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Bring out the Spooky in Ouray for Halloween


spooky ghostGhouls Night Out in Ouray: This package deal in Ouray brings out the fun in Halloween all month long.  Enjoy your favorite beverage and talk about the haunted history of Ouray in the Beaumont Hotel where you might meet the ghost of the murdered young woman who lives there. Price includes room for two at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, two drinks at the Historic Beaumont Hotel and two haunted history tours through Ouray Colorado for only $139. Package available Wednesday - Sunday nights in October. 


How Can you Avoid Hotel No Show Charges

If you have a reservation at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs but you do not show up that day and the hotel cannot resell your reserved room, you can be charged a one night fee that is equivalent to the amount of the room plus tax. To avoid being charged a No-Show fee, you need to follow proper cancellation procedures. Procedures may vary slightly by property, but, in general, if you follow these simple rules, you will not be charged:

1. Ask for a confirmation number when making your reservation. Retain this number in case you need to refer to this reservation again in the future.

2. Ask about the deadline for cancellation without penalty. You must cancel by this deadline to avoid any cancellation fees.

3. Ask for the phone number of the hotel, since it's best to call the hotel directly to make sure you are not charged. When you cancel your reservation, be sure to get the cancellation number. This number is your proof that you called and you did cancel should there be a discrepancy.

4. If you follow proper procedures and you are still charged a No-Show fee, call the hotel directly and give them your cancellation number and request that you receive a credit on your credit card on record. If you do not get the credit, protest the charge with your credit card company and typically, these charges will be reversed in your favor.

5. At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, you can read our cancellation policy on the FAQ page.

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Southwest Colorado Fall Foliage Update


The US  Forest Service has issued the following status on foliage patterns for SW Colorado.

Fall Foliage between Ouray & Lake City

Week of September 20- approaching peak colors for aspens; Oakbrush and other shrubs at lower elevations are peak now.

COLLBRAN AREA: Aspens 40% changed and changing fast. The oak brush and service berries, etc. are yellow and orange. The narrow-leaf cottonwoods are bright yellow around Hightower Mountain. .

CRESTED BUTTE: Aspens 40 % changed. Peak will be September 22-29.

GRAND MESA: Apens 30-40% changed. Week of September 20 will be almost prime for aspen, and peak for the red vaccinium (small ground shrub on top of mesa) and very good for lower elevation serviceberry.

KEBLER PASS: Aspens 30- 40% changed.

LAKE CITY: Peak right now

MCCLURE PASS : Aspens 40-50 % changed and changing fast.

OWL CREEK PASS: Aspens 30% changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.

NORWOOD: Aspens 30-40 % changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.

RED MOUNTAIN PASS: Aspens 30- 40% changed. Oakbrush at lower elevations are peak.


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Ouray Colorado: Tuesdays with Morrie at Wright Opera House


The Timshel Theater group out of Montrose Colorado is going to be performing Tuesdays with Morrie at the Wright Opera House in Ouray on October 1st (Friday, 7:00 pm) and a Sunday matinee at 2pm October 3rd.

Based on the best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, newspaper columnist Mitch Albom recounts his time spent with his 78-year-old  sociology professor, Morrie Schwartz, as Morrie was dying from Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

Mitch shares what he learned from this wise and joyful man as Morrie's health failed.  Their weekly visits in the twilight of Morrie's life became a master's course in the lessons of life for Mitch. 

 “Am I going to withdraw from the world, as so many people do, or am I going to live?" Morrie asked himself.  "I decided I'm going to live, for as long as I have left."

The tale is a triumph of the human spirit that is humorous, inspiring and deeply moving, but never depressing.

For tickets, please contact us and we will have them for you at the Will Call window on the day of the show.  You may also contact Joyce Linn at for more information.

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Ouray Colorado : Fall Foliage in the San Juan Mountains


Look for the Latest information for Southwest Colorado Fall Foliage

2011 Fall Foliage Update


2010 Fall Foliage Update

Fall foliage season in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray seems to be early this year.  The aspens glisten with a beautiful mixture of both yellow and green leaves.  The weather along the Million Dollar Highway has been fantastic; with little wind, the leaves remain.

At Crystal Lake along US Highway 550 near Ironton, the reflections have been excellent and you can capture a stunning image with Red Mountain 1 & 2 as well as the mountain flora.  This morning, we found frost on the grasses close to the lake so be sure to bring your gloves and coats if you want those pictures.  If you are happy with afternoon sun, then, just bring sunscreen!  Continue your journey towards Silverton and you will see even more foliage.  There are lovely orangey aspens as you near town.  Silverton is nearing its peak.  However, other grand stands of aspens are just as green as ever south of Silverton. 

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