Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Get excited for the 7th annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in Ouray!

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @08:13 PM
When thinking about Southwest Colorado, the image of a 4x4 traversing high mountain passes, or hardy athletes as they brave the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. It is easy at time to overlook the wide variety of agricultural treasures the rich land provides.
For the past seven years, the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival has opened our eyes to the variety of amazing goodies right in our back yard! Focusing primarily on wine with a touch of everything else, the Festival is an awesome opportunity to sample a number of healthy, local gift ideas.
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Tags: ouray, things to do in winter, ouray event

Best Five Snowshoeing Areas Around Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @12:39 PM

Snowshoeing in the San Juan Mountains - An Adventure Not to be Missed!

The snow storm we got at the beginning of November has covered the San Juans in a blanket of snow. Even if I wasn't quite ready for the cold, I have to admit, it is beautiful.

According to the weather gurus, this is supposed to be a snowy winter, and honestly, that sounds pretty OK. I myself am looking forward to exploring the backcountry on my snowshoes. Because of the mild season we had last year, that's something I didn't get to enjoy much of, and the untouched snow is beckoning...

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Tags: things to do in winter, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, skiing in ouray

A Quiet, Peaceful Holiday in Ouray

Posted by Sarah Martin on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @09:27 AM

November is time for giving thanks. Few destinations offer the same festive appeal as Ouray for Thanksgiving. There is no easier place to feel grateful in your surroundings than this beautiful, cozy mountain town.

Experience Ouray in a quieter, intimate setting. November is the perfect time to see the town in a new light as the summer season comes to a close. Enjoy a quiet getaway in Ouray this year for Thanksgiving. Let yourself be pampered, as you are served dinner, then return to the hotel for a soothing soak in the all natural mineral hot springs.

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Tags: thanksgiving holiday

Last Run on Last Dollar

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @12:16 PM

Saturday was a georgeous, sun-shiny day in Ouray. Perfect for a scenic drive through the back country.  We decided to take a drive to Telluride, and return on Last Dollar Road. This seemed the best choice, since it had rained the day before, which almost always means snow in the higher elevations.

As always, the scenery was magnificent, and although there was some snow, that only served to make the drive more beautiful. Reaching the summit, the tire tracks we were following suddenly dissapeared, the road ahead a white expanse of untouched powder.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, jeeping

Jeep Trail Conditions, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @03:13 PM

It has started to get a little bit more chilly in the afternoons and evenings in Ouray County, and as rain falls at 7800 feet, there is little doubt snow will be falling at 10,000 feet and above.

The leaves have passed their peak, but many still cling to the branches, almost in anticipation of the coming cold that will eventually send them spiralling to the forest floor.

As  of today, the majority of trails are still open. Waiting for adventurers to explore the many spectacular spots in the high country one last time before winter covers them in deep drifts of snow until next yrear. Of course, considering the fact that we did indeed get some snowfall in Ouray this morning, one must wonder if the open roads will last much longer...

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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Halloween in the High Country - A Howling Good Time!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @01:13 PM

October has been a hauntingly beautiful month!

Halloween is the one day of the year to be something different just for a few hours. Scary goblins and witches fearlessly roam the street, demanding treats from neighbors and friends. Fairy princesses and cowboys mingle with zombies, and dance the night away to the "Monster Mash" among other Halloween Classics.

Ouray takes pleasure in the holiday, with dances and plays and a fabulous haunted house.
There is no telling how much fun there is to be had!
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Tags: ouray music, ouray event

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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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, fall colors, 4WD

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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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

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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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors

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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Tags: ouray, fall colors, jeeping