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Ouray: Waterfall Viewing in Colorado Peaks in May and Early June

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado Waterfalls


Waterfall viewing in the late Spring and early Summer is delightful.  The thunderous roar of the water as it falls back to the ground amazes even the coolest teenager.  Ouray is home to three great year round falls that should not be missed, but, the springtime runoff proves exceptionally awe inspiring.

Of course, just two blocks from our hotel is our namesake, the Box Canyon Falls.  It drains melting snows from great wildflower basins like Yankee Boy Basin or Imogene Basin into Canyon Creek and then merges into the Uncompaghre River right in Ouray.  Just before it enters town, it drops a couple of hundred feet in a tall and narrow gorge.  This area is also home to numerous birds, including the Black Swift, which makes its home on the steep canyon walls.  It is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic.

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Cascade Falls, on the other side of Ouray, is a very dramatic and scenic feature of town.  These falls are wide open and fall from the cliffs on the east side of town.  This waterfall is visible from nearly every spot in town.  It is a steep walk upward from the parking area to the  bottom of the falls but there is a great hiking trail that heads up the hillside known as Lower Cascade Falls Trail that winds around the hillside.

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Bear Creek Falls is just outside of town, 2-3 miles south of Ouray on the Million Dollar Highway.  A brand new viewing stand has been finished and provides a wonderful location to stand above the falls and watch the water drop a couple hundred feet below.  Look for beautiful rainbows in the mist.

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Seasonal waterfalls abound in the area too.   Just look around the cliff walls as you drive into Ouray and you will see numerous falls along Red Mountain Pass and even along the red cliffs on the way to Ridgway.

In July, venture into any high mountain basin in search of your favorite Jeep Trail or patch of wildflowers and you will find wonderful falls all summer long that cascade over granite through wonderful forests.

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waterfalls near ouray colo in july

 

You can also find delicate trickles of water that appear after an afternoon thunderstorm.

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And, don't forget your camera.  Photography buffs and pros alike love Southwest Colorado for its incredible scenic beauty.  You just can't take an ugly photograph in Southwest Colorado!

 

 

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Destination Weddings Ouray Colorado Style

  
  
  

Destination Weddings: Ouray Colorado Style

 

ourayweddingSpring is in the air, and the time to plan the perfect venue for your upcoming nuptuals is upon you! Destination weddings are a fun and exciting way to gather friends and relatives from all over in a beautiful environment.

Ouray Colorado plays host to wedding ceremonies all year long.  In any season, Ouray serves as a wonderful venue for your destination wedding; a wedding in Ouray is as luxurious and extravegent or as nicely affordable as you want!  As destination weddings become increasingly popular, couples are opting for a location away from home and inviting their friends and family to join them.  And, since you are already in your dream location for your wedding, many couples save money by also having their honeymoon at the same time.  After your vows have been exchanged, your honeymoon can begin!   Think of it as your Weddingmoon! 

Staircase at Beaumont HotelLong before you pick out your dress and chose your Maid of Honor, you dream of where you and your love will take your vows.  Perhaps you picture yourself in a quaint Victorian Era chapel or a historical, turn of the century building with the sun casting its rays through stained glass windows.  Maybe, you have always seen yourself being escorted down a grand staircase lit with candles or decorated with elegant flowers?  Or, have you ever thought about proclaiming your love high atop a mountain surrounded by wildflowers with a waterfall cascading nearby? or saying your vows in a beautiful English garden?  If any of these picture perfect wedding scenarios appeal to you and your beloved, then we invite you to come to Southwest Colorado, and in particular to Ouray, for your destination wedding and honeymoon! 

st johns churchThere is a very good reason why so many couples decide to come to Ouray Colorado to get married.  Mother Nature, regardless of the time of year, has pulled out all of the stops with breathtaking scenery.  From the bounty of wildflowers in the summer to the untouched snow on high peaks in the winter it’s no wonder Ouray is called “The Gem of the Rockies”.

Ouray provides plenty of fun and assorted things to do for all of your guests and your family and friends will enjoy each and every minute of their Ouray Colorado vacation.

Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help to put you on the path to the perfect event for you. Whether you are planning a quiet affair with just a select few friends and loved ones, or a gala event, our knowledgeable agents are waiting to connect you to the people who can make your dreams come true! 

About the Author:  Nikki Komar works at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.  She works with many of our groups including family reunions and destination wedding couples.  She lives with her husband and four children in Ouray. 

 

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First Annual ForkFest in Ouray Highlights Local Farm Fresh Cuisine

  
  
  

A New and Improved Culinary Arts Festival in The San Juan Mountains!

weehawkenlogoWehawken Creative Arts has taken Ouray County by storm. A Non-Profit, 501-c-3 organization, Weehawken continuously outdoes itself in its mission to "provide quality arts and cultural education and experiences to the visitors and residents of Ouray County year-round."

From a variety of classes offering education in everything from pottery to dance, Weehawken provides a much needed niche for the artistically inclined. 

forkfestfArt is not only the traditional drawing and poetry one might expect, but encompasses a plethora of activities, centered around many peoples favorite are: FOOD! Culinary art is often overlooked, however from cooking classes to studies in agriculture, Weehawken embraces this belly pleasing form of expression.

