Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Three Romantic Ideas to Enjoy all Winter in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @01:38 PM

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!

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Ouray, Colorado - the Perfect Winter Escape

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @11:35 AM

Ouray, Colorado is the perfect winter escape!

 At the base of the San Juan Mountains in a tiny little box canyon, the town of Ouray offers winter visitors a peaceful respite from the outside world.
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OCPAG Presents an Intimate Jazz Quartet at the Wright this January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @10:29 AM

The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG), is a non-profit organisation dedicated to obtaining presentations and performers of the highest caliber in the performing arts for the enjoyment of Ouray County’s residents and visitors. From concerts to classes, Ouray County benefits greatly from the tireless efforts of this organisation to bring color and culture to our little corner of the world.

Outdoing themselves yet again, OCPAG is proud to bring the Jordan Carls Quartet for an intimate Jazz Cabaret at the Wright Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

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Holiday Dining in Ouray December 2015

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @08:20 AM

Any day in Ouray County is one to remember. The beauty of this tiny town, nestled at the base of the Uncompahgres is breathtaking. It is close to impossible to find a view anything less than spectacular. The fresh mountain air is crisp and clean in the winter months, and soaking in the all natural mineral hot springs even more magical when the air is filled with steam as giant flakes of snow land on the water all around.
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Santa Delivers in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @12:03 PM

The 
Ouray Elks Lodge  works all year, holding special events, BBQ's and meetings in order to raise money for the community. The funds these hardy volunteers raise are used to help pay medical expenses for some, scholarships to deserving students, and FUN! Perhaps one of the most touching events is when Santa comes to town. Elk members hold a special potluck dinner a week or so before Christmas, to help out Santa and his elves by stuffing dozens upon dozens of stockings. On Christmas Eve, several members of the club offer their services even further to St. Nick by becoming honorary elves for the evening, driving him to and fro, across Ouray County in whatever weather, to help him deliver gifts and good cheer.
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A Weekend of Festivities in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @12:51 PM

Yule Weekend in Ouray, Colorado- Festive fun for all!

Celebrated for generations, the Yule Night marks several current traditions celebrated during the winter months. Originally known as the longest night of the year, the traditional lighting of the Yule log was begun to light the night sky. Now, we light the Christmas tree, and decorate our shop windows to keep winters dark and long nights aglow.

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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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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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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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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