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Fishing in SW Colorado Near Ridgway and Ouray

  
  
  

fly fishing in southwest coloradoIn August 2010, the Alpine Triangle, near the towns of Ouray, Silverton, and Lake City, in the San Juan mountains in SW Colorado were named one of the "Best Wild Places" by Field and Stream magazine.  There are pictures from their three day adventure vacation into the area as well as some details outlining their route.  Day 2 included a trip over Cinnamon Pass into Lake City.  Day 3 began with a jeep ride into Ouray and Ridgway. 

Guiding services can be provided by Tony Chelf (pictured above), also known as the Fly Fishing Cop (He was an officer with the City of Ouray Police Department for 30 years and he retired last summer).  He knows the areas well and is a former President of Trout Unlimited Gunnison Gorge Chapter.  If you would like further information on fishing in the area, contact the Fly Fishing Cop at  (970) 596-4697.

You can also head to Ridgway, ten minutes north of Ouray.  RIGS is a fly shop located in Ridgway, Colorado.  They provide guide services year round in the vicinity of Ouray and Ridgway too.  They sell Tenkara fly fishing rods and they are the only seller in Colorado to do so.  These rods are used in the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing where only a rod, line and fly - but no reel - are used.    RIGS even maintains a fish report for the rivers and streams near Ouray and Ridgway.

Fishing in Colorado is regulated by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and their full and comprehensive brochure for the 2012 fishing season for the state of Colorado is online.  This link is a great place for anglers to begin trip planning to southwest Colorado.  It includes information on licenses, gold medal waters, and fish species.  Enjoy your Colorado Vacation in the San Juan Mountains as there are so many things to do in Ouray and beyond!

Five Roads from Ouray to Telluride

  
  
  

With over 500 miles of accessible 4WD trails at our doorstep, is it any wonder Ouray is know as the Jeeping Capitol of the World?

highway62When driving to Telluride in the winter, or in a sedan, or if you're in a hurry, it is a circular route down Highway 550 to Ridgway, turn on to Highway 62, then a few miles further down the road, turn onto Highway 145 which takes you to a town very similar to Ouray, but a mountain range away. The entire drive is forty-seven miles and takes about an hour.

 

 

Of course, thats not the only way to Telluride, just the fastest. Imogene, Black Bear, Ophir and Last Dollar are some other options, but not for the faint of heart (except perhaps for Last Dollar).

black bear passBlack Bear Pass is the shortest in miles, but takes alot longer than the highway. A short twelve miles of sharp twists and narrow turns, this level five trail is not for the faint of heart. In fact, most rental companies strictly forbid the use of their vehicles on this one. Definately take a tour though!

imogene basin 080311 1Imogene is a level four jeep trail traversing 17 miles of spectacular scenery. This is propably the second most popular trail in the area, taking drivers over rough terrain to the summit of 13,100 feet. Both of these typically open around July Fourth so the early opening of these roads is exciting indeed! Perhaps I will let someone drive me over them this year!

ophir september 11 15Ophir Pass is considered one of the easier four wheel drive roads in the area. Summiting at a little over 11,000 feet, this level three trail travels past waterfalls, and a mountain lake as it eventually drops you into the small town of Ophir, a few miles away from Telluride. As you enter into the 'city limits' of Ophir, you are greeted with a welcome sign which proclaims the population down to house pets. Super cute!

last dollar roadAre you a John Wayne fan? Last Dollar Road takes travellers past the Ross Ranch, one of several film locations from True Grit in and around Ouray County. Accessed about 10 miles outside of Ridgway, at the top of Dallas Divide, this level one trail gives drivers a sense of the majesty of the back country without the extreme switchbacks and sheer drops of some of the more difficult roads.

 Do them all, perhaps not in one day, but each road is its own adventure and well worth the drive. After that, no worries! Take a drive to Silverton over Corkscrew or head on over to Lake City on Engineer, or explore some ghost towns in Red Mountain Town.

