Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Four Seasons in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, May 17, 2017 @05:35 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

Seasonal Photography in Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @01:52 PM

When is the Best Time for Taking Pictures in the San Juan Mountains? You Decide!

Southwest Colorado is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Of course, I may be a little bit biased, but there are thousands of people who agree with me. Regardless of the time of year, there is something spectacular to be seen wherever you look. From abundant wildlife to breathtaking views,  it is difficult to say what might be the best.

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Tags: photography in ouray, scenic drives, southwest colorado, san juan mountains

Best Five Snowshoeing Areas Around Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @01:13 PM

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...

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, things to do in winter, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, skiing in ouray

Cross Country Skiing in Ironton Park - Doesn't get Much Better!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 @09:44 AM

Early November was unbelievably warm. It almost felt as if Fall would never end, which no one really complained about. The days were warm and invited all to explore another hill or trail, which might not have been so inviting in other circumstances. However, there is always that voice in the back of our heads, wondering where the snow is....

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Tags: ouray, ironton, san juan mountains, skiing in ouray

Jeep Trail Conditions in Ouray - October, 2016

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @11:16 AM

Despite recent snowy weather, many four-wheel drive trails are still open in Ouray County!

October has arrived, and we are all closely watching the high country as the first snow covers the peaks. The fall colors have begun to fade, as mother nature prepares for the colder weather.

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Tags: ouray, 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tour, san juan mountains

Ouray Hiking - Portland Trail

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @09:02 AM

Perhaps one of my favorite hikes, the Portland Trail is a nice easy trail that explores the area around the Ampitheater above Ouray.

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My Three Favorite Back Roads in Ouray, Colorado for Passenger Vehicles

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 27, 2016 @08:43 AM

Take the back roads in Ouray County and see more in just a short drive!

Often referred to as the Jeeping Capital of the World, Ouray and the surrounding area boast over 500 miles of four wheel drive roads. Each trail is filled with spectacular scenery; a journey into the colorful past that is the Western Slope of Colorado. Abandoned mines, wildflowers, mountain lakes and waterfalls are just a few of the sights awaiting you on any given trail.

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Tags: fall foliage, scenic drives, colorado, box canyon lodge & hot springs colorado, day trips from Ouray, san juan mountains, fishing

Hiking in Ouray: Wonderfully Scenic Beauty: Sutton Mine Trail

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Aug 13, 2016 @11:57 AM

Ouray Hiking Trails - Great Views of Bear Creek Falls

Ouray Colorado is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountains and pictures abound.  One of the great hikes accessed from town is the Sutton Mine Trail where some spectacular views beckon professional and amateur photographers alike.  This hike is a fairly short out and back.  From the trailhead, the hike is 2.2 miles to the Neosho Mine and the wonderfully decorated Antique Store.

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Tags: scenic drives, ouray, hiking trails, san juan mountains, million dollar highway

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

Five Must Haves to Drive The Million Dollar Highway Any Time of Year

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @10:04 AM

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.

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Tags: scenic drives, san juan skyway, southwest colorado, colorado, box canyon falls, motorcycles, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, million dollar highway