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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...

Ridgway Chamber Open Golf Tournament

2nd Annual Ridgway Chamber Open!

Saturday, September 15th

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the second annual Ridgway Chamber Open! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 15th at the Divide Ranch & Club.

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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  • Planes, trains and automobiles – whichever way you decide to get here, Ridgway, Colorado is waiting with arms wide open to welcome you to our festivals, farmers markets, hiking and biking trails, museums, shopping district, rivers and streams, and more. You don't have to do it all (at least not on your first visit), but it's here when you're ready... read more about planning your trip to Ridgway


    Ridgway Colorado Visitors Guide

    Get The Official Guide To Ridgway, Colorado

    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.

  • 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. Over the past year, the Chamber has been revitalized with several new and improved programs and member benefits including the launch of this highly interactive, content-rich website. 

    Learn more about the chamber | Check out relocation information

Latest News & Events

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...

Come Out & See What's Happening on Ridgway First Fridays

Come Out & See What's Happening on Ridgway First Fridays

Deals, Demos, Art, Treats, Fun & Frolic!
Fridays: July 6, August 3, September 7
5 – 9 p.m.

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Meet Ridgway Chamber Youth Ambassador Elizabeth Mueller

Meet Ridgway Chamber Youth Ambassador Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller, who will be in 12th grade at the Ridgway Secondary School in fall 2018, was appointed as the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce’s first youth ambassador in fall 2017. Among her duties, she wrote the welcome letter in the 2018 Ridgway Visitors Guide (see page 2), posts as #ridgwaythroughyoungeyes on the chamber’s Instragram page (ridgwaycolorado), and represents youth at chamber events.

Ridgway Chamber President Colin Lacy explained, “We started the Youth Ambassador program with the vision and support of the Chamber's communications partner Tanya Ishikawa. This is a small first step to amplify the youth voice and better connect local commerce with local education. Local business success is predicated on local talent. As a community, our first-priority talent pipeline should be our local students. We are grateful for Elizabeth's talent and entrepreneurial spirit to launch this new initiative with us.”

Elizabeth is active in various arts activities, including piano, trumpet, violin, ballet and pointe, visual art, acting, and singing. She plans to attend a college with a great theater program. Her school activities include Key Club, Student Council and National Honors Society, and she can also be seen volunteering around the area, especially for Communities that Care Coalition (CTC).

“I have a great respect for the chamber for making an effort to involve the youth of our community through the ambassador program, marketing strategies, and events like the volunteer fair. I've always felt that there is a bit of a disconnect from the inner workings of the adult community and the youth of our area. Youth development is a delicate process anywhere you go and the chamber's effort to reach out to middle and high school students alike, I feel, will bridge a gap in development that has been present for far too long. Reaching the upcoming members of Ridgway is likely the best way to ensure community development and I am thrilled that the chamber recognizes that,” she said.

Elizabeth is one of Ridgway’s #1 fans, readily extolling the town for its many assets, from its many community celebrations to its welcoming people. Her favorite spot near Ridgway is Blaine Basin (in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area of the Uncompahgre National Forest) – a beautiful hike especially in the late summer when the wildflowers are in bloom.

“My involvement in the Chamber of Commerce has become one of the highest honors of my high school career. Being elected Youth Ambassador means that certain members of the community were able to recognize myself and the youth body I represent as an important part of our town and I am so pleased to be able to facilitate that connection. In addition, I feel my time serving as Ridgway Chamber's Youth Ambassador will better prepare me for a successful future beyond my high school career and beyond Ridgway, giving me a chance to see community thinkers in action and to contribute to the development of my home,” she concluded.

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  • Ute Indian Ridgway Colorado

    Local Secret

    The Ute Indians were well-acquainted with a fascinating weather phenomenon which the locals today refer to as, “The Colona Line”. If one is driving along Highway 550 (about 16 miles north of Ridgway at Colona ) and it begins snowing, one may likely see the snowfall form a near perfect line running across the highway – almost as if the ground had been masked off, allowing the snow to land on only one side – usually the south side. Is it just a coincidence that “The Colona Line” is approximately in the same location as the Ouray / Montrose County border?

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  • Dennis Weaver Ridgay Colorado

    Dennis Weaver: Actor & 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 late wife, Gerry, was also known for her generosity and support of many important causes in the community, as well as for her natural ability as an entertainer. His sons, Rusty and Rick, still live in the area. Learn more about Dennis Weaver and his contributions to Ridgway, Colorado.

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  • One Ridgway

    One Ridgway

    One Ridgway is an initiative to encourage, reward and celebrate your local purchases. Every local purchase has a significant impact on our community! The town of Ridgway’s primary revenue source is sales tax. Therefore, your local purchases directly support all of the town services that we rely on as a community, including water and sewer, local roads, infrastructure and maintenance, police and emergency services, and our town parks. All of these services are dependent on local purchasing activity.

    More details on One Ridgway | Learn about the chamber
  • Ridgway Is Growing!

    Known once as 'the town that wouldn't die', Ridgway, Colorado has blossomed into a destination area in its own right, similar to neighboring Ouray and Telluride. What's driving the growth? Simple. Ridgway's quality of life is unmatched, offering everything from festivals and arts, to access to some of the region's best outdoor activities, all wrapped up in a quiet, approachable culture that you'd expect in a small town.

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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.

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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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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

Ridgway was the birthplace and headquarters of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and is now the home of the Ridgway Railroad Museum. Railroading remains the #1 hobby in America.

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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.