Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Get excited for the 7th annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in Ouray!

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @08:13 PM
When thinking about Southwest Colorado, the image of a 4x4 traversing high mountain passes, or hardy athletes as they brave the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. It is easy at time to overlook the wide variety of agricultural treasures the rich land provides.
For the past seven years, the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival has opened our eyes to the variety of amazing goodies right in our back yard! Focusing primarily on wine with a touch of everything else, the Festival is an awesome opportunity to sample a number of healthy, local gift ideas.
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Tags: ouray, things to do in winter, ouray event

Jeep Trail Conditions, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @03:13 PM

It has started to get a little bit more chilly in the afternoons and evenings in Ouray County, and as rain falls at 7800 feet, there is little doubt snow will be falling at 10,000 feet and above.

The leaves have passed their peak, but many still cling to the branches, almost in anticipation of the coming cold that will eventually send them spiralling to the forest floor.

As  of today, the majority of trails are still open. Waiting for adventurers to explore the many spectacular spots in the high country one last time before winter covers them in deep drifts of snow until next yrear. Of course, considering the fact that we did indeed get some snowfall in Ouray this morning, one must wonder if the open roads will last much longer...

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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Fall Foliage Update, October 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @12:49 PM
October is already upon us, and the aspens are still vibrant!
Earlier this week, the closures on Red Mountain Pass were lifted, with an area that is still single lane alternating traffic, but opening the pass to those eager to catch the last bit of color on the Million Dollar Highway. 
There was some snow in the high country a couple of days ago, resulting in the closure of a couple of the high mountain four wheel drive passes, but, overall, Mother Nature has been mild thus far, and the majority of trails are still open for adventure.
Every year at this time, we at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs make it a point to keep the most up to date information on road conditions as well as the Fall colors.
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Tags: fall foliage, ouray, fall colors, 4WD

Four Wheel Drive Conditions This October, 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 05, 2015 @07:16 PM

We have had the most glorious Fall.

The leaves still cling to trees all over the area, and despite the construction on the Million Dollar Highway, visitors have enjoyed the changing of the aspens in the high country for weeks now.

As the days get shorter, the weather in the high country is beginning to turn. Just the other day, news arrived that there was snow falling at the top of Red Mountin Pass.

The four-wheel drive trails have had a phenomenal season of great weather and have stayed open for quite a while, however, as the snow begins to cover the mountain tops, so must the passes begin to close.....

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, san juan mountains

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