Governor Jared Polis has proclaimed December 7–13, 2020, “Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Awareness Week.” 

Back Country Scenery
Conditions can change quickly in the high country. It pays to be prepared.

Despite the many uncertainties of 2020, an outdoor adventure is a fun and healthy way to take a break from the daily. With limited access to traditional winter activities, the back country has become so much more enticing!

Whether planning a half day skiing Ironton, or a three day hut to hut excursion, Ouray and the surrounding area offer a variety of options. It is important to remember however, how important it is to be aware of proper safety. Otherwise, a good time can become unpleasant quickly.

Thanks to a collaboration between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Tourism Office, Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, Colorado Avalanche Information Center and Colorado Search and Rescue Association, you can “know before you go“.

snow shoeing

Each day this week, the focus is on a different theme concerning safety and awareness while enjoying the Colorado back country. Check out the page for more information, and to Take the Colorado Backcountry Winter Safety Pledge today.

Here in Ouray, we consider safety first, and highly reccommend using a guide service such as San Juan Mountain Guides or checking in at Ouray Mountain Sports for the most up to date information on conditions before you go.

Give us a call here at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs to help you plan your next escape to Ouray. Nothing compares to a nice soothing soak in our mineral hot springs after a day exploring the winter wonderland of Ouray. You can feel secure in our meticulously cleaned and sanitized rooms, and enjoy either take out or dine in options at one of our excellent restaurants in town!

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