Well, it has been a great week for the road crews! As Ouray, San Miguel and San Juan County feverishly clear the high country, Mother Nature seems to be helping us out, and more and more trails are safe for adventure.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
The month of May brought us beautiful spring weather as well as some much needed moisture. Everywhere you look, the land is becoming green and filled with wildflowers. Seasonal waterfalls are appearing all over, and the world appears to be taking a deep breath in prepartion for another summer of endless four wheel drive adventures.
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, the majesty of the San Juan Mountains is Second to None!
When the last of the snow has melted from the highest peaks, the rivers run high, and the reds blues and yellows of a world of flowers create a rainbow accross the land.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.