After a long and busy summer in Ouray, it’s nice to take a deep breath, relish, and enjoy the slow, easy going moments. What does our little mountain town offer after the kids go back to school and everyone goes home to look back at all their fun-filled photos spent on vacation in southwest Colorado? Cooler temperatures throughout the day means wonderful hiking weather with beautiful sights of snowcapped mountains and golden, rustling leaves. A few of my favorite day hikes are the Perimeter Trail, Sutton Mine Trail, and Blue Lakes – all of which offer amazing views within the San Juan Mountain Range.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Relax in the Hot Springs, and Have a Howling Good Time Supporting the Arts in Southwest Colorado!
Just because Halloween falls on a week night this year is no reason to stay in. In fact, it just means there are so many more options to celebrate and dress up! Spend a weekend with us at the Box Canyon Lodge and take in some entertainment!
Wondering what to do in Ouray on the last weekend of October? Well wonder no more! The Wright Opera House and other local venues have a full calendar of entertainment ready for you.
Despite recent snowy weather, many four-wheel drive trails are still open in Ouray County!
October has arrived, and we are all closely watching the high country as the first snow covers the peaks. The fall colors have begun to fade, as mother nature prepares for the colder weather.
At long last, the leaves are turning, and soon all of the San Juan Range will be a rainbow of fall colors!
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.
Perhaps one of my favorite hikes, the Portland Trail is a nice easy trail that explores the area around the Ampitheater above Ouray.
As the weather begins to change, and the chill of Fall begins to fill the air, the days get shorter and the leaves show the beginnings of change. Nothing quite compares to a soothing soak in all natural hot spring waterafter a day of exploring Ouray.
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.
Ouray Hot Springs Pool has existed, in some form, since the early 1800s. Even before the discovery of gold and silver in the San Juan Mountains, Southern Utes extoled the virtues of Ouray’s geothermal waters. Since 1927, the facility has been instantly recognizable for its distinct oval shape surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains. Despite the Ouray Hot Springs Pool’s popularity, the facility has not been upgraded in quite some time and is showing signs of nearly a century of use. In the fall of 2012, the City of Ouray organized a committee of community members to begin investigating the feasibility of repairs and renovations to the beloved Hot Springs. In August of 2015, the Ouray City Council weighed the various plans and options and approved a master plan for the Pool. Renovations will begin on September 6, 2016, with a complete closure of the Hot Springs facility (gym facilities are anticipated to remain open). The Hot Springs facility is anticipated to reopen in May 2017.
Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Colorado is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains and pictures abound. One of the great hikes accessed from town is the Sutton Mine Trail where some spectacular views beckon professional and amateur photographers alike. This hike is a fairly short out and back. From the trailhead, the hike is 2.2 miles to the Neosho Mine and the wonderfully decorated Antique Store.