Outdoor Adventure

Intense landscapes, rare water resources and crisp, clear air – Ridgway, Colorado has the elements to create great adventures and amazing true stories.

  • World-Class Bowl And Amazing Views At Ridgway Skate Park
  • Summer River Adventures
  • Black Canyon
  • World-Class Climbing
  • Ridgway State Park
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Outdoor Adventure

From deep canyon pools to high country lakes and magnificent reservoirs, roaming wildlife, abundant trails and intense beauty, Ridgway offers all ages and ability levels a chance to participate in some of Colorado’s finest outdoor adventures. Experience our world-class fishing and water sports on the Uncompaghre River and Ridgway Reservoir. Take a soothing soak in our natural hot springs. You can hike, bike, ski, snowshoe, or ride through hundreds of miles of trails and camp in clean BLM, National Forest and Wilderness areas. In town we have a river park, paved trails, a mountain bike pump track, a skate park, and a climbing wall.

Family rafting provided by RIGS Adventure

Summer River Adventures

Summer’s sunny skies bring snowmelt into our rivers and open up many warm weather water adventures. Tranquil alpine lakes and meandering streams give way to fast-moving waters and rafters, kayakers and canoeists enjoy the thrill of the area’s rushing rivers. 

River Rafting 

Spring snowmelt from high in the San Juan Mountains brings increased water flows to our local rivers and adventure opportunities for rafters and kayakers alike. Book a raft trip down the Uncompahgre, San Miguel or Gunnison Rivers and enjoy pristine wilderness, world-class fishing and stunning geology. 

Whitewater Safety 

Although rafting rivers is fun, it is also an activity that requires a high level of experience to safely maneuver a boat through any whitewater situation. So, before you go make sure your leader is properly versed and equipped for a variety of whitewater situations. When choosing a trip, make sure you aren’t getting in over your head. 

Whitewater Rankings 

Rating the difficulty of a rapid is based on a numerical rating system called “Class,” with class I (flat-water), up to class VI (Niagara Falls). For families of first timers, Class I – III is the way to go. For experienced boaters, class III – IV makes the most sense. Note: class V ratings are unadvised unless you are a trained professional and ready for combat swimming! Have fun & don’t forget to contact your local rafting outfitter to receive the most up to date information on conditions, access, gear and guided trips. 

Popular River Rafting Trips 

  • Uncompahgre River (Class I-III) 
  • Gunnison River (Class I-IV) 
  • San Miguel River (Class II-IV) 
  • Animas River (Class II-V) 

Tubing 

Spend a lazy day tubing down the mellow waters of the Uncompahgre near Ridgway State Park in the shadow of Mt. Sneffels. It is a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day! Equipment is available for rent in Ridgway. 

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) 

Get a peaceful workout by enjoying the quiet waters of a mountain lake on a stand up paddleboard. Experience why this sport is quickly becoming the most popular watersport in Colorado! Equipment is available for rent in Ridgway. 

To book a river trip or rent gear, visit our local experts. See guides and outfitters on the Recreation page of our Local Business Listings.

Skating at the Ridgway Colorado skate park

World-Class Bowl And Amazing Views At Ridgway Skate Park

“We are blessed to have a skate park here in our backyard, available to everyone all the time. Not a lot of places in the world have such an amazing skate park available for public use and within walking distance to the whole town.”

That is how Shane Carrick, a lifelong skateboarder from Ouray, feels about the Ridgway Skate Park at South Lena Street and Chipeta Drive. Shane is the head snowboard coach at the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club. He teaches skateboarding internationally through the nonprofit organization, Make Life Skate Life, and just started a skate camp in Ridgway this summer with his friend, Logan Tyler.

“There is something for everyone at the Ridgway Skate Park. Beginners to pros can find something to enjoy. We have small, medium and large features at the park. There is also a nice beginners section that's separated from the larger areas of the park,” Shane said. “The bowl section is world class – both the deep-end, 10-foot zone and the shallow-end, 4-foot zone. Our street course is limited but also very nice.”

