Ridgway Colorado History & Heritage

History & Heritage

A collection of cultural and economic artifacts and sites awaits your exploration

Regional Museums

From our well-known Railroad Museum to the growing Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Ridgway has a lot of history packed into our little town. Within short drives to neighboring towns, you can also learn about mining, the Utes and other local history. 

Celebrate the history and the living culture of Colorado's longest continuous residents at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado. The museum features one of the most extensive collections of Ute ethnographic objects in existence and works by contemporary Ute artists, and was expanded and reopens June 10, 2017. Also in Montrose, just about 40 minutes from Ridgway, the Museum of the Mountain West has a collection of frontier buildings and guided tours to learn about the pioneering history of the early settlers in Colorado.

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Ridgway Railroad Museum

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of railroading in Ouray County and...

Annual Events

Annual Events Ridgway hosts a wide range of events through out each year Ridgway has a unique collection of community...

More things to do in Ridgway...

  • Photography all year round!
  • Fishing in lakes & rivers
  • Rafting & Kayaking
  • Fly Fishing
  • Playing in the river at Rollans Park
  • Windsurfing & Sailing
  • Windsurfing & Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping & Backpacking
  • Scenic Drives
  • Motorcycle Touring
  • Skateboarding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife viewing & Birding
  • Sledding & Snowmobiling
  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • XCountry Skiing & Snowshoeing

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

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 open from May 1 through October 1 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

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
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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.

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