Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Getting Ready for Summer Jeeping and Four-wheeled Driving in Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 @08:52 PM

Ouray enjoys a bountiful snowfall in most years and the high alpine terrain around Ouray Colorado gets even more.  To ensure a longer lasting and great 4WD season, Ouray and the surrounding counties call on their road and bridge department personnel to clear the roads.  In early May (weather depending of course), Ouray County starts the plowing efforts.  Typically, Camp Bird Road (Ouray County 361) gets the first days of plowing.  The bulldozer driver and a volunteer head up the way, slowly moving snow from the road to the side.  This road is plowed past Twin Falls and up to the location of the bathrooms.  The remainder of the basin remains unplowed for the time being. 

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National Historic District of Ouray: Historic Walking Tour

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 @03:03 PM

Eight blocks long by eight blocks wide, tucked at the end of a narrow valley in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray sits waiting to show off her Victorian architecture.  There is a walking tour of the town that showcases many of the historical buildings. There are also some  photographs of a few of these structures.

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Best Off the Beaten Path Picnic Spots in Ouray County - Part 1

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 @11:12 AM

I can’t think of a more beautiful area to stop and smell the wildflowers than Ouray County. At every turn you stumble across quite possibly the most picturesque spot you’ve ever seen in your life. Then, a little farther down the road, you again stumble across quite possibly the most picturesque spot you’ve ever seen in your life. Generally there’s a postcard-worthy stream nearby. And wildflowers. A big blue sky over red canyon walls. And it just goes on and on.

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San Juan Mountain Mining Conference in Ouray Colorado April 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 @09:25 AM

Join the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership at the San Juan Mountain Mining Conference to be held in Ouray, CO on April 27, 2011 in the Ouray Community Center from 3:00pm - 8:00pm.

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Drive Your Electric or Hybrid Car to Ouray, Colo. and Stay for Free!

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 @08:35 AM

Be green, and earn some green. That’s the motto at Ouray’s Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs this Earth Day (April 22, 2011). Every guest who drives his or her electric/hybrid car to the lodging property on Earth Day stays for free that night. That means nearly $100 greenbacks in your pocket.

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3 Reasons to Take a Scenic Jeep Tour in Ouray Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 @12:21 PM

Summertime in Ouray, Colorado, is a fantastic time to get into the high Rocky Mountains.  One of the best ways to enjoy the flora and the fauna when in Southwest Colorado is to take a jeep tour.  There are three jeep tour companies in Ouray that can take you into the backcountry, across many historic roads and past many ghost towns.  Three reasons to take a jeep tour are:

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Snowcat Tours in SW Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 @05:58 PM

Atop Red Mountain Pass, high in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, about 13 miles south of Ouray, the San Juan Scenic Jeep Tour company began offering snowcat tours this year.  Their snowcat sits at the pass, waiting for people who want to have some winter fun.  You must have reservations in advance but for those who plan ahead, incredible scenery and snow await your arrival.  Great snow for snowshoeing or skiing is available for those with the proper equipment and skills.

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Ouray Colo: Canyoning & Canyoneering

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Mar 08, 2011 @08:45 AM

Ouray CO is a outdoor enthusiasts paradise; Ouray is home to the worlds most accessible ice park, the Ouray Ice Park, as well as many backcountry climbs and ski routes.  Guiding services and climbing instruction including rock, mixed and ice are available from our local guiding service, San Juan Mountain Guides.  Ouray is also home to Rigging for Rescue, a company that offers week long seminars whereby people can learn how to use ropes effectively and safely in technical rescue situations.  Rock climbing routes are being developed all the time and now, you can begin to learn canyoning (also called canyoneering) in Ouray too!

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Ouray is in the Heart of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, Mar 06, 2011 @09:21 AM

Part I:  Ouray to Cortez

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Small Green Hotel in Ouray Provides Relaxing Respite

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 @11:09 AM

Our hotel in Ouray Colorado has one job - to pamper you. We want you to feel as if you are our only guest; provided with top service, friendly faces, and the tools and knowledge to best achieve the vacation that dreams are made of.  The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has earned a four key rating from the Green Key Association. Much of the work done to achieve this high green hotel rating is never really seen but often enjoyed by our guests.  Whether you visit for one night, or two weeks, our goal is to accommodate you in a superior fashion. Often it’s the little things that make all the difference. 

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