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!

Fall 2017 Youth Volunteer Fair

Volunteer and community service are often requirements for scholarships, college entrance and other goals of students. In fact, National Honor Society members are required to volunteer 10 hours per semester. However, it can be difficult or confusing for youth to know which nonprofits need volunteers and how and when to volunteer.

Meanwhile, nonprofits have a regular need for volunteers at annual events and other activities, that can be challenging to fill in small communities. Nonprofit staff is not always prepared to offer a volunteer assignment when asked spontaneously by a young person. But, with planning and the right opportunity, nonprofits and youth volunteers can find ways to benefit each other with great experiences that help the whole community.

As a service to local students and nonprofits, the Ridgway Secondary School will host a youth volunteer fair from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the cafeteria at 1200 Green Street, Ridgway.

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Ridgway Ranks As A Top Foodie Destination

Over the past few years Ridgway’s culinary scene has burgeoned with trendy restaurants and cafes taking over the downtown — and visitors are taking notice. 

According to a report produced by RewardExpert, a travel website that compiles data-driven reports about destinations and travel-related expenses, Ridgway ranked No. 4 out of 17 restaurants in the Mountain West category of the company’s 2017 Best American Foodie Towns list. The list included towns from Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. 

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Almost Rodeo Time! Students Arrive At Ridgway's First Day Of School By Horseback

The Great Godbeys
With the Ouray County Fair & Rodeo coming up on Labor Day Weekend, a ride to Ridgway Elementary School on horseback was just the way to start the school year on Aug. 28. Gentry Godbey, now a third grader, began her family's tradition of riding to school on horseback at the beginning of fall when she started kindergarten four years ago. Her brother, Colt, continued the tradition when he entered kindergarten last year, and this year, youngest brother, Gage, made his historic journey to elementary school on horseback as well. 
Says their father, Ben Godbey, who escorts them each year, "When we moved to Ridgway a few years ago, we knew we wanted to be part of making a difference for the community.

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Ridgway Chamber Open Golf Tournament

Ridgway Chamber Open

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the first annual Ridgway Chamber Open! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 9th at the Divide Ranch & Club.

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Foodies Relish Fare At Ridgway’s Outdoor Events

When you think of festival food, what comes to mind? If grease and oil as well as over-salted and sugary foods popped into your head, you obviously haven’t been eating at the summer festivals and concerts in Ridgway, which feature fresh, healthy eats as well as hearty meals.

Probably the most popular and frequent local festival vendor is Melry’s Lunchbox, with delicious food served by Melissa and Ryan Bailey. They were hired for the Love Your Valley Festival in May, RAT (Ridgway Area Trails) Fest! In June, and Ridgway Summer Concert Series in July, all in Hartwell Park. They were also serving at the Ridgway RiverFest in Rollans Park this past June and the June before, plus they opened up a restaurant on Sherman Street this past spring.

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Dennis Weaver Local Hero Ridgway Colorado

Dennis Weaver: Captain Planet

A person driving a Toyota Prius through Ridgway wouldn’t garner a second glance nowadays — but when a Hollywood cowboy famous for riding his horse through the streets of New York City brought one of these full-hybrid electric vehicles to town shortly after they were released stateside in 2000, people took notice. Actor Dennis Weaver first purchased property in the town of Ridgway in 1988, wanting to escape the hustle-bustle of L.A. and find a place to grow his own food. He made the move permanent in 1990, and two years later, Weaver was living in the most luxurious Earthship house that New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds could construct, an ode to Weaver’s values of environmental sustainability.

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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

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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