Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Hiking in Ouray During the Fall

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @11:09 AM

After a long and busy summer in Ouray, it’s nice to take a deep breath, relish, and enjoy the slow, easy going moments. What does our little mountain town offer after the kids go back to school and everyone goes home to look back at all their fun-filled photos spent on vacation in southwest Colorado? Cooler temperatures throughout the day means wonderful hiking weather with beautiful sights of snowcapped mountains and golden, rustling leaves. A few of my favorite day hikes are the Perimeter Trail, Sutton Mine Trail, and Blue Lakes – all of which offer amazing views within the San Juan Mountain Range.

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Tags: green hotel, ouray, hiking trails

Ouray is the Place to Play this Halloween Weekend!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @10:09 AM

Relax in the Hot Springs, and Have a Howling Good Time Supporting the Arts in Southwest Colorado!

Just because Halloween falls on a week night this year is no reason to stay in. In fact, it just means there are so many more options to celebrate and dress up! Spend a weekend with us at the Box Canyon Lodge and take in some entertainment!


Wondering what to do in Ouray on the last weekend of October? Well wonder no more! The Wright Opera House and other local venues have a full calendar of entertainment ready for you.

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Jeep Trail Conditions in Ouray - October, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @11:16 AM

Despite recent snowy weather, many four-wheel drive trails are still open in Ouray County!

October has arrived, and we are all closely watching the high country as the first snow covers the peaks. The fall colors have begun to fade, as mother nature prepares for the colder weather.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, san juan mountains

Ouray Area fall Colors Update

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @10:56 AM

Every day, it seems as if Mother Nature has gone to new extremes. Add snow to the mountain peaks, and the pallete of Fall becomes more beautiful with every turn.

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Tags: fall foliage, fall colors, colorado scenery

Why Ouray is the Ideal Place for Your Destination Wedding

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @03:43 PM

 Outdoors or in, the Switzerland of America is ideal for your Destination Wedding!

So you have finally met your match, the perfect person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Now the question is where do you want to get married? We have the answer to that question, Ouray, CO! For the perfect destination wedding Ouray offers a little bit of everything, we have gorgeous, breathtaking outdoor locations, more formal indoor offerings, and sweet little fairy tale gardens, just take your pick.

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Fall Colors Begin in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @10:55 AM

At long last, the leaves are turning, and soon all of the San Juan Range will be a rainbow of fall colors!

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray

Black Bear Pass - Perfect Early Fall Colors

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @02:11 PM

As the colors begin to change, a trip over one of the many four wheel drive roads around Ouray is a definite must!

In the more than twenty years I have lived in the area, I had never actually experienced one of the most famous and difficult trails in the area: Black Bear Pass. That is why, when Greg from San Juan Jeep Tours came by the other day and invited me along, I jumped at the chance.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, colorado scenery

Ouray Hiking - Portland Trail

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @09:02 AM

Perhaps one of my favorite hikes, the Portland Trail is a nice easy trail that explores the area around the Ampitheater above Ouray.

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Tags: ouray, hiking trails, san juan mountains

Ouray Hot Springs - the Perfect Getaway for Fall Colors!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @10:13 AM

As the weather begins to change, and the chill of Fall begins to fill the air, the days get shorter and the leaves show the beginnings of change.  Nothing quite compares to a soothing soak in all natural hot spring waterafter a day of exploring Ouray.

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Tags: geothermal energy, green hotel, ouray, fall colors, natural hot springs, ouray colorado

History of Ouray - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Sep 05, 2016 @04:50 PM

Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere!

Long before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name "Uncompahgre", or dirty water, was given to the area to protect the secret of the hot springs.

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