The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray's most popular lodging, has natural hot springs onsite and extremely clean, attractively decorated rooms; from standard rooms with queen, king or two queen beds,to a beautifully designed honeymoon suite and larger two-room suites with or without kitchens and fireplaces.
Guests especially enjoy the mineral springs hot tubs terraced on the mountainside, both during the daytime, with 360-degree views of the mountains, and into the evening under a blanket of stars. Revitalizing in the mineral springs is popular year-round. Guests enjoy soaking in the summer after a hike or four-wheel drive trip, or in the winter months following a cross-country ski trek in the San Juans, a challenging ice climb or a day of skiing the world-class slopes in Telluride.
Situated peacefully in the southwest corner of Ouray, guests return year after year to the relaxing atmosphere of the Box Canyon Lodge. Newcomers and repeat guests alike are welcomed as if they were life-long friends.
Lodging Style and Amenities
Although the Ute Indians were the first ones to enjoy the hot springs on the property, the geothermal waters were first tapped for commercial use in 1925 for a healing sanitarium. Today, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs occupies a portion of that sanitarium and now offers outdoor mineral hot springs tubs terraced on the mountainside immediately behind the lodge.
Each of four redwood tubs offer a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. Revitalizing in these hot springs in this scenic setting is popular year-round. The temperatures in the hot tubs range between 103 and 108 degrees. Since the hot springs water is constantly flowing in and out, replacing itself every 24 hours, there is no need to use chemicals in our hot springs. Since children are usually present at the lodge, bathing suits are required when using the hot tubs.
The hot springs water is used throughout the motel for heating during the winter months. Although we don’t circulate the hot springs water for domestic use, we use it to heat our domestic water through the use of custom-built heat exchangers.
The rooms at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs are not sterile-looking like most other accommodations. They have been decorated with pine tongue-in-groove paneling, marble vanity sinks and countertops and tasteful furniture and amenities.
Breakfast Style Served
Additional Services and Amentities Available
Quiet location; five minute walk to Box Canyon Falls; two blocks off of Main Street and within walking distance to shops and restaurants. All rooms equipped with A/C, free WiFi, microwaves, refrigerators, and DVD players. AAA 3-diamond rated.
Standard rooms: $99 - $160; Suites: $139 - $350
Ouray County is located in southwest Colorado in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. Ouray is about 300 miles southwest of Denver.
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in the southwest corner of Ouray at the exit for the Box Cañon Falls Park.
From the North (coming through Ridgway)
• Entering Ouray from the North, you will pass the large Ouray Hot Springs Pool on your right.
• Continue through town approximately 8 blocks to Third Avenue (at the south end of town) and turn right (west). The Box Canyon Lodge is down one and a half blocks on the left.
From the South (coming through Silverton)
• Entering Ouray from the South, coming down the hill, the first cross street is Third Avenue. Turn left (west) on Third Avenue. The Box Canyon Lodge is down one and a half blocks on the left.
Our Ouray CO hotel exploits our geothermal resources (natural hot springs onsite) and has been able to reduce natural gas consumption by more than 70% in the past 4 years and we have made many modifications to the facility to allow for these savings. We also strive to put other procedures in place that demonstrate our environmental commitment. As a result of our efforts, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has earned a four key rating from Green Key, a well known eco-rating program as well as the Green America Seal of Approval.
A 4 Green Key rating is awarded to a hotel that has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide ranging policies and practices. The Hotel has mature programs in place that involve management, employees, guests, and the public, and which have shown substantial and measurable results. We would love to learn from you should you have ideas, comments, or questions as we only want to get better in this arena.
Geothermal Energy Usage
We use our geothermal water for our guests to soak. We never heat the water as it comes out of the ground at about 140 degrees Farenheit. We also use the geothermal water to heat guest rooms and to heat the city water used for bathing in our guest rooms. We also use our geothermal hot springs to heat the water used in the laundry too. In 2009, we completed a substantial upgrade to our buildings so that the preponderance of our water is heated with our geothermal resources and most heat in our buildings is derived from our geothermal springs. Since 2007, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs has reduced natural gas consumption by 70%. Additional energy efficiency projects are contemplated.
- We have added insulation to all of our buildings. We believe that this expenditure will keep the buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and will conserve energy overall by maintaining our site at comfortable temperatures year round with considerably less energy consumption.
- We have installed energy efficient light bulbs, use low flow systems for toilets and showers and use a towel/linen reuse program.
- We installed two new Continental Girbau washer-extractors that use less electricity and less water and spin at a substantially higher number of RPMs. Laundry cycles complete with considerably less moisture so drying times are 30% faster resulting in a big reduction in usage of natural gas. We have also added two new dryers to our commercial laundry and they use less electricity than our prior dryers.
- In the fall of 2010, replaced all windows with new vinyl double paned windows to all of our buildings to ensure that less electricity is used in the summer season when the A/C units are in use. We worked with our staff and community members to recycle our old windows and we took the remainders to Recla Metals in Montrose.
We now use Gilcrest and Soames BeeKind body lotion and conditioning shampoo. It comes in a paper bottle and is a 92% reduction in waste after use as compared to plastic. It is also free of parabens, phthalates or artificial colors. A portion of the proceeds of these products are donated to causes that support honey bee and sustainable pollination research.
In 2011, we pledge our commitment to green cleaning and will be switching our cleaning product to those with a minimal environmental impact. We are currently in the process of ensuring that our cleaning chemicals will be Green Seal certified (Green Seal Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, GS-37). If a Green Seal certified product for a specific use is not available, then a product will be selected that is “Environmentally Preferable” (GS-42), or that minimally does not contain toxins and other hazardous chemical compounds. If a non-green product must be used, it will only be used for an isolated issue that can only be resolved by using that product.
If a green product does not exist in a given product category, then product use will be minimized or eliminated. Evaluation of future developed product options will continue in the identified category. Naturally derived bio-based products are preferred. The numbers of cleaning products that we use are minimized to facilitate training and simplify the cleaning program.
In-Room Recycling Program
We are working to serve and save this planet. We recycle the following items from our guest rooms:
- Tin and Metal Cans
- Glass Bottles (Brown, Green & Clear)
- Plastic Bottles/containers with Recycle symbols
Locally or Family Owned Business Notes
A native of Colorado and a graduate of the University of Denver, Karen Avery and her husband Rich purchased the business in 2007 as part of their long term plan to live and work in Ouray. Both were professionals and quit their jobs to take on this labor of love.
Extensive travels led them to appreciate the simpler things in life and the pleasure of meeting new people and showing them the best of their state and their new town.
Today, they focus on making the lodge very green and energy efficient as well as providing the best service possible.