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History of Southwest Colorado: Freighting to the Ouray Mines

  
  
  

120 years ago the population of Ouray was at its peak and silver mining supported the town.

Getting the ore down from the mines and supplies back up to the mines was carried out by freighting outfits who employed dozens of men and kept hundreds of horses, mules, burros (donkeys) and wagons. The standard ore wagon had a five-ton capacity and was pulled by six horses or mules (see attached photo).

OreWagon (1)The wagons of course could only be used on roads, but many of the mines were located on narrow trails. Long teams of mules or burros could be seen every day on the streets of Ouray preparing to head to the mines. Horses were too skittish for hauling to the mines on narrow trails and mules were much more sure-footed. A mule could carry 200-400 pounds of material while a burro could carry 75-150 pounds. Burros have the advantage that they would feed themselves by eating natural vegetation while mules needed to have food provided. Some of the items freighted to the mines included food, coal, machinery, rail, lumber, explosives and tools. Lumber was hauled up to the mines tied at one end to a burro and dragging on the other end. It would be ordered six inches longer than needed so the damaged end could be cut off.

Dave Wood’s Magnolia Line was the most important of the early San Juan freighting businesses. He followed the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad’s railhead and provided freight service from there to towns further west. In 1884 Wood built his own road, still known today as the Dave Wood Road, from Montrose to Telluride. He served towns until the railroad arrived: Ouray in 1886 and Telluride in 1892. At one point he had over 500 head of horses, mules and oxen at work. When a newcomer to Colorado asked him how long he had lived in these mountains, Wood replied, ”Madam, I hauled these mountains in here.” In spite of his great success he went bankrupt during the Silver Panic of 1893.

Even after the railroad arrived in Ouray in 1886 freighting was still needed to get materials to the mines. The largest freighting company to serve Ouray’s mines was owned by John Ashenfelter. His company served Ouray from 1882 until his death in 1910 and was the exclusive freighter for the Camp Bird and Revenue Mines. Ashenfelter’s business occupied both sides of 8th Avenue in the block west of Main Street. He had two large barns, wagon and grain warehouses, three livery stables, corrals as well as blacksmith and carpentry shops. At the height of his business he had 24 six-horse teams, many dozen pack mules and a herd of 80 burros. Ashenfelter also ran a daily four-horse stage up the Camp Bird Road. In 1899 his stage was the scene of the only reported stagecoach robbery in Ouray County.

Ouray was also served by many smaller livery stables. They did a brisk business in renting buggies, wagons and horses. It was common practice for miners at the Camp Bird and Revenue Mines to walk into Ouray on a Saturday and then hire a horse on Sunday to ride back to the mine. The horse would then return riderless to the livery stable.

John Donald came to Ouray in 1886 and started a packing business with a string of burros. He did most of the ore packing for the mines on Gold Hill north of Ouray. He eventually bought what remained of the Ashenfelter stables in 1920. The Fellin brothers established a freighting business in 1911. They did most of the hauling for the Atlas and Mountain Top Mines. The Fellin brothers purchased John Donald’s business after his death in 1933. Fellin trucks continued to haul the Camp Bird ore to the railroad until the 1960s.

Other livery stables included Union Livery Company which was located on Main Street and had wagons and carriages on the first floor and stables in the basement with large corrals in the back. A. A. Moore established the Free Coinage livery in 1898 at the corner of 9th Ave and Main Street. Today’s Ouray Livery Barn traces its history back to 1883 when the O. K. Stables were established. In 1893 Charles Rowley, who had married John Ashenfelter’s sister, purchased the O. K. Stables and operated it until his death in 1930.

About the Author:  Don Paulson is the curator at the Ouray County Historical Society and Ouray County Museum.  He is also a retired Professor of Chemistry where he specialized in organic chemistry.  Don is an active member of the Ridgway Railroad Museum, and an avid hiker, 4WD (jeep) enthusiast, and photographer in addition to his duties as curator for the museum.

