Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ouray County History: Treasury Tunnel on Red Mountain Pass

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 @10:49 AM

As you travel highway 550 between Ironton and the summit of Red Mountain Pass along the Million Dollar Highway, you encounter three famous mining tunnels. Two of these, the Meldrum Tunnel and the Joker Tunnel, will be  discussed in future articles. However, the most famous of the three tunnels was the Treasury Tunnel. It is located near the top of Red Mountain Pass and today it is part of the Idarado Mine complex of more than 100 miles of tunnels between Red Mountain Pass and Telluride. The entrance to the Treasury Tunnel is behind the large metal door against the hillside across the highway from the Mining Overlook near the summit of Red Mountain Pass.

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Ouray CO: Evenings in History Lectures in June 2011 and July 2011

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 @07:16 AM

Just because school is out does not mean one has to stop learning. The Ouray County Historical Society is helping local residents and visitors alike keep their minds sharp during summer vacation by offering its Evenings of History program. The lecture series, which kicks off on June 14, has been in existence for more than 20 years. The first six talks take place at the Ouray Community Center, while the final discussion will be held at the Ridgway Town Hall. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend.

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National Historic District of Ouray: Historic Walking Tour

Posted by Karen Avery on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 @03:03 PM

Eight blocks long by eight blocks wide, tucked at the end of a narrow valley in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, the National Historic District of Ouray sits waiting to show off her Victorian architecture.  There is a walking tour of the town that showcases many of the historical buildings. There are also some  photographs of a few of these structures.

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Ouray County Snowshoe and Mining District Tour

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 @05:45 PM
It's not too late to snag a spot in this weekend's Ouray County Winter Mine Tour. Just make your reservation by Friday, February 25 at 12 noon!

We will meet at the Ouray Visitor Center at 10am on Saturday, February 26 and return at 2pm. We will carpool to the lower end of CR 31 where it connects to Hwy. 550. Your minimum donation of $25 includes a catered lunch plus a hot toddy/tea and coffee! Please bring cash or check payable to the OCHS at the day of the event.

MINES TO BE VISITED: Guston, Robinson, Genesse-Vanderbilt, Yankee Girl, and discussion of the Mtn King, Barstow, and the Idarado. The tour will be by skis or snowshoes on the lower end of CR 31

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Basecamp Ouray: 5 Ways to Experience San Juan Mountain Mining History

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 @11:36 AM

Ouray Colorado is in the heart of hard rock mining in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado.  Numerous silver and later gold mines surfaced in the latter part of the 1800s several years after the Civil War ended; the town of Ouray incorporated in 1876.  At Ouray's peak population, there were 2500 people living in the city limits and there were thousands of others living in the nearby towns (like Ironton or Sneffels) that are now long gone.  Five things to do in Ouray to learn about and experience the life of the hard rock miners of the late 1800s are:

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