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Ridgway and Ouray Colorado Events: July 2011

  
  
  

July is the busiest time of the year in Ouray, Colorado.

wildflowers peak in july in ourayWildflowers typically peak during the third week of July as the last of the winter snows have melted.  High alpine basins filled with wildflowers provide great experiences and make hiking even better.  Plan a jeep tour or hike into a basin to see these awe inspiring delights.  During the other times of your weekend escape or well deserved vacation, enjoy the following events in Ouray County Colorado during July:

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 the counties first 100 years. 

July 4: Old Fashioned Patriotic Celebration, including a parade, 10K run, pancake breakfast and some of the very best fireworks in southwestern Colorado at nightfall.

July 5: - Evening in History Lecture, "The Mines of Marshall Basin"

July 6, 13, 20, 27:  Bingo at the Ouray Elks Lodge:  Wednesday Night Bingo at the Elk's Lodge is open to the public and for all ages.  It begins at 7:00pm throughout the summer.

July 7: Ridgway Summer Concert Series, "Big Sam's Funky Nation"

July 8 - August 18: - San Juan Photo Series: The Annual Ouray County Museum's "San Juan Memories" opens July 8th and runs through August 18th.

July 9: Ouray Art Walk - Second Saturdays - 5pm - 8pm.  Shops and Galleries that are participating include Window to Yesterday, Skol Gallery, Ivory's Trading Company and Gallery, San Juan Art Galleries, Dreamtime Gallery and Studio, Ouray Silversmiths, Ouray Glassworks and Pottery Company, Painting Marmot Art Supply, and Silver Linings.  Many of the shops and galleries are offering refreshments, demonstrations  and/or music at this time.

July 9: Guided Hiking Tour of Marshall Basin - Join tour leader Rudy Davison for a guided hiking tour of the many mines in Marshall Basin above Telluride. Meet at the Telluride Historical Museum at 8:45 am. The group will drive up Imogene Pass to the Tom Boy Mine where the hike begins with return to the museum at 3:00 pm. Everyone should wear layers of clothing and bring rain gear, sun glasses & sun screen, hat, good hiking shoes, camera, and maybe a geology pick. Everyone should also pack water and a picnic lunch. For more information and to make a reservation contact The Ouray County Museum @ 970-325-4576. There is no charge for this event but donations will be accepted.  

Hike description: From the gate leading into Marshall Basin, the road is flat because it follows the old electric tram line that connected the Tomboy Mill with the Tomboy Aerial Tram at the Ophir Tunnel. The aerial tram ruin is in decent shape and there are good vantage points to look down at the lower Smuggler-Union workings and Telluride Valley. From here, the road gets steeper as we leave Tomboy Mining Company property and head into Smuggler-Union Mining Company property. Whatever wildflowers are blooming will start in earnest now. We will take a rest stop at the upper end of the aerial tram that connected the Union Mine with the Bullion Tunnel and pehaps inspect the Pioneer Leasing Company stamp mill that is still in fair shape. From here the road heads uphill to the bottom of the Smuggler mine dump which we will skirt to cross over a concrete trough that was installed during reclamation in the mid 1990's. At this point, we meet the old wagon road that climbed up from the Bullion Tunnel and continue on to an ore loading chute that served the Sheridan Mine. This stretch is fairly steep. Above the ore loading chute we come to the ruins of the Sheridan boarding house, a meat storage facility, and a shaft into the Sheridan Mine where there is a good boiler ruin and part of the hoist cable. The road ends at the top of the Smuggler claim, so from here we bushwhack up mine dumps through Mendota Mine property. There are good bottle remnants, rails, shovels, and a motor that pulled ore cars through the mine. Getting to the motor is as high as I plan to hike. From here we will bushwhack to the east side of Marshall Basin following the usual litter that mines produced back to the Smuggler shaft and then reconnect with the same road we hiked in on from Tomboy.

July 12: Evenings in History Lecture, "Images of America"

July 13:  A Guided Tour of the Museum Enjoy a guided tour of the Ouray Museum, led by Curator Don Paulson. Learn about Don's favorite items in the museum. $10 fee per person (OCHS members $5) To pre-register contact the museum @ 970-325-4576. 9:00am - 11:00am

July 14: Ridgway Summer Concert Series, "Great American Taxi"

July 16: Guided Walking Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetary - A Guided tour of the Cedar Hill Cemetery five miles north of Ouray on Hwy 550. Come and learn about the lives of those buried in this historic cemetery. $10 per person fee. To pre-register contact the museum @ 970-325-4576.

July 19 - Evenings in History Lecture, "Una Wheeler Winnerah, Pioneering Ouray Photographer"

July 21: Ridgway Summer Concert Series, "Lake Street Dive"

July 20 - August 28: Quilt Show - The OCHS Annual Quilt how runs from July 20th to August 28th. Come and see historic quilts that were pieced or quilted prior to 1960 at the Ouray Museum.

July 23: Anticipated peak of the Wildflower Season in Ouray Colorado

July 23: Walking Tour of Ouray - Join a museum volunteer on a Walking Tour of Ouray's Main Street. Learn the history of these fascinating old buildings. $10 per person fee, to pre-register contact the museum @ 970-325-4576. Meet at the Museum at 3 pm.

July 27: Evenings in History Lecture, "History of Log Hill"

 July 28: Ridgway Free Summer Concert Series, "Euphorquestra"

July 29 - August 6: 51st Annual Alpine Artists Holiday 

Ouray County Arts Association (OCAA) 51st Artists' Alpine Holiday at the Ouray Community Center 

  • Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30 -- 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 31 - Friday, August 5 -- 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 -- 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 30: Silverton Railroad Grade and Corkscrew Turntable Hike:   Hikers will meet at the Ouray County Museum, 420 Sixth Avenue, Ouray at 9 am. Guided hike by Don Paulson, OCHS Curator. Sponsored by OCHS and The Ridgway Railroad Museum. In case of inclement weather call Don Paulson @ 325-0931 before 8 am to ascertain the hike status. We will car pool to the hike start. The hike is downhill on a railroad grade but the elevation is over 10,000 feet. Wear hiking shoes and bring appropriate clothing for June weather. $10 per person Fee.

July 30: Concert - North Fork Flyers Jazz standards, up tempo rock/pop by one of the most popular bands on Western Slope.
Advance Tickets $15, At the Door $18 Info and Will Call Tickets: 970-325-4235

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