Ouray is not a sleepy little town with nothing to do in the winter.
We are a hopping little mountain town with lots to do in the winter. We have ice climbing in a world class ice park as well as some amazing back country ice climbing on waterfalls and natural ice fields. We have a huge Ice Climbing Festival the second weekend in January every year that brings thousands of people to town. There is snowshoeing, cross country skiing, back country skiing, hiking and ice skating. Ironton Park, just a few miles south of Ouray up Red Mountain Pass has amazing groomed trails maintained by the Ouray County Nordic Council. Several of our hiking trails are accessible year round like the Ouray Perimeter Trail and Bear Creek Trail. The Box Canyon Falls is beautiful to see in the winter all frozen. We have amazing sulfur free hot springs for soaking you bones after a day out in the snow and the mountains.
The Box Canyon Lodge has our own private hot springs only available to our guests. The Wiesbaden Hot Springs has a vapor cave and outdoor pool that is open to the public. The City of Ouray also has a very large hot springs open to the public with 3 different large pools with 3 different temperatures. We would love to have you come visit, but do plan ahead because we book on the weekends about a month out through the winter. We are booking out for the summer already as well, so please plan ahead and come to Ouray for a magical winter adventure.
We have great unique shops with special items you won’t find anywhere else. Wildflower Boutique has a variety of items like clothing from socially responsible companies all over the world helping people with jobs. They also have an entire room of items all made in Colorado. We have a great sporting goods store to meet all of your outdoor needs. We have a cool new shop in town called The Guide Garage that does ski tuning, guiding and much more. We have great restaurants. Cavallo’s, which has been here almost 2 years, is serving up delicious unique locally sourced fresh food with a Cajun flair.
Cavallo’s does an amazing steak and a melt-in-your-mouth Colorado lamb chop. They also do some delicious salads and breakfasts you won’t get anywhere else. If you are a foodie like I am Cavallo’s is a must in your visit to Ouray. The Bon Ton is a classic, serving up delicious Pizza Night every Monday as well as Martini Mondayserving half price Martinis through the winter and all-you-can-eat Pasta Night every Thursday. Buen Tiempo is great Mexican with a local’s favorite of a monster plate of nachos that feeds 4 people for $13. These nachos are piled high with chicken or beef, or both and tomatoes, onions, cheese, olives, corn, cilantro, with guac and sour cream on the side. Don’t forget a pitcher of their awesome house margaritas! The Outlaw is another fun favorite featuring a western style atmosphere with shingles on the wall you can pay to sign your name on and on the weekends you will be entertained with live piano music. They serve up delicious steaks and during the week in the winter they have a fabulous special menu.
If you are an outdoor adventurer we have lots to keep you busy. If you are more into shopping and spas we have that as well. Elevate Day Spa! is a lovely full service spa here to pamper you. Wiesbaden Spa and Hot Springs also does massage and other spa treatments. Healing Touch at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool and Fitness Center offers massage as well. And at The Cutting Edge Salon Sandi Kropuenske does an amazing service from massage to facials to waxing and all manner of wonderful body treatments. We also have wonderful concerts and festivals. Check out The Wright Opera House for upcoming concerts. Also, Second Chance Humane Society is having their big fundraising event in March called Wine and Whiskers. And don’t forget to check out Weehawken Creative Arts for an awesome class or performance while you are in town. ForkFest, our culinary festival is coming up in May. Stay tuned for more details on this great weekend of food or check out their Facebook page to stay connected. We have the Ouray County Arts Association Winter Arts and Crafts Show every year in February over President’s Weekend. Don’t forget the Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival the second Saturday in December annually. Let the staff at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs help you plan the perfect winter escape!