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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this September 2013

  
  
  

Time to get ready for the Beauty of Fall in the San Juan Mountains!

fall boxcanyonEvery year, the question on everyones lips is when will the aspen start to change? 

Unlike other places boasting spectacular fall colors, it is a little more difficult to pin point peak colors in Colorado. Just like the weather, which can change at any time, the aspens always seem to surprise us when they begin to change.

At the same time, we know its going to happen in September. Most likely. A lot depends on the weather. If we have an early frost, the trees begin to change earlier. If it gets too cold too quickly and stays cold for too long, the season will be shorter, and vice versa.

Regardless, taking a scenic drive through the San Juans in September is a memorable experience, and a photographers dream.

Thursday, August 29 through Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center in Ridgway, Colorado: Ouray County 4H Fair and Rodeo

barrel racingSupport the 4H club as they display their hard work from the year at the Livestock Show, watch talented athletes display their abilities at the 4H Horse Show, and enjoy all of the traditional fun and excitement of a small town county fair. Kids from all over Ouray County bring animals from rabbits and chickens to pigs and steers, which they have raised and trained themselves, for judging and ultimately to sell at a livestock auction held on the last day.

Typically runs from Thursday before Labor Day through Labor Day. The 4-H Fair & Livestock Show is immediately followed by the CPRA Sanctioned Ouray County Rodeo. 

At the Rodeo, booths offering everything from hot dogs and beer to that special piece of memorabilia to commemorate a great weekend are scattered about the fair grounds, as well as fun activities for the kids, and animals every where! Watch the bull riding event, and enjoy the antics of the Rodeo Clowns as they work to keep competitors safe, and the crowds cheering.

Saturday, August 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Otto Mears Exhibit

million dollar highwayDue to the extreme popularity of this exhibit and requests to continue it we are holding it over for another year. 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 investments, 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.

Thursday, August 29 through Wednesday, September 28, 2013 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Ouray County Museum in Ouray Colorado: Annual Quilt Show

ouray coloradoOuray County Historical Society's annual quilt show featuring dozens of historic quilts that were either quilted or pieced before 1960.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

fruitThe Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 6, 2013 - 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm: The Sherbino Presents : Bernie Nelson

Spend an evening with Nashville based singer/songwriter Bernie Nelson at Ridgways historic theater.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Divide Ranch & Golf Club: Fortuna Tierra Scholarship Golf Scramble

golf$65.00 per player includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch and prizes(cash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place gross and net winners).

7:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM Shot Gun Start
Lunch and Prizes

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 10:00 pm to 1:00 am at O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray: Live Music - Mojo

Enjoy an evening of dancing and fun at Ouray's favorite night spot! 

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall.colorsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 13, through Saturday, September 14, 2013 - All Day Event at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Weehawken Arts Sneffels Fiber Festival

weehawkenlogoFiber: it's more than just a breakfast cereal or wool from sheep!
Fiber Festival will be held at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, featuring vendors and animal displays.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Presents Cathy Bolton

fall boxcanyon.2Cathy Bolton, is a singer/songwriter of extraordinary gentleness and grace. "She is an angel whose music speaks to your heart and sings to your soul," said the late/great Dennis Weaver. Come and enjoy a beautiful evening, including Dennis's song, "Dream Your Eagle," set to music by Cathy. www.tol23.com/eagle/

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:00 am to 9:00 am meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center: Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Nature Walk

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, the UWP invites you to hike around with our staff and board members. This is an informal opportunity to get to know the county, and get to know your community. Please meet at the Ouray Visitor's Center with your good boots, water and snacks. Please regularly check the UWP website for cancellations or postponements.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 7:30 to 9:00 pm: Wright Opera House Summer Music Series Presents Shawn Mullins

shawnmullinsSince we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008’s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and band leader has undergone a series of trans-formative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ new found level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, October 12). This captivating new song cycle will likely be viewed as a flat-out revelation even by Mullins’ most fervent fans.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

boxcanyonfallsThe museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm starting at Ridgway Hartwell "Town" Park: Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge 

Log Hill Lungbuster Bike Challenge. A 15 mile time trial starting in the town of Ridgway and ending near the Divide Ranch and Country Club on Log Hill. Registration and entry fee of $40 which includes a T-shirt, refreshments and a grab bag of other sponor donated items. The route traverses the sub-divisions of Log Hill Village, Waterview Estates and Fairway Pines. For registration go to www.loghilllungbusterchallenge.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Wright Opera House: Prince Avalanche

Funny, meditative and at times surreal, Prince Avalanche features a score by Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo, and was shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr was. Loosely adapted from Either Way, an Icelandic film by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson.

Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Ridgway Railroad Museum - Ouray County Railroad Days

ridgwaytrainlogoThursday and Friday September 19-20. Guided hikes each day with historical narration along the Silverton Railroad grade. 

On the 19th we hike from Red Mountain Pass to the Guston townsite. Hikers will see Red Mt summit, the Knob, Red Mt townsite, the National Belle Mine, the Red Rt Wye, the Yankee Girl Mine, the Treasury Tunnel branch, the Guston Congregational Church, etc. 

On the 20th we long the Silverton Railroad grade from Guston to the Albany Mill site. Hikers will see the Guston Depot, Corkscrew Gulch turntable, Silver Bell Mine branch, Ironton Depot site, Albany Mill site, etc 

railroad museumEach hike is 3 to 4 miles downhill, some bushwacking, so you should be in good shape. Bring water, lunch, wear long pants, prepare for weather. We meet each day at Corkscrew Gulch roadhead, 7.8 miles south of Ouray's Beaumont Hotel on US 550. Tours led by Ouray County Museum Curator, Don Paulson
$10 per hiker (both Thur and Fri hikes for $15). Free to members of either the Ridgway Railroad Museum or the Ouray County Historical Society - membership card required.

Saturday Sept 21, 9 am to noon. Model Railroad Open House: Visit Don Paulson's Denver and Southwestern Railroad, a 30' x 40' HO/HOn3 railroad based upon the D&RGW/RGS railroads of Southwestern Colorado. Pick up directions to Don's house at the Ridgway Railroad Museum or call Don at 970-325-0931 for directions. Don's house is located 10 minutes from the Ridgway Railroad Museum. A map with directions will be available at the Museum. 

Saturday Sept 21 at 1:30 pm there will be an auto tour along the route of the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Sunday Sept 22 there will be an auto tour along the route of the Rio Grand Southern Railroad and the Ouray Branch of the D&RGW.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

sherbino masthead9Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm meeting East of Highway 550 & Vista Terrace in Ridgway: Ridgway Moonwalk Art Outing, presented by the Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts!

fall bcl3The Ridgway Creative District and Weehawken Creative Arts present a monthly gallery tour coinciding with the full moon! For September, the focus will be on the area east of Hwy 550 and Vista Terrace subdivision. Come learn about all the amazing artists and creative folks that you might not know about around town!

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Ridgway Hartwell Park: Ridgway Farmers Market

The Ridgway Farmer's Market features locally and nd regionally grown organic produce, breads & baked goods, specialty spices and jams, and locally handmade artisan treats like hats, candles, soaps, jewelry, and much more!

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Wright Opera House: Diamond W Wranglers in Concert

diamondw wranglersThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform. You'll clap your hands, stomp your feet, laugh, and sing along all through the performance! They'll be performing at the Wright Opera House Sept. 21, 2013. Come join us for a wonderful night of music and fun!

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Historic Western Hotel Restaurant & Saloon: Diamond W Wranglers in Ouray

diamondw logoThe Diamond W Wranglers is a western singing group loved by audiences everywhere they perform! Come see them at the Historic Western Hotel & Saloon dinner show in Ouray on Sept. 22, 2013. It will be a wonderful night of great music, gourmet food, and fun! (Seating limited to 50)

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Sherbino Theater: Thursday Afternoon "Independence" Club at the Sherbino Theater

Featuring Randy Gregory (formerly of the Independence Café) - 
The Sherbino is Ridgway's Community Theater! We've been doing major renovations and the place is looking great! Come on down!!

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Venue Roscoe Fox: Quilter's Tea

tea partyThe Annual Quilter's Tea of the Ouray County Historical Society. Location: Venue Roscoe Fox, Cost: $5.00 donation. Quilt raffle winner will be announced.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Ouray County Museum: John Fielder Workshop 

Photo workshop with world famous photographer John Fielder. Contact Maria Jones at the Ouray County Museum for registration information.

