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Welcome to Ridgway, Colorado ~ gateway to the San Juan Mountains and an undiscovered gem of southwestern Colorado.

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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...

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  • 11th Annual Free Summer Concert Series Band Line-Up
Rainbow over Ridgway's Hartwell Park during Summer Concert

The 2018 Ridgway Concert Series begins this year on July 5th and continues each Thursday through July 26thThe series is free to the public and features a wonderfully curated mix of eight bands over four nights. The events are family friendly and include a children’s activities area to keep the kids entertained, while the parents dance and mingle with new and old friends.

Expect spectacular views of the San Juan and Cimarron Mountains, stellar music, and lots of dancing. Delicious food and regionally brewed beer and other libations will be available. The audience is welcome to bring (short backed) lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and picnics. Please note, no glass or outside alcohol & no dogs are allowed in the park. The Ridgway Concert Series is presented by the Town of Ridgway in conjunction with Pickin’ Productions and is funded entirely by community sponsors, fundraisers and donations. The on-site beer sales benefit a local not-for-profit.

Radio: All four concerts will be broadcast live on KVNF Community Radio (90.9, 89.1 FM) and will be streaming live on the web at www.kvnf.org.

The 2018 Lineup

July 5 – Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts

Opening Act: Cary Morin

July 12 – Billy Strings

Opening Act: Freddy & Francine

July 16 – Carolyn Wonderland

Opening Act: A.J. Fullerton

July 26 – The Lowdown Brass Band

Opening Act: Alma Afrobeat Ensemble

For more information:

www.ridgwayconcertseries.com

www.facebook.com/RidgwayConcertSeries

www.pickinproductions.com

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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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

2018 Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. View sitemap
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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.