Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Snow Conditions around Ouray Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Dec 23, 2010 @10:45 AM

We received an update from the USFS in Montrose today and the conditions are not surprising if you live in Ouray Colorado but might shock those that have heard of epic snowstorms in the Colorado high country.  Ouray CO has had plenty of moisture but unfortunately, it has been too warm so it comes to us in the form of rain.  But, on a positive note, today's weather is mostly a frozen margarita or a slushy as the rain is beginning to turn to snow.  We still may have a white Christmas at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs after all!

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Ouray & Ridgway Colorado were home to the first "True Grit"

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 @09:44 AM

A list of things to do in Ouray Colorado is not complete without finding a few movie locations.  Many westerns were filmed in and around Ouray County including the original production of "True Grit" staring John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell.   John Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, the crotchety marshall helping Matti Ross track down her father's killer. 

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Box Canyon Lodge Earns Green America’s Business Seal of Approval

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 @12:05 PM
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is thrilled to announce it has been awarded the Green  America Business Seal of Approval. The seal is presented to businesses that go beyond product and service quality to set the highest standards in environmental sustainability and social justice, and work to solve, rather than create, environmental and social problems.

To be considered for the Seal of Approval and earn a listing in the annual National Green Pages™, businesses complete a rigorous screening process to ensure they meet Green America’s standards for the environment, community and labor.

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is known for its unique natural hot springs hot tubs which are terraced on the mountainside, and guests love these natural hot springs.  But, this Ouray Colorado hotel also uses their geothermal resources to heat their domestic water supply and to heat the entire property.  The Box Canyon Lodge shows exemplary concern and corporate practices for people and planet; they recycle, work with environmentally conscious suppliers, and listen to their workers.

“We are over the top excited to earn this coveted Seal of Approval,” said Karen Avery, owner of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. “It’s one of the most respected and recognized symbols in the green marketplace and a powerful way to set our Ouray CO hotel apart as a leading green hotel.”

Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is now an Approved member of the Green Business Network, a distinguished and celebrated group of companies that use their products and services as a vehicle for social and environmental change.

More on the Green Business Network:

The Green Business Network (GBN) offers a vibrant community of over 4,000 environmentally and socially responsible businesses, the oldest and largest of its kind in the US. GBN is powered by Green America, a non-profit whose mission is to harness the economic power of consumers and businesses to create a more just and sustainable economy. More information on GBN can be found at www.greenbusinessnetwork.org and for more on the Seal of Approval, click on “Get the Seal.”

More on Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs:

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in southwestern Colorado along the San Juan Skyway scenic and historic byway.  Situated on a side street in the picturesque village of Ouray, this green hotel strives to provide a wonderful experience for Ouray's visitors as well as provide an environmentally friendly  lodging experience.  Read more about their green commitment at their website:  www.BoxCanyonOuray.com/green-initiatives/
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Ouray Ice Park Update

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Dec 08, 2010 @05:42 PM

The Ouray Ice Park continues to make ice but Mother Nature doesn't want to cooperate as much now that the season is upon us.  Making ice is a delicate process. 

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Gimps on Ice at the Ouray Ice Park in March 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Dec 01, 2010 @09:53 AM
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs loves when the "Gimps" are in town.  This group is complete with inspirational stories and resiliant characters.  See details below:

Boulder, Colorado – Paradox Sports is pleased to announce the  4th annual gathering of Gimps On Ice  in Ouray Colorado on March 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011. Over the weekend disabled athletes will descend on the Uncompahgre Gorge in Ouray Colorado to face the mile of vertical ice in the gorge, learning about the specialized equipment and techniques needed climb vertical waterfalls. Men and women who are missing limbs or eyes or the use of their legs will gather to challenge themselves physically and mentally and, especially to challenge the common perception that an amputee is handicapped or that a blind person must, by default, lead a second-rate life. Malcolm Daly, Executive Director and amputee, puts it succinctly: “Ice is the great equalizer. None of us can climb it without adaptive equipment. We just go one step further.”

Paradox Sports was created by an eclectic group of individuals with a common desire to integrate the physically disabled into the outdoor community by providing inspiration, opportunities, and the adaptive equipment needed to participate in human-powered outdoor sports. It is the brainchild of Army Captain DJ Skelton and professional climber Timmy O'Neill. DJ was wounded in Iraq and is still on active duty AND works as an advocate for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. Timmy travels the world as an entertainer, climber, and ambassador for the outdoor industry. The common bond of loving the outdoors and wanting to share it with others, regardless of physical limitations, is what brought them together.

The Ouray Ice Park was opened in 1995 as the world's first park devoted exclusively to the sport of ice climbing. A small band of local volunteers and business owners developed the Park utilizing a unique set of assets found perhaps only in Ouray: a one-hundred-foot-deep, mile-long gorge that descends right into town. Over the past 14 years the park has grown to become the largest ice climbing park in the world and attracts climbers from all over the world.

Gimps On Ice is made possible by a “Gives Back” grant from Mountain Hardwear.

For more information contact:

Chad Butrick
Director of Operations
303 • 210 • 1996

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