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August 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

  
  
  

Southwest Colorado sparkles with activities this August!

box canyon rainbowAs the summer season hits its stride, all of the trails have been travelled enough to make them seem easy. Flowers and waterfalls are still everywhere you look, and the local restaurants are ideal for a refreshing cocktail or meal after a day of perusing the variety of original gift ideas in our many local shops.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Evening of History: "Big Horses, Wild Cows, and Outhouses -- Stories of the Lester Israel Family," presented by Ginny Harrington

ouray county museum evelyn walsh mccleane roomGinny 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.

Friday August 3, 2012 through Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday

This 9-day event is the 52nd Artists' Alpine Holiday starting on Friday, August 3, 2012 and running through Saturday, August 11, 2012. In addition to the art show, there will be daily art demonstrations, door prizes, classes, etc. The entire show is free to the public.
Friday 8/3 & Saturday 8/4 - Show open 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday 8/5 through Friday 8/10 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8/11 - Show open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday August 3, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

wright opera house ouray coloradoMelodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - WISE Melodrama at the Wright Opera House

Melodrama from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Come on out and enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Mt. Sneffels Marathon/ Half-Marathon (and Kids Run)

mtsneffelsmarathonlogoThere will be three races again this year; a half marathon, which will begin at Fellin Park in Ouray, over County Road 17 and on to Ridgway, a full marathon, beginning in Ridgway, over the same course and back to Ridgway, and a one mile Kids Fun Run

Saturday, August 11, 2012 and Sunday, August 12, 2012- Ridgway Arts & Crafts Rendezvous

The Ridgway Town Park will be teeming with the artistic talent of the area as local artists and entertainers gather to share at this event. Head down to the park from 8:00 am and spend the day enjoying free live music, and perusing the booths of local talent.

Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Griffin House

griffin houseEnjoy this truly gifted singer/songwriter as he takes you on a heartfelt tour through musical bliss! 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 through Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Third Annual Ouray Canyoning Festival

cascade falls canyoneeringThe Ouray Canyoning Festival offers a great opportunity to discover canyoning/canyoneering, explore new canyons, make new friends; to share ideas and information; and to learn new skills and techniques.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

Free ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45.

Friday, August 17, 2012 - Vignettes of History~ War & Angels

hot block 7th aveAppetizers at 4 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox, dinner at 5:30 pm in the Tundra Dinning Room of the Beaumont Hotel, followed by feature presentation in the Wright Opera House at 7:00 pm: Judy Winnick portrays "Irena Sendler, Angel of the Warsaw ghetto" A one act play by Judy Winnick.


Friday, August 17, 2012 through November 17, 2012 - OCHS Otto Mears Exhibit

Visit the Ouray History Museum any time between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm to learn about the builder of the Million Dollar Highway, to name just one of the accomplishments of thiss historical figure.

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register

Tuesday, August 21 through September 28, 2012 - OCHS Quilt Show

The annual Ouray County Historical Society Quilt show runs from August 21st to September 28th. The show features more than three dozen quilts which were either stiched or quilted prior to 1966.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Classical Cafe - an informal classical music concert

This is the opening concert of the 2012 San Juan Chamber MusicFest season. Max Levinson, piano; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Nurit Pacht, violin, will introduce classical music in an informal concert, set in cabaret style.

Friday, August 24, through Saturday, August 26, 2012 - Ouray Heritage Weekend

This weekend-long celebration of Ouray’s unique history include many heritage events throughout Ouray County like a mule race, special programs at local museums and fun, family events that highlight the areas rich mining, culinary, mountaineering, and cultural heritage.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Grillin' & Chillin' Brew & Music Festival

grillin n chillin2012 will be the sixth year that Ouray celebrates regional craft brews, energetic music, fantastic food, BBQ competitions, the non-profit community and family-friendly fun. Visitors can taste their way through more than fifteen regional ales and get to chat personally with the brewers, who consider this their one of their favorite brew fests. National recording artists keep spirits high all afternoon and compliment the high-pitched giggles of kids flying across Fellin Park on a zip line.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray's Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - San Juan Chamber MusicFest -- Chamber Music Concert

