Things To Do

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, a “foodie”, history buff or art lover, Ridgway, Colorado has it all. Come and explore the diversity of what we offer!

  • 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...

True Grit, filmed in Ridgway Colorado

On The Big Screen

The captivating beauty of Ridgway, Ouray and surrounding areas has attracted a number of production companies making movies, documentaries and commercials. More than 100 films have been made in southwestern Colorado. The rugged peaks, steep canyons, rustic mine buildings and ghost towns of the San Juan Mountains make you feel as though you are still in the Old West of the American frontier. Hollywood filmmakers have always thought so too. Thus, the Ridgway area has served as settings for several classic western movies. Many film sites, buildings, props and embellishments may still be seen in and around our town.

Western Movie

  • True Grit Ridgway Colorado
    True Grit (filmed summer and fall, 1968) – When Charles Portis’ novel was published early in 1968, John Wayne received a pre-publication copy and directed his son to buy the movie rights for their Batjac production company. The Waynes lost out to Paramount, who immediately hired Wayne to play the part of Rooster Cogburn.
    More movie details

    Interested in True Grit walking tours? Click for info.

  • Tribute to a Bad Man Ridgway Colorado
    Tribute to a Bad Man (1957) – filmed just south of Ridgway on Miller Mesa on the old Walther ranch, near Top of the Pines and the Elk Meadows mailboxes on County Road 5. Written by Jack Schaefer, who also wrote the classic westerns Shane and Monte Walsh. Directed by Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Andromeda Strain, The Day the Earth Stood Still). Originally to star Spencer Tracy, Tracy hated southwestern Colorado and Wise fired him and replaced him with James Cagney. This was Cagney’s last western.
  • How the West Was Won Ridgway Colorado
    How the West Was Won (1962) – Ridgway’s Hartwell Park, Cow Creek, and the Katie’s Meadow (Debbie’s meadow) areas used by director Henry Hathaway, who later used the same areas for True Grit. The meadow was used for the scene where wagon master Robert Preston proposes to Debbie Reynolds.
  • Sons of Katie Elder Ridgway Colorado
    The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – While this film was not filmed in the immediate Ridgway area (a bit was shot on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad near Durango), it is based on the lives of George and Charley Marlow, who lived in Ridgway and the Colona area from 1890 to about 1920 and maintained strong ties to the area until their deaths in the early 1940s. While in this area they were respected ranchers and served as lawmen for about 10 years. The portion of their life story that became the movie took place in western Texas in 1888 to 1889, and their real-life story is much more dramatic than the movie. They have many descendants in the area.
    Discover more in our film brochure: The True Story of The Sons of Katie Elder
Dennis Weaver Ridgway 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. Their sons, Rusty and Rick, still live in the area. 

The beautiful Dennis Weaver Memorial Park was dedicated on August 25, 2007, with family, friends, and townspeople joining in the celebration. For a park map and information on the Eagle Memorial, stop by the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the corner of Hwy. 550 and Hwy. 62 or visit Learn more about Dennis Weaver and his contributions to Ridgway, Colorado.

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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


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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


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

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Extra Info

How about yak meat for a meal? Little Ridgway is home to three yak farms! Not only do they sell their products directly to consumers, but they are served on local restaurant and school menus.

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