The 5,000-square-foot park was built by Grindline in 2006, so the concrete is still in good shape. The park allows scooters and bikes as well, but the majority of park users are skateboarders.

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World-Class Climbing

From mid-December through mid-March, Ouray is full of climbing activity and good cheer, with “Have an Ice Day” greeting you from almost every open merchant and lodger’s window. Jim Donini, former president of the American Alpine Club, calls the Ouray Ice Park “the best venue in the world to develop ice-climbing skills,” and it’s easy to see why. The Ice Park is home to more than 200 ice and mixed climbs, most within a 15 to 30 minute walk from downtown Ouray. There are many opportunities to pick up the sport; you can hire an experienced local guide or attend one of the many seasonal clinics that have something for every group from beginner to expert, kid to adult, able-bodied to amputee.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Nowhere on earth is there a more beautiful place to experience the “gentle adventure” of hot air ballooning than Ridgway. Experience Ouray County the way you’ve always wanted to, from the air.

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RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Fishing

Year-Round Fishing

Colorado is home to miles of trout streams, so it should not be a surprise that many excellent fishing opportunities are located within a short distance from Ridgway. Whether you are a veteran or novice, a stay in charming Ridgway will allow you to experience great year-round fishing, as well as float fishing trips, walk and wade guided fly fishing trips and instructional clinics. 

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4WD, ATV, Dirtbiking

From tough singletrack to scenic off-road byways crossing the San Juan Mountains, 4-wheel drive roads and trails abound for every level of driver or rider. Go it alone or with guides who love to share their knowledge of the San Juans’ geology, flora, fauna, and colorful stories. The following businesses offer guided tours, self-drive rentals, horseback rides, guided nature hikes, and more. Contact High Country 4×4 at the KOA 970-325-4736 – Colorado West Jeep Tours at coloradowestjeeps.com, Switzerland of America at soajeep.com, and San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours at ourayjeeptours.com.

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Golfing

Ouray County’s 300+ days of sunshine make it an ideal location for golfing. The award-winning Divide Golf Club is located only four miles from Ridgway and features an 18-hole course with incredible views and 7,039 yards of challenging play. Complete with pro shop, restaurant and event services, the Divide meets all your golfing needs!

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Biking, Hiking, Running

There are plenty of trails within a few minutes drive from Ridgway within the San Juan Mountains, including Mt. Sneffles and Cimarron Wilderness and surrounding BLM lands. Ridgway Area Trails (RAT) are a series of interconnected trails in and around the town of Ridgway. From the Weaver Trail System and the Angel Ridge Trails (both accessible from Town Park) to high alpine trails such as the Dallas Trail, more than 40 miles of single track and hiking routes are located in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. From day trips to backpack trips there are many choices.

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Black Canyon

“No other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison,” Wallace Hansen wrote after studying the geology of the region for several years. Black Canyon National Park is only 30 miles from Ridgway via Highway 550 north to Montrose, then Highway 50 east. Plan to spend time visiting the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose along your way.

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Ridgway State Park

This beautiful park, created with the Ridgway Reservoir at its heart, offers breathtaking scenery, three campgrounds with modern amenities, three cozy yurts for overnight stays, playgrounds, and group event facilities. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the many hiking and biking trails along with birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. The park is a favorite for fishing, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, picnicking, and swimming. More information can be found at www.parks.state.co.us/ridgway

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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).

Mailing address: P.O. Box 544, Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
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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. The Visitors Center is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of Sherman Street/Highway 62).

Mailing address: P.O. Box 544, Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

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

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The Grammy Awards, presented to music industry superstars each year, are made in Ridgway by local artist and musician John Billings and his crew at Billings Artworks gallery and foundry.

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  • Elevation: 6.985'
  • Population: 932 (2013)
  • Sunshine: 300 days / year
  • Summer Temps: 82º / 55º F
  • Winter Temps: 45º / 6º F


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