Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
With over 500 miles of accessible 4WD trails at our doorstep, is it any wonder Ouray is know as the Jeeping Capitol of the World?
When driving to Telluride in the winter, or in a sedan, or if you're in a hurry, it is a circular route down Highway 550 to Ridgway, turn on to Highway 62, then a few miles further down the road, turn onto Highway 145 which takes you to a town very similar to Ouray, but a mountain range away. The entire drive is forty-seven miles and takes about an hour.
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!
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, the majesty of the San Juan Mountains is Second to None!
When the last of the snow has melted from the highest peaks, the rivers run high, and the reds blues and yellows of a world of flowers create a rainbow accross the land.
Back country skiing is one of the most rewarding winter activities one can partake in around Ouray during the winter months. Skinning up mountains, catching beautiful sunrises, working hard for your uncrowded, glorious, sometimes untracked turns rewards you with a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s also a lot cheaper than a day pass to any ski resort in Colorado! It’s definitely not for the weary or unenergetic, though. Back country touring takes a lot of patience, wits, and tenacity. Being captured by an avalanche when snow pack conditions are poor is a real threat to you and your fellow partners. But with the right equipment, knowledge, and drive, anyone can fulfill their back country ski dreams! Trust this girl who was grew up in the prairie lands of Kansas!
Ever wonder to yourself how you can help all of the dogs and cats and other animals waiting in shelters for their forever home? Did you ever wonder how to do so while having a fantastic time? Well, Second Chance Humane Society has made this possible!
Colorado weather is a splendor to behold. The sky will darken with angry clouds, covering everything in mountains of snow with no regard to travel plans. Magically, the following morning is bright and full of expectations. The sun glinting on the freshly fallen snow beckons, calling to the adventurer in all of us to explore this new serene world.
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.