Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

Winter Activities in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Katie Craig on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @03:08 PM

Looking for a great day trip from Ouray for winter activities? Ever thought about Grand Mesa outside of Grand Junction? Grand Mesa has plenty to do in the winter with beautiful views, it’s worth the two-hour drive!

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Tags: southwest colorado, day trips from Ouray, backcountry skiing

Back Country Skiing in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Rebecca Doll on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @02:04 PM

Back country skiing is one of the most rewarding winter activities one can partake in around Ouray during the winter months. Skinning up mountains, catching beautiful sunrises, working hard for your uncrowded, glorious, sometimes untracked turns rewards you with a great feeling of accomplishment. It’s also a lot cheaper than a day pass to any ski resort in Colorado! It’s definitely not for the weary or unenergetic, though. Back country touring takes a lot of patience, wits, and tenacity. Being captured by an avalanche when snow pack conditions are poor is a real threat to you and your fellow partners. But with the right equipment, knowledge, and drive, anyone can fulfill their back country ski dreams! Trust this girl who was grew up in the prairie lands of Kansas!

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Tags: things to do in southwest colorado, southwest colorado, ouray, things to do in winter, skiing in ouray, cross country skiing

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

Ouray is the Place to Play this Halloween Weekend!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 @10:09 AM

Relax in the Hot Springs, and Have a Howling Good Time Supporting the Arts in Southwest Colorado!

Just because Halloween falls on a week night this year is no reason to stay in. In fact, it just means there are so many more options to celebrate and dress up! Spend a weekend with us at the Box Canyon Lodge and take in some entertainment!

 

Wondering what to do in Ouray on the last weekend of October? Well wonder no more! The Wright Opera House and other local venues have a full calendar of entertainment ready for you.

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Tags: ouray music, southwest colorado, ouray, fall colors, natural hot springs, ouray event

Must Haves for a Great Adventure in Ouray County

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, Aug 20, 2016 @02:01 PM

Exploring the high country around Ouray is always a great experience.

Whether you are going on a jeep tour, horseback riding, hiking or enjoying a scenic drive, it seems there is always something new around the next bend.

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Tags: safety tips, southwest colorado, 4WD, hiking trails, jeeping, fishing

San Juan Skyway - an Amazing Scenic Drive

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Sat, May 28, 2016 @09:13 AM

Start in Ouray, and Finish in Ouray, this drive encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado!

Whether you are travelling in a vehicle, or on your motorcycle, a trip on the San Juan Mountain Skyway is a great way to tour Southwest Colorado.

Because it is a circular route, you can virtually start anywhere along the way. A favorite starting point for me, of course, is Ouray. Travelling south on Highway 550, The Million Dollar Highway, the trip begins with drastic views as it follows along the Uncompahgre Gorge. 

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Tags: san juan skyway, southwest colorado

Four Seasons in Southwest Colorado

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @06:11 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

CDOT Provides Amazing Road Maintenance in Ouray County!

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Feb 01, 2016 @03:04 PM

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. 

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Tags: getting to ouray, southwest colorado, ouray colorado

Official Press Release - Ridgway Capitalizes on its True Grit Connection

Posted by Eve Becker-Doyle on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @09:42 AM

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the new True Grit Walking Walking Tour in Ridgway.

We met at the visitors center by the Railroad Museum, a testament to the history of the railroad and how it influenced the conception of the town.

Fridays in Ridgway are also when the Farmers Market is in the park, so the pleasure of walking through town is accentuated by the sounds of live music wafting through the air.

Even those who are not familiar with the film, or perhaps not avid fans, would not be able to help feeling caught up in the genuine excitement and interest of the guides. A smattering of history is also part of the tour, and Southwest Colorado is filled with fascinating and exciting stories from our not so distant past.

The following press release from the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce highlights quite a bit of information:

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Tags: southwest colorado, things to do in ridgway colorado

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