Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray Colorado Calendar of Events: May 2012

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 @09:36 AM

May blossoms in Southwest Colorado!

imogene basin waterfallsAs the four wheel drive roads begin to dry and the snow melts from the high peaks, the rivers swell and waterfalls roar. Wild flowers begin to bloom, and more and more of the famous four-wheel drive jeep trails are cleared and accessible for another season of adventures in the high country. May is a spectacular time to visit the San Juan Mountains and Ouray, Colorado!


April 1 - May 15 - Tax Professional Special

To reward accountants, tax preparers and CPAs, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has special rates for accountants to help them relax after the busy tax season finally ends.

Location:  Ouray Colorado, Box Canyon Lodge

Thursday April 19 - June 30 - Bridal Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

Bridal Exhibit, "A sampling of Bridal Gowns 1883-1966," opens and runs through June 30th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO

Thursday April 19 - July 5 - Otto Mears Exhibit at the Ouray Museum

Otto Mears Exhibit opens. Most Ouray County residents are familiar with the name Otto Mears. He is most famous for building toll roads and railroads. However, Otto was involved in many other endeavors including founding newspapers, mining investing, military service, Colorado politics, and numerous others. Learn about the career of this famous Colorado entrepreneur. The exhibit closes July 5th and reopens August 17th thru November 19th.

Location: 420 6th Avenue, Ouray, CO


beaumontWednesday, May 9 – Ouray County Historical Society Benefit – A Taste Of France

Join your fellow history, wine and French food enthusiasts for a four course meal featuring traditional French cuisine, complimented by a selection of French wines exclusively imported for the Beaumont Hotel and unavailable anywhere else in the United States.

Ages 21 and up only for this event. Price is $75.00 per person. Seating is limited so please make your reservation soon at 970-325-7000.

Location: Beaumont Hotel – Historic Grand Ballroom, 505 Main Street, Ouray

Friday, May 11, 2012 – Box Canyon Falls Opens for the Season

The Box Canyon Falls Trails and Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in May, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and 8:00 am to dusk after Labor Day. Experience the splendor and beauty of this park just a short walk from your front door.

Location: Ouray Hot Springs Pool, 1230 Main Street, Ouray 

flat rowdySaturday, May 12, 2012 – Flat Rowdy with Friends of the Ridgway Library

Join this fun and original fundraising benefit for the Ridgway Library!Flat Rowdies are all over Ridgway this month; pick your favorite, then head over to the Ridgway library on May 12 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm to bid at the Live and Silent Auctions and enjoy some fantastic appetizers and cocktails. Tickets are $20.00 for early purchase, and $25.00 at the door. Children 10 and under free.

Location: Ridgway Public Library Community Room – 300 Charles Street, Ridgway

Sunday, May 13, 2012 – Mother’s Day Brunch

Spoil the Moms in your life with a decadent Brunch in the beautiful Grand Ballroom of the Beaumont Hotel from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Price: $26.99 adult, $16.99 children 12 & under. Reservations recommended.

Location:  Beaumont Hotel – Historic Grand Ballroom, 505 Main Street, Ouray

Sunday, May 13, 2012 – Mother’s Day Sunday Salon

This Mother’s Day from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, enjoy a program of Broadway, film and cabaret selections performed by Ruth Wilson Francisco, Soprano. The afternoon begins with a gourmet lunch served by Secret Garden Catering in the lovely home of Julia Johnson, followed by an intimate and wonderful music program.

Price: $40.00 per person. Tickets are limited, please make reservations.

Location: Private Home on Log Hill, Ridgway CO


Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Ridgway Love Your Valley Fest

Spend the day in Ridgway at this free festival featuring live music and several local breweries! To sample all of the brews, the cost is only $20.00 per adult, but there is much much more to enjoy! Activities for children, adults, and even some especially for your furry friends, this should be an event to remember! 

Price: Free Event, Brew Sampling is $20.00.

Event runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Ridgway Town Park, Ridgway CO



Saturday, May 19, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

Dance the night away to the musical stylings of Kinetic. A great night awaits!

Event runs from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am

Location: O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray CO


Saturday, May 19, 2012 - ROCC Parking Lot Sale

Don't miss the sale of the year ROCC Parking Lot Sale. Booths of local treasures and trades will be lined up for you to shop till you drop! Sale runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Location: ROCC Parking Lot, Ridgway, CO



Thursday, May 24, 2012 - Studio tour at Artist Ann Dettmer's

Join Weehawken Arts for a studio tour at home of artist Ann Dettmer - painting demonstration and light refreshments. Contact Susan Opdahl at 970-325-4005

Location: Private Residence, Ouray, Co.



balloons n vrooms ridgway2Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27, 2012 - Balloons n' Vrooms

One of Colorado's most scenic events with colorful hot air balloons and beautiful classic cars amidst the majestic San Juan Mountains. Food, local brews and fun for the whole family. Free concert in the park.  

Location: Multiple Locations, Ridgway, Co.


Saturday, May 26, 2012 - Live Music at O'Brien's Pub & Grill

The night doesn't have to be cut short after the balloon Fest closes til morning! Head on over to the Pub and tap your feet to Effrum The Bear, truly a night to remember!

Event runs from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am

Location: O'Brien's Pub & Grill, Ouray CO

Monday, May 28, 2012 - Compassion 5K

Beginning in Felin Park in Ouray, Colorado, this is the second annual Compassion Run, operating in conjunction with the Compassion Weekend in June which raises funds for families in need in Ouray County. 

Location: Fellin Park, Ouray, Co.


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