Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Last Run on Last Dollar

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @12:16 PM

Saturday was a georgeous, sun-shiny day in Ouray. Perfect for a scenic drive through the back country.  We decided to take a drive to Telluride, and return on Last Dollar Road. This seemed the best choice, since it had rained the day before, which almost always means snow in the higher elevations.

As always, the scenery was magnificent, and although there was some snow, that only served to make the drive more beautiful. Reaching the summit, the tire tracks we were following suddenly dissapeared, the road ahead a white expanse of untouched powder.

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Tags: scenic drives, 4WD, jeeping

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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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Four Wheel Drive Conditions This October, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 05, 2015 @07:16 PM

We have had the most glorious Fall.

The leaves still cling to trees all over the area, and despite the construction on the Million Dollar Highway, visitors have enjoyed the changing of the aspens in the high country for weeks now.

As the days get shorter, the weather in the high country is beginning to turn. Just the other day, news arrived that there was snow falling at the top of Red Mountin Pass.

The four-wheel drive trails have had a phenomenal season of great weather and have stayed open for quite a while, however, as the snow begins to cover the mountain tops, so must the passes begin to close.....

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

Fall Foliage Update - September 2015

Posted by Faith Parry on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @12:57 PM
Fall is here, and the Colors are Magnificent!
I have done some adventuring in the past few days and it is a definite must to get out there and enjoy the beautiful warm fall days and the amazing splendor of color. Yankee Boy Basin is beautiful! Red Mountain Pass is in full flame of color! Last Dollar Road and Dallas Divide is spectacular! The weather is perfect! The sun is shining! Get out there and enjoy our amazing surroundings!
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Tags: ouray, fall colors, jeeping

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