Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 @11:57 AM

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.

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Press Release: Calling All Foodies: Fork Fest 2016 Comes to Ouray County Aug. 19 & 20, 2016!

Posted by Samantha Tisdel Wright on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @02:07 PM

Rediscover all the delicious food that Ouray County has to offer.


Ouray, CO, July 6, 2016: Tantalize your tastebuds and savor Ouray County’s lively culinary scene at Fork Fest 2016, coming to Ridgway and Ouray on Aug. 19 and 20. Sponsored by Weehawken Creative Arts, Fork Fest began in 2013 as a fresh local twist on the erstwhile Ouray Culinary Festival of the 1980s. This year, organizers have expanded the scope of the event, shifting it from May to August, and including activities in Ridgway as well as Ouray. Throughout the weekend, foodies from near and far will delight in all the delicious food that Ouray County and the greater Uncompahgre Valley have to offer, and will learn new ways to prepare it for friends and family at home. 

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Five Great Ways to Experience Ouray This Summer

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 06, 2016 @09:43 AM

Ouray, Colorado and the surrounding area is filled with amazing scenery and a variety of adventures. Regardless of the season, there are always a number of ways to enjoy a visit to the area, the hardest thing might be choosing which activities most appeal.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, ouray, 4WD, hiking trails, ouray museum, jeeping

Exploring the High Country in Ouray County - The Wildflowers are here!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 01, 2016 @12:53 PM

Above Yankee Boy Basin and the Twin Falls, Governor's Basin is a short ride that offers spectacular views!

Wildflowers blanket the mountains and meadows in a rainbow of colors. Blue Columbine, pink Elephants, scarlet Kings Crown, red, orange and yellow Indian Paintbrush, stark white Mouse Ears and brilliant yellow Black Eyed Susans are just a few varieties of flowers smiling at the sun in the high country.

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Tags: colorado wildflower update, scenic drives, ouray, 4WD, things to do in ouray

Hiking in Ouray County: Blue Lakes

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @01:57 PM

Photographers and sight seers alike enjoy Blue Lakes, one of the most popular hikes in Southwest Colorado.

There are several options, from a short 6 mile round trip to the lower lake, make a day of it, and hike to Blue Lakes Pass, about 11.5 miles, or, climb up and over from the trail head just past Yankee Boy Basin, allowing for spectacular views on the descent into the basin.

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Monday Night Melodrama at the Wright: The Great Ice Cream Scheme

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 @05:58 PM

The Wright Opera House Presents a new Melodrama this July and August!

In 2007, a group of voluteers  formed the 'Friends of the Wright Opera House', a non profit group focused on the restoration of the historic entertainment venue.

From acclaimed musicians and performers to movies and local productions, the Friends of the Wright have successfully begun to achieve their goal of making the theater a crowning jewel for the City and County of Ouray, providing arts, entertainment and culture for all.

The last Monday of July and through August 15, the Wright Opera House brings us a new and entertaining Melodrama:  The Great Ice Cream Scheme!
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A Back Road Adventure in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @01:29 PM

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to outdoor excitement in and around Ouray in the Summer.

From rafting to hikingrock climbing and canyoning to horseback riding, all of which boasting a variety of difficulty levels, it is impossible to say which is the most fun, or suited to you and your group. Only you can decide!

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, 4WD

Colorado Canyoneering

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @08:05 PM

Ouray invites you to experience Canyoneering with us!

One of the most exciting sports to reach Ouray, Colorado in recent years, Canyoning has indeed taken the area by storm. And why not? A sport that combines hiking with rock climbing and rappelling, as well as jumping, and swimming every aspect of the putdoor acventure is there for the enjoyment of all. 

Canyoneering, or Canyoning, as some people refer to it, is an experience every sports enthusiast should try at least once!

Unlike the dry canyons in Utah, the canyons in Ouray feature waterfalls, and amazing rock formations and scenery, sure to create the most memorable experience.

As always, Ouray has a route for any skill level, so whether you are a seasoned enthusiast, or new to the sport, there is a route just for you that will offer the precise amount of adrenaline you're looking for!

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Tags: canyoneering, colorado vacation, ouray, ouray event

Hiking in Ouray County - Baldy Trail

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jul 09, 2016 @08:18 AM

The area in and around Ouray is filled with a variety of hiking trails.Regardless of whether you are looking to scale a fourteener, or just want to explore the area, there is a hiking trail or two or three for you. The Baldy Peak Trail is a beautiful hike with unbelievable views of the Uncompahgre Plateau, and on a clear day, all the way to Grand Mesa.

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An Old Fashioned Fourth of July in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Jul 02, 2016 @09:34 AM

The Fourth of July in Ouray is always a grand celebration. From parades and water fights, to barbecues and free concerts in the ark, there are few places that take having fun so seriously.

The weather was on our side again this year, so we expect yet another epic firework display. As the Volunteer Fire Department fires illuminations into the sky above town, there are few places you will see such an awesome show!

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