By June, Ouray and Ridgway are humming along, all the shops and restaurants are open for business, hotels and motels greet travelers everyday, the jeep tour outfitters load vehicles of visitors into their vehicles and head to the high country. Even the hummingbirds have returned from their winter respite. Ouray County Colorado is alive and well come June. Here are events to enjoy during your stay to this beautiful section in southwest Colorado.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
As you travel highway 550 between Ironton and the summit of Red Mountain Pass along the Million Dollar Highway, you encounter three famous mining tunnels. Two of these, the Meldrum Tunnel and the Joker Tunnel, will be discussed in future articles. However, the most famous of the three tunnels was the Treasury Tunnel. It is located near the top of Red Mountain Pass and today it is part of the Idarado Mine complex of more than 100 miles of tunnels between Red Mountain Pass and Telluride. The entrance to the Treasury Tunnel is behind the large metal door against the hillside across the highway from the Mining Overlook near the summit of Red Mountain Pass.
Craft Beer Drinkers Unite in Ouray County for a wonderful outdoor festival in Southwest Colorado. Welcome Summer!
As you may already be aware, April 22 is Earth Day. Unlike many of the new Hallmark holidays we have each year, this one seems a bit appropriate. April signifies the changing of the seasons, from winter to spring; new life abounds everywhere you look; from the splashes of green as the grass begins to grow, to the new born calves and other livestock you can see in the fields on highway 550 between Ouray and Ridgway Colorado. Therefore, what better time to celebrate the planet we live on and its "Ouray" of wonderful gifts?
Just because school is out does not mean one has to stop learning. The Ouray County Historical Society is helping local residents and visitors alike keep their minds sharp during summer vacation by offering its Evenings of History program. The lecture series, which kicks off on June 14, has been in existence for more than 20 years. The first six talks take place at the Ouray Community Center, while the final discussion will be held at the Ridgway Town Hall. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend.
Ouray is the first choice of many families because it holds a special place in so many hearts. I have the opportunity to speak with many people who call to arrange lodging for their family reunions and group vacations. One of the most common things I hear is how so many of them remember spending time in Ouray and Southwest Colorado as children or young adults. They are now looking forward to sharing some fond memories with a new generation of family members on a vacation / family reunion in Colorado.
Ouray CO is a fabulous destination for a multi-generational family vacation. Three reasons to choose Ouray for your next Colorado Vacation and family reunion are:
Ouray starts to come to life in late April and early May as the foliage on the trees starts to bloom, the meadows between Ridgway and Ouray turn green, the museums of Ouray County open for the summer season, and the employees of Ouray County Road and Bridge Department begin clearing the 4x4 roads. There is still a strong possiblity of a frost but the daffodils and tulips appear undaunted, the Ouray Hot Springs pool allows kayakers to practice in the deep section on Tuesday evenings, and the first of the summer visitors arrive. There is so much excitement and anticipation in the air and there are numerous events in Ouray County.
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Ridgway, known as the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains, located in Southwest Colorado, welcomes the 8th Annual Balloons and Vrooms Festival at the Ridgway Town Park and to the field at the stop light along US 550. This is such a dramatic event with numerous balloons taking off in the early morning sunshine. This event takes place May 6, May 7, and May 8, 2011.
Thanks to visiting the Ouray area as frequently as possible on my Colorado vacations, I’ve stumbled upon my fair share of perfect picnic spots. Some are easy to reach; some not so much. I’d like to focus on the hidden, not-so-easy-to-find picnic spots of Ouray County. Some of these beautiful hideaways may take an hour or more to reach, but that’s the beauty of being in Ouray… you’re not in any hurry, are you?