Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

4WD Road Conditionsin Ouray County, June 26, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 @11:30 AM

Escape the Heat on a Jeep Adventure in the High Country Around Ouray!

 Summer has come to Ouray County! As temperatures soar accross the country, the heat wave has hit the high country as well - reaching highs in the 80's, and one day last week, it was 90 degrees in Ouray!

Of course, as the thermostat rises elsewhere, a hot day in Ouray is a breath of fresh air, and as you climb in altitude, it only gets cooler!

  Every day, it seems, there are more passes to explore, and the scenery is, as usual, breathtaking! 

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Outdoor Movies in Ridgway on Townie Tuesdays!

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 @07:20 AM


Ouray, southwest coloradoTuesdays in Ouray County will be Fun this Summer.  Ridgway is once again sponsoring Free Outdoor Movies in the Park on Tuesdays this summer.  

Visitors and townies alike are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair or blanket and watch these movies under the beautiful skies over town.  Everyone is encouraged to wear film-inspired costumes.

An evening in the park with family and friends, enjoying a great movie from the 80's and 90's is a great way to get together, and celebrate togetherness.

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Tags: things to do in ridgway, things to do in ridgway colorado

The Black Canyon - Exploring Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @09:52 AM

The North Rim of the Black Canyon - One of the Best Kept Secrets of Southwest Colorado!

Often, I am asked what I would do if I just had a couple of days to explore the area, and the answer is difficult at best. After over 20 years, I am still finding new adventures, and the list of things to do and see grows daily.

Recently, on a rainy spring morning, we went in search of sunshine and a new, interesting hike. We decided to go to the Black Canyon, one of the most awesome places in the area.  I had been to the South Rim of the Black Canyon several times, and it is indeed spectacular. I had not, however explored the North Rim, which is a little further from Ouray, and so the decision was made. Every time I visit the Black Canyon, as with so many places in Southwest Colorado, I am amazed at the beauty of Colorado, and its many secret places.


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Tags: scenic drives, colorado, hiking trails, colorado scenery

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, June 11, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 11, 2016 @09:24 AM

With over 500 Miles of Jeep Trails to Explore, it is no Wonder Ouray is Called "The Jeep Capital of the World"!

 It is hard to believe sometimes how quickly conditions can change in the high country! 

In the past week, we have seen more snow, lots of rain, hail, and incredible amounts of sunshine. The Uncompahgre is roaring right now, especially in the sfternoons, as the snow melts off of the peaks. A trip to the Box Cañon Falls during the Spring melt off is an experience everyone should have.

The County road crews have been diligently clearing high country trails for adventurers of all types, and more and more options are available daily!  At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our goal to obtain the most up to date information on the four wheel drive trails. From county websites, conversations with the jeep tour companies, and most importantly, our guests, we are able to tell you where to go and what trails are best suited to your needs.

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4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, June, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 04, 2016 @09:53 AM

The High Country is Calling in Ouray, Colorado!


 June seems to have snuck up on us yet again in Ouray!

Despite the late springtime snow in the high country, the county road crews have been hard at work clearing the four wheel drive trails, and more and more of the high country is accessible. Seasonal waterfalls cover the mountainsides, providing a spectacular opportunity for photographers of every level. 

The Spring colors of wildflowers and fresh green aspen leaves add to a magical experience, as the occasional friendly deer wanders accross your path.  Soon, all of the upper mountain areas will be open (Black Bear will be the last, with a projected opening of July 10), and hiking, picnicking and adrenaline pumping drives will abound!

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Hiking the Perimeter Trail Around Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @10:44 AM

It's hard to believe that so many amazing hiking trails exist right outside our doors in Ouray County!

Whether you would like just a quick trek to a secluded valley or waterfall, or prefer to spend an hour or more to experience scenery seen by very few people, the options are limitless it would seem. 

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Tags: ouray, hiking trails