Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

High Altitude Living

Posted by Faith Parry on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 @10:53 AM

Ouray now has an Oxygen Bar! Elevate Day Spa has moved to a new beautiful space on 5th Ave and expanded! 

Living at over 7,500 feet we often hear people say that they have a hard time breathing. People visiting from lower altitudes often suffer the effects of altitude sickness, which can display flu like symptoms. Drinking lots of water, staying away from alcohol, and generally taking it easy while you acclimate helps pretty quickly. For extreme cases, often a short drive to Ridgway, (about 1000 feet lower in elevation), can help as well, and of course there is oxygen. The Ouray Alchemist Museum actually carries canned oxygen, which is kind of like an inhaler, and helps many people experiencing the effects of the higher altitudes.

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Why you should Definitely Check Out Yankee Boy

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @02:01 PM

One of the most beautiful places in the San Juan Mountains!

Wildflowers and waterfalls are just the beginning when you travel to Yankee Boy Basin. The dramatic scenery takes your breath away but isn't overwhelming. For first time explorers to the majesty of the high country, Yankee Boy is an excellent choice.

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“This Land is Your Land — an Evening of American Folk Songs” — July 31st, 7:00 at the Wright

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @01:03 PM

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Presents an evening of Music and Fun to Southwest Colorado!

davidlutkin2Enjoy an evening of some of the best-known and some of the not-so-familiar songs which make up the genre of American folk.  Among the music will be:  This Land Is Your Land, Puff the Magic Dragon, Some Day Soon, Blowing in the Wind, Freight Train, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, 500 Miles, Irene Goodnight, Mr. Tambourine Man, Departee, Lemon Tree, For Lovin me, If I Had a Hammer, Turn  Turn  Turn, and many others.  

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The Wright Opera House Presents: The Villain Wore a Dirty Shirt

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @02:05 PM

A Fun Melodrama Every Monday at the Wright Opera House This July!

My favorite thing about a melodrama is the audience participation. It is expected of the audience to involve themselves as the plot thickens.

With silly plots, and delectably hateable villains, it is easy to enjoy the adventures of protagonists and antogonists alike. Kids of all ages can holler at the hero, directing them to the damsel in distress, or warning them of the evil intentions of the bad guy.

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Three Amazing Waterfalls In Ouray, Colorado

Posted by Morgan McDaniel on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @03:48 PM

The Scenery in Southwest Colorado Never Ceases to Amaze!

Waterfalls tend to be some of the most photographed scenes in nature. While they are beautiful in any part of the world Colorado has some of the most amazing and powerful waterfalls. Ouray in particular has dozens of waterfalls that can be found year round, although they are at their most stunning during the spring runoff. The thunderous roar of the water as it falls back to the ground can leave even the coolest teenager amazed at the wonder and power of mother nature in all her glory.

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Ridgway Event - Love Your Valley Festival May 16, 2015 from 1pm -6pm

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, May 08, 2015 @10:17 AM

Music and brews in Ridgway Hartwell Park next weekend!

With 18 Colorado Micro Breweries in attendance the $20 tasting fee will get you a lot of tastings and a souvenir glass. If you don’t want to drink the event is free. There will also be food vendors serving BBQ or Thai.

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Five Reasons to Make Ouray, Colo., Your Summer Vacation Destination

Posted by Karen Avery on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @10:17 AM

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.

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Second Annual ForkFest In Ouray this May

Posted by Karen Avery on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 @05:29 PM

A Culinary Delight in Ouray!

Forkfest is presented by Weehawken Creative Arts and a lot of community volunteers. ForkFest is designed to promote local food producers, chefs and restaurants. Weehawken is committed to bringing great educational events to the Western Slope, so this year we are adding a great seminar on wine and cheese making as well as paring wine with food.

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Whine & Whiskers Weekend in Ouray County

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @02:19 PM

Since 1994, the Second Chance Humane Society has worked in Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel Counties to provide a safe refuge for lost and displaced pets.

With strong community support, they have grown from a small group of volunteers offering foster services, to a new facility able to provide shelter to a large number of pets as they wait to find their forever homes.

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Experience a Night of Fun and Dancing in Ouray

Posted by Guest Blogger on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @10:02 AM

OPAG and Wright Opera House Welcome Ceilidh Dancing to Ouray!

Have you ever been to a Ceilidh? A Ceilidh (keili) is a Scottish/Irish gathering for playing music storytelling and dancing. Similar to Contra, but more upbeat and happy. Ceilidhs are a fun multi-generational social gathering. Masters of their performance Ken Willson and Kim McKee delight audiences with their many talents. From elementary classrooms to concert halls around the world this dynamic duo is at home in any situation. They do anything from a 45 minute presentation to a 3-5 day residency for elementary, high school, college and adult audiences.
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