Outdoor Adventure

Intense landscapes, rare water resources and crisp, clear air – Ridgway, Colorado has the elements to create great adventures and amazing true stories.

  • Golfing
  • Biking, Hiking, Running
  • World-Class Bowl And Amazing Views At Ridgway Skate Park
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • 4WD, ATV, Dirtbiking
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Outdoor Adventure

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 mountain bike pump track, a skate park, and a climbing wall.

Skating at the Ridgway Colorado skate park

World-Class Bowl And Amazing Views At Ridgway Skate Park

“We are blessed to have a skate park here in our backyard, available to everyone all the time. Not a lot of places in the world have such an amazing skate park available for public use and within walking distance to the whole town.”

That is how Shane Carrick, a lifelong skateboarder from Ouray, feels about the Ridgway Skate Park at South Lena Street and Chipeta Drive. Shane is the head snowboard coach at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club. He teaches skateboarding internationally through the nonprofit organization, Make Life Skate Life, and just started a skate camp in Ridgway this summer with his friend, Logan Tyler.

“There is something for everyone at the Ridgway Skate Park. Beginners to pros can find something to enjoy. We have small, medium and large features at the park. There is also a nice beginners section that's separated from the larger areas of the park,” Shane said. “The bowl section is world class – both the deep-end, 10-foot zone and the shallow-end, 4-foot zone. Our street course is limited but also very nice.”

The 5,000-square-foot park was built by Grindline in 2006, so the concrete is still in good shape. The park allows scooters and bikes as well, but the majority of park users are skateboarders.

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World-Class Climbing

From mid-December through mid-March, Ouray is full of climbing activity and good cheer, with “Have an Ice Day” greeting you from almost every open merchant and lodger’s window. Jim Donini, former president of the American Alpine Club, calls the Ouray Ice Park “the best venue in the world to develop ice-climbing skills,” and it’s easy to see why. The Ice Park is home to more than 200 ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15 to 30 minute walk from downtown Ouray. There are many opportunities to pick up the sport; you can hire an experienced local guide or attend one of the many seasonal clinics that have something for every group from beginner to expert, kid to adult, able-bodied to amputee.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Nowhere on earth is there a more beautiful place to experience the “gentle adventure” of hot air ballooning than Ridgway. Experience Ouray County the way you’ve always wanted to, from the air.

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RIGS Adventure Co Rafting Guides

Rafting, Boating, Fishing

Colorado is a top destination for river sports enthusiasts – many families move here just to be close to the amazing mountain streams, rivers and lakes. Ridgway is no exception with the scenice Uncompahgre River that winds through the town. So close to the high mountain headwaters, this section of the river is still fairly narrow and shallow for most of the year, but there's still many opportunities to enjoy the water and river trails. For a few weeks in early summer, rafting and kayaking are popular here, and other times of year the river trails and parks are the main focus.

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4WD, ATV, Dirtbiking

From tough singletrack to scenic off-road byways crossing the San Juan Mountains, 4-wheel drive roads and trails abound for every level of driver or rider. Go it alone or with guides who love to share their knowledge of the San Juans’ geology, flora, fauna, and colorful stories. The following businesses offer guided tours, self-drive rentals, horseback rides, guided nature hikes, and more. Contact High Country 4×4 at the KOA 970-325-4736 – Colorado West Jeep Tours at coloradowestjeeps.com, Switzerland of America at soajeep.com, and San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours at ourayjeeptours.com.

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Golfing

Ouray County’s 300+ days of sunshine make it an ideal location for golfing. The award-winning Divide Golf Club is located only four miles from Ridgway and features an 18-hole course with incredible views and 7,039 yards of challenging play. Complete with pro shop, restaurant and event services, the Divide meets all your golfing needs!

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Biking, Hiking, Running

There are plenty of trails within a few minutes drive from Ridgway within the San Juan Mountains, including Mt. Sneffles and Cimarron Wilderness and surrounding BLM lands. Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) are a series of interconnected trails in and around the town of Ridgway. From the Weaver Trail System and the Angel Ridge Trails (both accessible from Town Park) to high alpine trails such as the Dallas Trail, more than 40 miles of single track and hiking routes are located in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. From day trips to backpack trips there are many choices.

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Black Canyon

“No other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison,” Wallace Hansen wrote after studying the geology of the region for several years. Black Canyon National Park is only 30 miles from Ridgway via Highway 550 north to Montrose, then Highway 50 east. Plan to spend time visiting the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose along your way.

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Ridgway State Park

This beautiful park, created with the Ridgway Reservoir at its heart, offers breathtaking scenery, three campgrounds with modern amenities, three cozy yurts for overnight stays, playgrounds, and group event facilities. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many hiking and biking trails along with birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. The park is a favorite for fishing, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, picnicking, and swimming. More information can be found at www.parks.state.co.us/ridgway

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Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting 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.

150 Racecourse Road
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
- 970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

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

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.

150 Racecourse Road
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

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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