Thursday, May 27, 2010

OCRA Chamber Chat May 26, 2010


**Disclaimer: The Chamber Chat is a courtesy service.  Our goal is to be short and readable with pass-along information and reminders requested from members. This service is being provided in lieu of forwarding e-mails directly to you. Thank you for reading our chat!

Does your business or restaurant feature products made or grown in Colorado? If so, then show your Colorado Pride and check out the Colorado Proud website (a division of the Colorado Dept. of Agriculture), for FREE marketing tools.


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You are invited to the "Billy Goat's Summer Opening!" on Friday, May 28 at 5:00pm. "12 kegs of beer, Artisan Bakery pretzels, new menu and fabulous Ouray views.....need we say more?

Come help us open up for the summer season! Swing by this Memorial weekend and start summer off with a Liter at the Garten!

Event: Billy Goat's Summer Opening!

Start Time: Friday, May 28 at 5:00pm

End Time: Saturday, May 29 at 7:00pm

Where: Billy Goat Gruff's Biergarten

Bistro to Open Friday June 4th!".  

Below info has been provided on behalf of the USFS, Ouray Trail Group, Switzerland of America and the Visitors Center Staff. Updated May 24th.



4 – J, OPEN

Ridgway State Park OPEN

Webbers OPEN
Amphitheater CG - open w/water
Beaver Lake CG - open/no water
Angel Creek CG - open/no fees/no services (until Memorial Weekend)
SilverJack CG - open/no water yet
Thistledown CG - open/no fees/no services (until Memorial Weekend)


Bear Creek Trail -  Cleared of trees all the way to Grizzly Bear Mine.  Past the mine there is at least one gravel wash out area – be careful there, can be dangerous.  Difficult to get to the Yellow Jacket Mine at this point.

Baldy- Clear of trees and snow. There is snow about 200 yards before the baldy peak junction.and after the junction for 3 or 4 hundred yards until the meadow where it is clear to the top. the Baldy ridge trail is full of snow.

Chief Ouray Trail- Cleared to just past the cliff. North facing is still snow covered.

Ice Lake TrailSnow in the tree areas, but the Lower Basin is doable.  Trail is difficult at this time.  The Upper Basin is NOT to be hiked yet – lots of snow there.  For info, call Ron, Public Lands Office, Silverton, at 970-387-5530; his address in Silverton is 1246 Blair St.

Oak Creek Trail- Clear to the junction and 1/ 2mile towards twin peaks. Snow covered for the rest of the way.

Perimeter Trail- OPEN




Yankee Boy Basin

Animas Forks and Cinnamon Pass is open now to Lake City. C.R. 2 from Silverton


Blue Lakes Trailhead (CR 7)

Brown Mountain


Cow Creek


Governor's Basin

Imogene Pass

Owl Creek

Red Mountain Town (WORK BEGINNING 5/10) 



·       Backstreet Bagel OPEN

·       Billy Goat's, OPEN Memorial weekend. Closed Monday. 

·       Billy Goat's Biergarten-   Open Friday, May 28! The Biergarten will be open 7 days a week. Check out Thursty Thursdays.  

·       Bon Ton OPEN- closed Tue. & Wed. until Memorial weekend. Then open 7 days.

·       Buen Tiempo OPEN 7 days a week, lunch on Sat & Sun.

·       Bulow's Bistro OPEN for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

·       Café' Ouray OPEN for lunches only.  Start Memorial Day, everyday 7am to 10pm.

·       Coachlight Restaurant OPEN seven days a week

·       Coachlight Tavern OPEN seven days a week

·       Hot Springs Swim and Snack OPEN 7 days a week

·       Outlaw OPEN Tues- Sun, closed on Mondays until Memorial Day 

·       The Saloon at the Historic Western Hotel OPEN, 5pm for dinner, 7 days a week



Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour OPEN

Breakfast start Memorial Day weekend 

The Box Canon Falls Park and Visitor Center OPEN

May 8th – 28th , 9  - 5 pm daily

May 29th - Sept 6th  (Labor Day) 8- 8pm daily

Sept 7th  - late October, 8am to dusk

Ouray** County** Historical Society OPEN

Ouray Mule and Carriage OPEN

Peak to Peak Bicycles OPEN 

Ranch History Museum OPEN Sunday, May 30th,  1-5 p.m., FREE ADMISION Located in the historic Colona School ¼ mi. west of Hwy. 550 on Ouray County Rd 1  The museum OPEN every Sunday afternoon through September. Storytelling at 3 p.m.

Info: 970 626-5075.

San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours OPEN

Switzerland of America OPEN


Jeep Ticket Sales have started, May 7th  

CONTACT: TRICIA (970) 318-8469

Tickets will be distributed by Patricia Sullivan starting May 7th.   Patricia will be responsible for all pick up and drop off of tickets and funds. If you did not sell tickets last year and would like to sell tickets, please contact the chamber and we will be happy to add you to our list of vendors.

Please remember-  Jeep ticket sales pay for 100%

             4th of July and New Years fireworks,

                          $1000 student scholarship

                                      NEW 2010 JEEP   

                                                   Thank you all for your continued support!


May 27: County's Town Hall presentation of the proposed revisions to the Visual Impact section of the Land Use Code will take place this upcoming Thursday at 6:30pm at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway. The County will be presenting information regarding the current Section 9, and the proposed changes, and will then solicit public input in the form of a written survey and open comments. The goal is to get as much information out there as possible, prior to sending the draft document to Planning Commission for their review and public hearing process.  All public comments will be submitted to the Planning Commission before they begin their work on the document, so this is a great time to hear what the proposal is, and to make fruitful comments at this stage in the process.  Even if you don't think you have an opinion, it will be a great chance to learn more about how the County has historically handled Visual Impact Regulations, and to understand what some of the underlying issues are. I'll look forward to seeing you there!

Heidi Albritton, BOCC District 3

 May 27th 8:30 am Ouray County Supports the 3/50 Project- Meeting , RIDGWAY
The 3/50 project will be at the Taste of Ouray County to support our restaurants with the "Eat Down the Street" campaign. Please join us this Thursday in Ridgway to find out more information on supporting our local Ouray County Restaurant Community.


May 29th
HWY 550 Closure for the Iron Horse Bike Race

US Highway 550 both north and south closed from Silverton to Durango Mountain Resort from 8am – 1pm,  Sat May 29th. 

This is the 12th year for the road closure. The permit is applied for by the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and approved by the Colorado State Patrol. Contact: Patti Zink- 970-247-0206


May 29th
OPEN HOUSE, Story Block Building

Check out the latest addition to Main street's Residential & Commercial community.  Saturday, May 29th 9 – 5pm.  For more information and details call (970) 729 – 2268.


June 2– Taste of Ouray County 5 – 8pm, Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Ave

Local chef's and restaurants. Music by Yvonne Meeks, brews by Colorado Boy and Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing Company!  Vote for the Best of Taste of Ouray County!  Come give your taste buds a real treat! Hosted by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association. Information at or 325-4746.



Wed. June 9- Business After Hours- Wildflower Boutique and Khristopher's Culinaire Join Dee and Khris for a special summer evening Business After Hours-  lighting up Ouary's very own LoDo.  325-4089 for more information.

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