What's Happening

Learn about all that's going on in Ridgway, Colorado. Once considered a sleepy little town, our creative district and expanding business and nonprofit scenes are ramping up!

Spring 2018 Youth Volunteer Fair at Ridgway Secondary School

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the Ridgway Secondary School is hosting its second Youth Volunteer Fair to connect middle and high school students to nonprofits from around the community. This one-hour event from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. is a great opportunity for nonprofits to share information about your nonprofit and volunteer needs.

Not only do students make enthusiastic volunteers, engaging them in your nonprofit activities can spread your message further through their families and friends. As this article, 5 Tips for Recruiting Young Volunteers, points out: "No matter what your volunteering program does, there are ways to incorporate young people into it and benefit from their energy, ideas and skills." (Click on the article title to read more.)

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"Welcome to Ridgway – Think Outside" Photo Contest 2018

What’s better than getting your photo seen and business credited, by thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers? How about getting to say a big hello to 6,000 travel professionals from more than 70 countries? And top that off with a $200 cash prize!

You're invited to enter photos into the 2018 “Welcome to Ridgway – Think Outside” Photo Contest to help promote Ridgway as a destination during National Travel and Tourism Week. The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce will select one photo to send to the Colorado Tourism Office to display on several online channels leading up to the U.S. Travel Association's annual show, in Denver on May 19-23, 2018. The chamber will award the winner with $200 and send the photo to our media contacts in a news release about the winning photographer and business. Plus, selected non-winning entries will get posted on the chamber’s Facebook page and new Instagram and Twitter feeds. 

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Ouray County Arts Association Alpine Artists' Holiday Juried Art Show

Call for Entries to the 58th Artists’ Alpine Holiday

April 9 was the opening for entries into the 5th Artists' Alpine Holiday, with wwards totaling $3,900, a People’s Choice Award, plus  purchase awards by Citizens State Bank, Alpine Bank and the Mildred M. Baker Memorial awards.  

Nearly 300 artists enter the Artists’ Alpine Holiday each year bringing over 400 works of art, including sculpture and photography. There is also a special category for students. The show is generally attended by close to 2,000 visitors from foreign countries and more than 30 states. Approximately 10% or more of the art is sold during the show’s run each year. Proceeds from percentage of sales, as well as monies received from entry fees, memberships, and cash donations, are used to support ongoing shows, including the awarding of prizes and payment of the show’s judge. All of those involved in the planning and operation of shows are volunteers – including the officers and committee chairpersons.

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2018 Ridgway Chamber Youth Ambassador to appear in Just Another High School Play

Elizabeth Mueller, the 2018 Ridgway Chamber Youth Ambassador, is one of the 13 cast members of Just Another High School Play showing at the Sherbino Theater on March 27 and 28, 2018. Mueller, a local 11th-grader, was selected as the 2018 Youth Ambassador by the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce last fall, and her welcome letter appeared on page 2 of the 2018 Official Visitor's Guide.* She will also be sharing photos of the great activities and scenery around Ridgway on the Chamber's Instagram account, to show visitors our community's assets.

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Taco Del Gnar Ridgway

Taco Del Gnar Ranks #1 In Colorado Taco Shops

The Top 15 Mouthwatering Taco Shops Around Colorado

OutThereColorado.com Gallery by:  Spencer McKee

If you’re anything like me, you think every taco is delicious. That being said, some taco joints are simply a cut above the rest. Here’s a list of 15 of our favorite taco shops around the state, based on several attributes including the deliciousness of their food, the variety of their options, and that special something that makes them different.

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Creative Corridor route from Salida to Ridgway

Ridgway drums up tourism through creative corridor route

Five mountain destinations part of new initiative

A collaborative marketing effort by 10 organizations in five mountain towns aims to increase tourism through promotion of the Colorado Creative Corridor, a 331-mile route connecting five state-designated Creative Districts. The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is contributing $5,000 to the marketing campaign, which is also funded by a $25,000 grant from the Colorado Tourism Office and $20,000 in matching funds from other partner organizations.

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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

Welcome to Ridgway

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The Grammy Awards, presented to music industry superstars each year, are made in Ridgway by local artist and musician John Billings and his crew at Billings Artworks gallery and foundry.

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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.