Ouray starts to come to life in late April and early May as the foliage on the trees starts to bloom, the meadows between Ridgway and Ouray turn green, the museums of Ouray County open for the summer season, and the employees of Ouray County Road and Bridge Department begin clearing the 4x4 roads. There is still a strong possiblity of a frost but the daffodils and tulips appear undaunted, the Ouray Hot Springs pool allows kayakers to practice in the deep section on Tuesday evenings, and the first of the summer visitors arrive. There is so much excitement and anticipation in the air and there are numerous events in Ouray County.
Things to Do in Ouray Colo and Ridgway CO in April 2011
April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: Free Fly Tying seminar Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm at RIGS in Ridgway: In addition to Free Fly Tying Seminars, the Fly Section at the Shop has also expanded its new tying materials section to be the most comprehensive in the region. Every thing from new hook styles to the latest and greatest in dubbing, beads, tools and tackle.
April 14: Ouray Museum Opens for the Summer. April Hours: 10:00am - 4:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
April 14 - July 5th: Special Exhibit at Ouray Museum: "A Century of Ouray County Farming and Ranching History 1875-1975" - The Ouray County Historical Society presents it first special exhibit of the 2011 season. Learn about the various types of ranching and farming that took place in Ouray County during its' first 100 years.
April 24: Ouray Elks Easter Egg Hunt: Ouray County's annual free Easter Egg Hunt for kids. This year's hunt is at Ouray's Fellin Park, and starts promptly at 2:00 PM. More than 1000 candy-filled eggs & some with stuffed bunnies for kids who find lucky prize eggs.
April 27: San Juan Mountain Mining Conference: The conference is organized to provide a full-day enrichment for the people to learn about watershed restoration as it relates to non-point source pollution from historic mining in the Uncompahgre Watershed. It is at the Ouray Community Center.
April 29: Casino Night (Fundraiser for Ridgway River Festival): Players will have the opportunity to partake in blackjack, Texas hold'em and roulette on authentic tables complete with experienced dealers. The evening is a fundraiser to raise money for the Fourth Annual Ridgway River Festival. A cash prize will be awarded to the player with highest chips, and second and third place winners will also receive prizes.
Things to Do in May 2011
May 1: Vintage High Tea: The Ouray County Ranch History Museum will host a traditional high tea from 2pm - 4:30 at their museum located in the historic Colona School a quarter mile west of Hwy. 550 on Ouray County Rd 1.
May 6, 7 & 8: Balloons and Vrooms: The Annual festival with hot air balloons and classic cars, with balloon rides, balloon glow and music in Ridgway Town Park and Ridgway Athletic Park.
May 7: Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: The summer DSNGR begins summer service. The season ends on October 29, 2011.
May 8: Mother's Day Salon in Ouray: Celebrate Mother's Day in style at a classical music luncheon salon. This year the Ouray Performing Arts Guild presents celebrated acoustic guitar players Alex Komodore and Jeff LaQuatra for an afternoon of music and fantastic food. For reservations for the Mother's Day Salon, please call 970-626-2970. Cost is $50 per person or two for $95.
May 14: Ridgway Love Your Valley Festival and Brewfest: Thirteen brewers come to town to show off their best craft beers. Enjoy live music by the James and the Devil from Denver, Colorado while tasting the best beers the region has to offer. Cost is $20. This festival is from 1:00pm to 6:00pm in the Ridgway Town Park.
May 14: OCHS Fundraiser in Ridgway: Miner's Heritage Dinner at Colby's Corner Bar and Grill in Ridgway. Cash Bar Happy Hour 5-6 pm. Prime Rib Dinner at 6 pm. Cost $25 per person. All proceeds go the OCHS Mining History Fund.
May 30: Compassion Run/Walk in Ouray: There will be the First Annual Compassion 5K. This run will begin and end at Fellin Park and will be used to raise money for Compassion Weekend (June 18th & 19th, 2011) to fulfill work requests for those residents that are in need of help. Online registration is not yet available but we can help get you registered if you let us know.
For any activity, the staff at our Ouray CO hotel will happily arrange for your tickets or provide any additional information that you require. Please let us know what makes your Colorado vacation in the southwest part of the state the best it can be!