Memorial Day in Ouray: Let the summer begin

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Summer in the San Juan Mountains

Memorial Day traditionally marks the start of summer.  Here in Ouray, we are welcoming summer in a lot of fun ways.  Everything opens up this weekend.  The flowers are out at the hotels and on Main Street.  Restaurants and shops are open.

Nearly all hiking trails are open, at least the lower ones.   The Perimeter trail, Portland trail, Baby Bathtubs and Box Canyon Park are open and dry.

The jeeping season is here. Yankee boy basin is open and the trails are calling. Get your off road vehicles in drive and check out the trails for the first time this season. We have not been out yet but we are keeping track of what is open and drivable so give us a call or check our Facebook page for current conditions.

Memorial Day kicks off the first summer festival of the season. Balloons-N- Varooms , in Ridgway, is  a weekend of free concerts, an arts and crafts fair, a classic car show and tethered balloon rides as part of this event. The weekend lineup includes:

Friday May 25– Event Open: 4pm – 9:30pm

  • Car Cruise … 4-5pm
  • Balloon Glow … half-hour after sunset
  • Music by Ralph Dinosaur … 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday May 26– Event Open: 7am – 9:30pm

  • Mass Balloon Lift … Ridgway U.S.A. at 7am
  • Pancake Breakfast … 7:30-9:30am
  • Tethered Balloon Rides … 7-10am
  • Art & Craft Festival … 9am-5pm
  • Car Show … 10am-4pm
  • Bands throughout the day … 10:30am-8pm

Sunday May 27– Event Open: 7am-5pm

  •  Mass Balloon Lift … Ridgway U.S.A. at 7am
  • Car Show Cruise to Divide Ranch & Club … Brunch Noon-1pm
  • Art & Craft Festival … 10am-5pm
  • Live Music… 10:30am-5pm

Of course, we would like to remember the reason we celebrate Memorial Day which is the day we honor those who died while serving our country. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Finally, in keeping with  the tradition, Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. In Ouray the Elks will honor the day by placing American flags on the graves of veterans in the Ouray cemetery.

So make your plans to come play in Ouray and celebrate Memorial Day and the first weekend of summer.

Call us at 970 325 7222 or visit us on line to make your reservations.

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