Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Last Run on Last Dollar

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @12:16 PM

Saturday was a georgeous, sun-shiny day in Ouray. Perfect for a scenic drive through the back country.  We decided to take a drive to Telluride, and return on Last Dollar Road. This seemed the best choice, since it had rained the day before, which almost always means snow in the higher elevations.

As always, the scenery was magnificent, and although there was some snow, that only served to make the drive more beautiful. Reaching the summit, the tire tracks we were following suddenly dissapeared, the road ahead a white expanse of untouched powder.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, jeeping

Jeep Trail Conditions, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @03:13 PM

It has started to get a little bit more chilly in the afternoons and evenings in Ouray County, and as rain falls at 7800 feet, there is little doubt snow will be falling at 10,000 feet and above.

The leaves have passed their peak, but many still cling to the branches, almost in anticipation of the coming cold that will eventually send them spiralling to the forest floor.

As  of today, the majority of trails are still open. Waiting for adventurers to explore the many spectacular spots in the high country one last time before winter covers them in deep drifts of snow until next yrear. Of course, considering the fact that we did indeed get some snowfall in Ouray this morning, one must wonder if the open roads will last much longer...

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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Halloween in the High Country - A Howling Good Time!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @01:13 PM

October has been a hauntingly beautiful month!


Halloween is the one day of the year to be something different just for a few hours. Scary goblins and witches fearlessly roam the street, demanding treats from neighbors and friends. Fairy princesses and cowboys mingle with zombies, and dance the night away to the "Monster Mash" among other Halloween Classics.

Ouray takes pleasure in the holiday, with dances and plays and a fabulous haunted house.
There is no telling how much fun there is to be had!
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Tags: ouray music, ouray event

Fall Foliage Update, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @12:49 PM
October is already upon us, and the aspens are still vibrant!
Earlier this week, the closures on Red Mountain Pass were lifted, with an area that is still single lane alternating traffic, but opening the pass to those eager to catch the last bit of color on the Million Dollar Highway. 
There was some snow in the high country a couple of days ago, resulting in the closure of a couple of the high mountain four wheel drive passes, but, overall, Mother Nature has been mild thus far, and the majority of trails are still open for adventure.
Every year at this time, we at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs make it a point to keep the most up to date information on road conditions as well as the Fall colors.
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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, fall colors, 4WD

Million Dollar Highway Perfect for Colors Despite Road Construction

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @12:57 PM

The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.

With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors