Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

4WD Road Conditions Around Ouray, May 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 21, 2016 @07:59 AM

Adventures in the High Country are Starting to Open Despite the Damp Spring


 True to the old addage, "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes, or drive ten miles", Mother Nature has definitely kept us on our toes this Spring! April and May have brought much needed moisture to the high country, and the weather has been an adventure in and of itself!

As we all know, if it's raining in Ouray, it's most likely snowing just a short ways up the road. This is great for the snowpack, but not so much for our dedicated road crews as they work to clear high country trails for avid explorers.

Due to snow last week, county crews were forced to delay snow removal on some of the higher passes, beginning again on Monday, May 16. It has been slow going, but our guys will perservere, and currently forcast most should be open by the first part of June.

Some trails are already open, if not all the way, at least far enough for adventurers to get a tast of the season to come. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs work to keep up to the minute information regarding jeep trail conditions.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping

Mountain Air Music Series Returns to Ouray this June!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, May 17, 2016 @04:03 PM

Ouray, Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Nestled in a tiny box canyon, the mountains loom on all sides, providing majestic views in every direction. A day at Fellin Park is a wonderful way to spend some quality family time any day, but Thursdays in June are extra special. The Ouray Mountain Air Music Series is just about to begin again, with an amazing collection of talented artisits performing free concerts!

Friends and family gather to enjoy fun activities, great food and local beer, all to the toe tapping talent of two new bands each week!This year, the line-up has been announced, and if you haven’t already set aside the dates, now is the time to do so!

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Tags: things to do with kids, ouray music, ouray, ouray event, Ouray Mountain Air Music Festival

Women in Ouray History

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sun, May 01, 2016 @12:29 PM

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.

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Tags: ouray, history of ouray colorado

Cascade Falls in Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @03:15 PM

bcmwaterfall.jpgWith 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.

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Tags: ouray, hiking trails

Four Seasons in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @06:11 PM

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.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, colorado vacation, southwest colorado, ouray, "hot springs colorado", 4WD, san juan mountains

Scenic Drives in Ouray County this April

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @05:21 PM

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!

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

Southwest Colorado Snowpack

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Mar 27, 2016 @06:24 PM

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. 

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Tags: ouray, colorado scenery

Things to do in Ouray this April

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @09:57 AM

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. 

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Tags: ouray, colorado, box canyon lodge & hot springs, colorado scenery

Why Ouray Hot Springs are Amazing

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @03:16 PM

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.

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Tags: ecofriendly hotel, ouray, natural hot springs

Celebrate Spring Break in Ouray County!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @11:33 AM

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.

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Tags: things to do with kids, ouray, ridgway event