Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Family Adventure Package in Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, May 17, 2013 @12:50 PM

Let the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs be Your Gateway to Adventure in the San Juans!

ouray coloradoWhen picturing a vacation in the little mining town of Ouray, Colorado, what do you imagine? Perhaps bringing your 4x4 and exploring the plethora of jeep trails surrounding town, or spending the day soaking at the pool and shopping on Main Street?

Just a short distance from town is the trailhead to Mt Sneffels, one of several 14ers in Colorado. There are waterfalls practically around every bend on the Million Dollar Highway, one of the most breathtaking scenic byways in the country, and it is practically impossible to have a bad view. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, everywhere you look are magnificent mountain peaks and dramatic landscapes.

canyoning ouray.2Of course, for those more inclined to experience a real adventure, with thrills and chills and adrenaline pumping through their veins, Ouray has a variety of options, as well as a group of people who can create the ultimate adventure in the safest way possible.

sjmg logoThe San Juan Mountain Guides consist of a group of people dedicated to providing the ultimate experience for any skill level. These professionally trained guides are all certified Wilderness First Responders and have formal training in climbing instruction, rigging, guiding, and avalanche hazard assessment.

canyoning ourayCanyoning combines different elements of technical descent, whitewater challenges, and incredible scenery. From Portland Creek Canyon, with its breathtaking scenery and mild drops, to the more dramatic Cascade Canyon, there is an outdoor adventure suited to everyone. 

Imagine a day of rock climbing, rapelling and canyoning with your family! In the spirit of fun and learning  in the outdoors, the San juan Mountain guides will take you and your family on an adventure perfectly suited to you, creating an experience that will last forever in your memory. Mountain sports help kids gain self confidence and allow both parents and children to challenge themselves in a supportive environment. San Juan Mountain Guides has always offered specialized programs for families that stress fun and learning for every skill and adventure level.

large suiteAt the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, our staff is dedicated to the kinder aspects of vacation. Clean comfortable rooms, and a staff oriented on creating a "Home away from home" for every visitor that walks through our doors. Ready to assist with everything from dinner reservations to information on the best hiking trails, no request is too big. Combined with our four mineral hot spring tubs, there is no better basecamp for a Ouray Adventure.

bcl tbsLet the Box Canyon Lodge arrange your Family Adventure for you! One stop shopping was never so easy! Just choose the adventure you would like, and the staff at the Lodge will make all of your preparations. All you have to do is show up and let your San Juan Mountain Guide take you on a half day trip you will not soon forget! 

The Box Canyon Lodge is currently offering a Family Adventure Package which includes two nights lodging in one of our lovely guest rooms and a half day adventure with San Juan Mountain guides for $875.00 plus tax for a family of four. A journey for your family which will lead to many more outdoor excursions, creating a bond of learning and fun in a safe and exciting environment. At the end of the day, let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge make you feel at home as you soothe tired muscles in the mineral hot springs, then enjoy a quiet evening of relaxation with a game or movie from our library.

Just enter Promo code FAP2013 to begin your next Ouray memory!

See you soon!


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Ouray Colo: Canyoning & Canyoneering

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Mar 08, 2011 @08:45 AM

Ouray CO is a outdoor enthusiasts paradise; Ouray is home to the worlds most accessible ice park, the Ouray Ice Park, as well as many backcountry climbs and ski routes.  Guiding services and climbing instruction including rock, mixed and ice are available from our local guiding service, San Juan Mountain Guides.  Ouray is also home to Rigging for Rescue, a company that offers week long seminars whereby people can learn how to use ropes effectively and safely in technical rescue situations.  Rock climbing routes are being developed all the time and now, you can begin to learn canyoning (also called canyoneering) in Ouray too!

What is canyoning?  Canyoning involves hiking, rappeling, dangling in waterfalls, bouldering, scrambling, swimming, and more hiking.  It means using any means necessary using human powered equipment to explore any tiny slot canyons.   As it turns out, Ouray, located in SW Colorado, has some of the very best alpine canyoneering in the world!  The same geography and ecology that gave Ouray the ice park also creates an incredible spot to enjoy Canyoneering in the San Juan Mountains.  Watch this video of the sport and see if it doesn't look fun!


Now that you want to learn this sport, why not come to Ouray for the 2nd Annual Ouray Canyon Festival to be held this summer, August 13 - 21.  It is being fashioned similarly to the Ouray Ice Festival whereby there will be clinics for people to learn the skills necessary to enjoy the sport and there will be intermediate and advanced courses too.  Currently, the canyoning clinics run by the San Juan Mountain Guides are slated to include an ACA (American Canyoneering Association) Technical Course, an ACA Advanced Course, as well as a guided rappel down Cascade Falls.  

San Juan Mountain Guides offers canyoneering courses all summer long, so you could be well on your way to enjoying Ouray in a whole new way!  

Of course, after being doused in the waterfalls created by snowmelt, our natural hot springs are a welcome relief to cold and tired bodies.  

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