Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Continuing Education Class at Wright Thanks to Local Geologist

Posted by The Wright Opera House on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @11:56 AM


Local geologist Larry Meckel is bringing 'Our Restless Earth', a 5-week continuing education class to the Wright Opera House as a benefit to help raise funds for the restoration of the facility. 

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Third Annual Fiber Festival in Ridgway this September

Posted by Sandy Kern on Sat, Aug 22, 2015 @03:10 PM

Weehawken Creative Arts Presents Third Annual Fiber Festival!

2015 is the third year of the Sneffels Fiber Festival held at the Ouray County 4-H Center south of Ridgway.  The event will be open on Saturday, September 26(from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, September 27 (from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The festival features six fee classes in felting, knitting, and Tunisian crochet and free demonstrations on these and other topics, such as weaving, throughout the show.  There are over twenty vendors featuring everything from roving to unique finished products that involve fiber in some form.  A display of beautiful art quilts from The Raven Mavens of Grand Junction will decorate the walls and delight and excite the eyes. 

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Ouray County Ranch Rodeo this September!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @05:07 PM

Celebrate over 90 Years of Ranching History in Ouray County this Labor Day Weekend!

In September of 1920, the Ouray Cattlemans Association announced The Cattleman's Day Celebration and Old Timers Picnic outside of Ridgway. In addition to bucking broncos and horse races, there was an airplane exhibit and a giant barbecue at the town park, followed by a dance in the evening. The event has changed some, now drawing people from across the states to celebrate a good old fashioned Rodeo!

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Ouray County Museums Offer History and Fun

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 08, 2015 @11:49 AM

Mining, Ranching and Railroads! Ouray County is filled with stories!

oldmineAlthough the images of miners are prevalent, the history of Ouray County extends far beyond. Originally develpoed as a junction for the Denver Rio Grande Railroad, Ridgway soon turned to ranching and farming to become a prosperous community despite the closure of the rails.

Movies like True Grit were filmed in Ouray County, highlighting the splendor and beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Many a famous traveller has passed through our little county, leaving their mark in our history books. 

Did you know that Ouray was one of the first cities to boast electricity in our homes and businesses? Or that Ouray is home to the largest collection of Mesker Brothers facades?

Learn more about this amazing area in our variety of Museums!

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Official Press Release - Ridgway Capitalizes on its True Grit Connection

Posted by Eve Becker-Doyle on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @09:42 AM

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the new True Grit Walking Walking Tour in Ridgway.

We met at the visitors center by the Railroad Museum, a testament to the history of the railroad and how it influenced the conception of the town.

Fridays in Ridgway are also when the Farmers Market is in the park, so the pleasure of walking through town is accentuated by the sounds of live music wafting through the air.

Even those who are not familiar with the film, or perhaps not avid fans, would not be able to help feeling caught up in the genuine excitement and interest of the guides. A smattering of history is also part of the tour, and Southwest Colorado is filled with fascinating and exciting stories from our not so distant past.

The following press release from the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce highlights quite a bit of information:

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