Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Back Country Skiing in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @02:04 PM

Back country skiing is one of the most rewarding winter activities one can partake in around Ouray during the winter months. Skinning up mountains, catching beautiful sunrises, working hard for your uncrowded, glorious, sometimes untracked turns rewards you with a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s also a lot cheaper than a day pass to any ski resort in Colorado! It’s definitely not for the weary or unenergetic, though. Back country touring takes a lot of patience, wits, and tenacity. Being captured by an avalanche when snow pack conditions are poor is a real threat to you and your fellow partners. But with the right equipment, knowledge, and drive, anyone can fulfill their back country ski dreams! Trust this girl who was grew up in the prairie lands of Kansas!

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Wine & Whiskers 10 Year Anniversary Weekend this March In Ridgway!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @05:21 PM


Ever wonder to yourself how you can help all of the dogs and cats and other animals waiting in shelters for their forever home? Did you ever wonder how to do so while having a fantastic time? Well, Second Chance Humane Society has made this possible!

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Snow Shoeing in the San Juans - Engineer Mountain Road

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @12:31 PM

Colorado weather is a splendor to behold. The sky will darken with angry clouds, covering everything in mountains of snow with no regard to travel plans. Magically, the following morning is bright and full of expectations. The sun glinting on the freshly fallen snow beckons, calling to the adventurer in all of us to explore this new serene world.

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Explore the Mining History of the San Juans this February!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @09:24 AM

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to protect the economic, natural and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed in southwest Colorado. One of the best ways to protect is through sharing knowledge in a fun and different way. In partnership with the Ouray County Historical Society, a fascinating back country tour of the Red Mountain Mining District definitely serves this purpose.

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Seasonal Photography in Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @01:52 PM

When is the Best Time for Taking Pictures in the San Juan Mountains? You Decide!

Southwest Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Of course, I may be a little bit biased, but there are thousands of people who agree with me. Regardless of the time of year, there is something spectacular to be seen wherever you look. From abundant wildlife to breathtaking views,  it is difficult to say what might be the best.

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Taking on the Ice - A Ouray Ice Park Adventure

Posted by John David Klein on Sun, Jan 29, 2017 @06:51 PM

 The Ouray Ice Park is a world unto itself. Deep in the Uncompahgre Gorge, the experienced and the novice explore a world of ice and adrenaline. Watching athletes as they scale the ice is breathtaking, the quiet in the canyon only broken as climbers call to one another as they traverse the canyon...

Every year, from mid December through the middle of March, we watch our enthusiastic guests as they journey to and from the park. Leaving early in the morning when the ice is at its best, and returning in the afternoon, ready to soothe tired muscles in our natural mineral hot springs.

Fascinated with the attraction, and the stories shared by so many of you, I decided I must find out what the appeal is, so one morning, I decided to let the experts take me out and teach me this incredible sport.

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Back Country Ski Race in Ouray County this February!

Posted by Katie Craig on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @10:46 AM

Sneffels Traverse Ski Race February 12, 2017

Looking for something new to do to challenge yourself in the San Juans this winter? On February 12, 2017, the team at the San Juan Hut Systems is putting on a back country ski race! The race starts on the east side of the Dallas Trail (near Ouray) and ends on County Road 9 (west of Ridgway).

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Official Press Release: Valentine's Salon Concert to Perform in Ouray County

Posted by Samantha Tisdel Wright on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 @11:13 AM

OCPAG Presents Valentine’s Salon Concert at Historic Centennial Ranch on Feb. 12

Acapella Group ‘Heartbeat’ to sing “Love Songs and the Songs We Love”... accompanied by chocolate

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Budget Friendly Family Fun Abounds in Southwest Colorado this Winter!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @12:55 PM

A Winter Wonderland of Adventure awaits in beautiful Ouray, Colorado!

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Best Five Snowshoeing Areas Around Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @01:13 PM

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

For the past few days, all of Colorado has been enjoying healthy snowfall. CDOT has been working non-stop, maintaining our roads, and providing access to a variety of winter activities.

The Ouray Ice Park is easily preparing for the Annual Ice Fest at the end of December, but the number of outdoor experiences to be had are limitless in the winter wonderland we call home.

Cross country ski trails beckon, offering miles of serene landscapes to explore. Snow shoeing is yet another means to the back country, allowing adventurers access to a world not many get to experience...

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