For years, Ouray hosted a Culinary Art Festival, which, unfortunately had become dated and unpopular. This year, with the support of several restaurants and local farms, Weehawken has taken up the banner, and is reintroducing the Ouray Culinary Festival as a new and improved ForkFest.

forkfestlogoOn April 25 and 26, 2014, join Ouray County as we celebrate the art of a great meal. 

Focusing on the rich agricultural history of the county, Ouray forkfest will begin on Friday night with local specialties and special cultural events at Maggie's Kitchen and Ourayale House Brewery, Gold Belt Bar and Grill, Cavallo's Restaurant, Mouses's Chocolates & Coffee, the Ouray Brewery, The Bon Ton, and the Silver Nigget cafe to name a few from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the first annual Restaurant Crawl. Save room as you explore the decadent delights each of these esablishments has prepared for you!

cavallos foodSaturday morning, head to the Ouray Community Center for a champagne brunch from 9:00 am til 11:00 am. Indulge in decadent breakfast items prepared by local chefs just for you. From 10:00 am til 5:00 pm, learn some new ideas at the Ouray School Gym, where there will be demonstrations from local chefs on how to prepare delicious meals at home, as well as presentations given by a number of local food producers such as Ridgway Community Garden, the Valley Food Partnership, Tomten Farm, Straw Hat Farm Market & Kitchen Store, and  Hartman Gardens of Colorado.

forkfestwineandcheeseSaturday evening, from 5pm til 7pm, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting, featuring some of the best local daires and wineries in Southwest Colorado. Colorado is becoming one of the most recognized states for its amazing wineries, offering a variety of perfectly aged reds and whites with a distinctive flavor.

Culinary festivals are always a great way to spend the weekend, and for $45.00 for the entire weekend, you will definitely get your moneys worth! Of course, if you dont have two days, no worries. Everything is ala carte as well, so that you can pick and choose your favorite activities.

Start planning today for the last weekend in April! Tickets will be going on sale the first week of April at a number of outlets. Tune in regularly to the ForkFest facebook page for updates on sponsors, tickets and participating restaurants. The number keeps growing, which promises this will be a Festival to remember!

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Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help arrange the perfect getaway in Ouray! Give us a call, and reserve your room today. We will help arrange your tickets and have your itinerary waiting when you arrive. Enjoy a scenic drive through Southwest Colorado, then relax in our all natural mineral hot spring tubs before enjoying a decadent weekend of great food and company!

See You Soon!

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Earth Day is Every day at this Ouray Hotel!

  
  
  

It's easy to be Green at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!

box canyon lodge hotWith our all natural mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in the courtyard, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

For the past several years, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has worked diligently to make the lodge what it is today, earning a four key rating from Green Key, a well know eco-rating program. With a passion for reducing a carbon foot print, we have made improvement upon improvement to the property, many of which we wouldn't even notice if we didn't know about them!

Two years ago, new windows were installed in every room to conserve both heat in the winter, and to keep the rooms cooler in the summer months. New doors were also installed for the same reasons.

Our new key card system implements recyclable key cards. These are not the magnetic key cards that de code if they get too close to your cel phone, but a sturdier type of key that can be reprogrammed again and again, while still providing a new level of security to our guests.

GreenBusinessSealofApprovalPMS370 updatedFINAL2010As often as possible, we stay away from strong cleaners that are known to be hurtful to the environment, while still maintaning an exemplary reputation for our clean rooms.

As strong supporters of community and supporting local businesses, as many products as possible are purchased locally. Even down to the new soap dispensers in the rooms, Colorado products are prevalent.

exteriorServing muffins baked by a local caterer, and roasting our own coffee, which is served both in the lobby and in the rooms, we focus on the marvelous talents of the area to compliment the hotel.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is proud to use geothermal heat exchangers.

tubsThe source of our hot springs is located above the tubs in a securely fenced off area as it comes out of the ground at about 140*. We pump the water straight from the earth and use that hot water to heat our tap water. We also use the heat from the mineral hot springs to warm all of the rooms on the property!

Often, even if the heat is turned off in your room, warmth will emanate from the panels; a side effect of the geothermal hot water heating system. It's actually not unusual to have to open a window when the geothermal is in full gear!

efh listing logoRecycling bins are in every room, and our housekeeping staff, as vigilant about being green as they are about a meticulously clean room, has been know to pull recyclable items from the trash and place in the appropriate containers.

greenkeylogo 000From energy efficient washers, to geothermal heat; recycling bins and local vendors, the Box Canyon Lodge continuously works to protect our environment. 

There are a variety of things our guests can do as well to help us on this mission, and we are always happy to hear your feedback and suggestions on ways we can further the cause.

earthday (1)April 22, Earth Day, we want to reward those guests who have gone the extra "mile". Every Earth Day, we offer a 50% discount on your stay if you come see us in your hybrid car. Just let the front desk agent know when you check in, and she will apply the discount for you!

box canyon lodge hot (1)Every day it is important to remember to take care of our planet, which is why we also offer a 15% discount for guests with a hybrid vehicle any other day of the year!

Come share our passion! Enjoy the natural serenity of our mineral hot spring tubs. Surround yourself in the majestic beauty of the San Juan Mountains as you relax away the day to day!

See You Soon!

Celebrate Earth Day With Us! Enjoy 50% off your Stay April 22, 2014!

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