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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Tags: colorado canyoning, 4WD, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, fishing, bicycle trails in ouray

Back Country Skiing in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @02:04 PM

Back country skiing is one of the most rewarding winter activities one can partake in around Ouray during the winter months. Skinning up mountains, catching beautiful sunrises, working hard for your uncrowded, glorious, sometimes untracked turns rewards you with a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s also a lot cheaper than a day pass to any ski resort in Colorado! It’s definitely not for the weary or unenergetic, though. Back country touring takes a lot of patience, wits, and tenacity. Being captured by an avalanche when snow pack conditions are poor is a real threat to you and your fellow partners. But with the right equipment, knowledge, and drive, anyone can fulfill their back country ski dreams! Trust this girl who was grew up in the prairie lands of Kansas!

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, southwest colorado, ouray, things to do in winter, skiing in ouray, cross country skiing

Explore the Mining History of the San Juans this February!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @09:24 AM

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to protect the economic, natural and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed in southwest Colorado. One of the best ways to protect is through sharing knowledge in a fun and different way. In partnership with the Ouray County Historical Society, a fascinating back country tour of the Red Mountain Mining District definitely serves this purpose.

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Tags: ouray, things to do in winter, history of ouray colorado, skiing in ouray, cross country skiing

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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Tags: ouray, backcountry skiing, ironton, san juan mountains, skiing in ouray, cross country skiing

Ghost Towns of the San Juan Mountains - Ironton

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @12:41 PM

Not so Long Ago, Ouray was Just One Of Many Towns in Southwest Colorado.

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Tags: scenic drives, southwest colorado, ouray, history of ouray colorado, 4WD, cross country skiing

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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Tags: things to do in ridgway, things to do in winter, "hot springs colorado", backcountry skiing, san juan mountains, things to do in ouray, cross country skiing

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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Tags: colorado vacation, ouray, colorado, colorado ice climbing, backcountry skiing, ironton, ouray ice climbing, cross country skiing

Ouray and Ridgway Colorado Events in January, 2012

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 @09:04 PM

Ring in the New Year in a winter wonderland full of adventure in Southwest Colorado!

The villages of Ouray and Ridgway Colorado have several things to do during January that may inspire a winter visit to our picturesque towns.   In addition to this list of scheduled events in Ouray County, you can also enjoy relaxation at our hotel's very own natural hot springs and indulge yourself and a partner in a romantic winter weekend getawayor a casual weekday escape.  These types of impulsive Colorado getaways serve as cabin fever preventatives and rejuvenate people for the remainder of the winter.

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Ouray Colorado: Cross Country Ski in Ironton with Friends!

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 @12:28 PM

Near Ouray, in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, there are several areas to cross country ski, including Ironton Park on Red Mountain Pass along the Million Dollar Highway.  Ironton makes for a fantastic day of skiing as demonstrated by Maria Ziemba (pictured with daughter Sylvia), one of the employees at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.  Read her thoughts of her most recent ski day below.

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