Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Million Dollar Highway Perfect for Colors Despite Road Construction

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @12:57 PM

The Million Dollar Highway has been lauded in countless articles around the world for its scenery and breath taking twists and turns. Travellers far and wide are humbled by the drastic views and non-existent shoulders. The lack of guard rails may seem like some adrenaline junkies idea of a funny joke, but is in fact more for safety. Guard rails in the winter would result in heavier pileup of snow and black ice, which would make the pass impassable.

With several Projects in progress on Red Mountain Pass, one might think to avoid this scenic byway, but it is still open for travellers at select times.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, ouray, fall colors

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

Three Favorite Scenic Drives This Fall in and Around Ouray!

Posted by Hannah Hollenbeck on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @10:05 AM

The fall season has begun in Ouray County! Cooler temperatures bring a spectacular array of golden

yellows, stunning orange and vibrant red colors to Ouray County’s already majestic scenery. Fall is the

perfect time to visit Ouray to enjoy warm afternoon hikes and crisp fall evenings in our natural mineral

hot springs.

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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, colorado, 4WD

Ouray Colorado boasts a variety of neighbors!

Posted by Faith Parry on Sat, Sep 05, 2015 @02:22 PM
If you even have a commute it might only be a few minutes, but often includes traffic jams of Big Horn Sheep coming down from higher elevations to lick the salt off the roads. These beautiful animals are avid climbers, if one or two are on Highway 550, look up and you can pick out several more sheep of varying sizes perched on the rocks and outcrops above the road. You can tell the difference between males and females by the size and shape of their horns. Male Big Horn Sheep have larger horns with bigger curls whereas females have smaller horns with not much of a curl.
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Tags: bighorn sheep, scenic drives, ouray, wildlife viewing

Ouray County Ranch Rodeo this September!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 @05:07 PM

Celebrate over 90 Years of Ranching History in Ouray County this Labor Day Weekend!

In September of 1920, the Ouray Cattlemans Association announced The Cattleman's Day Celebration and Old Timers Picnic outside of Ridgway. In addition to bucking broncos and horse races, there was an airplane exhibit and a giant barbecue at the town park, followed by a dance in the evening. The event has changed some, now drawing people from across the states to celebrate a good old fashioned Rodeo!

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Tags: ouray, ridgway event

The Wright Opera House Presents: The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @02:05 PM

A Fun Melodrama Every Monday at the Wright Opera House This July!

My favorite thing about a melodrama is the audience participation. It is expected of the audience to involve themselves as the plot thickens.

With silly plots, and delectably hateable villains, it is easy to enjoy the adventures of protagonists and antogonists alike. Kids of all ages can holler at the hero, directing them to the damsel in distress, or warning them of the evil intentions of the bad guy.

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Tags: ouray, ouray event, things to do in ouray

Fourth of July in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 @05:08 PM

Experience Independence Day the Ouray Way!

Very few towns in the country can put on a celebration quite like Ouray.

From morning parades and barbecues on every corner, to games in the park and the biggest water fight EVER, the fireworks at the end of the day are just the icing on the cake!

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Tags: ouray, history of ouray colorado, marathons, Fourth of July

Colorado Canyoneering

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @03:01 PM

Ouray invites you to experience Canyoneering with us!


ouraycanyoning-5Ouray, Colorado to host this year's Canyoneering Festival conjunction with the 14th Annual Rendezvous International for Canyoneering (RIC 2015)!

Ice Climbers rejoice! The ice may be gone, but canyoneering is here for the summer. With innumerable canyons to explore, this sport encompasses everything you might be missing.

ouraycanyoning4-1A healthy mixture of everything outdoor, 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.

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Tags: canyoneering, colorado vacation, ouray, ouray event

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