Ouray Colorado Vacation Guide and Trip Planning Information for SW Colorado
Wildlife share Ouray with us in exchange for the occasional glimpse.
You don’t have to look very far to see wildlife in Ouray and the surrounding area.There are very few places that remind guests not to feed the animals outside your hotel room door, or to watch the hills as you travel north so as to catch a glimpse of the Bighorn Sheep (more likely, you will wind up sitting in the highway for quite some time as they pose for photos) For a long time, there was an old ewe living in the park, but after several relocation efforts, she and her family finally decided that the grass actually is greener about a mile outside of town off of county road 14.
These are very elusive birds and it wasn't until they strapped on micro backpacks with geo locators did they learn that the Black Swifts in Ouray winter in Brazil, a 4300 mile journey to the lowland rainforest on the Amazon River. Researchers finally tracked the birds and the story is outlined in the Denver Post by writer Nancy Lofholm. These high flying creatures can't even purch on a branch or sit on a wire. They are only able to make their homes on the small crags of vertical canyon walls near very large waterfalls.
Jeep Trails are opening up in the high country. Head on up to Ouray today!
Ouray Coun ty has had a beautiful Spring! With the snow almost gone, it is time to head out to the high country and enjoy the amazing scenery of the San Juan Mountain range. Wildflowers are blooming everywhere. It's just a question of where you want to go to see the full effect of blankets of color over green grass.
Life in Southwest Colorado is a little different than a lot of the world.
If you even have a commute it might only be a few minutes, but often includes traffic jams of Big Horn Sheep coming down from higher elevations to lick the salt off the roads. These beautiful animals are avid climbers, if one or two are on Highway 550, look up and you can pick out several more sheep of varying sizes perched on the rocks and outcrops above the road. You can tell the difference between males and females by the size and shape of their horns. Male Big Horn Sheep have larger horns with bigger curls whereas females have smaller horns with not much of a curl.
Colorado Wildflower Update 2011: Southwest Colorado Near Ouray
July 31, 2011
Pictures of flowers near Twin Falls from July 31, 2011, show that the flowers are still in full bloom. The basin near Twin Falls has numerous flowers that are out and there are many that still have buds too. The flowers will be fantastic for many more days. Remember wildflower etiquette: Do not pick the flowers and try not to walk on them either so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the basin!
Ouray Colo packs a punch this spring break. Wildlife viewing abounds and you can enjoy various winter activities while in Ouray or Ridgway; ice climbing is still safe and accessible at the Ouray Ice Park and ice climbing instruction is available through San Juan Mountain Guides. You can also check out these things to do during your stay as March 2011 dishes up several fun events. Contact us at our hotel in SW Colorado and we can be sure to have your tickets waiting for your arrival at our establishment in the San Juan Mountains. We are delighted to help you arrange things to do in Ouray or Ridgway in advance.
Ouray Colorado, the "Switzerland of America", is a quaint Victorian town in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado. It is located on the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway, an incredibly scenic area. In winter, it is quiet and serene on most any day and it is an excellent location for some wildlife viewing.