Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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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Winter Activities in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Katie Craig on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @03:08 PM

Looking for a great day trip from Ouray for winter activities? Ever thought about Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction? Grand Mesa has plenty to do in the winter with beautiful views, it’s worth the two-hour drive!

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Ouray Nordic Council Makes Outdoor Winter Sports Safe and Fun!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @12:09 PM

Skiing and Snowshoeing season in the San Juan Mountains is about to begin!

November is upon us, and Mother Nature has been smiling on Southwest Colorado. We have gotten some wonderful storms: just enough snow to coat the mountains, followed by beautiful sunshiny days that entice any one looking out a window to go out and enjoy.

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Events in Ouray and Ridgway this November, 2013

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Oct 19, 2013 @04:38 PM

There is plenty to be Thankful for in Southwest Colorado this November!


With the early snow blanketing the mountaintops, the holiday season in Ouray is off to a beautiful start. Walk the shops on Main Street and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. There is something magical about the one of a kind treasures to be found that speak volumes to even the most difficult person on your Christmas list!

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Halloween Weekend offers Hauntingly Good Times in Ouray October, 2013

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Oct 13, 2013 @02:25 PM

From masquerades to zany films, and haunted houses, it's going to be a howling good time in Ouray this Halloween!

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Upcoming Events in Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado: March 2012

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 @09:11 AM

Believe it or not, the best time to visit Southwest Colorado for a quiet escape filled with snow is in March!

When considering a winter getaway with snow covering the ground in a pristine blanket of fresh powder ripe for snow angels and ski trails, the image of Christmas trees and New Year’s resolutions may come to mind. 

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Nordic Ski Race in the San Juan Mountains this March!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @09:39 PM

The Sneffels Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Ski Race on the Northern flanks of the Sneffels Range.

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Hot Spring Break Ouray Colorado Style

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 @08:18 AM

Ouray, Colo. — Spring break doesn’t have to be all about sand in unmentionable places, girls gone wild and sweaty bars. This spring break do something really hot – book the Hot Springs Break Special at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs in Ouray, Colo. (a.k.a. Switzerland of America).

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Weehawken Creative Arts Centers of Ouray County: More than painting!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 @06:16 PM

Weehawken Creative Arts Centers offers a plethora of learning and fun to Ouray County!

Filling a void in Ouray County for years now, Weehawken Creative Arts centers is a non-profit organization that seems to have encompassed all that defines this small County in Southwest Colorado. From visual arts to horticulture, this organization defines the arts based on the needs and interests of its community. Ballet, Poetry and culinary classes abound, as well as photography and woodworking. Zumba Dance classes are held daily, and Karate for adults and children offer opportunities for the community to express themselves while getting a great workout!

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Ouray CO: Winter Training with San Juan Mountain Guides

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Jan 06, 2011 @04:13 PM

The "Switzerland of America", Ouray, Colorado, is located in the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. Ouray is the home of the San Juan Mountain Guides.  During the winter season, they offer many different classes that teach people how to enjoy the extreme sports of winter in a safe and competent manner.

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