Although the written history of Ouray County primarily relates the stories of men, numerous women made important contributions to the early development of Ouray County. Una Whinnerah, Kitty Heit, Helen Croft, and Cora Orendorf, all born in the 19th century, may not immediately come to mind when the history of Ouray is discussed but they made very important contributions.
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
With the sun shining on a lovely spring morning, it was without hesitation an invitation to go for a walk was accepted. Sauntering out from the seclusion of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we looked at the Cascade falls, and decided to wander in that direction.
Cascade Falls can be seen from almost everywhere in town. From the Box Canyon Lodge, the waterfall can be seen flowing down the canyon wall beyond the sign. As the snow begins to melt in the high country, the waterfall is even more prominent, as the water roars into a stream, whch has been routed to a flume which directs the flow into the Uncompahgre River on its route through Ouray. Cascade Falls is easily reached by going straight up 8th Avenue. Once the road ends, there is a little parking area, and it is a short hike to the base of the waterfall.
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.
Exploring Southwest Colorado Back Roads in April
It was another beautiful day in Ouray. With the sun shining and deep blue skies, the desire to go outside and enjoy Southwest Colorado was overwhelming. There was no other option but to jump in the car and see what there was to see. Heading North toward Ridgway, we decided to see if we could make it all the way to Cow Creek, on County Road 12. Although we weren't able to go further than a couple of miles, what beautiful drive it was!
What is 'snow pack' and what does it mean to Ouray and the San Juan Mountains?
Snow Pack refers to the accumulation of snow and ice on the ground in the high mountains. Mainly occuring during the winter months, the amount of snow in the high country directly affects not only our little valley, but many surrounding areas as well. By January, 2016, the San Juan Mountains were at 118%, a significant amount above last years average.
April in Ouray is a time of Peaceful Preparation.
Winter clings to the San Juans as Spring begins to awaken. Little snow showers are interspersed with flashes of green, as the new season struggles to the surface. Shops and restaurants begin the process of cleaning out the taste of Winter, and anticipation is in the air.
What's that Smell? NOTHING! That's right. My absolute favorite thing about the hot springs in Ouray County is the lack of odor. As the water travels to the surface, it absorbs not only a variety of minerals, but also odors associated with them.
Every year, we welcome spring with a sense of anticipation, while at the same time, looking forward to at least one more good snow storm before a rainbow of flowers take the place of the pristine white snow. Adventurers llook to Ouray County for a Spring Break getaway far from beach parties and pricey resorts. Family fun and relaxation are the name of the game in Ouray County, and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is here to make your vacation special.
Tired of being inside, surrounded by snow? Feeling cooped up and weary of the cold? Well, come on up to Ouray this weekend, and remember why winter is so great! Ouray Parks and Recreation Committee is again hosting the annual Ouray Cabin Fever Days on February 21st at the Lee’s Ski Hill in Ouray. This event is a local-favorite for the variety of events and fun atmosphere.
OK, it's that time of year again. We are fast approaching the equally loved and feared Valentines Day...
Now, it's safe to assume that by now, any big plans for the day itself have been made. Reservations booked, flowers ordered, dinner plans made - but sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts are more about being together. Of course, anytime is a great time to show that special someone how much you care, and nothing quite compares to spending a day together enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!