After the first few cool mornings of fall, our little gem in the Rockies goes through somewhat of a metamorphosis. Leaves are starting to turn, smoke starts to rise from chimneys, down valley, you can hear the occasional Elk bugle, and most important, you can find a place to park in town!! Ahhh winter is coming. What to Do???

Well, what do you want to do? Ever attend the Wine, Chocolate & Cheese Festival? How about Ice Skating, Hockey and Broomball at Rotary Park. The New Year’s Fireworks are world class. The Ouray Ice Festival is just around the corner. If you haven’t witnessed the festival, you really need to check it out! Unbelievable best describes it. You can check out the Winter Mine Tour, or the Full Moon Cross-Country Ski and Soak. How about the Mountain Film Festival or the Kid’s Climbing College. Did I mention the Ouray County Arts Association Winter Arts & Craft Show? Oh Yeah, the Ouray Elks sponsors a Chili Cook Off that is guaranteed to have you reaching for the Tums!

But for me, winter time in Ouray county means grabbing my fly rod and spending an afternoon at the Pac-O-Chu-Puk casting a nymph. Or, headed to the hills looking to fill the freezer. But I have to say joining my wife for a quiet dinner at one of our town’s fabulous restaurants that I can’t seem to get a reservation to in the summer. Then of course, there is the experience of sitting in the hot waters of the Ouray Hot Springs during a snow storm!

I kind of hope old man summer takes his time getting here. I got way too much to do.


Ron James

Ouray Hot Springs Pool