Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Official Press Release - Mt. Sneffels Marathon and Half Marathon

Posted by Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Press Release on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @03:15 PM


Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation

Race Contact:

John Ferguson (970) 325-0228

Sponsorship Contact:

Heather Anderson (970) 318-8432

 July 27, 2015


 Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Hosts Full and Half-Marathon; 

U.S. Olympic Runner Set to Defend Her Title

mtsneffelslogo2-1Ouray, CO – With an anticipated record number 800 runners from across the country, including two returning champions and course record holders, the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation (MSEF) is hosting its fifteenth annual half-marathon and its fifth-annual full marathon on Saturday, August 8, 2015. In addition to being MSEF’s largest races ever, they could also be the fastest ever, thanks to a new course route that has eliminated significant hills. 

Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team (10,000 meter) and current MSEF half-marathon women’s champion, is returning this year to defend her title. Cherobon-Bawcom also holds the current U.S. 10-mile record. John Ferguson, past MSEF president and current race organizer, says, “Janet is one of the most talented runners our race has seen. We’re thrilled she’s returning to Ouray County to compete again!”

Other elite runners competing in this year’s races include men’s defending half-marathon champion and course record holder Mario Macias, 2-timer Colfax Marathon winner Heather Utrata, Jordan Chipigama (1:02 at this year’s San Diego Half-Marathon), and Ridgway’s own Angie Sandy, who boasts a 2:48 best marathon time.

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San Juan Chamber Music Festival Returns to Ouray County

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 @04:59 PM

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is a non profit organization, bringing quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway.

Each year, The San Juan Chamber Music Festival boasts a variety of talented musicians both performing and sharing classical music knowledge. Music lovers can look forward to another year of amazing concerts at this year's San Juan Chamber Music Fest!


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6th Annual Ouray Canyon Fest this August 9-15, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @06:07 PM

Ouray Canyon Fest to be Held in Conjunction with the 14th Annual Rendezvous International for Canyoneering.

Ouray is the perfect location for outdoor adventures. locals and visitors alike enjoy hiking and backpacking, exploring over 500 miles of four wheel drive trails, as well as rock climbing, ice climbing, back country skiing, and generally anything that involves getting outside and experiencing the amazing place in which we live. Most recently, enthusiasts have discovered the wonders of Canyoneering, a combination of climbing, rapelling, hiking, and often, swimming.

What's not to love about this challenging sport?

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High Altitude Living

Posted by Faith Parry on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @10:53 AM

Ouray now has an Oxygen Bar! Elevate Day Spa has moved to a new beautiful space on 5th Ave and expanded! 

Living at over 7,500 feet we often hear people say that they have a hard time breathing. People visiting from lower altitudes often suffer the effects of altitude sickness, which can display flu like symptoms. Drinking lots of water, staying away from alcohol, and generally taking it easy while you acclimate helps pretty quickly. For extreme cases, often a short drive to Ridgway, (about 1000 feet lower in elevation), can help as well, and of course there is oxygen. The Ouray Alchemist Museum actually carries canned oxygen, which is kind of like an inhaler, and helps many people experiencing the effects of the higher altitudes.

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Mountain Air Music Festival Invites you to An End of Summer Party in Ouray this August!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @07:31 PM

A day at the Park - free music, kids games, craft beer and more!


Previously known as Grillin & Chillin, the Mountain Air Music Festival presents an afternoon and evening of fun, music and craft beverages at Felin Park.

Imagine a park filled with happy dancing people, surrounded by the majesty of the San Juan Mountains. As the sun begins to set, and the music echoes off of the mountains it is impossible not to feel awed.

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Another Reason To Take Your Time When Jeeping in The San Juans

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @11:41 AM

The Road is Half the Adventure!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to take some people up to Yankee Boy. Since I had just been there a few days ago, I was eager to get to the top, and not really looking to the sides as I rushed up the road.

Suddenly, one of the kids hollered "BEAR!". What? I stopped, backed up, and lo and behold, there was a young cinnamon colored Black Bear gazing at us. As we all rushed to pull out our cell phones for pictures, several adventurers passed us with looks of disdain for blocking the trail.                                         

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Why you should Definitely Check Out Yankee Boy

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @02:01 PM

One of the most beautiful places in the San Juan Mountains!

Wildflowers and waterfalls are just the beginning when you travel to Yankee Boy Basin. The dramatic scenery takes your breath away but isn't overwhelming. For first time explorers to the majesty of the high country, Yankee Boy is an excellent choice.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, scenic jeep tour, things to do in ouray, colorado scenery

“This Land is Your Land — an Evening of American Folk Songs” — July 31st, 7:00 at the Wright

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @01:03 PM

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Presents an evening of Music and Fun to Southwest Colorado!

davidlutkin2Enjoy an evening of some of the best-known and some of the not-so-familiar songs which make up the genre of American folk.  Among the music will be:  This Land Is Your Land, Puff the Magic Dragon, Some Day Soon, Blowing in the Wind, Freight Train, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, 500 Miles, Irene Goodnight, Mr. Tambourine Man, Departee, Lemon Tree, For Lovin me, If I Had a Hammer, Turn  Turn  Turn, and many others.  

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Tags: things to do with kids, ouray music, things to do in ouray

The Wright Opera House Presents: The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @02:05 PM

A Fun Melodrama Every Monday at the Wright Opera House This July!

My favorite thing about a melodrama is the audience participation. It is expected of the audience to involve themselves as the plot thickens.

With silly plots, and delectably hateable villains, it is easy to enjoy the adventures of protagonists and antogonists alike. Kids of all ages can holler at the hero, directing them to the damsel in distress, or warning them of the evil intentions of the bad guy.

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