COVID-19 Resources & Visitor Information

Last updated: August 19, 2020

As a community, we are all coping with rapidly changing information around the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update information as it becomes available. 

Traveling to Ridgway

Ridgway businesses and surrounding outdoor recreation opportunities are open. However, visitors are strongly urged to adhere to state, county and town guidelines to keep our community safe.

As of August 19, the State of Colorado issued a mandatory statewide open fire ban for the next 30 days due to several wildfires burning across the state and severe drought conditions. More information here

As of July 3rd, Ouray County has a mandatory face coverings order for places open to the public. This includes any place of business both inside and outdoor seating, waiting or pick-up areas. Please read the Ouray County Order here

As of July 16th, the State of Colorado has a mandatory face covering order for any indoor public space.  Please read the State Order here.

5 steps for responsible travel infographic
As of June 5, the State of Colorado is now in the “Safer at Home in the Vast, Great Outdoors” phase. The latest order from Governor Jared Polis, available HERE, continues to have individual restrictions in place concerning limitations on activities, travel, and public gatherings. Workplace restrictions remain necessary to implement standard social distancing requirements, cleaning standards, and other items necessary to reduce the possibility of disease spread. Certain businesses and activities require specific guidance based on their business practices, and those can be viewed in the order at the link above.

Travel for outdoor recreation within the state of Colorado and outside of your community is allowed if individuals can:

  • Maintain 6 feet of distance
  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Gather in groups of less than 10 people
  • Stay home if you are sick

More information on traveling in Colorado during COVID-19 can be found here:

Retail Food and Drink

As of May 27, food and drink establishments are able to operate with limited dine-in and outside seating. Since this is a new and evolving transition, please contact businesses directly for more details. As of June 5, Bars, breweries, taverns, and distilleries remain closed to ingress, egress, use, and occupancy by members of the public.

Local Businesses and Organizations

As of June 5, most businesses and organizations can resume operation if they can meet the guidelines outlined in the state order. Playgrounds, gyms, recreation centers, hot springs, and pools can open with adapted requirements outlined in the June 5th state order. As we continue to reopen, please contact the business or organization directly for more information.

Events

Some events are cancelled or postponed, many have gone online, and others are planning to move forward. Please review our Upcoming Events page for more information.

Ridgway Visitor Center

The Ridgway Visitor Center will be closed for the remainder of 2020 and all True Grit Walking Tours are canceled due to the impacts of COVID-19. The 2020 Ridgway and Ouray Visitor Guide is available outside the Visitor Center building in a free dispenser or you can receive a digital copy by going here. Also available outside the visitor center: other travel planning resources, picnic tables and free wifi.  

Please contact us at if you have closures or event cancellations to announce.

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 currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, 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

See you in Ridgway

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