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Welcome to Ridgway, Colorado ~ gateway to the San Juan Mountains and an undiscovered gem of southwestern Colorado.

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • History & Heritage
  • Health & Wellness
  • Culinary Experiences
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  • 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 Ridgway 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 Forest and Wilderness areas. In town we have a river park, paved trails, a pump track, a skate park, and a climbing wall. Find your outdoor adventure...

  • Ridgway, as a designated Creative Arts District, is known for its vigorous arts community. The town boasts a new concert stage in Hartwell Park, which is home to the summer outdoor Concert Series. In addition, the newly restored Sherbino Theater offers music, movies and much more. Several studios, galleries, and sculptures are here to discover. Dozens of one of a kind, family-owned shops and several award-winning restaurants plus a local brewery make this an exciting place to settle in and spend some time. Explore Ridgway's arts and entertainment scene...

  • Ouray County offers something for every history buff, from easy access to ghost towns to scenic ranches and world-class museums. Prior to the mining era of the 1860s-1950s, Ouray was Ute Indian Country. As mining grew, so did the ranching and railroad industries that supported it. Today, Ouray County celebrates its unique Western heritage with museums dedicated to mining, railroading, ranching and the Utes, as well as private collections and a beautiful historic fairgrounds that hosts the annual Labor Day Ouray County Fair & Rodeo. Immerse yourself in Ridgway's rich culture and history...

  • Ridgway is a hub for wellness professionals and services. Whether you seek relaxation and rejuvenation from massages, hot springs and other health resort amenities, or you are looking for an expert chiropractor, nutritionist or other wholistic medicine practitioner, our little town delivers. Plus, you have your pick of yoga and fitness classes from pilates to spin, as well as personal trainers in many sports disciplines. You can find scheduled activities weekly as well as retreats and special trainings and workshops throughout the year. Find your whole health in Ridgway...

  • Ridgway residents thrive on fabulous food, which makes our town a great place for visitors to experience local food culture. From fancy French cuisine to freshly made Mexican dishes, our restaurants offer unique menus and diverse options for diverse palates. Keeping up with the farm-to-table trend, many of our markets, restaurants and special events source locally produced meats, dairy products, vegetables, fruits and herbs. We benefit from the plentiful fields and orchards around Colorado's Western Slope. Enjoy a genuine food experience...

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.


    Welcome to Ridgway, Colorado. We hope you enjoy your visit to this gem of a mountain town. ~ Ridgway Chamber of Commerce

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

    RidgwayColorado.com

    Annual Visitors Guide

    Colorado Creative Corridor

    Visitor Center Management

    Off-Peak Season Tourism Promotion, funded by a Colorado Office of Tourism grant

    Itinerary Development

    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

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Learn about what's new and happening in Ridgway, Colorado – where thinking outside is a way of life.


Colorado Creative Corridro

The Colorado Creative Corridor is Live!

The Colorado Creative Corridor travels some 331 miles through a handful of state certified Creative District destinations including Carbondale, Crested Butte, Paonia, Ridgway and Salida. These five towns combine to offer a collective experience of unique event programming and activities, alongside mountain town eclecticism, majestic vistas and outdoor recreation, and authentic Colorado mountain culuture. Click here for more details on the Colorado Creative Corridor...

Ridgway and Ouray Receive State Grant to Promote Off-Peak Season Tourism

Ridgway and Ouray Receive State Grant to Promote Off-Peak Season Tourism

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) and the Ouray Tourism Office (OTO) are pleased to announce their recent award of a $10,000 marketing grant from the Colorado Tourism Office to promote countywide, off-peak season visitation and tourism-driven economic opportunities. Ridgway and Ouray recognize that summer tourism visitation is at or near maximum capacity. In contrast, local businesses struggle to keep a consistent cash flow during the shoulder seasons of October through April. The marketing grant will be used to target off-peak season months in an effort to increase tourism-driven economic opportunities for local businesses.

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WANTED: 2019 Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Ambassador

WANTED: 2019 Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce Youth Ambassador

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The Youth Ambassador will be eligible for a $500 scholarship, and receives career development benefits from the one-year experience, with mentorship from advisors in the local business community and recognition in various print and online news sources. 

A Foodie Town

Ridgway Colorado is more than the gateway to the San Juan Mountains. It's increasingly known as the finest small foodie town this side of the divide. Don't just take our word for it... check out Ridgway's restaurants for yourself.

Weddings For A Lifetime

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Weddings For A Lifetime

Ridgway Colorado is an idyllic setting for your special moment. Learn more about Ridgway Colorado as a destination for weddings.

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  • An idyllic location for any wedding

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  • An idyllic location for any wedding

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  • An idyllic location for any wedding

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  • An idyllic location for any wedding

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Ridgway is nestled in the picturesque Uncompaghre Valley and surrounded by the majestic snow capped peaks of the Cimarrons and San Juans, some of the most photographed mountains in the world. The town is located at the northern entrance of the San Juan Scenic and Historic Byway, one of America’s most spectacular highways. With nearly 300 glorious days of sunshine, it is the perfect town to enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events.

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Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is open from May 1 through October 1 and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).

Mailing address: P.O. Box 544, Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
info@ridgwaycolorado.com

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Visitors Center and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce

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. The Visitors Center is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of Sherman Street/Highway 62).

Mailing address: P.O. Box 544, Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. Managed by Peak Media Company LLC

Welcome to Ridgway


Extra Info

The Grammy Awards, presented to music industry superstars each year, are made in Ridgway by local artist and musician John Billings and his crew at Billings Artworks gallery and foundry.

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  • Elevation: 6.985'
  • Population: 932 (2013)
  • Sunshine: 300 days / year
  • Summer Temps: 82º / 55º F
  • Winter Temps: 45º / 6º F


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See you in Ridgway

Adventure, night life and all around easy living await you in Ridgway Colorado, gateway to the San Juan Mountains.