Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Back Country Skiing in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @02:04 PM

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!

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Wine & Whiskers 10 Year Anniversary Weekend this March In Ridgway!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @05:21 PM


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!

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Snow Shoeing in the San Juans - Engineer Mountain Road

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 @12:31 PM

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.

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Explore the Mining History of the San Juans this February!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @09:24 AM

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.

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Back Country Ski Race in Ouray County this February!

Posted by Katie Craig on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @10:46 AM

Sneffels Traverse Ski Race February 12, 2017

Looking for something new to do to challenge yourself in the San Juans this winter? On February 12, 2017, the team at the San Juan Hut Systems is putting on a back country ski race! The race starts on the east side of the Dallas Trail (near Ouray) and ends on County Road 9 (west of Ridgway).

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22nd Annual Ice Fest in Ouray January, 2017

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @11:25 AM

From humble beginnings to its current status, the Ouray Ice Parkwelcomes everyone to explore and enjoy the sport if ice climbing. Once, just a couple of friends took a hose, creating the first climb in the park, which now boasts over 200 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 14 distinct climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain.

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Cross Country Skiing - Top of the Pines

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 @11:29 AM

What better way to celebrate the New Year than a peaceful cross country ski in Ouray County?

Top of The Pines is exactly what the name implies. Dramatic views of the mountains surround the tracks, with gentle hills and seemingly endless fields of snow.

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Ouray County to Host First Annual Ski Joring Event!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @10:38 AM

The sport of Ski Joring is gaining popularity as a high adrenaline winter sport which involves a cowboy, a horse, and a skier. Racers and riders alike depend on the speed and capability of their entire team, as the horse races an obstacle course through the snow, pulling an expert skier who is gathering points as he navigates jums and challenges at high speed. The rider is taxed as he guides his mount in sometimes treacherous conditions to greater speed, while at the same time ensuring the safety of the hitchhiker on skis behind them.

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Ouray Ice Park Conditions - Week One

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Dec 22, 2016 @02:12 PM

The Ouray Ice Park is now open for the 2016-2017 season!

Opening a week earlier than last year, the ice is holding strong on the cliffs of the Uncompaghre River Gorge. Climbers from all over the world have been awaiting this day for months, preparing and training over the off season to come climb in beautiful Ouray, Colorado. 

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Main Street Ouray  - Perfect for Those Last Minute Gifts!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 @05:49 PM

The weather is on our side in Ouray for an afternoon wandering the shops on Main Street!

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