Wright Opera House


472 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427
Phone: 970-325-4399
Email: boxoffice@thewrightoperahouse.org


Built in 1888

Built by the Wrights to counter some aspects of the mining culture, the Wright Opera House was intended to be the center of culture and arts for Ouray County. Now nearing a complete renovation, the Wright Opera House is fulfilling its mission as the premier performing arts venue and historic center for all for many decades to come.

Unique History & Historic Preservation

Don’t miss this stunning example of history, artfully preserved. From the outside, see one of the best Mesker iron facades in the United States. Ouray boasts 19 of these metal mail-order storefronts popular between 1890 and 1910. Inside, check out a main stage curtain from the early years, which was discovered in the basement. In 2022, History Colorado honored the Wright with the Governor’s Award, one of the Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation.


The Wright Opera House hosts a variety of events year ‘round, including the famous Ouray International Film Festival in late June. See our upcoming events below!


Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the elegant and affordable Tavern at the Wright, plus events such as open mic nights, trivia nights, readings and art shows, and parties.


Tours of this historic building are available on request. Please email the Wright Opera House or stop in to request a tour.


Need a functional, beautiful space for your next gathering? Nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, the Wright Opera House is ideal for your gathering, celebration, or conference.

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City of Ouray

1230 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado 81427
Phone: 970-325-3954

The Switzerland of America

Called The Switzerland of America, Ouray is the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Colorado.” Centrally located in Southwest Colorado, Ouray is the perfect basecamp for your explorations, offering a treasure trove of unique experiences all year long.

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A National Historic District, Ouray includes beautifully preserved buildings that are home to locally owned retail shops and restaurants. Ouray is blessed to be the home of many outstanding artists, craftsmen and innovative shop owners, offering distinctive and exclusive gifts.

Year 'Round Outdoor Adventure

Fun and adventure are never far away in the San Juan Mountains. Contact our local guides and rental companies for everything that you need for your Ouray adventure, whether it's a Jeep, climbing equipment, skis or bike. Don’t forget about winter, when Ouray is home to world-class ice climbing and backcountry skiing!

Hungry? Whatever you're craving, from burritos to beef Wellington—our local restaurants aim to please. For a good night’s sleep, lodging in Ouray is second to none, with standard motels, charming bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, and cabins and condos.

Come to Ouray to explore the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!

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Colorado Historic Opera Houses Circuit
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