Chamber Music Concert presented by Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Max Levinson, Artistic Director and Piano
Allison Eldredge, cello
Nurit Pacht, violin

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Family Classical Music Concert

music noteFamily Concert appropriate for children preschool through high school. Come and learn a bit about the wonderful, rich heritage of classical music.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - Salon Dinner Concert

Dinner Salon Concert -- Finale to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest 2012. Gourmet Dinner provided by Secret Garden Catering and intimate dinner concert in a lovely Ridgway home. Reservations are essential -- call 970-626-2970.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Friday, August 31, 2012 - Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo

ridgway rodeoCome on out and support the 4-H Members and our great community!!!!
2012 Ouray County Fair Schedule TBD. 

Ouray and Ridgway offer a wide variety of fun for the entire family! Give us a call at the Box Canyon lodge and let us help you plan your perfect vacation adventure!

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Ridgway Colorado presents 5th Annual Riverfest!

  
  
  

The perfect way to celebrate Summer in the San Juans is on the river with games and fun for the whole family!

uncompahgre riverThe Uncompahgre River flows through Ouray, carrying mineral deposits from the high country, and eventually opening up to a deeper cleaner flowing body of water once it hits Ridgway. Here, you can see people all up and down the river fly fishing, and preparing for some whitewater rafting. the people of Ridgway definately have reason to be proud of their portion of river, and work diligently to preserve and protect this resource.

For several years now, the Mosaic Community Project has hosted a watershed celebration in Ridgway, Colorado. This is a zero-waste event centered around water activities.

This year, on June 30, 2012, activities will include a whitewater rodeo, down-river races, the Junk of the Unc race, and fun at the Kid’s Eddy. A regional watershed information tent will provide an essential educational component. Live music, local food vendors, and a beverage tent will round out the day.

MCP logo finalThe 2012 River Event Schedule will be as follows:
9-11:00 am - Registration
11:10 am - Safety Briefing
11:20 am - Wildwater Kayaks
11:30 am - Hard shell kayaks
river fest logo11:40 am - Inflatables
2:00 pm - Whitewater Rodeo
2:30 pm - Junk of Unc
3:30 pm - Awards Ceremony

River event registration will take place at Rollans Park on Saturday, June 30th from 9am-11:00am. Please come prepared with your ACA membership number and registration fee. All river event participants will need a PFD and a helmet to enter. Stop by the registration table (next to the stage) to sign up for your event, sign a waiver and receive your festival t-shirt. Cost is $20.00 for one boat, and $30.00 for two boats. An additional $5.00 will be applied for each non-ACA member.
riverfest silly boatWhether you are participating in the competition, or just bringing the family to watch and enjoy the free entertainment, this is definately a day on the river not soon forgotten! There will also be a silent auction throughout the day, and half of the proceeds will benefit the UWP, and the other half will benefit MCP.

And of course, what better place to celebrate clean water than surrounded by the majesty of the San Juan Mountains? Make it a weekend of fun with hiking, scenic drives and four-wheeling, followed by a relaxing soak in the soothing mineral hot springs. Your adventure awaits!

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Southwest Colorado Backcountry Driving Tour: Lime Creek Road

  
  
  

About 50 Miles South of Ouray, the Old Lime Creek Road Provides an Easy Forray into Backcountry Driving (4WD)

lime creek road southwest coloradoDrive the original US 550 through beautiful coniferous  and aspen forests.  In the fall, this road is a great fall foliage scenic drive and Colorado Color tour through shimmering aspen tree forests.  Most of the road is quite easy, but, a high clearance vehicle is essential in some rocky sections.

