The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) and the Ouray Tourism Office (OTO) are pleased to announce their recent award of a $10,000 marketing grant from the Colorado Tourism Office to promote countywide, off-peak season visitation and tourism-driven economic opportunities. Ridgway and Ouray recognize that summer tourism visitation is at or near maximum capacity. In contrast, local businesses struggle to keep a consistent cash flow during the shoulder seasons of October through April. The marketing grant will be used to target off-peak season months in an effort to increase tourism-driven economic opportunities for local businesses.
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.
BY JULIA TALEN | JUNE 25, 2018
Ridgway State Park
Folks in wheelchairs can hike, fish, and camp at this accessible state park.
Pictured: 2018 Ridgway RiverFest Emcee John Clark (also Ridgway's Mayor) stands on an unusual island in the Uncompahgre River with a flock of rubber duckies.
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.