Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Fall Foliage Update, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @12:49 PM
October is already upon us, and the aspens are still vibrant!
Earlier this week, the closures on Red Mountain Pass were lifted, with an area that is still single lane alternating traffic, but opening the pass to those eager to catch the last bit of color on the Million Dollar Highway. 
There was some snow in the high country a couple of days ago, resulting in the closure of a couple of the high mountain four wheel drive passes, but, overall, Mother Nature has been mild thus far, and the majority of trails are still open for adventure.
Every year at this time, we at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs make it a point to keep the most up to date information on road conditions as well as the Fall colors.
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Four Wheel Drive Conditions This October, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 05, 2015 @07:16 PM

We have had the most glorious Fall.

The leaves still cling to trees all over the area, and despite the construction on the Million Dollar Highway, visitors have enjoyed the changing of the aspens in the high country for weeks now.

As the days get shorter, the weather in the high country is beginning to turn. Just the other day, news arrived that there was snow falling at the top of Red Mountin Pass.

The four-wheel drive trails have had a phenomenal season of great weather and have stayed open for quite a while, however, as the snow begins to cover the mountain tops, so must the passes begin to close.....

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Million Dollar Highway Perfect for Colors Despite Road Construction

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @12:57 PM

The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.

With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.

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Fall Foliage Update - September 2015

Posted by Faith Parry on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @12:57 PM
Fall is here, and the Colors are Magnificent!
I have done some adventuring in the past few days and it is a definite must to get out there and enjoy the beautiful warm fall days and the amazing splendor of color. Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful! Red Mountain Pass is in full flame of color! Last Dollar Road and Dallas Divide is spectacular! The weather is perfect! The sun is shining! Get out there and enjoy our amazing surroundings!
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Three Favorite Scenic Drives This Fall in and Around Ouray!

Posted by Hannah Hollenbeck on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @10:05 AM

The fall season has begun in Ouray County! Cooler temperatures bring a spectacular array of golden

yellows, stunning orange and vibrant red colors to Ouray County’s already majestic scenery. Fall is the

perfect time to visit Ouray to enjoy warm afternoon hikes and crisp fall evenings in our natural mineral

hot springs.

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Central City Opera Returns to the Wright This September 19, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @01:32 PM

Enjoy an evening at the Wright for a Special Presentation of "Smooth Operator" Presented by the Central City Opera Company!

Opera. Combining the ringing sopranos and deep tenors of the human voice with musical scores only made more magnificent in harmony, is an excursion into a world that is filled with the beauty of sound. Each score tells a tale of love and loss and triumph. There are no spoken words, the entire tale of a true opera is completely in song. The melody dances in your ears, creating images that only serve to intensify the performers on stage. A true and complete excursion into the power of the voice. Whether a seasoned participant or new to the art form, it is impossible not to appreciate the talent and grace of the performers.

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Ouray Colorado boasts a variety of neighbors!

Posted by Faith Parry on Sat, Sep 05, 2015 @02:22 PM
If you even have a commute it might only be a few minutes, but often includes traffic jams of Big Horn Sheep coming down from higher elevations to lick the salt off the roads. These beautiful animals are avid climbers, if one or two are on Highway 550, look up and you can pick out several more sheep of varying sizes perched on the rocks and outcrops above the road. You can tell the difference between males and females by the size and shape of their horns. Male Big Horn Sheep have larger horns with bigger curls whereas females have smaller horns with not much of a curl.
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Tags: bighorn sheep, scenic drives, ouray, wildlife viewing

Official Press Release: Continuing Education Class Comes to Wright Thanks to Local Geologist

Posted by The Wright Opera House on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @11:56 AM


Local geologist Larry Meckel is bringing 'Our Restless Earth', a 5-week continuing education class to the Wright Opera House as a benefit to help raise funds for the restoration of the facility. 

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Third Annual Fiber Festival in Ridgway this September

Posted by Sandy Kern on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 @03:10 PM

Weehawken Creative Arts Presents Third Annual Fiber Festival!

2015 is the third year of the Sneffels Fiber Festival held at the Ouray County 4-H Center south of Ridgway.  The event will be open on Saturday, September 26(from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 27 (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The festival features six fee classes in felting, knitting, and Tunisian crochet and free demonstrations on these and other topics, such as weaving, throughout the show.  There are over twenty vendors featuring everything from roving to unique finished products that involve fiber in some form.  A display of beautiful art quilts from The Raven Mavens of Grand Junction will decorate the walls and delight and excite the eyes. 

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San Juan Skyway - an Amazing Scenic Drive

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @02:12 PM

Start in Ouray, and Finish in Ouray, this drive encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado!

Whether you are travelling in a vehicle, or on your motorcycle, a trip on the San Juan Mountain Skyway is a great way to tour Southwest Colorado.

Because it is a circular route, you can virtually start anywhere along the way. A favorite starting point for me, of course, is Ouray. Travelling south on Highway 550, The Million Dollar Highway, the trip begins with drastic views as it follows along the Uncompahgre Gorge. 

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