O-Bar-0 Cabins Durango, Colorado

What to do in the New year in Durango and the O-Bar-O Cabins

January 9th, 2017 by susan

New years train

What to do in the New Year in Durango and the O-Bar-O Cabins

What do you do in the New Year in Durango, you ask?  There is always a little bit of spice around here.  Both in the outdoor activities and the yummy Southwest food that can be found at the local establishments!  Durango has something to offer on everyone’s resolution list. From full blast, adrenaline filled adventures to relaxing by the river.

Doesn’t everyone have a nostalgic train ride on your list?  I certainly do!  Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has a storied past and is a popular vacation activity.  Ride the rails through the stunning San Juan Mountains.  You will see breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  You might even see a bear!  Either before or after the ride enjoy the train museum.  Maybe even consider a themed train ride.  Check the calendar for rides like the Brew Train, Blues Train or my favorite the Wine and Rails Train.  How can you not have a grand time on any one of these!

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Winter Wonderland in Durango Colorado, again!

December 18th, 2016 by susan

 

Winter Wonderland on the Florida

Okay, so I tend to like part 2’s, part 3’s and so on.  It keeps the conversation going in the same direction, right?  

If you have the fortunate problem of living where the weather is warm but just need to get away to feel the cool mountain breeze in your hair you have the task of figuring out what to bring and what to do while you are here.  Durango is a Winter Wonderland, as well as a great Christmas town.  Had to stick that in for good measure.  In the effort to continue with our mission, which is to make every Guest feels like they are being well cared for and to ensure that winter wonderland experience , we have compiled a list of things to bring and the must do’s.

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Winter Wonderland in Durango, Colorado

November 19th, 2016 by susan

Winter Wonderland at the O-Bar-O Cabins

Durango has many talents but one that is worth kudos is the nomination for a top 10 Christmas town. …Again! We are truly a Winter Wonderland. Magic happens here especially during Christmas. Durango is nestled in the mountains easily lending itself to a Christmas town. In all our years at the O-Bar-O Cabins, nestled even more in the mountains!,  we have always had a white Christmas. It has even snowed Christmas eve. Talk about magic! O-Bar-O does our part in contributing to the Top 10 Christmas town. The cabins are decked out in their Christmas finest. Sure to please even the youngest Guest we might have.

To celebrate our achievement there are activities galore. Kicking off the season around town;

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Are you hot? part 3. Durango vacations to beat the heat

July 18th, 2016 by susan

Sittin' by the Florida

Sittin’ by the Florida

Are you hot? It is July for heaven’s sake! It must be at least 100 degrees if not more where you live.  Here at the O-Bar-O we like to sport a high of about 85 degrees this time of year with overnight lows in the mid to upper 40’s.  Okay, I am not trying to rub it in just trying to enlighten you!  This is part 3 of the How to Beat the Heat in Durango, CO series. Previously we entertained hiking, Mesa Verde National Forest and the nightlife. O has many great qualities including the O-Bar-O Cabins.  Don’t you think? So we continue….

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Are you hot? part 2. Durango Vacations to beat the heat

June 10th, 2016 by susan

Cabin on the river

Cabin on the river at the O-Bar-O Cabins

Is it hot where you are?  Beat the Heat in Durango.  This is part 2 of the series on How to Beat the heat in Durango, CO. In the last blog I wrote this was a 3 part series.  Well, it’s a 4 part series.  Apparently I can’t count!  The first part we discussed , according to the alphabet, the A-G possibilities.  Animas River, Bar D Wranglers, Cool off in the art galleries, the train, events, flyfishing and golfing.  DATO or Durango Area Tourism Office,  http://www.durango.org , published a list last year and we are just reviewing with some additions!  Durango has so many activities in the summertime that can appeal to everyone in the family.  Including the 4 legged, furry ones. Now we continue with the letter H;

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Are you hot? Durango vacations to beat the heat

May 15th, 2016 by susan

Beat the Heat on the Florida River

Relax on the Florida River

Is it hot where you are?  Here is how to beat the heat in Durango, Colorado, a 3 part series!  How do you beat the heat?  Besides the obvious of a cold shower, right?  Just kidding.  Durango has tons of ways to cool off and chill out.  I am reminded of an article http://www.durango.org/ put out last year.  It is the A to Z guide to beat the heat while visiting our little slice of heaven.  So, for our 3 part series let’s review their list with a few upgrades;

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Are you hot? part 3. Durango vacations to beat the heat

April 16th, 2016 by susan

Grillin' by the river

I certainly hope you aren’t hot yet since we are just starting towards spring but I wanted to get a start on the final chapter of How to Beat the Heat in Durango.  I decided to put the thought out there so you can be ready once the heat index reaches 100.  Nothing is worse than sweating it out at home when you could be sitting by the wonderfully, cool Florida river.   In the blogs to date we have covered the alphabet from A-T.   

We start with U, aren’t you glad I know the alphabet even if I can’t count?

