Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado

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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Cross Country Skiing - Top of the Pines

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 02, 2017 @11:29 AM

What better way to celebrate the New Year than a peaceful cross country ski in Ouray County?

Top of The Pines is exactly what the name implies. Dramatic views of the mountains surround the tracks, with gentle hills and seemingly endless fields of snow.

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Cabin Fever Days in Ouray - a Great Way to Play

Posted by Hannah Hollenbeck on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @11:46 AM

Tired of being inside, surrounded by snow? Feeling cooped up and weary of the cold? Well, come on up to Ouray this weekend, and remember why winter is so great! Ouray Parks and Recreation Committee is again hosting the annual Ouray Cabin Fever Days on February 21st at the Lee’s Ski Hill in Ouray. This event is a local-favorite for the variety of events and fun atmosphere.

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Three Romantic Ideas to Enjoy all Winter in Ouray

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @01:38 PM

OK, it's that time of year again. We are fast approaching the equally loved and feared Valentines Day...

Now, it's safe to assume that by now, any big plans for the day itself have been made. Reservations booked, flowers ordered, dinner plans made - but sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts are more about being together. Of course, anytime is a great time to show that special someone how much you care, and nothing quite compares to spending a day together enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!

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Free Family Fun Every Winter in Ouray!

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @11:21 AM

Winter Fun for the Whole Family In Ouray, Colorado!

Years ago, at the birth of a flourishing hard rock mining community, the settlers of Ouray, CO retired for the winter with no idea of what a harsh mistress Mother Nature could be in the Uncompahgre River Valley.  Early snows cut the budding town off from travel, and food stores became more and more sparse. As Christmas approached, the town found itself in dire circumstances. Many would have given up, hoarded what they had, and given nary a thought to their neighbors.


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Ouray, Colorado - the Perfect Winter Escape

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @11:35 AM

Ouray, Colorado is the perfect winter escape!

 At the base of the San Juan Mountains in a tiny little box canyon, the town of Ouray offers winter visitors a peaceful respite from the outside world.
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Get excited for the 7th annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival in Ouray!

Posted by Faith Parry on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @08:13 PM
When thinking about Southwest Colorado, the image of a 4x4 traversing high mountain passes, or hardy athletes as they brave the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. It is easy at time to overlook the wide variety of agricultural treasures the rich land provides.
For the past seven years, the Wine Chocolate and Cheese Festival has opened our eyes to the variety of amazing goodies right in our back yard! Focusing primarily on wine with a touch of everything else, the Festival is an awesome opportunity to sample a number of healthy, local gift ideas.
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Holiday Dining Options in Ouray

Posted by Karen Avery on Sat, Dec 20, 2014 @08:01 AM

Southwest Colorado is a Winter Wonderland!

The end of the year is fast approaching. We will soon bid 2014 goodbye, and journey into a New Year of adventures.

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Winterfest in Ouray!

Posted by Guest Blogger on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 @10:06 AM

A Season of Wintery Fun is Upon us in Ouray County! 

 is a season of wintery holiday events from Thanksgiving to the Ice Fest in January. We kick off the season with Small Business Saturday November 29th. Start the day with a delicious breakfast at Cavallo’s Restaurant  and then shop till you drop in Ouray’s fantastic and one-of-a-kind shops. End the day on 7th Ave and Main at 7 pm with a Christmas tree lighting, caroling , hot drinks and s’mores. Don’t forget to sign up on Amex’s website to qualify for their $10 rebates for shopping local.

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19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest in Switzerland of America This January

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Tue, Jan 07, 2014 @08:35 AM

Intense Competition, Outstanding Events and Extraordinary Good Times Await at the 19th Annual Ouray Ice Fest January 9 - 13, 2014!

For close to two decades, the Ouray Ice Park has welcomed climbers from all over the world. As the years have passed, the number of climbs in the park have grown, as has its popularity as a World Class park, drawing climbers from near and far to traverse the ice in the Uncompahgre Gorge. 
With a viewing station set up for specators, that feels as if you are right beside the climbers, the Ouray Ice Festival is truly a sport enthusiasts dream location.
The Ouray Ice Festival has grown along with the park, encompassing not only the awe inspiring competitive climbs, but also embrasing the desire to share knowledge and of course, have a good time.
Don't miss a moment of this weekend; whether you are a seasoned climber here to win a piece of the prize, or new to the sport, Ouray will feed your passion for adventure this Ice Fest!

Thursday January 9, 2014

Presentation by Kristen Kelliher 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at The Main Street Theater (630 Main Street)

Kristen Kelliher has won national acclaim as the youngest person to summit the top peak in all 50 states in the country. She will be joining the festivities in Ouray immediately after completing the second of the Seven Summits, Aconcague in the Andes. Somewhat new to the sport of ice climbing, this young lady has already accumulated an impressive resume as a top athelete.

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