Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

4th of July in Ouray Colorado 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, May 31, 2011 @10:38 AM

Nostalgic July 4th Celebration in Ouray Colorado

Ouray Colorado's biggest day of the year is the 4th of July.  This small town puts on quite a party that begins each year with the all you can eat pancake breakfast in the Ouray Community Center.  It begins at 6:00am and goes until all the food is gone!  After your stomach is full and bloated, consider running in the Ourayce.

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Best Scenic Jeep Tour: Yankee Boy Basin Near Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 30, 2011 @10:06 AM

Best Scenic Jeep Tour in Ouray: Yankee Boy Basin! 

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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, things to do in southwest colorado, scenic jeep tours

Southwest Colorado: Gateway Canyons Auto Museum

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, May 28, 2011 @03:28 PM

Southwest Colorado Vacation Stop on Your Way to Ouray

The farthest point from Ouray Colorado on the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway is the world class Gateway Auto Museum.  This museum houses John S. Hendricks (founder and chairman of Discovery Communications) incredible automotive collection.  There are at least 60 vehicles in the collection  dating back to the late 1800s here and each one is in perfect condition.  In the 30,000 square foot facility, at least 40 are on display at any one time.  Most of the time, there are a couple of vehicles displayed outside the museum too!

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Tags: places to visit in colorado, scenic drives, unaweep tabeguache scenic byway

Hanging Flume: Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, May 24, 2011 @04:06 PM

Scenic Drive Near Ouray Colorado:  Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway

For a wonderful motorcycle ride or a scenic drive in a passenger car from Ouray, consider the Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Byway.  This route takes you to an area on the Colorado Plateau and can have much warmer and dryer weather than Ouray.  The road is fully paved and you travel on State Highways.  About 15 miles north of Naturita, near the confluence of the San Miguel and the Dolores River you will see one of Colorado's treasured sites:  the Hanging Flume.

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Tags: places to visit in colorado, scenic drives, unaweep tabeguache scenic byway

Southwest Colorado Drives: Unaweep Tabaguache Scenic Byway

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 23, 2011 @04:12 PM

Scenic Drive Near Ouray Colorado for Motorcycles and Passenger Cars

In less than one hour from Ouray, the San Juan Skyway intersects the Unaweep Tabaguache Scenic Byway in Placerville after a magnificient ride over the Dallas Divide from Ridgway.  It takes a mere 45 minutes to get to this intersection from Ouray.  

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Tags: places to visit in colorado, scenic drives, unaweep tabeguache scenic byway

Rock Climbing near Ouray Colorado

Posted by Guest Blogger on Wed, May 18, 2011 @01:47 PM

Ouray Colorado Rock Climbing Overview

Ouray’s climbing history is really not that  colorful.  There was no Camp 4 here, and there’s not many, if any, classic historical routes.  Route development sometimes takes more of a mining approach than a climbing one, and thus, not many routes where put in until recently.

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Ouray Event: Trio Solisti Concert in Ridgway Colorado June 24th, 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, May 17, 2011 @08:01 AM

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, The Telluride Foundation and Citizens Bank presents - 

Trio Solisti - June 24th, 2011 

7:00pm 4H Center in Ridgway, CO 

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Ridgway Colorado Perfect for Hot Air Balloon Ride

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 16, 2011 @09:46 AM

Ridgway Colorado is ten minutes from Ouray and sits lower in the valley and has stunning views of the Mt. Sneffels massif as well as the Cimmarons.  Ridgway is the "Gateway to the San Juan Mountains" and is a perfect spot to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, vacation deals, things to do in ridgway colo

Taste of Ouray Colorado: June 8, 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, May 15, 2011 @04:45 PM

What better way to experience the true flavor of Ouray than with the Taste of Ouray celebration, held every June.  Local restaurants from both Ouray and Ridgway participate and serve up some of their fanciest cuisine and demonstrate their skills in the kitchen.  Some restaurants feature menu favorites while others dazzle participants with new and exotic flavors.  Last year, the Bon Ton restaurant served samples of their scrumptious "Beef Wellington" and the Western Hotel decorated strawberries in "dark tails" and bow ties (see photo below).  This event is a crowd favorite so be early!

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Compassion 5K Run/Walk in Ouray on Memorial Day

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, May 13, 2011 @12:43 PM
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If You Visit ANY County Museum, Make it the Ouray County Museum!

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, May 11, 2011 @11:15 AM

The Ouray County Museum is a treasure of memorabilia from the last 150 years of Colorado history.  It has 27 rooms on display including a replica of an old mine, a blacksmith shop, a mineral collection, an old jail cell and many others.  It also includes countless historical photos from its rich archive along the walls and through the corridors of this three story museum.  Plan to spend at least one hour touring their vast collection, although I have never spent less than 2 hours walking through.

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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, history of ouray colorado, ouray museum, history of ridgway colorado

Take a Hike in Ouray Colorado: Portland Trail to Scenic Overlook

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 09, 2011 @03:46 PM

 

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Ridgway Railroad Museum in Ouray County has New Exhibits for 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, May 08, 2011 @09:26 AM

The Ridgway Railroad Museum, located near the only traffic light in Ouray County, recently opened its 2011 season with a new look and several new exhibits.  “As many people know, we had a water pipe burst during the extreme cold snap in February,” said museum vice-president Jim Pettengill, “so after repairs were completed we took the opportunity to spruce up the facility.  Fortunately, none of the exhibits were damaged.  We’ve repainted, and added two new exhibits inside the building.  One is a unique double dispatcher’s desk that came from either the Ridgway Depot or the Rio Grande Southern office building.  It’s set up with its original telegraphy equipment, and two operators can work at the same time because both sides of the desk are mirror images of each other, with identical equipment.”

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Tags: places to visit in colorado, things to do in ridgway, things to do in southwest colorado

Using a Debit Card at a Hotel Can Be Risky Business

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, May 07, 2011 @10:54 AM

Using a debit card at our hotel in Ouray Colorado is possible, but, some guests experience problems.  If you understand the way debit cards work, you can mitigate these unfortunate situations.  At check-in, we ask our guests if this is a debit or a credit card.  Just because it has a Visa or Mastercard logo on the card doesn't automatically mean it is a credit card; typically, debit cards are marked on the front with either "Debit Card" or "Check Card" and they are tied to a bank account.

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Ouray Colorado: Signature Events 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, May 05, 2011 @10:57 AM

From A (athletic) to Z (zany), Ouray, Colorado, hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year that offer the perfect excuse to plan trip to the “Switzerland of America.” Here is a look at what is on Ouray’s fun-filled calendar this year.

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Ouray County History: Dairies Thrived During Mining Days

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, May 03, 2011 @02:51 PM

When one thinks of businesses in Ouray County, milk dairies do not instantly come to mind, but one hundred years ago dairies were very important to Ouray County.  Many of these dairies were small with only a few cows. They sold their milk to the larger dairies that sold directly to the public using their own milk as well as milk bought from the small outfits. In 1900 the Ouray Herald reported that there were a half dozen large dairies in Ouray County.  

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