Fall Colors and Oktoberfest

 

Brilliant yellow aspens in San Juan Mountains

Fall colors in the San Juan Mountains near Ouray CO

Fall colors are here and Oktoberfest is not far off.  Right now the fall colors are exploding all over the San Juans. The aspens are turning a brilliant yellow against a backdrop of dark green pine trees. The mountains are blanketed with color.  The back country roads are the best way to experience the amazing fall color scene. We went jeeping (ok trucking) recently on our favorite part of the Alpine Loop–Corkscrew over Hurricane Pass to California Gulch into the ghost town of Animas Forks then back to Silverton.  The views were amazing, especially of Red Mountain 1 and Brown Mountain. Just when we thought we were ready to stop taking pictures, we turned a corner and found more spectacular scenery.  It was a glorious day.

View of Red Mountain 1 from Hurrican Pass

Red Mountain 1 from Hurricane Pass

The fall color season in Ouray culminates with Oktoberfest which will be held this year on Saturday, October 6 at the Ouray Community Center and out on 6th Avenue. This year it will definitely be a bit more “Jeep”-y than normal. All Jeep owners and fans are invited to bring their Jeeps to park along 6th Avenue and Main Street.  Show off your stock or custom, new or old, pristine or well-traveled Jeep to welcome corporate Jeep representatives who are attending this year’s event.  Be present at an historic presentation to the City of Ouray by Jeep in recognition of our long history and love of the Jeep brand.

The Oktoberfest celebration kicks off at 5:00 PM at the Ouray Community Center and outside on 6th Avenue, with the return of the ever-popular Austrian Connection band, great German food and beer. The festivities include live music for dancing, thousands of dollars of door prizes, a traditional German costume contest, and fun children’s activities.

The anticipation of ten-thousand-plus ticket holders will come to an end at 9:00 PM, when the 2012 winner of the 48th Annual Jeep Raffle is announced. The evening ends with fireworks immediately following the Jeep Raffle drawing. There is still time to buy tickets so give us a call if you think you are destined to be the winner.

Make your plans now to attend. Call us at 970 325 7222 or visit us on line at www.ourayvictorianinn.com  to make reserve your room for the weekend and purchase your Oktoberfest tickets.

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