Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray Area fall Colors Update

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @10:56 AM

Every day, it seems as if Mother Nature has gone to new extremes. Add snow to the mountain peaks, and the pallete of Fall becomes more beautiful with every turn.

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Fall Colors Begin in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @10:55 AM

At long last, the leaves are turning, and soon all of the San Juan Range will be a rainbow of fall colors!

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Black Bear Pass - Perfect Early Fall Colors

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Sep 16, 2016 @02:11 PM

As the colors begin to change, a trip over one of the many four wheel drive roads around Ouray is a definite must!

In the more than twenty years I have lived in the area, I had never actually experienced one of the most famous and difficult trails in the area: Black Bear Pass. That is why, when Greg from San Juan Jeep Tours came by the other day and invited me along, I jumped at the chance.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, colorado scenery

My Three Favorite Back Roads in Ouray, Colorado for Passenger Vehicles

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 @08:43 AM

Take the back roads in Ouray County and see more in just a short drive!

Often referred to as the Jeeping Capital of the World, Ouray and the surrounding area boast over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads. Each trail is filled with spectacular scenery; a journey into the colorful past that is the Western Slope of Colorado. Abandoned mines, wildflowers, mountain lakes and waterfalls are just a few of the sights awaiting you on any given trail.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, colorado, box canyon lodge & hot springs colorado, day trips from Ouray, san juan mountains, fishing

Jeep Trail Conditions, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @03:13 PM

It has started to get a little bit more chilly in the afternoons and evenings in Ouray County, and as rain falls at 7800 feet, there is little doubt snow will be falling at 10,000 feet and above.

The leaves have passed their peak, but many still cling to the branches, almost in anticipation of the coming cold that will eventually send them spiralling to the forest floor.

As  of today, the majority of trails are still open. Waiting for adventurers to explore the many spectacular spots in the high country one last time before winter covers them in deep drifts of snow until next yrear. Of course, considering the fact that we did indeed get some snowfall in Ouray this morning, one must wonder if the open roads will last much longer...

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Fall Foliage Update, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @12:49 PM
October is already upon us, and the aspens are still vibrant!
Earlier this week, the closures on Red Mountain Pass were lifted, with an area that is still single lane alternating traffic, but opening the pass to those eager to catch the last bit of color on the Million Dollar Highway. 
There was some snow in the high country a couple of days ago, resulting in the closure of a couple of the high mountain four wheel drive passes, but, overall, Mother Nature has been mild thus far, and the majority of trails are still open for adventure.
Every year at this time, we at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs make it a point to keep the most up to date information on road conditions as well as the Fall colors.
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Million Dollar Highway Perfect for Colors Despite Road Construction

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @12:57 PM

The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.

With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.

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Three Favorite Scenic Drives This Fall in and Around Ouray!

Posted by Hannah Hollenbeck on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @10:05 AM


The fall season has begun in Ouray County! Cooler temperatures bring a spectacular array of golden

yellows, stunning orange and vibrant red colors to Ouray County’s already majestic scenery. Fall is the

perfect time to visit Ouray to enjoy warm afternoon hikes and crisp fall evenings in our natural mineral

hot springs.

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October in Ouray County - the leaves are still falling! - update 10-10

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @09:21 AM

Fall Leaves Update for Southwest Colorado

It seems as if the colors on the Million Dollar Highway between Ouray and Silverton have passed their peak, but that's not to say the leaves have done changing!

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Fall Colors in the San Juan Mountains - Update 9/25/14

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @10:47 AM

Four Wheel Drive Trails and Scenic Byways beckon as Fall Colors Begin in Southwest Colorado!

The new season is beginning. Everywhere you look, the aspens are beginning to turn from a vibrant green to the yellows and oranges of Fall. With just a tiny bit of snow in the high country a couple of weeks ago, it seems Mother Nature has decided to grant us a long and beautiful season of colors and adventures.

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