Take US Forest Service Road 591 approximately three miles north of Purgatory Ski Area.  This scenic drive in Southwest Colorado takes adventurers to Scout Lake, approximately 3 miles from this intersection.  Scout Lake provides an incredible landscape for Plein Aire painters all summer long.  The lake is full of blooming lilly pads in July and August and home to numerous ducks, geese and other water fowl. Past Scout Lake, the road becomes a wide shelf road, overlooking the beautiful Lime Creek Valley below.  In sections, you will see remnants of the original US 550 through this area; notice the intracate rock and brick guard rails that were built in the 1930s through the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The Lime Creek Road lies on the edge of old Ute land, running along Lime Creek from the Upper Animas River Basin to the Silverton area.  It was first used as a hunting trail by the Utes.  Captain Charles Baker was one of the earliest prospectors to use the trail in 1860, prior to mineral prospecting rush of that decade.  The trail was converted into a formal road in the late 1800s.  It was used heavily by prospectors carrying gold and silver as well as  early pioneers trying to access Silverton’s extremely profitable mining country.  Even though this road may seem primitive and a bit treacherous by todays standards, it was still the easiest route to reach the Animas Valley.  The other alternatives meant trekking the steep slopes of the Molas Divide or attempting the Animas Canyon.  Imagine what it would have been like to ride the road in a horse drawn wagon!

This road rejoins the current US 550 12 miles later, about 11 miles south of Silverton on the slopes of Coal Bank Pass.

July 2012 Calendar of Events in Ouray and Ridgway

  
  
  

July in the San Juan Mountains is a spectacular time to visit!

Imogene Ophir7 26 10 389   CopyEvery season in Southwest Colorado holds a special magic. July is the peak of the summer season, with wildflowers blooming everywhere, waterfalls around every corner, and all of the high country four wheel drive trails open, a number of activities and interests are met.

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

million dollar highway scenic drivesMost 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.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - Compassion Weekend

This is a non timed event taking place all around the community. Volunteers will provide assistance to members of the area, and the finale is a 10K race on July Fourth.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - Elks Bingo

elks logoOuray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information. This is a weekly event from June 6 to August 29. Our bingo (open to the public) is every Wednesday night EXCEPT Independence Day week, when it will be on Tuesday, July 3rd.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Old fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

One of the most cherished traditions of Ouray’s old fashioned Fourth of July celebration is the water fights on Main Street that grew out of the old mining days of Ouray in the late 1800s.

fireworks in ouray coWednesday, July 4, 2012 - Ourayce

Starting at 8:00am at Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this 10k run is a fantastic journey through some of the most beautiful terrain around.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - Almost Every Wednesday Movie

Free showing of E T on the big screen at the Wright Opera House after the water fights at 4:00 pm and then again at 6:30pm.

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - Ridgway Free Summer Concert Series Presents: March Fourth Marching Band with local band Funkdafari opening

funkdafariHead on out to Ridgway from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm to enjoy the first Thursday Concert in Hartwell Park in July! The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships.

Friday, July 6, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright; Jude Johnstone

The third in this series of great performers at the Wright Opera House, enjoy the introspective, jazzy sounds of this popular singer/songwriter.

Monday, July 9, 2012 through August 14, 2012 - San Juan Memories Photo Show

The San Juan Memories Photo Show features Western Slope photographers who have focused on the San Juan Mountains. Show is at the Ouray County Museum from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Monday, July 9, 2012- Melodrama at the Opera House

wright opera house ouray colorado"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress, learn a little history. Fun for the whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - Evenings in History - History of Wright Opera House

Enjoy a presentation on the History of the Wright Opera House presented by the Ouray Museum as part of the Evenings in History Lecture Series.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Guided Tour of Ouray Museum

Enjoy a two hour guided tour of the Ouray County Museum led by Curator Don Paulson. Learn about the history behind the exhibits. $10 charge per person (OCHS members $5). Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Tour runs from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7:00 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - Ridgway Free Summer Concert Series Presents: Shinyribs (featuring Kev Russell of the Gourds) with Pretty Gritty opening

ridgway railroad museumThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews availale for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Friday, July 13, 2012 - Ouray Library Preview Book Sale

