Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Five Roads from Ouray to Telluride

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 @11:52 AM

With over 500 miles of accessible 4WD trails at our doorstep, is it any wonder Ouray is know as the Jeeping Capitol of the World?

When driving to Telluride in the winter, or in a sedan, or if you're in a hurry, it is a circular route down Highway 550 to Ridgway, turn on to Highway 62, then a few miles further down the road, turn onto Highway 145 which takes you to a town very similar to Ouray, but a mountain range away. The entire drive is forty-seven miles and takes about an hour.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains, scenic jeep tours

History of Southwest Colorado: Freighting to the Ouray Mines

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 @12:00 PM

120 years ago the population of Ouray was at its peak and silver mining supported the town.

Getting the ore down from the mines and supplies back up to the mines was carried out by freighting outfits who employed dozens of men and kept hundreds of horses, mules, burros (donkeys) and wagons. The standard ore wagon had a five-ton capacity and was pulled by six horses or mules (see attached photo).

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August 2012 Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @01:12 PM

Southwest Colorado sparkles with activities this August!

As the summer season hits its stride, all of the trails have been travelled enough to make them seem easy. Flowers and waterfalls are still everywhere you look, and the local restaurants are ideal for a refreshing cocktail or meal after a day of perusing the variety of original gift ideas in our many local shops.

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Ridgway Colorado presents 5th Annual Riverfest!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 09, 2012 @11:38 AM

The perfect way to celebrate Summer in the San Juans is on the river with games and fun for the whole family!

The Uncompahgre River flows through Ouray, carrying mineral deposits from the high country, and eventually opening up to a deeper cleaner flowing body of water once it hits Ridgway. Here, you can see people all up and down the river fly fishing, and preparing for some whitewater rafting. the people of Ridgway definately have reason to be proud of their portion of river, and work diligently to preserve and protect this resource.

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Tags: things to do in ridgway, things to do in southwest colorado, things to do with kids, san juan mountains, ridgway event

Southwest Colorado Backcountry Driving Tour: Lime Creek Road

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @08:03 AM

About 50 Miles South of Ouray, the Old Lime Creek Road Provides an Easy Forray into Backcountry Driving (4WD)

Drive the original US 550 through beautiful coniferous  and aspen forests.  In the fall, this road is a great fall foliage scenic drive and Colorado Color tour through shimmering aspen tree forests.  Most of the road is quite easy, but, a high clearance vehicle is essential in some rocky sections.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, fall colors, 4WD

July 2012 Calendar of Events in Ouray and Ridgway

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @12:54 PM

July in the San Juan Mountains is a spectacular time to visit!

Every season in Southwest Colorado holds a special magic. July is the peak of the summer season, with wildflowers blooming everywhere, waterfalls around every corner, and all of the high country four wheel drive trails open, a number of activities and interests are met.

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