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The kids are back in school, your vacation days are adding up and traveling is easy when it’s less crowded. Welcome to September in Southwestern Colorado! September is a perennial favorite for enjoying days that remain warm, taking in the breathtaking fall colors and ogling the first snows at higher elevations.

As summer winds down Southwestern Colorado continues to ramp up with events that take full advantage of pleasant weather and always gorgeous scenery. Chipeta Solar Springs Resort guests find themselves at the perfect springboard to this pre-autumn action playing out from Ridgway to Ouray and Telluride.

4×4 Frenzy
It’s hard to find anyone that doesn’t love a Jeep journey through Southwestern Colorado mountain passes. Tour operators remain open through September with most offering guided adventures through October. Or take off on your own with a Jeep rental to discover the history of Southwestern Colorado’s mountain mining ghost towns.

It’s a great time to book Chipeta Resort’s High Mountain Jeep Adventure Package including a half-day guided off-road trek, 50-minute therapeutic massage at Chipeta Resort’s full-service Spa and a $50 Four Corners Restaurant gift card.

Ouray County Fair and Labor Day Rodeo
Prepare for plenty of hooping and hollering Labor Day Weekend as the Ouray County Fair & Labor Day Rodeo hits the Ouray County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2.

Aside from sanctioned rodeo events held from 1pm both days, guests can partake Sunday’s Cowboy Church Service and Fireman’s Dance, plus Monday’s 9am Parade and Labor Day BBQ in Town Park.

During the rodeo, competitors saddle up for such exciting contests as breakaway roping in divisions for cowgirls, juniors, mounted teams and open teams. The non-profit association organizing the rodeo dedicates its time and efforts to preserving ranching heritage by providing scholarships and education-focused financial support to area children. Visit OurayCountyRodeo.com/rodeo for more details.

Ridgway, Ouray & Telluride September Events At A Glance
You’ll always find plenty of Southwestern Colorado pre-autumn action in the month of September.

Fridays through Oct. 11: Ridgway Farmers Market Hartwell Park, Ridgway, CO.

Saturdays through Sept. 28: Free Train Rides at Ridgway Railroad Museum

First Friday, Monthly: First Fridays at 610 Arts Collective
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: 46th Annual Telluride Film Festival 
Sept. 1-2: Ouray County Labor Day Weekend Rodeo; Ouray County Fairgrounds
Sept. 6: Music On The Green with Ruby; Reflection Plaza in Mountain Village
Sept. 7: Ouray Climbing Alliance Half-Day Climbing Clinics; Ouray Rotary Park
Sept. 7: Annual Imogene Pass Run; Town Of Telluride
Sept. 8: The Yawpers Live; Sherbino Theater
Sept. 12: Sunset Blues Concert; Sunset Plaza in Mountain Village
Sept. 13-15: Telluride Blues & Brews Festival; Telluride Town Park
Sept. 14: Ridgway Chamber Open Golf & Fundraiser Event; Divide Ranch & Club
Sept. 20-22: UpstART Theatre Presents “Stupid F**king Bird
Sept. 20-21: Sheridan Opera House presents Rising Appalachia
Sept. 21-22: Weehawken’s Annual Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival; Ouray County 4H Events Center
Sept 28: 2nd Annual Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership’s Love Your Gorge Volunteer Day; Ouray Ice Park

For more details visit:
• RidgwayColorado.com/things-to-do/events
• OurayColorado.com/events
• Events.TellurideSkiResort.com

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