Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray's Wine Country: Just a Scenic Drive Away!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Wed, Jul 27, 2011 @12:10 PM

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Fall Getaway in Ouray Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 @02:53 PM

The room rates at Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray, Colo., are dropping like the foliage that will be falling from the trees when the seasons change. From Sept. 3-Dec. 21 (the first day of winter), Box Canyon Lodge is offering a huge discount: book three nights and get the fourth night free. Call (800) 327-5080 to book.

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Easy Day Trip from Ouray: Morrow Point Boat Tour is Smooth as Silk

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Jul 18, 2011 @08:14 AM

Morrow Point Boat Tour is only 1.5 hours from Ouray, Colorado in Curecanti National Recreation Area

The Morrow Point Boat Tour is an easy day trip from Ouray and a great way to spend a day on your Southwest Colorado vacation.  The tour typically runs from Memorial Day until Labor Day and departs from the Pine Creek Access Point at Curecanti National Recreation Area (mile marker 130 on US50, one mile or so east of Sapinaro).  The ranger guided tour lasts for 90 minutes and floats along the ultra smooth waters of the Gunnison River between Blue Mesa Dam and the Morrow Point Dam.  Access to this body of water is very limited so there is very little boat traffic (we only saw one person in a kayak who was fishing).

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Hiking Near Ouray Colorado: Silver Shield Trail

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 @08:37 AM

A Short Afternoon Hike to Great Vistas Await You on the Silvershield Trail by Ouray

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Ridgway State Park: Lake Appreciation Day - July 16, 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Jul 12, 2011 @03:30 PM

Ridgway State Park is located 15 minutes north of Ouray just off of US Highway 550 between Montrose and Ridgway.  It houses three great camping locations, some yurts for rent, as well as the 1000 surface-acre reservoir.  Ridgway State Park offers many activities for young and old including fishing, hiking, biking, walking, boating, kayaking, swimming, and more.  

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Hiking in Ouray: The Ouray Perimeter Trail Rocks!

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jul 09, 2011 @02:07 PM

The Ouray Perimeter Trail, the newest hiking trail near Ouray Colorado is a 4.2 mile loop around the cliffs and hills of this strikingly beautiful Colorado mountain town in the San Juans.

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Last Dollar Road Between Telluride & Ouray Colorado Wildflower Update

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Jul 06, 2011 @08:46 AM

Colorado Wildflower Update 2011: Southwest Colorado Between Telluride & Ouray

During a Colorado vacation in the San Juan Mountains, don't miss the wildflowers that start blooming in June and complete their cycle by the end of August.  Hunting for them is most of the fun.  As of July 5, 2011, there are fantastic fields of wildflowers on Last Dollar Road. 

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Ouray Has a Mine Tour: Learn About Colorado Mining Country!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jul 05, 2011 @08:12 AM

Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour in Ouray is a Great Thing to Do with Kids While Visiting Southwest Colorado

Just days ago, if someone had asked what a ‘Single Jack” was you may have thought the term had something to do with online dating. After spending a few hours at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, this and many other terms and phrases will have new meaning.

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Yankee Boy Basin Near Ouray Colorado Wildflower Update

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jul 02, 2011 @09:28 AM

Colorado Wildflower Update 2011: Southwest Colorado Near Ouray

July 31, 2011

Pictures of flowers near Twin Falls from July 31, 2011, show that the flowers are still in full bloom.  The basin near Twin Falls has numerous flowers that are out and there are many that still have buds too.  The flowers will be fantastic for many more days.  Remember wildflower etiquette:  Do not pick the flowers and try not to walk on them either so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the basin!

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Telluride: Just a Short Scenic Drive Away from Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jul 01, 2011 @10:59 AM

Enjoy a Day of Fun in Telluride, Just A 1 Hour Drive from Ouray

Although Ouray and Telluride are less than 10 miles apart as the crow flies, the practical person takes a scenic drive along the San Juan Skyway over the Dallas Divide (second most photographed area in Colorado) and makes it to Telluride in less than one hour.

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