Ridgway at-a-glance

  • At the intersection of Highways 550 and 62, just 25 miles south of Montrose and 10 miles north of Ouray.
  • Ridgway boasts ideal base-camp positioning in the very heart of southwestern Colorado – the Gateway to the San Juans! Ridgway is located at the virtual apex of the San Juan Skyway – the most famous and scenic byway in America. Our wrap-around views are SPECTACULAR and Ridgway enjoys the clearest night skies in all of Colorado.
  • Ridgway was the birthplace and headquarters of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and is now the home of the Ridgway Railroad Museum, located on Highway 62 just a few hundred feet off Highway 550. Admission is always FREE . Railroading remains the # 1 hobby in America.
  • Ridgway is also the home to Orvis Hot Springs. Orvis was the historic, sacred hot springs of the Ute Indians. It offers several pools, is “swimsuit optional”, very clean and beautifully landscaped. There are a number of other public, natural hot springs pools in the area as well. Just one mile south of Ridgway on Highway 550.
  • Ridgway and its local mountains and valleys have been a favorite setting for Hollywood’s classic western movies. Many film sites, buildings, props and embellishmenta 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 and Dennis Hopper. The Ridgway Chamber offers one-hour True Grit Movie walking tours which depart every Friday at 11 a.m. from the Visitors Center (June through October). Call to reserve your spot: 970-626-5181. The fee is $10 per person, and children under 12 are free.
  • Ridgway boasts Colorado’s #1 favorite – Ridgway State Park and Reservoir – with year-round camping, yurts available for rent, a swim beach, a marina, great fishing, water sports, hiking, cross county skiing, and more. Deer, elk and bald eagles are a common sight in the tree tops along the reservoir and the Uncompahgre River flowing into it. The park is handicap accessible throughout, and has three entrances with the closest just nine miles north of Ridgway on Highway 550.
  • The well-known designer, Ralph Lauren, has a home in Ridgway and maintains approximately 22,000 acres of the world’s most scenic land! One can drive for miles along his ranch fence line, just about six miles out of town on Highway 62, and take in the unbelievable view – dotted with authentically painted tipi’s interspersed on his working cattle ranch. See the November 2002 issue of “Architectural Digest” for an article about this extraordinary ranch. Or drive through the property to the foot of Mt. Sneffels and the trial head for a local’s favorite hike to Blue Lakes.
  • Ridgway has a rich ranching heritage that is still practiced throughout the area today. Come by the Ridgway Public Library and browse through our history in the permanent Local History display donated by Ralph and Ricky Lauren.
  • Ridgway is home to Billings Artworks – the gallery and foundry for the authentic Grammy Awards. Local artist and musician, John Billings, occassionally grants tours of the foundry to groups. Reservations required well in advance. Please contact the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ridgway’s Farmers’ Market has won statewide recognition. Open Fridays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June through October.
  • Ridgway is in the heart of many scenic cultural and historic day trips! Ridgway is just under three hours from Mesa Verde and one hour from Silverton – home of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train ride.

Ridgway Facts

  • Sunshine: 300 days a year
  • Elevation: 6,998 ft.
  • Mt. Sneffels: 14,150 ft.
  • Population: Ridgway 962, Ouray County 4455
  • Average Home Price: $250,000 town – $359,000 county
  • Summer Temps: 82º / 55º F
  • Winter Temps: 45º / 6º F
  • Fall Colors: Late September – Early October

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).

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
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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.

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