Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, June 11, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 11, 2016 @09:24 AM

With over 500 Miles of Jeep Trails to Explore, it is no Wonder Ouray is Called "The Jeep Capital of the World"!

 It is hard to believe sometimes how quickly conditions can change in the high country! 

In the past week, we have seen more snow, lots of rain, hail, and incredible amounts of sunshine. The Uncompahgre is roaring right now, especially in the sfternoons, as the snow melts off of the peaks. A trip to the Box Cañon Falls during the Spring melt off is an experience everyone should have.

The County road crews have been diligently clearing high country trails for adventurers of all types, and more and more options are available daily!  At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our goal to obtain the most up to date information on the four wheel drive trails. From county websites, conversations with the jeep tour companies, and most importantly, our guests, we are able to tell you where to go and what trails are best suited to your needs.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, June, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jun 04, 2016 @09:53 AM

The High Country is Calling in Ouray, Colorado!


 June seems to have snuck up on us yet again in Ouray!

Despite the late springtime snow in the high country, the county road crews have been hard at work clearing the four wheel drive trails, and more and more of the high country is accessible. Seasonal waterfalls cover the mountainsides, providing a spectacular opportunity for photographers of every level. 

The Spring colors of wildflowers and fresh green aspen leaves add to a magical experience, as the occasional friendly deer wanders accross your path.  Soon, all of the upper mountain areas will be open (Black Bear will be the last, with a projected opening of July 10), and hiking, picnicking and adrenaline pumping drives will abound!

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, May 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 21, 2016 @07:59 AM

Adventures in the High Country are Starting to Open Despite the Damp Spring


 True to the old addage, "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes, or drive ten miles", Mother Nature has definitely kept us on our toes this Spring! April and May have brought much needed moisture to the high country, and the weather has been an adventure in and of itself!

As we all know, if it's raining in Ouray, it's most likely snowing just a short ways up the road. This is great for the snowpack, but not so much for our dedicated road crews as they work to clear high country trails for avid explorers.

Due to snow last week, county crews were forced to delay snow removal on some of the higher passes, beginning again on Monday, May 16. It has been slow going, but our guys will perservere, and currently forcast most should be open by the first part of June.

Some trails are already open, if not all the way, at least far enough for adventurers to get a tast of the season to come. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs work to keep up to the minute information regarding jeep trail conditions.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Four Seasons in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @06:11 PM

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