Ridgway is proud to be a part of the Colorado Creative Corridor. The Creative Corridor travels 331 miles through a handful of state-certified Creative District destinations, connecting Ridgway to four towns for a collective cultural experience. Our unique event programming and activities are featured alongside mountain town eclecticism, majestic vistas, outdoor recreation, and authentic Colorado mountain culture.
You will find a thriving artistic community in the Ridgway Creative District, housed in Old West-style storefronts. With more than 20 percent of the town’s 1,000 residents working as artists, producers or creative professionals, the innovative spirit is evident as you stroll the galleries, shops and museums throughout this quirky, off-the-beaten-path gem on the southwestern tail of the Colorado Creative Corridor.
Peek into the galleries and workshops of local artisans. At Kane Scheidegger Fine Art Photography, marvel at breathtaking landscape photographs of Colorado and the American Southwest. Mountain Girl Gallery is a women-owned shop showcasing locally made ceramics, metalwork, photography and mixed-media works.
Two of Ridgway's newest shops featuring local art are 610 Arts Collective, next to the Sherbino Theater, and Amulet Arts, featuring J Dewey Designs and Fine Metalsmithing — also on Clinton Street. For truly unique gifts, score some funky finds — from African artwork to handmade furniture to children’s toys (you never know what you’ll find) — at Lupita’s Bizarre Bazaar.
Pop into Cimarron Art Glass, a working glass forge with a retail section that feels like an art gallery. At Bluecorn Naturals, pick up a few pure beeswax candles in all shapes and sizes. For musicians looking to take their instruments on adventures, Panji Bags creates eco-friendly hard cases specifically for handpan drums and other instruments, as well as cases for other uses.
Beyond the workshops and art galleries, Ridgway’s creativity and heritage can be found all around. Feel like part of the community at The Sherbino Theater, where music, movies, lectures and performing arts have been bringing together locals and visitors alike for more than a century. Delve into the local history at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum and Ridgway Railroad Museum.
Shop handcrafted goods while talking to local makers at the weekly Ridgway Farmers Market in Hartwell Park from May to October. Snap photographs of some of the spectacular vistas all around Ridgway, including one of the best views of Mount Sneffels from the Divide Ranch & Golf Club. Along the way, keep an eye out for poems and artwork displayed in alleyways, as well as public sculptures and murals in the parks and along trails around town. Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is a magical place to relax, stroll and picnic, with wildlife, a poem rock, a medicine wheel and a 2,800-pound eagle monument with a 20-foot wingspan.
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 currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).
P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432