Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ridgway Colorado: Loghill Lungbuster Challenge - Bicycling Event

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 @11:24 AM

Bicycle Time Trial in Ouray County Colorado

Calling all Bicyclists!

Bicyclists of all ages, sizes and tire preferences should start training now for the first-ever Log Hill Lungbuster Challenge, a time trial and fund raiser for the Ouray County Historical Society.

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Annual Rodeo and Fair Returns to Ouray County!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Aug 16, 2012 @10:11 AM

Recapture a feel for the Old West in Southwest Colorado this year at the Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo!

This year, the Ouray County Fair theme is "Living the Dream, the Ouray County Way", and that is just what participants are going to do this year!

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September Events in Ouray and Ridgway

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 04, 2012 @10:30 AM

From Bronco Bustin to Live Music, Ouray County has what you are looking for this September!

September heralds the beginning of Fall in the San Juans. As the weather begins to cool, the leaves turn from brilliant green to an assortment of colors, from golden yellows and oranges to an assortment of reds. depending on when we get our first frost, most if not all of the four wheel drive roads are still open, offering a photographers dream of colors and scenery.

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The Wright Opera House Welcomes James McMurtry to Ouray in March

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Mar 01, 2012 @09:10 PM

Stay in Ouray for a weekend of music and fun!

Spend the day enjoying the beauty of the San Juans. With plenty of ice for climbing, snow for sledding, and water for soaking, what better way to end the evening than a concert in one of the most historic venues in Southern Colorado? Since the grand opening in 1888, the Wright Opera House has served the city of Ouray as a venue for art and culture, as well as a distinct addition to the Ouray Historic District.

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5th Annual Wine & Whiskers Carnival in the Uncompahgre Mountains!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @08:37 AM

Dancing, fashion, food and fun for a great cause in Southwest Colorado! 


Saturday, March 10, 2012, spend the evening Mardi Gras style with fantastic food, a live and silent auction filled with spectacular finds while dancing the night away all in support of our furry friends in Southwest Colorado!

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Raise your spirits with great food, drinks and friends in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Feb 07, 2012 @11:59 AM

O'Brien's Pub & Grill in Ouray, Colorado serves up awesome entertainment to heat up the winter!

It's Saturday night. You have had a great day enjoying all of the winter activities the San Juans have to offer; ice climbing, skiing, sledding, soaking in the mineral hot springs, finished off with a fantastic dinner at one of our many great restaurants, but the night is young and there is still fun to be had!

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2012 Race Series in Ouray County

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Feb 04, 2012 @03:36 PM

This year, join your fellow runners in the Ouray County Race Series!

John Ferguson, track and field coach for Ouray School, and president of the Mount Sneffels Education Foundation, has been working with the community to create a race series beginning in May, which will comprise of six seperate races which will be held in Ouray County from May through October this year. Mr. Ferguson and his fellow Board Members believe that by linking the races, a broader awareness of Southwest Colorado and the varied terrain will reach more fitness enthusiasts to the area, making each race a more competitive experience.

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February Events for Ouray and Ridgway Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 @09:24 PM

February is a great time to visit Ouray County.

The snow is soft and perfect for sledding, the ice is excellent for climbing, and the evenings are such a peaceful time for soaking in the mineral hot springs and enjoying a quiet relaxing getaway. The Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs continually strives to be not only your favorite choice for lodging in Ouray, but also your most cherished home away from home.  

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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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Kids Climbing College returns to Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @09:14 AM

The Ouray Ice Park opens for the 2012 season on December 17th.


For close to 30 years, Ouray has been one of the best kept secrets for ideal ice climbing conditions. In 1992, when Eric Jacobsen, who had purchased some property in a bankruptcy auction made arrangements with Ouray County to lease the land for recreational purposes. The amount of the lease? $1.00 per year, with an insurance umbrella which would allow the public free use of this area.
In the fall of 1994, Bill Whitt, Gary Wild and Mike O'Donnell, using garden hoses and other household items, created the first farmed climbs in the Uncompahgre Gorge.
The next couple of years, Ice climbing enthusiasts began to flow into the sleepy winter town to try out the park. By 1997, Ouray Ice Park Inc was created to better organize the number of volunteers and materials needed to develop the Ouray Ice Park into the world famous climbing venue it is today.
With climbs ranging from extreme for the most seasoned climber, to the Kids Wall, a specially developed 40 foot high, 140 foot wide slab of ice specifically designed for training children ages 8 to 88 it is hard to believe that all of this was made possible by the generosity of so many volunteers!
With training classes provided by some of the top climbers of our generation, the San Juan Mountain Guides have outdone themselves yet again.
This year, SJMG is once again offering an interactive Ice Climbing class for children ages 8-17. The 2012 Kids Climbing College is a free class hosted by San Juan Mountain Guides, and sponsored by the Ouray Ice Park, and all of the necessary equipment is provided. All your young ones need to bring are warm clothes, (ski clothes are great) gloves, a hat, and a grownup to sign paperwork! Each 2 to 3 hour class is on a first come, first serve basis, and is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be introduced to this fabulous sport!
Parking is available at the park, in designated areas, or just walk up to the park from the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs! The walk back is a great way to revisit all you have learned as you prepare to relax in the mineral hot spring tubs, a perfect way to finish a great day!

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