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Colorado Creative Corridor

Five days of stunning landscapes & creative inspiration around every corner

The Colorado Creative Corridor travels some 331 miles through a handful of state-certified Creative District destinations including Carbondale, Crested Butte, Paonia, Ridgway and Salida. These five towns combine to offer a collective experience of unique event programming and activities, alongside mountain town eclecticism, majestic vistas and outdoor recreation, and authentic Colorado mountain culture.

Colorado Creative Corridor

  • What?

    5 Day Road Trip

    Through the mountains of Colorado!
  • When?


    Enjoy the "sites" in any season!
  • Where?

    5 Towns

    Carbondale, Crested Butte, Paonia, RIdgway, Salida

Ridgway Colorado

Days 4 and 5, then head to Salida

Galleries in Ridgway Colorado

Tour A Few Galleries

Visit Lupita's Bizarre Bazaar, Art by the Park, Kane Scheidegger's studio and Mountain Girl Gallery to get a taste of the local art flavor.

Ridgway is full of great restaurants

Taco Del Gnar

An "elevated fast food restaurant" with the mandra that tortilla is solely a vessel to sail fresh thought-provoking cuisine with amazing flavors to your mouth.

Hartwell Park RIdgway Colorado

Tour the Town

Stroll Ridgway's downtown park and alleys, discovering Alley Poems and Alley Art, as well as sculptures installed by Public Art Ridgway Colorado and the Town.

Provisions Ridgway Colorado


A European-style cafe specializing in simple, delicious food made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers and distributors of gourmet products.

Alpenglow Arts Ridgway Colorado

Music, Art & Inspiration

Experience something fun or educational with festivals on many weekends during summer and fall. Calendar at

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort Ridgway Colorado

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Romantic, adobe, boutique resort. Many of the rooms have fireplaces and private hot tubs. Outdoor thermal pools are open year round.

Kates Place Ridgway Colorado

Kate's Place

Cuisine with heart and soul, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients.

Head East

There's lots to do and see on the way to Salida. Consider taking a day to explore the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park via Montrose or the Curecanti National Recreation Area further east.

5 Day Itinerary


  • Activity

    True Nature Healing Arts Yoga

  • Activity

    Rio Grande Artway

  • Dinner

    Allegria Restaurant

  • Activity

    Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

  • Nightlife

    Take in a show or live music

  • Lodging

    Marble Distilling CO & The Distillery Inn

  • Breakfast

    Silo Culinary Productions


  • Activity

    Delicious Orchards & Big B's Cidery

  • Lunch

    Remedy Juice Bar Cafe at the Cirque

  • Activity

    Azura Cellars & Gallery

  • Dinner

    The Living Farm Cafe

  • Activity

    Blue Sage Center for the Arts

  • Lodging

    Bross Hotel & Breakfast

  • Breakfast

    At The Bross Hotel

Crested Butte

  • Activity

    Take a historic walking tour of Crested Butte

  • Lunch

    Montanya Distillers

  • Activity

    Take a class

  • Dinner


  • Activity

    Feel the creative vibe

  • Lodging

    Elk Mountain Lodge

  • Breakfast

    McGill's at Crested Butte


Itinerary to the left...


  • Lunch

    Moonlight Pizza & Brewpub

  • Activity

    Salida's Historic Downtown

  • Dinner

    The Fritz

  • Activity

    Steamplant Theatre & Event Center

  • Lodging

    Palace Hotel

Colorado Creative Corridor