Come to the Friday Preview Sale for the best selection of books at the Ouray Community Center from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Guided Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery

Enjoy a guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery. Learn about the famous and the infamous former residents of Ouray County. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Tour is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Ouray Library Book Sale

booksThe Ouray Public Library Book Sale features thousands of items, including fiction, nonfiction, easy, junior, and young adult collections, as well as movies and audio books. Come early for the best selections. Come late for the best deals. Whatever you do, come by the Ouray Community Center to stock your shelves and support your local library. We hope to see you there! Sale is open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Ouray Community Center in the Massard Room.

Saturday, Juy 14, 2012 - Philippines Fundraising Dinner & Silent Auction

Dinner (Asian cuisine with beautiful Asian decor) and silent auction to raise funds for the upcoming mission, "Operation Christmas Share" which provides gifts, clothes and school supplies for the needy and orphaned children in the Philippines. Silent auction includes native handmade crafts, jewelry and pearls from the Philippines as well as gift certificates from local businesses. Donations only. Meet at the First Baptist Church of Ouray; dinner is from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

tony rosarioDance and play the night away from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub to the musical talent of Tony Rosario.

Monday, July 16, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Monday, July 16, 2012 - ROCC Talk - History of the Utes

roland mccookFree ROCC Talk: HISTORY OF THE UTE PEOPLE - Roland McCook will speak about the history of the Ute People. He is a member of the Uncompahgre Band of the Ute Indian Tribe of Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah. Mr. McCook is a descendent of Chief Ouray and Chipeta. He speaks fluent Ute and has extensive experience conducting historical and archival research on Ute tribal history. There will be coffee and cookies at 6:45, lecture will run from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center at Town Hall.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - Evening of History: "The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendery Watering Holes," by Tom Noel

Meet at the Ouray Community Center from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm with Tom Noel, Professor History at the University of Colorado, Denver presents an Evening of History on "The Silvery San Juan: A Liquid History of Legendary Watering Holes."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7:00 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Ridgway Free Concert Series Presents: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds with The David Starr Band opening.

music noteThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews available for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Sara Hickman childrens concert

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm take the family to the Wright Opera House to enjoy this special childrens concert by the truly talented Sara Hickman.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Guided Walk of Historic Main Street

Enjoy a guided walk of Ouray's Historic Main Street. Learn about the history of each building and the colorful characters who roamed the streets of Ouray 100 years ago. $10 per person. Call 970-325-4576 to pre-register. Walk begins at 3:00 pm and will last approximately 2 hours.

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - Summer Music Series at the Wright:Sara Hickman

sarah hickmanFrom 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Sara Hickman will appear once again at the Wright Opera for a full length concert.

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - Evening of History: "Ouray County Schools: 1876 to 1950," presented by Don Paulson

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 presented by Ouray County Museum Curator Don Paulson. Meet at 7:30pm to 9:30 pm at the Ouray community Center.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Elks Bingo

Ouray Elks summer Bingo. Open to the public. 7 PM in the lodge room. 970-325-4510 for information.

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Ridgway Free Concert Series Presents: Rose’s Pawn Shop with Katie Glassman opening.

roses pawnshopThere will be four food vendors and local microbrews available for purchase at the concerts. The Ridgway Concert Series is free to attend and is supported entirely by community donations and sponsorships. Concert runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hartwell Park in Ridgway.

Monday, July 30, 2012 - Melodrama at the Opera House

"Crooks and Skulduggery at the Hardlife Hotel...or Meen E Moneybags stinks up Ouray" Cheer the hero, boo the villain, worry about the damsel in distress. Learn a little history. Fun for whole family, the show starts at 7:00 pm at the Wright Opera House in Ouray.

 

hot tubs box canyonTravel the Million Dollar Highway, soak in our mineral hot springs, tour the high country by vehicle or on foot, then come home to a relaxing evening and let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge help make your stay a perfect memory!

 

 

 

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