Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

San Juan Skyway - an Amazing Scenic Drive

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 28, 2016 @09:13 AM

Start in Ouray, and Finish in Ouray, this drive encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado!

Whether you are travelling in a vehicle, or on your motorcycle, a trip on the San Juan Mountain Skyway is a great way to tour Southwest Colorado.

Because it is a circular route, you can virtually start anywhere along the way. A favorite starting point for me, of course, is Ouray. Travelling south on Highway 550, The Million Dollar Highway, the trip begins with drastic views as it follows along the Uncompahgre Gorge. 

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4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, May 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 21, 2016 @07:59 AM

Adventures in the High Country are Starting to Open Despite the Damp Spring


 True to the old addage, "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes, or drive ten miles", Mother Nature has definitely kept us on our toes this Spring! April and May have brought much needed moisture to the high country, and the weather has been an adventure in and of itself!

As we all know, if it's raining in Ouray, it's most likely snowing just a short ways up the road. This is great for the snowpack, but not so much for our dedicated road crews as they work to clear high country trails for avid explorers.

Due to snow last week, county crews were forced to delay snow removal on some of the higher passes, beginning again on Monday, May 16. It has been slow going, but our guys will perservere, and currently forcast most should be open by the first part of June.

Some trails are already open, if not all the way, at least far enough for adventurers to get a tast of the season to come. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs work to keep up to the minute information regarding jeep trail conditions.

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Mountain Air Music Series Returns to Ouray this June!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, May 17, 2016 @04:03 PM

Ouray, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, the mountains loom on all sides, providing majestic views in every direction. A day at Fellin Park is a wonderful way to spend some quality family time any day, but Thursdays in June are extra special. The Ouray Mountain Air Music Series is just about to begin again, with an amazing collection of talented artisits performing free concerts!

Friends and family gather to enjoy fun activities, great food and local beer, all to the toe tapping talent of two new bands each week!This year, the line-up has been announced, and if you haven’t already set aside the dates, now is the time to do so!

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Tags: things to do with kids, ouray music, ouray, ouray event, Ouray Mountain Air Music Festival

Love Your Valley Fest Celebrates 125th Birthday of the Town of Ridgway!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, May 03, 2016 @04:07 PM

coldrivercity.jpgFeaturing the band 'Cold River City' out of Boulder, this years Love your Valley Fest will be held on Saturday, May 21st,  from 1pm to 6 pm in Ridgways Town Park.

Ridgways Annual Love Your Valley Fest is a free event, with $20.00 tickets available for beer tasting from over 20 Colorado Breweries. All proceeds from the event are to benefit the Ridgway Concert Series, free concerts in the park held every Thursday in July!

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Tags: things to do in ridgway, ridgway event

Women in Ouray History

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, May 01, 2016 @12:29 PM

Although the written history of Ouray County primarily relates the stories of men, numerous women made important contributions to the early development of Ouray County.  Una Whinnerah, Kitty Heit, Helen Croft, and Cora Orendorf, all born in the 19th century, may not immediately come to mind when the history of Ouray is discussed but they made very important contributions.

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