Saturday, September 28 through Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park: Paint in the Park

dennis weaver parkPlein Aire event at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hosted by Public Arts Ridgway Colorado (PARC). Location Details: Dennis Weaver Memorial Park RiverSage Subdivision & Uncompahgre River (turn off of Hwy 550 N. of Ridgway) 

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ouray County 4H Event Center: Mt Sneffles Live and Silent Auction

The Mt. Sneffels Silent/Live Auction is the foundations largest fund-raising event of the year. The event has hundreds of auction items, live music, games, a great auctioneer, wonderful foods, wines and beer. Attendance at the event ranges from all over the country with most coming from the Western slope of Colorado. All Auction items are donated by local, regional, national & private supporters of the foundation. Popular donations are: all kinds and forms of Art and jewelry, offerings and items from regional retail, lodging, restaurants, services, national & international get-away vacations.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Ouray County Ranch History Museum

fall bcl2The museum will be open from 1pm to 5pm every Sunday, Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2013 
Located in the Colona School.

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Ridgway Community Center and Town Hall: PARC Wine & Cheese Benefit

Wine, cheese, live music and art auction to benefit PARC - Public Arts Ridgway Colorado.

 

tub.soakingEnjoy a scenic drive through Ouray County during your visit, and let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help plan the perfect September getaway! After a day of adventuring, nothing compares to a soak in the mineral hot springs.

Fall in the San Juans is truly a magical time to visit; filled with art and music and colors!

See you soon!




 

 


 




Ghost Towns of the San Juan Mountains - Ironton

  
  
  

Not so Long Ago, Ouray was Just One Of Many Towns in Southwest Colorado.

ironton3Founded in 1883 and quickly becoming one of the largest towns in the area with over 1800 residents at its peak, Ironton, Colorado, originally know as Copper Glenn, was a thriving mountain town until the late 1950's. At the end of the mining craze in Southwest Colorado, it, along with so many towns, was eventually abandoned by its residents. 

ironton.10A few years ago, while out four wheeling with my family, my step father, born and raised in Ouray, began telling us about his days as a miner in Ouray County. One of my favorite stories was how he and his friends would sneak out and head up to Ironton for the night when they were kids. Apparently, it was quite the place to hang out, always full of miners and good times. Of course, I did wonder if he was referring to Red Mountain Town, which was reputed to have more bars than houses, but he was a pretty mild man, so Ironton probably seemed quite dangerous when he was 15.

ironton5The saloons are no longer standing, but one bar can be found in the Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel on 7th Street in Ouray. If you get the chance to, go enjoy a beer and the owners will share with you some interesting facts. Such as the fact that when the bar was dismantled, the pieces were numbered, but somehow, they still wound up putting it back together wrong. Not that it matters. It is a beautiful piece!

ironton.7Ironton was still considered a town up until the 1960's. In fact, there is an episode of the series "I've Got A Secret", dated December 18, 1961, that is quite amusing, and features the last resident of the town, Milton Larson. He and his brother stayed in Ironton working their mines until they passed away. Although the clip shows a picture of Miltons house in Ironton, it is difficult to picture where it is when in what is left of the town today. Not only that, but from what I have read and heard, as the mining industry began to decline, people just abandoned their homes and those left were known to move into an empty house if it were in better condition than their own. What an interesting time they must have had! Imagine choosing from a variety of homes every day.

Unlike Ouray and Silverton, Ironton suffered several fires through the years, destroying much of the original architecture. It is fascinating to look at old photos on the Historical Society website.

ironton.9Easily accessible from highway 550, Ironton can be visited any time of year. During the winter months, the Ouray Nordic Council grooms cross country ski trails all around the ghost town. There is little to compare to skiing around the remaining buildings in the surreal quiet of a winter day in the Uncompahgres. It is tempting to step inside and explore these silent witnesses to a time long passed regardless of the season. Be warned though, it can be pretty dark, and these houses are literally falling down. Enter at your own risk!

guideJeep tour guides will tell a variety of stories about some of the homes and characters of Ironton and the surrounding mines. One story that stands out is about a man so in love with his wife, he spent 8 years building her dream house in town, complete with a heart shaped deck. Less than a year after she joined him, she became ill and passed away during the long cold winter. The story goes that instead of putting her in the cellar until the spring thaw, she was wrapped in a blanket and set in her rocking chair on the porch she loved, gazing at the spectacular view until Spring.

