Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Ghost Towns of the San Juans - Animas Forks

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @12:10 PM

Over 500 Miles of Four Wheel Drive Trails Provide a Glimpse into the History of Southwest Colorado Mining History.

It is hard to believe as we put our jeep into four low and ascend the side of a mountain, high above timberline that once hardy men and women made this journey in the dead of winter an foot and with mule carts heavily laden with gold, silver, and other precious metals.

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Ouray County Four Wheel Drive Road Conditions - May 2014

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 31, 2014 @10:30 AM

Summer Adventures in Southwest Colorado are Just Beginning!

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Tags: things to do in ouray colorado, things to do in ridgway, things to do in southwest colorado, scenic drives, southwest colorado, 4WD, day trips from Ouray, san juan mountains, scenic jeep tours

Original "True Grit" Filmed in Southwest Colorado In and Near Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @11:52 AM

Last Dollar Road Provides a Stunning Backdrop for Photographers Year Round and Springtime is no Exception.  

The Original "True Grit" starring John Wayne was filmed on several locations in Ouray County including the town of Ridgway, in the Ouray County Courthouse, and up on Owl Creek Pass.  However, the Ross Ranch was actually just outside of Ouray County on Last Dollar Road.

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, photography in ouray, scenic drives, history of ouray colorado, day trips from Ouray, jeeping, san juan mountains, scenic jeep tours

Best Wildflower Viewing Near Ouray Colorado

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jun 01, 2013 @02:56 PM

Wildflower Season In Ouray Colorado - Best Spots for Photographers


Although wildflowers are starting to come out in the Ouray area now, the spectacular scenes with fields of color really don't show their stuff until early July.  As the temperatures warm and the snow melts away, wildflowers begin their ascent up the mountain valley.  Today, dandelions blanket the Magic Carpet between Ouray and Ridgway, a wonderfully beautiful sight, just whetting one's appetite for the season to come.

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Five Roads from Ouray to Telluride

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sun, Jun 24, 2012 @11:52 AM

With over 500 miles of accessible 4WD trails at our doorstep, is it any wonder Ouray is know as the Jeeping Capitol of the World?

When driving to Telluride in the winter, or in a sedan, or if you're in a hurry, it is a circular route down Highway 550 to Ridgway, turn on to Highway 62, then a few miles further down the road, turn onto Highway 145 which takes you to a town very similar to Ouray, but a mountain range away. The entire drive is forty-seven miles and takes about an hour.

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

Local Hotels Sponsor July Photo Tour in Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, May 23, 2012 @11:12 AM

Take a photographic journey with renowned Nature Photographer Robert Floyd in the San Juan Mountains this July!


With over forty years of experience, Robert Floyd has a lifetime of knowledge to share. His July Photo Tour in Ouray, Colorado this year is a fantastic opportunity to learn the subtle nuances of truly spectacular photography in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Join Robert and your fellow enthusiasts on July 24, 2012, for a two day, three night experience you won't soon forget (perhaps never, considering the amazing pictures you will take home with you!)

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Tags: photography in ouray, ouray colorado, san juan mountains, scenic jeep tours

Yankee Boy Basin Near Ouray Colorado Wildflower Update

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Jul 02, 2011 @09:28 AM

Colorado Wildflower Update 2011: Southwest Colorado Near Ouray

July 31, 2011

Pictures of flowers near Twin Falls from July 31, 2011, show that the flowers are still in full bloom.  The basin near Twin Falls has numerous flowers that are out and there are many that still have buds too.  The flowers will be fantastic for many more days.  Remember wildflower etiquette:  Do not pick the flowers and try not to walk on them either so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the basin!

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Ouray Jeep Tour Package: Enjoy Colorado Wildflowers & Photography

Posted by Karen Avery on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @11:57 AM

Add Some Color to Your Colorado Summer Vacation – Book a Wildflower Jeep Tour Package with Ouray’s Box Canyon Lodge 

Ouray, nicknamed “Switzerland of America,” is one of Colorado’s premier locations for wildflower viewing. During the summer wildflowers cover the ground around Ouray, offering a stunning backdrop for a picture-perfect photography Jeep tour. Book the Box Canyon Lodge’s Scenic Jeep Tour Special to get a guided, up close and personal look at the fabulous flora. Stay for one night in a standard room and receive two vouchers for two half-day scenic Jeep tours. The cost of the package is just $275/night, double occupancy.

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Ouray Colorado: Current Status for 4WD and Jeep Roads

Posted by Karen Avery on Fri, Jun 03, 2011 @11:05 AM

Current Status: October 18, 2011

Due to the recent snowfall in the upper country, all four wheel drive trails above 10,000 feet are snow packed and icy. Fall colors are still in bloom in much of the lower country although many of the aspen have begun to shed their leaves in preparation for winter. Trails like Last Dollar are especially beautiful this time of year, however please remember to use caution, as muddy trails can be quite hazardous.

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Tags: 4WD, jeeping, scenic jeep tours

Best Scenic Jeep Tour: Yankee Boy Basin Near Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, May 30, 2011 @10:06 AM

Best Scenic Jeep Tour in Ouray: Yankee Boy Basin! 

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