Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray County Road Crews to Begin Clearing May 1, 2017

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @01:46 PM

Spring is in the air, and everyone is ready to be outside enjoying some sunshine. 

The world begins to wake from its winter nap, new leaves are bursting from the aspens, and the fields are dotted with baby calves, there is a sense of lightness and renewal in the air. The Ouray City Pool is in it's final stages, and May looks to be an awesome month for visitors and locals alike! April has been absolutely beautiful, with just the right amount of showers as the days get longer and the sun shines more warmly.

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Tags: 4WD, jeeping, things to do in ouray

The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado: Ouray is a Destination for all Outdoor Enthusiasts

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @11:53 AM

Perhaps one of our most frequently asked questions from guests who have not been to Ouray is "What is there to do?"

Well, the answer is simple but long, and really depends on you... First of all, to love Ouray, you have to love the outdoors. This does not mean you are into extreme sports - scaling 14'ers, Hiking for miles into the back country to ski hidden basins, or rappel through a waterfall... you CAN do all of these things here, and there are a number of guides waiting to take you on an adventure sure to get your adrenaline pumping. For those of us with a penchant for the great outdoors who still like both feet on the ground, the number of activities in and around Ouray are equally boundless!

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Tags: colorado canyoning, 4WD, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, fishing, bicycle trails in ouray

Jeep Trail Conditions in Ouray - October, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @11:16 AM

Despite recent snowy weather, many four-wheel drive trails are still open in Ouray County!

October has arrived, and we are all closely watching the high country as the first snow covers the peaks. The fall colors have begun to fade, as mother nature prepares for the colder weather.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, san juan mountains

Black Bear Pass - Perfect Early Fall Colors

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @02:11 PM

As the colors begin to change, a trip over one of the many four wheel drive roads around Ouray is a definite must!

In the more than twenty years I have lived in the area, I had never actually experienced one of the most famous and difficult trails in the area: Black Bear Pass. That is why, when Greg from San Juan Jeep Tours came by the other day and invited me along, I jumped at the chance.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, colorado scenery

Must Haves for a Great Adventure in Ouray County

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 @02:01 PM

Exploring the high country around Ouray is always a great experience.

Whether you are going on a jeep tour, horseback riding, hiking or enjoying a scenic drive, it seems there is always something new around the next bend.

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Tags: safety tips, southwest colorado, 4WD, hiking trails, jeeping, fishing

Five Great Ways to Experience Ouray This Summer

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 @09:43 AM

Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding area is filled with amazing scenery and a variety of adventures. Regardless of the season, there are always a number of ways to enjoy a visit to the area, the hardest thing might be choosing which activities most appeal.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, ouray, 4WD, hiking trails, ouray museum, jeeping

Exploring the High Country in Ouray County - The Wildflowers are here!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 @12:53 PM

Above Yankee Boy Basin and the Twin Falls, Governor's Basin is a short ride that offers spectacular views!

Wildflowers blanket the mountains and meadows in a rainbow of colors. Blue Columbine, pink Elephants, scarlet Kings Crown, red, orange and yellow Indian Paintbrush, stark white Mouse Ears and brilliant yellow Black Eyed Susans are just a few varieties of flowers smiling at the sun in the high country.

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Tags: colorado wildflower update, scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, things to do in ouray

A Back Road Adventure in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @01:29 PM

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to outdoor excitement in and around Ouray in the Summer.

From rafting to hikingrock climbing and canyoning to horseback riding, all of which boasting a variety of difficulty levels, it is impossible to say which is the most fun, or suited to you and your group. Only you can decide!

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, 4WD

4WD Road Conditions in Ouray County, July 1, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @01:09 PM

The High Country is Calling all Adventurers to Ouray!

 Summer is here, and the jeep trails are beckoning. Only a couple of roads are still in the process of being cleared. The much needed moisture this week has not caused any delays, but definitely served to cool off the lower altitudes, and ensure an amazing Fourth of July Fireworks display!

There is no better time than the present to come up and escape the heat on one of our many awesome trails, and with over 500 miles to choose from, you're sure to find an adventure perfectly suited to your adventure demands.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditionsin Ouray County, June 26, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jun 26, 2016 @11:30 AM

Escape the Heat on a Jeep Adventure in the High Country Around Ouray!

 Summer has come to Ouray County! As temperatures soar accross the country, the heat wave has hit the high country as well - reaching highs in the 80's, and one day last week, it was 90 degrees in Ouray!

Of course, as the thermostat rises elsewhere, a hot day in Ouray is a breath of fresh air, and as you climb in altitude, it only gets cooler!

  Every day, it seems, there are more passes to explore, and the scenery is, as usual, breathtaking! 

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our business to have the most up to date information on the jeep trails. From County websites, talking to the jeep tour companies, and of course, our guests, we find out where it is safe for you to explore, and share the information as often as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping