Welcome To Ridgway, Colorado
Whether you’re looking for adventure and excitement or the serenity of pristine alpine beauty, once you get to Ridgway you’ll want to stay awhile! Our small town hospitality is a blend of the spirit of the Old West, healthy lifestyles and laid-back, friendly folks.
Ridgway, Colorado is a welcoming, community-minded rural town situated in a beautiful mountain valley. We support learning, creativity and culture. We share a deep connection to the outdoors. We are committed to being economically sustainable and ecologically responsible.
A quiet western town with charismatic energy – Ridgway is a way of life. The town was founded in 1890, as the headquarters of the world famous Rio Grande Southern narrow gauge railroad serving the area’s rich silver and gold mines, ranches and farms. Today the railroad is gone, but its memories remain at the acclaimed Ridgway Railroad Museum. The ranches still dot the valley, preserving open space so special to the area. There is also an amazing wildlife presence throughout the region. Most famous are the bald eagles, which nest in the cottonwoods along the Uncompaghre River.
Plan Your Trip to Ridgway
Gateway to the San Juan Mountains and an undiscovered gem of southwestern Colorado
Drive into town past some of the most incredible scenery in the world, whether you take a route through the nearby red rock deserts or the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. If you prefer quicker access, Montrose Regional Airport is about 30 minutes away from Ridgway, with several flights arriving and departing each day. Plus, for railroad fans, the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train and Amtrak make stops in Silverton and Grand Junction, both about an hour and a half away. We highly recommend you flip through our Visitor's Guide at the link below before you arrive in Ridgway to check out all that our area has to offer. You'll see that you can enjoy a plethora of outdoor recreation and your usual vacation activities, as well as explore and discover new interests and experiences. Southwest Colorado has a dry climate. Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration. More than Ridgway’s spectacular scenic beauty will take your breath away… Ridgway’s elevation is 6,985 feet.
Give your body time to adjust.
If possible, stay down in the valley, around town, on your first day.
Avoid strenuous exercise the first day of your vacation.
Drink plenty of water!
Limit alcohol, caffeine and tobacco use.
Work your way up to higher altitudes.
Pursue your sightseeing and adventure plans by gradually going up to a little higher altitude each day.
There’s much to explore at lower elevations, too.
Be prepared for afternoon showers in the high country.
Wide temperature swings and rapidly changing weather are common from lower to higher elevations.
Learn to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia.
Adequate clothing is a must.
Wear layers and a hat.
Remember your sunscreen (you're closer to the sun in thinner air that's easier for UV rays to penetrate).
Welcome To Adventure You won't believe how much there is to do in such a small town. Check out a few of the most popular things to do in Ridgway Colorado.
Get The Official Guide To Ridgway
Find out why Ridgway is the perfect town where you can enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events. This 68-page, full-color guide gives you all the details you need to know to create the vacation of your dreams or plan your move to the home you always wanted. From the event calendar and maps to the business and lodging listings, this handy guide is your bible for your stay here in Ridgway.
View the Flip Book
Download the guide
About the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce
Organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community growth
The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community growth and development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area.
2018 Quarter 3 Interim Lodging Tax Report
The RACC Board of Directors is happy to share our third quarter report. We are excited by the progress that continues to be made at the organization. It has been a busy and exciting two months since our last report. Much of our attention has focused on our annual golf tournament, which was redesigned in 2017, with all net proceeds now being returned directly to the business community. This year the funding is be directed towards a new youth apprenticeship program that will support both our youth and business community in the short and long-term. Read the 2018 3rd Quarter Report.
2018 2nd Quarter Report
2018 1st Quarter Report
2017 Lodging Tax Report
To promote business and community growth, the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce has initiated the following projects and programs:
Annual Visitors Guide
Colorado Creative Corridor
Visitor Center Management
Off-Peak Season Tourism Promotion, funded by a Colorado Office of Tourism grant
Weekly Event & Business News Eblasts
Online and print promotion plus media relations
Ridgway Chamber Golf Open
Youth Ambassador Program
Youth Apprenticeship Program
Member Grand Opening Events
Nonprofit Youth Volunteer Fair