Winter in Ouray
With a blanket of snow and the twinkle of holiday lights, Ouray is bundling up for a fantastic winter season. Most of our visitors enjoy the gorgeous summer days and cool nights, but our town doesn’t close for the winter. Read on to learn more about our amazing winter offerings, you might find yourself longing for a winter mountain getaway!
Come for one of our WinterFest events and experience Ouray's cheery answer to holiday stress! Upcoming events include a solstice stargazing night, New Year’s Celebrations and Fireworks, Ice Rink Games and Soups & Toddies at the Ouray Ice Park. The Wright Opera House in Ouray and Sherbino Theater in Ridgway also produce and host a full schedule of live music performances, weekly indie films, lectures and live performances. For full details on weekend events, click here.
Ski without the crowds in the solitude and endless powder fields of the San Juan Mountains. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry adventures await you. If you're a downhill skier, then make friendly Ouray your home base for the world-class resorts and skiing in Telluride, Silverton and Durango.
It just about time for the cold temperatures and expert “farming” to converge and make the ice conditions in the Uncompahgre River Gorge superb for the fast growing sport of ice climbing. The park is about to open for the season so make sure you book a trip to check ice climbing off your bucket list.
Finally, don't forget to spend some time soaking the wintry views from our many local hot springs. To learn more about Hot Springs in Ouray and surrounding areas, click here.
Photo courtesy of Frank Deese: View of Ouray from the 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.