Roll out the barrels, the Jeep Raffle drum and your polka shoes!
October 4th marks the annual Ouray Oktoberfest celebration and the 50th annual live Jeep Raffle drawing. Only in Ouray can you find beer, spaetzle and a chance to win the special edition 50th Anniversary Jeep!
Oktoberfest is held at the Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Avenue from 5 – 10 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and include a special 50th Anniversary Jeep Raffle commemorative mug. Children and students under 18 are free. Authentic German food will be sold, including stuffed pork chops, homemade bratwurst, spaetzle, and much more. Desserts and coffee are offered by the Ouray Women’s Club. A special children’s area will have crafts and movies for the little ones who need a break from all the dancing. Live music by the Austrian Connection will have you whirling your partner across the dance floor and singing along to traditional German folk songs. Door prizes, competitions and awards for the best costumes round out the fun.
This year's celebratory, extra-special Jeep is a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Willys Wheeler 4x4, 4-door model in Copperhead Pearl, which we think perfectly matches our legendary Red Mountains. It also comes with an amazing components package that includes: SkyJacker Suspension, 17" Drakon Wheels in Black Satin, All-Terrain Flat Fender Flair Kit, XHD Aluminum Front Bumper, 8,500 lb performance winch, 35" Tire Package. A very special thank you goes to our Oktoberfest & Jeep Raffle sponsors for their generous support: the Flower Motor Company, Switzerland of America 4x4Tours and Jeep Rentals, Rugged Ridge, Skyjacker Suspensions, Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs, and the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs.
The 50th anniversary Jeep will be awarded to a lucky winner at the live drawing during Ouray Oktoberfest, October 4th, at 9 pm . You do not need to be present to win, but we’d love to have a winner in the house! Tickets are 1 for $5, 3 for $10, and 7 for $20 and are available by contacting the Ouray Visitor Center at 970-325-4746 or visiting the Jeep Raffle page here. Jeep Raffle proceeds fund the Ouray fireworks displays throughout the year, student scholarships, and community events.
Ouray Chamber Resort Association 2014-2015 Photo Contest
Visitors have come to Ouray for centuries, to bathe in the natural, sulfur-free hot springs, to search for treasure in the surrounding mountain peaks, to connect with nature and loved ones. Ouray is beloved by generations of travelers, and capturing the stunning beauty, the thrilling adventures, and the joyful play of the young and old is a photographer’s dream.
Sharing vacation photos and memories is an important part of the travel experience cycle. Today’s technology allows photographers of all ages the opportunity to capture unique and spectacular images only available to professionals just a few short years ago. Now we would like you to share your special photographic memories with us!
Scenic Drives for Fall Foliage
In whatever vehicle you choose to take to the road, Ouray Colorado offers the most scenic, adventurous, and enjoyable roads in the state. From the “Million Dollar Highway” to the San Juan Skyway and Alpine Loop, travelers in passenger cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and ATV/OHVs will find road tripping paradise in Southwestern Colorado.
The “Million Dollar Highway” refers to the stretch of US 550 between Ouray and Silverton. Once an old toll road, this breathtaking highway takes you over Red Mountain Pass, past historic mining ghost towns, and the entrances to networks of Jeeping and off-road trails. The spectacular scenery includes waterfalls, red colored mountaintops, dramatic peaks and canyons, and incredible fall colors flaming in the pine and aspen forests.
The San Juan Skyway includes the 550 route from Ridgway to Durango, as well as U.S. Routes 160 between Durango and Cortez, 145 between Cortez to Placerville, and 62 between Placerville and Ridgway. Considered one of the most scenic drives in America, the San Juan Skyway’s wide elevation range (from 6,200 feet near Cortez to 11,018 feet at the Red Mountain Pass summit) allows for views that span dramatic mountain passes, expansive cattle and farming ranges, historic mining structures, and Native American cliff dwellings. The San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, be sure to check out special opportunities and events happening along the byway this year. Ouray is the perfect starting or ending point for visitors wishing to make the loop.
In the immediate vicinity of Ouray, 75 miles of roadways traverse the San Juan Mountains connecting the towns of Ouray, Lake City, Telluride, and Silverton. Used mainly by 4x4, ATV/OHV and motorcycle riders, the Alpine Loop routes include easy scenic drives to rugged and challenging mountain passes. The roads were originally trails built by early miners working the area silver and gold mines. The trails climb to spectacular heights, abundant with fall colors, ghost towns, abandoned mines and wildlife.
Looking to view autumn’s brilliant colors in a non-motorized fashion? Consider a hot air balloon ride, horseback ride, or a hike. Imagine floating above the valleys painted red, orange, and gold contrasting with the green fields and pines. Or the peaceful whisper of falling leaves as your horse traverses the many trails that wind through the San Juan Mountains. Or discovering hidden groves of glowing aspen amid the peaks and canyons accessible only by the well maintained hiking trails.
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.