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Summertime in the Rockies

April 5th, 2016 by susan

Summertime at the O-Bar-O

Summertime at the O-Bar-O

Summertime in the Rockies is the most beautiful time in Colorado.  Well, all 4 seasons are pretty great but summer is by far the top finisher.  That crisp, mountain air that smells of fresh, pine, and the occasional river are a symphony of the sweetest sounds….I mean smells!  Durango is full of activities in the summertime for all ages.  Hiking is a local favorite here in Durango.  There are trails from really easy to expert in the area.  O-Bar-O Cabins has hiking books for our Guests use.  It tells you all about the hikes and how to get there.  That way you can plan out the perfect hiking trip.  By about June you can hike up to be rewarded with a meadow full of wild flowers.  Isn’t the saying April showers bring May flowers?  Well May showers bring May and June flowers to the higher elevations!  The photo opportunities are endless.  You never know what you might encounter while on a trail.  Like I said before Southwest Colorado boosts thousands of trails from easy to expert. There are even a few trails that you can bring the younger crowd (2yr-5yrs) giving you the opportunity to see as many wild flowers and wild life as you can.  Guests at the O-Bar-O have been know to spot a bear or two in the summer!  I promise to tell Yogi no stealing pic-a-nic baskets.  

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Las Animas river, the Florida river and the Gold King Mine Spill

March 1st, 2016 by susan

Rocky Mountain relaxation

Relaxation has an address

It has been seven months since the Gold King Mine Spill just north of Durango and we are still receiving phone calls and e-mails asking about the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill on the Animas river.  Most of the questions are about water safety.  Is the water safe to play in, have the fish and marine life died, and the biggest, is the water safe to drink?  The pictures of the river right after the spill were horrific.  The color was that of French’s mustard.  It has a horrible situation that wasn’t catastrophic, however, the media did make it sound like Durango was just ruined.  If you read the articles we were forever going to be drinking mustard water, glow in the dark, and sprout an additional head for starters!  Well, it took about 4 or 5 days after the spill and the river was once again open for business.   I admit, I was holding my breath worrying about the fish population but it didn’t seem to any effect on their well being.  They are still swimming around eagerly looking for their next meal.  The majority of Durango’s drinking water comes from, you guessed it, the Florida River.  And wouldn’t you know that the O-Bar-O is situated right on the Florida river!  The Florida is one of the rivers that has never been mined on in the area.  After we get first crack at it, literally, it supplies Durango and farther on the ranchers and Southern Ute.  The water coming from the Florida has to be the tastiest water available.  Maybe I should bottle it?  Bottom line is Durango, the Las Animas river and O-Bar-O Cabins have survived the Gold King Mine spill.  So, don’t believe everything you hear in the news.  Durango is still an incredible place to come for vacation.  The O-Bar-O is situated right on the banks of the Florida river about 12 miles from downtown Durango.  The O-Bar-O gets first dibs on the best drinking water you will ever taste.  Fresh and Rocky Mountain cold!  If you are still a little unsure of the spill, please call us.  We can help put your mind at ease.  We look forward to seeing you soon for a little Rocky Mountain Relaxation at the O-Bar-O Cabins.

 

Cheers!

50 years of skiing at Purgatory

February 11th, 2016 by susan

Winter wonderland in Durango

Winter wonderland in Durango

Did you know Purgatory turned 50 this year? We have something in common with the Super Bowl.  It turned 50, and what a better way to celebrate 50 years at Purgatory then with a Bronco’s win. While natives have been calling it Purgatory since the 60’s it has had a different name for the last few years.  But, alas, we are back to good ol’ Purgatory or Purg, if you prefer.   Purgatory gets it’s name from a creek that runs through the Animas River valley called, of course,  Purgatory Creek!  I haven’t done my research but I would bet Purgatory Creek was named sometime around the time Silverton was going through the silver boom in the 1800’s.   What’s is so nice about Purgatory is the vastness of the terrain.  There are many trails from the very novice to extremely experienced. The temperatures in our little slice of heaven are also wonderful for skiing.  Even though the thermostat will register 28 degrees it feels like 60 when you are in the sun on top of the mountain.   Now that has been established on to the more fun part of 50 years at Purgatory.  For the fashionista’s out there the ski fashion over the last 50 years might be laughable and disastrous however, be thankful that we aren’t wearing long skirts or bouffant hair styles anymore!  In the 1960’s ski fashion looked to the fashion world and the runways.  It became a glamourous look.  A step up from the bulky materials used in decades past spandex helped create lighter more form fitting attire.  The 1970’s brought about psychedelic colors, of course, and maybe a hint of peace and free love!  What the 70’s did do was bring about change to the layers of warmth.  I didn’t start skiing until the mid 80’s and it was all about blue jeans, short jackets, gators and bouffant hair styles.  There must have been enough hair spray applied to the hair styles of the 80’s to cushion just about any fall one might have on the slopes.  If you do some research however, you will find that it was the birth of the onesies and overalls in very catching patterns both abstract and animal.  Guess the animal designs were meant to bring out the tiger in you!  Not much changed in the 1990’s except the colors of the onesies and the style of the hair .  Gone was the spiked bangs ushering in the frosted tips.  With the growing popularity of snowboarding ski wear took on a nostalgic air in the fact of bringing back the 2 piece snow out fits.  So what might your personal favorit be?  Although there were some nice looking styles throughout the years I must say mine would be the most recent with the mere reason technology has given us fabrics that are much warmer than say the gabardine of the 1920’s or the polyester of the 50’s.  Me?  I’m happy with the warmth so therefore, by default my favorite genre is the current one!

 

Well, all I can say is my how the outfits have changed over the years but also how supremely happy we are, here that the O-Bar-O, that the name has been restored to Purgatory.  It does the heart good to hear it spoken again.

 

Come celebrate with the O-Bar-O and enjoy 50 years of skiing at Purgatory.

 

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