Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Why you should Definitely Check Out Yankee Boy

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @02:01 PM

One of the most beautiful places in the San Juan Mountains!

Wildflowers and waterfalls are just the beginning when you travel to Yankee Boy Basin. The dramatic scenery takes your breath away but isn't overwhelming. For first time explorers to the majesty of the high country, Yankee Boy is an excellent choice.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, scenic jeep tour, things to do in ouray, colorado scenery

Ouray County 4-Wheel Drive Roads Update 6/3/15

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @05:58 PM

Summer is here, and it is time to get your jeep on!

Warm weather and fewer showers have helped the road crews all accross the Western Slope to clear more and more four wheel drive trails every day.

We watch jeep tour operators pick up our guests and take them out into the high country for an adventure they are sure to remember for the rest of their lives.

Folks are renting jeeps for a four wheel drive adventure not scheduled around any one else, and coming back excited to try another trail tomorrow.

More trails open daily, and at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our goal to be as up to date as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 30, 2015 @02:47 PM

Trails are slowly beginning to open for high country adventures in Southwest Colorado:

The deceptively warm weather of March and April gave us all the impression the four wheel drive roads would be opening early this year.

Mother Nature, however, had her own plan. As we welcome afternoon showers with pleasure, knowing the moisture will bring beautiful flowers, we also must acknowledge that when it rains in Ouray, it's probably snowing at the top of Imogene.

Because of this, the passes might open a little more slowly, but that just adds to the pleasure of traveling the high country once summer truly arrives!

A few roads in the lower elevations are open already though, and more to come: Keep checking in with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs for up to date information regarding jeep trails!

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Four Reasons to put Ouray, Colorado on Your Bucket List

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @12:45 PM

From soaking in the sulfer free hot springs to adrenaline pumping adventures, Ouray invites you to share the magic!


The area surrounding Ouray is a haven for the adventurer. The mountains seem to call out, begging to be explored. Every season holds a lifetime of experiences, the biggest question is where to begin?

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Tags: colorado vacation, ouray, "hot springs colorado", 4WD, box canyon lodge & hot springs, things to do in ouray

Seven reasons to visit Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 @10:27 AM

Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Ouray County is a Natural Treasure.

Once central to a booming mining industry, Ouray County now relies mainly on tourism, recreation, ranching, construction and still some mining. Its two towns, Ouray and Ridgway, remain true to the best of the Western Colorado tradition - a relaxed, meaningful quality of life that many only dream about.

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Tags: things to do in ridgway, things to do in southwest colorado, colorado vacation, ouray, 4WD, box canyon lodge & hot springs, things to do in ouray

October in Ouray County - the leaves are still falling! - update 10-10

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @09:21 AM

Fall Leaves Update for Southwest Colorado

It seems as if the colors on the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton have passed their peak, but that's not to say the leaves have done changing!

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Tags: fall foliage, photography in ouray, southwest colorado, ouray, colorado, fall colors, 4WD, san juan mountains

High Adrenaline Adventures in Ouray Any Time of Year

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 @01:10 PM

From Ice Climbing To Canyoning, The Waterfalls in Ouray Beckon 

Fall is gradually turning to winter. As the evenings become cooler, and the mornings more brisk, the land waits impatiently for the first snow. Fall colors still bloom at lower altitudes, and some leaves are clinging tenaciously in the high country, but we all know the season is about to change again.

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Tags: colorado canyoning, southwest colorado, ouray, Ouray ice festival, 4WD, san juan mountains, things to do in ouray, ouray ice climbing, ouray ice park

Four Seasons in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @08:16 AM

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.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, colorado vacation, southwest colorado, ouray, "hot springs colorado", 4WD, san juan mountains

Fall Colors in the San Juan Mountains - Update 9/25/14

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @10:47 AM

Four Wheel Drive Trails and Scenic Byways beckon as Fall Colors Begin in Southwest Colorado!

The new season is beginning. Everywhere you look, the aspens are beginning to turn from a vibrant green to the yellows and oranges of Fall. With just a tiny bit of snow in the high country a couple of weeks ago, it seems Mother Nature has decided to grant us a long and beautiful season of colors and adventures.

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Tags: fall foliage, southwest colorado, fall colors, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

Three Favorite Four Wheel Drive Trails Around Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @04:48 PM

Ouray Colorado is the Jeeping Capitol Of The World!

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, colorado vacation, southwest colorado, ouray, 4WD, jeeping