ironton.12As with any old ghost town, stories about the people who once walked the streets are prolific. Of course, standing between two of the buildings still standing so pristine, one can create their own image of what it must have been like. One of my favorite things is to have conversations with the people that were actually there. Remember, Ironton is a fairly young ghost town, so many of our residents remember a different time. The Ouray County Museum is a great place to visit to view pictures of Ironton and many other towns that once were thriving communities, and they also offer a number of "Evenings in History" with speakers sharing a piece of American history from not so long ago.

Getting There:  The town of Ironton is located just off of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton. From the Box Canyon Lodge, turn right onto Highway 550 heading South toward Silverton. Just past Crystal Lake on the right, about nine (9) miles, there is a pull out on the left. Signs indicate the turnoff for Corkscrew Pass, Brown Mountain, and Ironton Park. This is an easier turn off to spot, and the town can be reached from this turn off, however, perhaps a quarter mile further south is a short dirt road leading to the town site, County Road 20D. The road is quite grooved, but you can get to the parking area without a four wheel drive.

 Happy Exploring!

 

 

 

 

Jeep Tours In The San Juan Mountains For a Day of Adventure

  
  
  

Take a Journey into History, While Experiencing the Majesty of Southwest Colorado on a Jeep Tour!

jeep toursHave you ever wondered what all of the fuss is about when people talk about four wheeling in the San Juans? Whether it is your first visit, or your hundredth, regardless of your off road experience, taking a ride with one of the knowledgeable guides in Ouray is well worth it.

From the moment we boarded the twelve passenger tour jeep, everyone knew this was going to be a day of fun. Greg, owner of San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours picked us up promptly at 8:30, and immediately set a mood of adventure with his friendly, professional manner.

heading out jeep tour ourayWe jumped on Highway 550, and began  our tour with a quick stop at the Bear Creek pull off. This section of the Million Dollar Highway was just recently expanded and offers a spectacular view of the Uncompahgre Gorge. A plaque honoring Otto Mears stands testament to the fact that this section of road was built and maintained by hardworking people. Photos of the highway and toll booth when it was fist built, remind us of how times have changed.

ironton explorersAnother quick stop to walk around in the town of Ironton was a fascinating journey into the history of the Uncompahgres. It is hard to believe that once there were over a thousand residents where now there are only a few buildings still standing. You cannot help but marvel at how quickly Mother Nature takes back an entire town.

Just past the Summit of Red Mountain Pass, the real adventure began, as we turned off onto a county road, which would lead us to the Highway to Heaven. San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours is the only tour company with permission to drive this road, so there were no other vehicles as we unlocked the gate and began the ride.

highway to heaven jeep tourWildflowers dot the countryside as the road climbs in altitude, past abandoned mines and falling down houses on the deceptively smooth road. Perhaps ten minutes after the gate, the real ride began. Greg stopped and told us some history of the area, then gestured beyond to the beginning of the Highway to Heaven. The grade was daunting, and the tour truck immediately geared into four low as we began the ascent. Looking to the side, there is very little shoulder, and the countryside opens in a breathtaking panorama. Sitting in the far back seat, it was fun to look forward and see nothing but sky past the heads of my co travelers.

top of the worldAs we reached the top of the road, clouds obscured our view for a moment, and we all got out of the vehicle to stand at the edge, where no one questioned whether we truly had risen as far as the name of the tour proclaimed. A light breeze pushed aside the clouds, and we found ourselves gazing down at the Million Dollar Highway from what seemed like a thousand miles above.

Some of us tried to get our picture taken with a finger in the lake below, but our aim was a little off.

million dollar highwayThe ride back down was amusing. some folks with weak stomachs opted to walk as opposed to riding back down the steepest part of the road. Greg just chuckled when asked if his feelings were hurt. The drivers on these tours have traveled these roads so often, it is old hat to them. We caught up with them quickly enough, and the ride down the hill was not nearly as frightening as everyone thought it would be. 

silvertonShortly after, we found ourselves in the tiny town of Silverton. A quick stop at the courthouse to use the restrooms, then we headed to Handlebars for lunch. This little restaurant is a popular spot for lunch, between the atmosphere, friendly service and great food its no wonder!

Heading home, we took Corkscrew Pass. This four wheel drive road is full of twists and turns, but not overly treacherous. It takes you up above timberline again, and we all got out to look across the way at the mountaintop we had just been to.

top of corkscrewOnce back at the hotel, everyone was truly satisfied, and perhaps a little tired. There is nothing like spending an entire day travelling the back roads around Ouray. It always seems as if there is something more magnificent to see beyond every switchback, and it is hard to leave, but once the day was over, everyone was glad to relax and download all the pictures, or soak in the mineral hot spring tubs.

bcltubsLet us help you decide on the perfect jeep tour for your visit! At the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, our team makes it a point to know what will best suit your party. Whether you are looking for bumpy roads and heart pounding adventure, or a scenic ride to some of the most spectacular scenery in the country, we can help create the perfect adventure for you.

See you Soon!

Ouray Hiking Trails are for Everyone!

  
  
  

Hiking the Baby Bathtubs: a Short Sweet Hike in Southwest Colorado

baby bathtub view.4Ouray County boasts a variety of hiking trails easily accessible and ranging from a serene stroll along the river, to a harrowing climb over switchbacks and deer runs. The end result is however the same. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the San Juan Mountains.

Just a short distance from Ouray is the Amphitheater Campground and a variety of trailheads. The Baby Bathtubs hike is a quick and easy hike perfect for families, acclimating to the altitude, or if you just don't have a full day.

Easily accessible from town by following the Upper Cascade Falls trailhead at the end of 5th Avenue to the Portland Trailhead sign. Personally, I like to drive up to the second pull out on the Amphitheater Campground Road, and access the trail from this point.  

baby bathtubsThe trail follows a branch of the Portland Creek, beginning a bit steeply, but quickly relaxing into a rolling trail with no intense climbs. After a short walk, the trail comes to a water crossing, which also will explain the name "Baby Bathtubs". All along the creek crossing, the bedrock has been worn smooth, with little pools all along the creekbed.

This is a great spot to take a moment and marvel at the wonders of Nature. Once accross the creek bed, the trail climbs again, but just for a couple of minutes before descending into a shady tunnel through the trees to a juncture with several other trails, including the Ouray Perimeter Trail, and Portland trail. A pretty little bridge crosses Portland Creek here, and you can easily hop down off the path to soak your feet or just relax in the shade by the water.

baby bathtub trailhead portland junction.2At the bridge, there are trail markers for several hikes. Portland Trail is a beautiful hike also suited for anyone, with few switchbacks and no seriously steep parts. Upper Cascade is a little more intense, probably not for little ones, but the view at the top is well worth the work. At this point, you can follow another hike, or turn right, following the Portland trail for a short while before taking another right, and exiting onto the main Amphitheater Campground road just a short distance up from your car.

If you cross the bridge, the path follows on the opposite side of the creek. Quickly, as the shallow ledge becomes a deep canyon. The path will turn from the canyon, with a walk up to a horse path, then opening up to a dirt road which will lead you back down to the main Amphitheater Campground road, just a short walk from where you parked your car.

baby bathtub view.3Don't forget to pause as often as possible to check out the amazing views! As the path travels from heavy trees to open areas, glimpses of the town below are sure to amaze!

There is a hiking map for all the trails in Ouray County put out by theOuray Trails Group.  One can purchase them in town on arrival at many locations and they are also available in our lobby.  The trail group also sells them and gladly mails them.  Hiking in Ouray yields over 80 signed and maintained trails stretching hundreds of miles through National Forest and National Wilderness areas.  They are a volunteer group and they do the heavy lifting so that all visitors and residents alike can continue to enjoy the beauty that Ouray has to offer.  Three cheers for the Ouray Trail Group!  and one million thank yous!

amphitheater campground.2Getting There:  The Baby Bathtubs Trailhead is located just inside of the Amphitheater Campground turnoff. From the Box Canyon Lodge, turn right onto Highway 550 heading South toward Silverton. At the end of the third switchback out of town, you will see the Amphitheater Campground sign on your left. Enter, and park at the third pull out before the bridge. Cross the bridge, and you will see the Baby Bathtubs Trailhead on your right.

Happy Hiking!

 

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