Think Outside

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

Plan Your Trip To Ridgway

Drive into town past some of the most incredible scenery in the world, whether you take a route through the nearby red rock deserts or the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. If you prefer quicker access, Montrose Regional Airport is about 30 minutes away from Ridgway, with several flights arriving and departing each day. Plus, for railroad fans, the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train and Amtrak make stops in Silverton and Grand Junction, both about an hour and a half away.

We highly recommend you flip through our Visitor's Guide at the link below before you arrive in Ridgway to check out all that our area has to offer. You'll see that you can enjoy a plethora of outdoor recreation and your usual vacation activities, as well as explore and discover new interests and experiences.

Southwest Colorado has a dry climate. Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration. More than Ridgway’s spectacular scenic beauty will take your breath away… Ridgway’s elevation is 6,985 feet.

  • Give your body time to adjust.
  • If possible, stay down in the valley, around town, on your first day.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise the first day of your vacation.
  • Drink plenty of water!
  • Limit alcohol, caffeine and tobacco use.
  • Work your way up to higher altitudes.
  • Pursue your sightseeing and adventure plans by gradually going up to a little higher altitude each day.
  • There’s much to explore at lower elevations, too.
  • Be prepared for afternoon showers in the high country.
  • Wide temperature swings and rapidly changing weather are common from lower to higher elevations.
  • Learn to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia.
  • Adequate clothing is a must.
  • Wear layers and a hat.
  • Remember your sunscreen (you're closer to the sun in thinner air that's easier for UV rays to penetrate).

Get The Official Guide To Ridgway Colorado

Find out why Ridgway is the perfect town where you can enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events. This 68-page, full-color guide gives you all the details you need to know to create the vacation of your dreams or plan your move to the home you always wanted. From the event calendar and maps to the business and lodging listings, this handy guide is your bible for your stay here in Ridgway.

Recent News & Events

Fall 2017 Youth Volunteer Fair

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Regional Amenities & Services

Telluride Newspapers

The Watch is a free, weekly newspaper published in print and online every Thursday. The coverage includes news and features from Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose and Telluride, as well as useful information in its...

Ridgway Mountain Market

We are your local community connection for high quality foods, friendly service and great prices. Our family-owned store offers a convenient one-stop shop where you can find everything you need from the...

Region 10

Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning provides programs and services that meet the needs of the people in the region, are cost-effective, reduce the burden of local governments,...

KVNF Public Radio

KVNF is a public radio station serving neraly 10,000 square miles of Western Colorado over the public airwaves, and the rest of the planet.

Western Slope Rides

Western Slope Rides (WSR) offers private or shared shuttle and transportation services from Montrose airport to/from Telluride, Ouray and surrounding areas. Whether you’re visiting to ski Telluride, ice...

Ouray County 4-H Event Center & Fairgrounds

The Crown Jewel of Ouray County! Situated against a spectacular mountain backdrop, the Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center offer multiple venues for your special event, whether indoor or...

Ridgway Shell

Convenience store with assorted foods, ice cream and coffee.

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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

- 970.626.5181

2017 Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. View sitemap
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


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

Welcome to Ridgway

Extra Info

Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway was the historic, sacred hot springs of the Ute Indians. It offers several pools, is swimsuit optional, very clean and beautifully landscaped.

Plan your trip
  • 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.