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Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Snowshoeing in the San Juan Mountains - An Adventure Not to be Missed!
For the past few days, all of Colorado has been enjoying healthy snowfall. CDOT has been working non-stop, maintaining our roads, and providing access to a variety of winter activities.
The Ouray Ice Park is easily preparing for the Annual Ice Fest at the end of December, but the number of outdoor experiences to be had are limitless in the winter wonderland we call home.
Cross country ski trails beckon, offering miles of serene landscapes to explore. Snow shoeing is yet another means to the back country, allowing adventurers access to a world not many get to experience...
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN OURAY FOR OVER 80 YEARS!
The Ouray Elks Lodge works all year, holding special events, BBQ's and meetings, raising 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 all types of weather, to help him deliver gifts and good cheer.
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As the weather begins to change, and the chill of Fall begins to fill the air, the days get shorter and the leaves show the beginnings of change. Nothing quite compares to a soothing soak in all natural hot spring waterafter a day of exploring Ouray.
Wildlife share Ouray with us in exchange for the occasional glimpse.
You don’t have to look very far to see wildlife in Ouray and the surrounding area.There are very few places that remind guests not to feed the animals outside your hotel room door, or to watch the hills as you travel north so as to catch a glimpse of the Bighorn Sheep (more likely, you will wind up sitting in the highway for quite some time as they pose for photos) For a long time, there was an old ewe living in the park, but after several relocation efforts, she and her family finally decided that the grass actually is greener about a mile outside of town off of county road 14.
The Ouray Museum is a glorious treasure filled to the brim with artifacts from earlier times. All three floors of the former St. Joseph's Miner's Hospital are filled with artifacts, clothing, domestic appliances, books, newspaper articles, medical equipment, pictures, displays, and small diaramas seeking to explain the history of Southwest Colorado and specifically of Ouray and Ridgway.
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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) keeps Southwest Colorado safe!
Colorado has enjoyed a genuine snowy winter this year! As we all enjoy the great conditions for a variety of winter activities, the conditions of our roads is always on our minds. What fun would it be to hear about excellent conditions for skiing, ice clibing etc. if there is no safe way to get there? Never fear! The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and our local organizations work extra hard in the winter to keep our roads cleared every time it snows.
Driving the Scenic Highways of Southwest Colorado is not as scary as you think.
The 76 miles of US Highway 550 between Durango and Ouray, Colorado, often referred to as the Million Dollar Highway, is a combination of three (3) mountain passes accross some of the most breathtaking scenery the country has to offer. One of the most frequently asked questions we get from our guests is whether the road will be open when they are planning to visit.
Festivals, Hiking, Biking, Historic Mining Highlight ‘Switzerland of America’
Winter won’t last forever (really). Despite the low temps, short days and seemingly endless snow shoveling ahead for much of the country, it is never too early to start dreaming about your summer vacation plans. Here are five reasons to put Ouray, Colo., the top of your to-do list this summer.