Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Three Easy Trails to Explore this Spring in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @05:48 PM
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Tags: hiking trails, box canyon falls, waterfalls

Five Must Haves to Drive The Million Dollar Highway Any Time of Year

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @10:04 AM

Driving the Scenic Highways of Southwest Colorado is not as scary as you think.

The 76 miles of US Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray, Colorado, often referred to as the Million Dollar Highway, is a combination of three (3) mountain passes accross some of the most breathtaking scenery the country has to offer. One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our guests is whether the road will be open when they are planning to visit.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, southwest colorado, colorado, box canyon falls, motorcycles, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, million dollar highway

Ouray Colorado is Calling all Birders

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @08:57 AM
Switzerland of America, also known as Ouray Colorado wants everyone to know about the arrival of the Black Swifts.

These are very elusive birds and it wasn't until they strapped on micro backpacks with geo locators did they learn that the Black Swifts in Ouray winter in Brazil, a 4300 mile journey to the lowland rainforest on the Amazon River.  Researchers finally tracked the birds and the story is outlined in the Denver Post by writer Nancy Lofholm.  These high flying creatures can't even purch on a branch or sit on a wire.  They are only able to make their homes on the small crags of vertical canyon walls near very large waterfalls.

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Tags: wildlife viewing, box canyon falls, ouray birding

Spring Fever In Southwest Colorado!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, May 06, 2014 @10:56 AM

Longer days and warmer weather beckon in the San Juan Mountains!

Spring is in its full glory. As Mother Nature stretches from a long winter nap, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the world is showing signs of preparation for the Summer season.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, scenic drives, southwest colorado, ouray, colorado, box canyon falls, day trips from Ouray, box canyon lodge & hot springs

Ouray and Ridgway Events this February, 2014

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @12:07 PM

Ouray County: Relaxation, Romance and Adventure at your Fingertips This February!

As winter sets in with its usual ups and downs, February is a time for restful enjoyment. Ouray and the surrounding are are the ideal spot for a romantic weekend away, or an exciting adventure in a winter wonderland.

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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, ouray, box canyon falls, ouray event, ridgway event, things to do in ridgway colo

19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @08:35 AM

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

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Tags: things to do in winter, Ouray ice festival, box canyon falls, box canyon lodge & hot springs, ouray event, ouray ice climbing, ouray ice park

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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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, things to do in ridgway, southwest colorado, ouray, fall colors, box canyon falls, backcountry skiing, box canyon lodge & hot springs, ouray event, things to do in ouray, things to do in ridgway colo

Ouray Oktoberfest 2013 - Celebrate Fall in The Switzerland of America

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 @02:49 PM

Craft Beer, Authentic Cuisine, and a variety of Prizes abound at the 49th Annual Oktoberfest in Southwest Colorado!

The Fall harvest is a celebration not only of bringing in the last crops of the year, but also a time to reflect on the accomplishments of the season, and prepare for the relative quiet of the season to come. If planned correctly, the harvest heralds a winter of relaxation and rejuvenation, as the earth rests and prepares for spring.

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Tags: fall foliage, southwest colorado, ouray, fall colors, box canyon falls, ouray event