Things to Do in Ridgway, CO
From deep canyon pools to high country lakes and magnificent reservoirs, roaming wildlife, abundant trails and intense beauty, Ridgway offers all ages and ability levels a chance to participate in some of Colorado’s finest outdoor adventures.
Experience our world class fishing and water-sports on the Uncompaghre River and in the Reservoir. Take a soothing soak in our natural hot springs. You can hike, bike, ski, snowshoe, or ride through hundreds of miles of trails and camp in clean BLM, National Forests and Wilderness areas. In town we have a river park, paved trails, a pump track, a skate park, and a climbing wall.
Check out Ridgway Area Trails ever-growing multi-use trail system here:
Take in some live music, a movie or lecture at the Sherbino Theater:
Sign on for a class or attend a festival or special event with Weehawken:
Ridgway Town Map
- Photography all year round!
- Hot Springs & Solar Springs
- Playing in the river at Rollans Park
- Fishing in lakes & rivers
- Rafting & Kayaking
- Fly Fishing
- Windsurfing & Sailing
- Water Skiing
- Jeeping / ATV / Dirt Biking
- Dog Swim Beach in Town
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Horseback Riding
- Hiking – easy to difficult
- Camping & Backpacking
- Rock or Ice Climbing
- Scenic Drives
- Motorcycle Touring
- Road /Mountain Biking
- Wildlife viewing & Birding
- Sledding & Snowmobiling
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- XCountry Skiing & Snowshoeing
Dennis Weaver | Local Hero
Dennis Weaver | Local Hero
Billy Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for his work in television, including roles on “Gunsmoke”, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama “McCloud” and in Steven Spielberg’s feature-length directorial debut, the cult TV movie “Duel”, in 1971. Dennis Weaver, actor, humanitarian, and pioneer environmentalist, was an inspiration to many of the townspeople of Ridgway, well known for his kindness and generosity. His wife Gerry and sons Rusty and Rick still live in the area and Rick serves on our Town Council.
The beautiful Dennis Weaver Memorial Park was dedicated on August 25, 2007, with family, friends, and townspeople joining in the celebration.
For a park map and information on the Eagle Memorial, stop by the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the corner of Hwy. 550 and Hwy. 62 or visit www.dennisweaverpark.com.
On the Big Screen
CLASSIC WESTERN FILMS
The town of Ridgway and its local mountains and valleys have long been a favorite setting for Hollywood’s classic westerns. Many film sites, buildings, props and embellishment may still be seen in and around Ridgway. Among those movies filmed in the area were: “Tribute to a Bad Man” and “How the West Was Won” – in which the old RGS Railroad Depot (still standing in Ridgway) was transformed into the “Independence Hotel”.
In 1968, Director Henry Hathaway turned Ridgway into Fort Smith, Arkansas for the filming of “True Grit”, starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby, Robert Duvall & Dennis Hopper. Please visit us for a tour guide to locations used in the movie.
- Katie’s Meadow- Just west of Ridgway, this scenic meadow is the film location site for several memorable scenes from “True Grit”.
- Mattie’s Ranch About 10 miles west of Ridgway on Last Dollar Road, one may view the ranch where John Wayne jumps his horse over the fence at the end of “True Grit”.