Add Some Color to Your Colorado Summer Vacation – Book a Wildflower Jeep Tour Package with Ouray’s Box Canyon Lodge
Ouray, nicknamed “Switzerland of America,” is one of Colorado’s premier locations for wildflower viewing. During the summer wildflowers cover the ground around Ouray, offering a stunning backdrop for a picture-perfect photography Jeep tour. Book the Box Canyon Lodge’s Scenic Jeep Tour Special to get a guided, up close and personal look at the fabulous flora. Stay for one night in a standard room and receive two vouchers for two half-day scenic Jeep tours. The cost of the package is just $275/night, double occupancy.
Be sure to bring along your camera to capture colorful candids of the dozens of varieties of native plants that blanket the area. Indian paint brush, Rocky Mountain columbines, delphinium and Queen Anne's lace are some of the most prominent plants. The crescendo of flowers begins soon after the first snow melts, though the biggest plants flourish from late July into early August.
Some of the most popular Jeep routes include Black Bear, Spirit Basin, Red Mountain Pass, Blue Lakes, Clear Lake, Hurricane Pass, California Gulch, Animas Forks, Ice Lakes and American Basin. Another local favorite is Cinnamon Pass, offering great views of the Animas Forks Valley. At the top of the pass there are wonderful alpine flowers and widespread vistas of the San Juan Mountain Range.
Even if the wildflowers are not in bloom when you visit Ouray, there are other natural wonders - such as waterfalls and lakes - that make beautiful subjects for a photography-focused Jeep tour. Cascade Falls is a series of seven waterfalls that carry snowmelt off the mountains and down one of the two flumes through Ouray. The falls are accessed by the Lower Cascade Falls Trail that starts at a parking area at the east end of Eighth Avenue.
The Box Canyon Falls in the Uncompahgre Gorge, just steps from Box Canyon Lodge, is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons of water per minute over the falls. Photographers may capture dramatic shots both above and below the 285-foot falls.
Crystal Lake, with its beautiful reflections of the iron-rich Red Mountains, offers another great photo opp. The best time to shoot, according to locals, is early morning as the sun hits the tops of the mountains. Finally, at Ironton Park/Yankee Girl Basin, 100-year-old mining structures are accessible amid a beautiful grove of Aspen trees, making this a favorite destination any time of the year.
About Box Canyon Lodge (www.boxcanyonouray.com)
The Box Canyon Lodge is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four, all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has been recognized by a variety of publications, receiving the “Award of Excellence” by the Colorado Connoisseur and Travel Holiday magazine and listed as one of Sunset magazine’s “Best of the West.” Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs has also earned the four key rating from Green Key, a well-known eco-rating program.