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!
Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Colorado weather is a splendor to behold. The sky will darken with angry clouds, covering everything in mountains of snow with no regard to travel plans. Magically, the following morning is bright and full of expectations. The sun glinting on the freshly fallen snow beckons, calling to the adventurer in all of us to explore this new serene world.
The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to protect the economic, natural and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed in southwest Colorado. One of the best ways to protect is through sharing knowledge in a fun and different way. In partnership with the Ouray County Historical Society, a fascinating back country tour of the Red Mountain Mining District definitely serves this purpose.
Sneffels Traverse Ski Race February 12, 2017
Looking for something new to do to challenge yourself in the San Juans this winter? On February 12, 2017, the team at the San Juan Hut Systems is putting on a back country ski race! The race starts on the east side of the Dallas Trail (near Ouray) and ends on County Road 9 (west of Ridgway).
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.