, March 23 at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Ticket price: $25.00 per person

Box Canyon Lodge Special! One Night Stay plus two adult Tickets: $99.00 plus tax

Contact: Rennie Ross
Emailsavetthewright @ouraynet .com
Phone: 325 4399



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