Ouray's Famous Old Fashioned Fourth of July is here!
There is something truly special about celebrating July 4th in Ouray, Colorado. A treasured tradition for generations of visitors and local residents, this day-long patriotic and historic celebration will bring out the joyful child in everyone. From the early morning pancake breakfast and Ourayce 10K, to the spectacular fireworks that boom through the canyon at dark, activities abound all day long. Bring your camera, your patriotic spirit, and your water gun. The official kickoff for the Fourth of July actually starts on Thursday, July 3 with the Annual OVFD July 3rd Dance! Come up to the Ouray Community Center between 8:30 PM and 1:00 AM on Thursday night, and start your long weekend off right.
Friday, July 4
6:30 am - Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 31st Annual OURAYCE-10K race for KURA 98.9. Registration from 7-7:45. Race begins at 8 at City Hall.
10 AM: Ouray Fourth of July Parade. If you have a float or a party group that wants to participate, line up along 4th Street starting at 9 am. Or grab a great spot on Main Street for the show. Remember, the closer you are to the front, the more likely you are to get wet!
11:00 am - Elks Club Rummage Sale & Barbeque
11:00 am - Masons Barbecue
11 AM: Lemonade and Lawn Games at the Ouray Historical Society
11:00 am - Free kids games in Fellin Park
1:00 - 3:00 PM - reserved waterfights seating on the deck at the Ouray Brewery. $40, includes BBQ Buffet & one beer.
2:00 PM: Ouray Volunteer Fire Department Water Fights. At the intersection of Main and Sixth Avenue
4:30 - 9:00 pm: Mountain Air Music Series Free Concert and Laser Show featuring The Black Lillies with The National Parks, Fellin Park. Laser Show starts at dusk.
6:00 pm: Live music at the Historic Western Hotel - Dan & Emily on the Deck (the Western is open for lunch on the 4 & 5, too)
6:00 pm: Karaoke at the Elks Lodge, until the fireworks
8:30 pm: "Independence Day" free movie at Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs
Dusk: Jeep "Glow" Parade. Line up at the Ouray Amphitheater Turnout at 8:00 PM. Decorate your Jeep with twinkle lights and glow sticks (some packets available for a donation to the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department). Parade starts down the hill and through Ouray at dusk.
Dark: Ouray's Fourth of July Fireworks
Summer in the San Juan Mountains
The summer season is gearing up in Ouray. The spring run-off has begun and the waterfalls are glorious. Hiking and jeeping trails are opening up and the Ouray Hot Springs Pool is open for summer hours.
Every Thursday night in June, the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series offers free concerts in Fellin' Park. Sponsored by the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, the concert series brings national and regional bands to perform in the most spectacular outdoor concert venue. Join us each week from 6-9 pm; bring your kids and dogs, chairs and blankets, and your dancing shoes!
Plan your summer getaway around a tour of our region’s hot springs and spend some time soaking up the different and unique facilities it offers. In Ouray County, the historic vapor caves and outdoor pool at the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodging and the naturally landscaped pools at Orvis Hot Springs are both open to the public. If you want a private hot springs experience, consider a stay at Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs or the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs, which offer their on-site hot springs exclusively to their guests. The Chipeta Solar Springs Resort in Ridgway also offers mineral-rich solar heated salt water pools that are open only to its guests.
Spring Snows Set Up Summer Water Fun
Dreaming of summer? Planning ahead can make all the difference between a great vacation or one that leaves you thinking, “I wish we had . . .” Booking early can get you great package discounts with local lodges and outfitters.
Rafting– Get your perfect whitewater fix by taking advantage of our local whitewater at the right time.
Fishing– Knowing what’s biting on what regional river is the secret tip for the perfect fishing trip at any time of year.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle-Boarding) - One of the hottest trends in outdoor water sports is Stand Up Paddle-Boarding, and the scenic reservoir at Ridgway State Park is the perfect location to try it for the first time. Our local outfitters in Ridgway offer rentals and lessons.
Equipment & Boat rentals- Plan a day on the reservoir at Ridgway State Park and get the whole family out on the water. Rentals are available for a variety of watercraft, from motor boats to kayaks.
Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years. This small intimate community is nestled in some of the most rugged and towering peaks of the Rockies. Set at the narrow head of a valley at 7,792 feet and surrounded on three sides with 13,000 foot snowcapped peaks - Ouray is home to hundreds of miles of historic Jeep roads, sulfur-free hot springs with stunning views and the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.
Remarkably, two-thirds of Ouray's original Victorian structures, are still occupied, and have been lovingly restored in order to preserve their turn-of-the-century charm.