Three Romantic Ideas to Enjoy all Winter in Ouray

OK, it’s that time of year again. We are fast approaching the equally loved and feared Valentines Day…

Now, it’s safe to assume that by now, any big plans for the day itself have been made. Reservations booked, flowers ordered, dinner plans made – but sometimes, the most thoughtful gifts are more about being together. Of course, anytime is a great time to show that special someone how much you care, and nothing quite compares to spending a day together enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!


So, once the room in beautiful Ouray is booked, and dinner reservations made, what to do? Ouray is a picturesque dream town, overflowing with outdoor activities sure to warm any heart!

1. Take the day to explore a winter wonderland of pristine snow and surreal quiet on a cross country skiing adventure! With groomed trails in Ironton Park on Red Mountain Pass, and Top of the Pines outside of Ridgway, a short trek down these paths will take you to spots where you can pop off your skis, and enjoy a romantic picnic surrounded by the splendor of the great outdoors.  For a shorter adventure, the Uncompahgre River Trail is a two mile groomed track just outside of town, leaving more time for a liesurely lunch in town, followed by a warm soak in the mineral hot springs.

2.  Nothing quite says how much you trust each other than partnering for an adventure ice climbing in the Uncompahgre Gorge. A short walk from the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, the Ouray Ice Park boasts climbs suited for every skill level. Adrenaline junkies can spend the morning hours scaling rainbow colored ice, and challenging each other to greater heights before returning to town to warm up in the mineral hot springs.

3.  You don’t have to spend the day outside in the snow to enjoy a special day together. Spend the day exploring the shops on Main Street. From art galleries to clothing stores to gift shops, a plethora of treasures await as you wander hand in hand in this picturesque mountain town. Take an occasional break to enjoy a warm coffee or hot specialty drink, and watch the world creep by. Enjoy a sampling of some great craft beers at the Ourayle House and the Ouray Brewery before heading back to your room, and a little time in our hot springs tubs.

At the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, we are here to make your escape special. Let us know, and we will decorate your room with rose petals and tea light candles for a romantic surprise. We can also provide flowers, chocolates, and other special gifts of your choosing for an additional fee.

You don’t have to make it a special escape on Valentines Day only. Any day can be a special day for you to show your love that you care, and we are here to make that happen!



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