Ouray County Mud Fest 2012

It’s sunny, beautiful spring in the San Juan Mountains: the birds are chirping, the snow is slowly melting in the valleys, and the crocuses and daffodils are just days away from blooming.

You all know what that means...MUD!!!! Sticky, gooey, glorious mud.


The Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce are uniting to announce to announce the inaugural Ouray County Mud Fest, a spring celebration of everything MUD!  Held at the Ouray County Fairgrounds in Ridgway on April 28th, 2012, 9 am to 5 pm, Mud Fest is an opportunity for participants and spectators, young and old, to get down and dirty all day long.  Even the Ouray County Commissioners are excited about the event, issuing a proclamation establishing the last weekend in April as Ouray County Mud Fest Weekend.

Check out the Proclamation here!


The organizers of Mud Fest have planned a full day of fun.  The main event invites 4x4 enthusiasts to bring their stock or modified 4x4 vehicles to compete in a timed obstacle course featuring mud pits, sand hills, tire, log and rock challenges.  Or if you prefer old fashioned mud, drive the mud run, a 130-foot trench just deep enough to require a little horsepower, skill and dare-devil attitude.  Competitors are encouraged to register early for the best line up placement; however registrations will also take place the day of the event.


Since our original plan for a Tractor Pull went out the window when we realized it was spring plowing season (!) Thunder Mountain Raceway stepped up to organize riding lawnmower races from 10:00 AM until noon. Have a riding mower and want to test its mettle? Then bring it and a helmet along the day of the event and sign up at 9:00 AM to go blade to blade with Southwest Colorado's fastest John Deere's and Toro's.


All eyes will be focused on the bright blue Ouray County skies as Mobile FMX riders take the stage in a high-flying freestyle motocross exhibition.  Freestyle Motocross offers a thrilling edge that will have spectators gasping in awe and excitement as riders and machines perform jumps and gravity defying tricks.  Two exhibitions are planned, and the bikes and riders will be available for a meet and greet during the day.


Photo courtesy of Mobile FMX


In the fairground arena, plenty of fun will be found courtesy of the Ouray Parks and Recreation Committee, Thunder Mountain Raceway, and the Colorado National Guard.  Bring the family and compete in stick horse races, challenge your friends to a tug of war, and the little ones will have hours of fun in an inflatable bounce house.  Meet the racers from Thunder Mountain Raceway and check out their cool cars. Vendors will be on hand offering food, hot and cold beverages, souvenirs, and more.  Raffle tickets will be available for the 48th Annual Ouray Jeep Raffle and the Ouray County 4H Truck Raffle fundraisers. 



6:00 AM - Staging Area Open for Vendors, Sponsors & Competitors

9:00 AM - Gates Open to the Public

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Mud Run & 4x4 Obstacle Course

10:00 AM - NOON: Riding Lawnmower Races

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Family Activities (Mud Volleyball-sign up your team here!, Thunder Mountain Raceway Meet & Greet, Stick Horse Races, Colorado National Guard Bounce House, Tug of War)

4:00 - 5:00 PM: FMX Motocross Exhibition



Just because the event concludes at 5 pm, doesn’t mean the muddy fun stops.

Head to Ouray for the Mud Ball hosted by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department.  Bring the whole family and your dancing shoes and enjoy lively music, games and activities for the kids.  The Mud Ball will be held at the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Avenue, from 7-10 pm. Admission to the Mud Ball will be $6.00 at the door ($1 discount with your Mud Fest Ticket Stub!) and free for kids.



If you're in town Friday night, join us for an impromptu Mud Pub Crawl among Ouray's best breweries and pubs with local radio personalities and fun swag giveaways.

The crawl starts at the Ourayle House Brewery at 4:00 PM, moves to the Ouray Brewery at 6:00 PM and concludes at O'Brien's Pub & Grill at 8:00 PM with some live music provided by local rock stars Already Been Chewed.

Pick up your special mug at any of the locations along the crawl and get an entry for special prize drawings with our celebrity pub crawl sponsors.. Join up at any location and get your 4x4 game face and strategy ready for Saturday!



Advance tickets will be available for purchase in Ouray at the Ouray Visitor's Center and Buckskin Booksellers, in Ridgway at the Ouray County Fairgrounds 4-H Event Center and Cups, in Montrose at San Juan Motors - CarQuest and Flower Motor Company, or at the gate the day of the event. Save your ticket stub for discounted admission to the Mud Ball!

Adults: $8

Children (5-17): $5

Family: $25



If you would like to participate in the 4x4 obstacle course and/or mud run, pre-register with us or sign up the morning of the event (4x4 vehicle required, of course!). For the full course description and rules and regulations download the PDF's below.




Single event: $20

Two events: $30

Here's a preview of the obstacle course (use the backhoe for scale!)



We also need VOLUNTEERS to make this event a success! We have broken the event down into 3-4 hour shifts, so that you can enjoy the festivities. Sign up HERE at Volunteer Spot. Let’s make this a successful annual event together!!!

Watch for more information here and on Facebook (be sure to "LIKE" us and share!) for the full schedule of the events and information on all of our generous sponsors!


Download the Press Release here.






Alpine Bank

Christmas House Bed & Breakfast


Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

O'Brien's Pub and Grill

Orvis Hot Springs

Ouray Brewery

Ouray Liquors

Ouray County Plaindealer

Ouray Victorian Inn

Ridgway Subway

Salon Envy & Elite Welding

The Watch Newspapers


An Eclectic Eye, Best Western Plus Twin Peaks, The Citizen's State Bank of Ouray, Ouray Comfort Inn, Ouray Family Medicine & Spa, Ouray Mountain Sports, Ourayle House Brewery, Performance Automotive Group, Ponderosa Real Estate, San Miguel Power Association, The Wild Bunch 4x4 Club, True Grit Cafe, Backstreet Bistro, Bridal Veil Bed & Breakfast, Ouray County Sherriff, Ouray Police Department, Ouray Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgway Marshall



If you're traveling into town early, you can find great lodging right here with our Ouray and Ridgway lodgers.


Would you like to support Mud Fest? We have sponsorships available at all levels, and would love to have you get involved. Contact ocra.marketing@gmail.com for sponsorship opportunities.



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