Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.