Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray County 4-Wheel Drive Roads Update 6/3/15

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @05:58 PM

Summer is here, and it is time to get your jeep on!

Warm weather and fewer showers have helped the road crews all accross the Western Slope to clear more and more four wheel drive trails every day.

We watch jeep tour operators pick up our guests and take them out into the high country for an adventure they are sure to remember for the rest of their lives.

Folks are renting jeeps for a four wheel drive adventure not scheduled around any one else, and coming back excited to try another trail tomorrow.

More trails open daily, and at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we make it our goal to be as up to date as possible.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 30, 2015 @02:47 PM

Trails are slowly beginning to open for high country adventures in Southwest Colorado:

The deceptively warm weather of March and April gave us all the impression the four wheel drive roads would be opening early this year.

Mother Nature, however, had her own plan. As we welcome afternoon showers with pleasure, knowing the moisture will bring beautiful flowers, we also must acknowledge that when it rains in Ouray, it's probably snowing at the top of Imogene.

Because of this, the passes might open a little more slowly, but that just adds to the pleasure of traveling the high country once summer truly arrives!

A few roads in the lower elevations are open already though, and more to come: Keep checking in with us at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs for up to date information regarding jeep trails!

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Southwest Colorado Adventure

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @01:57 PM

Fall Colors are still Awesome in the San Juan Mountains!

After posting the most recent color update from the San Juan National Forest, it seemed only reasonable to go out and see for ourselves. The weather was cooperating, and the roads calling, so, jumping in the jeep, we began our adventure.

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Tags: scenic drives, southwest colorado, fall colors, jeeping, san juan mountains

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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Tags: fall foliage, southwest colorado, fall colors, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

Three Favorite Four Wheel Drive Trails Around Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @04:48 PM

Ouray Colorado is the Jeeping Capitol Of The World!

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, colorado vacation, southwest colorado, ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Ghost Towns of the San Juans - Animas Forks

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @12:10 PM

Over 500 Miles of Four Wheel Drive Trails Provide a Glimpse into the History of Southwest Colorado Mining History.

It is hard to believe as we put our jeep into four low and ascend the side of a mountain, high above timberline that once hardy men and women made this journey in the dead of winter an foot and with mule carts heavily laden with gold, silver, and other precious metals.

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Tags: scenic drives, southwest colorado, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains, box canyon lodge & hot springs, scenic jeep tours

Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions Ouray - June 2014

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 @12:56 PM

Adventure Awaits in the High Country all around Ouray!

June almost over, and July is waiting for us in the distance. Soon, all of the passes will be open for the adventurer to explore and experience The days are long and liesurely. Snow melt in the high country creates roaring rivers and seasonal waterfalls at every turn. One needs just to look up to be overwheled by the beauty and majesty of the Uncompahgres.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, day trips from Ouray, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, box canyon lodge & hot springs

Jeep Tours In The San Juan Mountains For a Day of Adventure

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Aug 09, 2013 @04:20 PM

Take a Journey into History, While Experiencing the Majesty of Southwest Colorado on a Jeep Tour!

Have you ever wondered what all of the fuss is about when people talk about four wheeling in the San Juans? Whether it is your first visit, or your hundredth, regardless of your off road experience, taking a ride with one of the knowledgeable guides in Ouray is well worth it.

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Tags: southwest colorado, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, san juan mountains

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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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, photography in ouray, scenic drives, history of ouray colorado, day trips from Ouray, jeeping, san juan mountains, scenic jeep tours

Ouray Colorado: Current Status for 4WD and Jeep Trails - 10/15/2012

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @02:31 PM

As the last leaves fall, Southwest Colorado prepares for Winter Activities.

We have seen a spectacular season of fall this year, with colors still hanging on for the time being, however the high country has seen some winter storms, and soon will welcome the first snow of the season. Granted, there is no way to truly know when that will happen, and until then, the jeep trails are still open, but it is important to remember the weather can change in a heartbeat.

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Tags: bighorn sheep, photography in ouray, scenic drives, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, ouray colorado