Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION IN OURAY FOR OVER 80 YEARS!
The Ouray Elks Lodge works all year, holding special events, BBQ's and meetings, raising money for the community. The funds these hardy volunteers raise are used to help pay medical expenses for some, scholarships to deserving students, and FUN! Perhaps one of the most touching events is when Santa comes to town. Elk members hold a special potluck dinner a week or so before Christmas, to help out Santa and his elves by stuffing dozens upon dozens of stockings. On Christmas Eve, several members of the club offer their services even further to St. Nick by becoming honorary elves for the evening, driving him to and fro, across Ouray County in all types of weather, to help him deliver gifts and good cheer.
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Halloween is on a Monday this year, which means the whole weekend before is dedicated to a scary good time in Ouray County!
Above Yankee Boy Basin and the Twin Falls, Governor's Basin is a short ride that offers spectacular views!
Wildflowers blanket the mountains and meadows in a rainbow of colors. Blue Columbine, pink Elephants, scarlet Kings Crown, red, orange and yellow Indian Paintbrush, stark white Mouse Ears and brilliant yellow Black Eyed Susans are just a few varieties of flowers smiling at the sun in the high country.
The Wright Opera House Presents a new Melodrama this July and August!
In 2007, a group of voluteers formed the 'Friends of the Wright Opera House', a non profit group focused on the restoration of the historic entertainment venue.
From acclaimed musicians and performers to movies and local productions, the Friends of the Wright have successfully begun to achieve their goal of making the theater a crowning jewel for the City and County of Ouray, providing arts, entertainment and culture for all.The last Monday of July and through August 15, the Wright Opera House brings us a new and entertaining Melodrama: The Great Ice Cream Scheme!
The area in and around Ouray is filled with a variety of hiking trails.Regardless of whether you are looking to scale a fourteener, or just want to explore the area, there is a hiking trail or two or three for you. The Baldy Peak Trail is a beautiful hike with unbelievable views of the Uncompahgre Plateau, and on a clear day, all the way to Grand Mesa.
Southwest Colorado Waterfalls
Waterfall viewing in the late Spring and early Summer is delightful. The thunderous roar of the water as it falls back to the ground amazes even the coolest teenager. Ouray is home to three great year round falls that should not be missed, but, the springtime runoff proves exceptionally awe inspiring.
The Ouray Museum is a glorious treasure filled to the brim with artifacts from earlier times. All three floors of the former St. Joseph's Miner's Hospital are filled with artifacts, clothing, domestic appliances, books, newspaper articles, medical equipment, pictures, displays, and small diaramas seeking to explain the history of Southwest Colorado and specifically of Ouray and Ridgway.
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Wine & Whiskers is an event not to be missed!
From fashion shows and live music, to great food and fun, it doesn't feel at all like a fundraiser for our furry friends!
The weekend of March 10 - March 13, 2016 is sure to be yet another fantastic celebration, filled with music, laughter and great times for all!