Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Karen Avery

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How Do You Get to Ouray Colorado?

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @12:05 PM

Getting to Ouray by AIR:

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Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 @11:57 AM

Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls

Ouray Colorado is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains and pictures abound.  One of the great hikes accessed from town is the Sutton Mine Trail where some spectacular views beckon professional and amateur photographers alike.  This hike is a fairly short out and back.  From the trailhead, the hike is 2.2 miles to the Neosho Mine and the wonderfully decorated Antique Store.

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Ouray: Waterfall Viewing in Colorado Peaks in May and Early June

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 @12:53 PM

Southwest Colorado Waterfalls


Waterfall viewing in the late Spring and early Summer is delightful.  The thunderous roar of the water as it falls back to the ground amazes even the coolest teenager.  Ouray is home to three great year round falls that should not be missed, but, the springtime runoff proves exceptionally awe inspiring.

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Ouray Colorado Hot Springs Historic Pictures from Ouray Museum

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @03:02 PM

The Ouray Museum is a glorious treasure filled to the brim with artifacts from earlier times.  All three floors of the former St. Joseph's Miner's Hospital are filled with artifacts, clothing, domestic appliances, books, newspaper articles, medical equipment, pictures, displays, and small diaramas seeking to explain the history of Southwest Colorado and specifically of Ouray and Ridgway.  

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Five Reasons to Make Ouray, Colo., Your Summer Vacation Destination

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @10:17 AM

Festivals, Hiking, Biking, Historic Mining Highlight ‘Switzerland of America’

Winter won’t last forever (really). Despite the low temps, short days and seemingly endless snow shoveling ahead for much of the country, it is never too early to start dreaming about your summer vacation plans. Here are five reasons to put Ouray, Colo., the top of your to-do list this summer.

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Second Annual ForkFest In Ouray this May

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @05:29 PM

A Culinary Delight in Ouray!

Forkfest is presented by Weehawken Creative Arts and a lot of community volunteers. ForkFest is designed to promote local food producers, chefs and restaurants. Weehawken is committed to bringing great educational events to the Western Slope, so this year we are adding a great seminar on wine and cheese making as well as paring wine with food.

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Ouray Colorado: Best Little Town in the San Juan Mountains

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @10:48 AM

Ouray Colorado Provides Relaxation Around Every Corner

Ouray, Colorado is a tiny, picturesque Victorian village nestled into a valley surrounded by rugged alpine peaks rising from the very edges of the town. Situated in a river valley at 7,792 ft. in the heart of the Rocky Mountains lies the spectacular mountain town eloquently nicknamed the “Switzerland of America”.

Ouray officially began in 1876 with the eager stroke of the prospector’s pick. However, the future brought with it those simply inspired by its beauty. Because of Ouray’s majestic peaks, cascading waterfalls, natural hot springs, the famous Million Dollar Highway, Ouray Ice Park, and its reputation for being the Jeep Capital of the World, modern visitors flock to Ouray as much for its beauty as the miners of the past did for the riches they hoped to find.

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Holiday Dining Options in Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Dec 20, 2014 @08:01 AM

Southwest Colorado is a Winter Wonderland!

The end of the year is fast approaching. We will soon bid 2014 goodbye, and journey into a New Year of adventures.

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October in Ouray County - the leaves are still falling! - update 10-10

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @09:21 AM

Fall Leaves Update for Southwest Colorado

It seems as if the colors on the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton have passed their peak, but that's not to say the leaves have done changing!

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High Adrenaline Adventures in Ouray Any Time of Year

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @01:10 PM

From Ice Climbing To Canyoning, The Waterfalls in Ouray Beckon 

Fall is gradually turning to winter. As the evenings become cooler, and the mornings more brisk, the land waits impatiently for the first snow. Fall colors still bloom at lower altitudes, and some leaves are clinging tenaciously in the high country, but we all know the season is about to change again.

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