August is officially peak wildflower month in Ouray County. There are budding peaks at high elevations this month and now is the time to get outside and enjoy the vibrant array of floral color along the hillsides and mountainous areas. Hiking, Jeeping and horseback riding are all great ways to view this natural annual Rocky Mountain wonder. Depending on weather conditions and elevation, many often spot this colorful bounty through Labor Day. Wildflower Four-Wheel Frolicking in the Back Country Back country roads in Ouray County and surrounding counties traverse some of southwestern Colorado’s most epic mountain terrain—they transport adventurous Jeepers to untold hidden treasures of beautiful blooms. Some of the official Jeeping wildflower viewing trails include: 1. San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway is One of the most popular drives to catch the colorful wildflowers. This 236-mile loop travels through Southwest Colorado from Ridgway to Ouray, Silverton and Telluride, through Dolores, Cortez and Durango. Count on plenty of selfie moments along the Dallas Divide between Ridgway and Telluride. 2. Yankee Boy Basin Monument plant, paintbrush, columbine, larkspur, chiming bluebells, wild iris, dwarf sunflower, and other alpine flora nestle into this spectacular basin in the shadow of 14,150-foot Mt. Sneffels.From Hurricane Pass, you can look behind you to see fields of wildflowers, or you can look down in front of you to see petal-covered slopes melt into bluer-than-blue Lake Como, the headwaters for the Uncompahgre River. 4. California Gulch This narrow valley with a small stream often holds on to patches of snow well into summer, but the white stuff only serves as an intriguing backdrop for yellow, pink, and purple wildflowers. 5. Animas Forks Built in the 1870’s as a mining town, Animas Forks is remarkably well preserved considering its remote location. A quick walk around the property with your camera will allow you to grab images of the log structures surrounded by a rainbow of wildflowers. 6. Cinnamon Pass Fields of yellow—with purple patches thrown in for good measure—greet you as you reach the 12,620-foot summit. 7. American Basin Do not miss taking the short spur trail to see this striking basin, which boasts a mother lode of Colorado wildflowers. Trust us: You’ve never seen so many columbines in one place. August Summer BBQ at Chipeta Resort While the Ridgway Summer Concert Series has run its course for 2019, you can still tap into great live music at Chipeta Resort’s final summer BBQ festivities at our TiPi Courtyard! Geared to the entire family, this event features live music by Mary Page, plus a BBQ feast with filet of beef and chicken skewers, brats, potato salad, bakes beans, tossed green salad, seasonal fruit pies ans drink specials. Mark your calendar and show up hungry! Rendezvous in Ridgway! During August, Ridgway will be abuzz with the 35th Annual Ridgway Rendezvous Arts & Crafts Festival set for Aug. 10-11. With a healthy variety of original works by more than 130 artists and craftsmen, this juried arts festival continues to grow each year. Or make a weekend of it by bringing bikes and swimsuits to enjoy Ridgway’s awesome river path, bike trails and beautiful reservoir. Chipeta Resort Packages and Specials: Fourth Night Free! To sweeten the scenery, Chipeta Resort offers a limited summer midweek Fourth Night Free Special, Sunday through Thursday –meaning you’ll save 25% on your getaway through Aug. 29, 2019. Or consider Chipeta’s High Mountain Jeep Adventure Package that shares the San Juan Gateway’s breathtaking destinations garnished by those glorious wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, ghost towns, and historic silver and gold mines. Our Jeep affiliate guest services team assists with reserving just the right Jeep excursion for your party. After exploring southwestern Colorado’s beautiful scenery on a half-day tour, return to our resort, slip into a soft monogrammed robe and enjoy a relaxing 50- minute Therapeutic massage. Based on a minimum stay of three nights, this pampering package also includes a $50.00 gift card for the Four Corners Restaurant. Ridgway, Ouray & Telluride Regional August Events At A Glance You’ll always find plenty of Southwestern Colorado festivals and events to celebrate in the month of August. Fridays through Oct. 11: Ridgway Farmers Market from 10am-3pm in Hartwell Park Saturdays through Sept. 28: Free Train Rides at the Ridgway Railroad Museum (9am-3pm) July 30-Aug. 3: Art Explorations with Ann Cheeks in Ridgway (ages 9-14) Aug. 2-3: MountainFilm on Tour at Hartwell Park Aug. 2, 16 & 23 (Thursday, Aug. 8 due to special event): Ridgway Friday Farmers’ Market at Hartwell Park (10am-3pm) Aug. 3: First Friday at Hartwell Park (5-9pm) Aug. 5-11: Telluride Chamber Music Festival at Telluride Ski Resort Aug. 9-11: Telluride Jazz Festival in Town Park Aug. 10-11: 35th Annual Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Craft Festival Aug.14-18: Telluride Mushroom Festival Aug. 17: Mt. Sneffels Marathon/Half-Marathon in Ouray Aug. 19-24: San Juan Chamber MusicFest Concerts & Events in Ridgway, Ouray and Montrose Aug. 25: Log Hill Hustle 5K & 10K Fun Run (register at ) Aug. 31-Sept 2: Ouray County Rodeo & Fair Weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 3: 45th Annual Telluride Film Festival For more details visit: RidgwayColorado.com/things-to-do/events OurayColorado.com/events Events.TellurideSkiResort.com Reserve Your Chipeta Getaway Now Click here to book your Chipeta getaway, call (800) 633-5868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to check our website for special vacation packages to save more on your stay! We have a variety of dog friendly rooms with dog beds provided.
3. Hurricane Pass/Lake Como