Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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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History of Ouray - Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Sep 05, 2016 @04:50 PM

Ouray Hotel has long provided a soothing relaxing atmosphere!

Long before the area was discovered by two miners in search of gold, the tiny canyon now known as Ouray served as a sacred spot for the Ute Indians. Some people speculate that perhaps the name "Uncompahgre", or dirty water, was given to the area to protect the secret of the hot springs.

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Women in Ouray History

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, May 01, 2016 @12:29 PM

Although the written history of Ouray County primarily relates the stories of men, numerous women made important contributions to the early development of Ouray County.  Una Whinnerah, Kitty Heit, Helen Croft, and Cora Orendorf, all born in the 19th century, may not immediately come to mind when the history of Ouray is discussed but they made very important contributions.

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Fourth of July in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @05:08 PM

Experience Independence Day the Ouray Way!

Very few towns in the country can put on a celebration quite like Ouray.

From morning parades and barbecues on every corner, to games in the park and the biggest water fight EVER, the fireworks at the end of the day are just the icing on the cake!


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Five Reasons to Make Ouray, Colo., Your Summer Vacation Destination

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @10:17 AM

Festivals, Hiking, Biking, Historic Mining Highlight ‘Switzerland of America’

Winter won’t last forever (really). Despite the low temps, short days and seemingly endless snow shoveling ahead for much of the country, it is never too early to start dreaming about your summer vacation plans. Here are five reasons to put Ouray, Colo., the top of your to-do list this summer.

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History of Ouray - Ouray County Icehouses

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sat, Jan 17, 2015 @12:25 PM

In the late 19th and early 20th century, before the invention of the mechanical refrigerator, food was kept cool with blocks of ice, which was delivered in the summer months by wagon to the housewives of Ouray County. The Ouray Museum has a 12” x 12” x 2” cast iron horse tie used by a Ouray ice deliveryman. He would throw the horse tie on the ground and tie his horse to it while delivering ice. Often the home icebox would have a door on the outside of the house for the iceman to place a block of ice without entering the home. Ouray children would be sure and be home when the ice was delivered so that they might get a small piece of ice from the deliveryman.

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Historical Ouray County

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, May 28, 2014 @03:35 PM

From Mining to Ranching to Soaking in Natural Hot Springs; The Beauty of Ouray County is Everlasting!


The Ute Indians arrived in what is today known as Ouray County about 1300 AD to find a land formed some 35 million years ago by firs and ice. Immense volcanic eruptions resulted in deep, lava formed craters. The most recent Ice Age scoured the mountain valleys, carving great amphiteatres, cliffs and peaks. the Utes valued the Uncompahgres based on abundant wildlife, plentiful streams, and of course the natural hot springs. For ages, the Ute tribe lived in harmony with the land.

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Dining and Entertainment over the Holidays in Ouray!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 @10:50 AM

Ouray’s very First Christmas with a dash of Vinegar

 

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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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Original "True Grit" Filmed in Southwest Colorado In and Near Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @11:52 AM

Last Dollar Road Provides a Stunning Backdrop for Photographers Year Round and Springtime is no Exception.  

The Original "True Grit" starring John Wayne was filmed on several locations in Ouray County including the town of Ridgway, in the Ouray County Courthouse, and up on Owl Creek Pass.  However, the Ross Ranch was actually just outside of Ouray County on Last Dollar Road.

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