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.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Mountain Air Music Series Returns to Southwest Colorado
It’s that time of year again….SUMMER!! And we all know what that means, it is time to set aside your Thursday evenings from 6-9pm to enjoy the Annual Mountain Air Music Series in Ouray County. For those that have never been, this is a series of FREE outdoor concerts that are held in Fellin Park in Ouray during the month of June and in Hartwell Park in Ridgway through the month of July. Each Thursday concert features fantastic live music as well as tasty food, non-alcoholic drinks, with spirits, beer, & wine also available for purchase. This is a family-friendly affair that includes fun kid’s entertainment to go along with the music, so make sure to bring the little one’s along and have a blast watching them dance and enjoy the entertainment.
There is a great lineup of musicians and bands that have signed on to entertain us this year:
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Since 1994, the Second Chance Humane Society has worked in Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel Counties to provide a safe refuge for lost and displaced pets.
With strong community support, they have grown from a small group of volunteers offering foster services, to a new facility able to provide shelter to a large number of pets as they wait to find their forever homes.
Ouray is not a sleepy little town with nothing to do in the winter.
We are a hopping little mountain town with lots to do in the winter. We have ice climbing in a world class ice park as well as some amazing back country ice climbing on waterfalls and natural ice fields. We have a huge Ice Climbing Festival the second weekend in January every year that brings thousands of people to town. There is snowshoeing, cross country skiing, back country skiing, hiking and ice skating. Ironton Park, just a few miles south of Ouray up Red Mountain Pass has amazing groomed trails maintained by the Ouray County Nordic Council. Several of our hiking trails are accessible year round like the Ouray Perimeter Trail and Bear Creek Trail. The Box Canyon Falls is beautiful to see in the winter all frozen. We have amazing sulfur free hot springs for soaking you bones after a day out in the snow and the mountains.
OPAG and Wright Opera House Welcome Ceilidh Dancing to Ouray!
Ouray, a perfect place for a wedding any time of year!
Southwest Colorado Looks Forward to Another Six Weeks of Winter
Looks like we will be having another six weeks of winter this year. On the morning of February 2nd, 2015 Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole and saw his shadow, thus predicting that winter shall continue.
Weehawken Creative Arts is a non-profit organization serving Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose and Silverton.
Weehawken offers classes and programs for all ages that include: visual arts/fine arts, fiber arts, movement, music, photography, craftsman arts, creative writing, culinary arts, horticulture, miscellaneous topics tied to the creative process, and performing arts – including a full dance program.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, before the invention of the mechanical refrigerator, food was kept cool with blocks of ice, which was delivered in the summer months by wagon to the housewives of Ouray County. The Ouray Museum has a 12” x 12” x 2” cast iron horse tie used by a Ouray ice deliveryman. He would throw the horse tie on the ground and tie his horse to it while delivering ice. Often the home icebox would have a door on the outside of the house for the iceman to place a block of ice without entering the home. Ouray children would be sure and be home when the ice was delivered so that they might get a small piece of ice from the deliveryman.