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Hiking in the Ridgway Area

Whether you are a fair-weather, once-in-a-blue-moon hiker or a die-hard, long-distance hiker, heading out on the trails is a wonderful way to experience the Ridgway area.
  • Published: Aug 5, 2020
  • By: Tanya Ishikawa
  • Edited: Apr 19, 2021
sunrise over a peak in the Uncompahgre Wilderness near Ridway Colorado photo by Latitude Studio
Blaine Basin in the Uncompahgre Wilderness
high school friends hiking Blue Lakes trail in the Uncompahgre Wilderness above Ridgway photo by Tanya Ishikawa

The San Juan and Cimarron Wilderness Areas, Uncompahgre National Forest and abundant public lands offer not only hundreds of miles of trails, thanks to the Utes, explorers, surveyors and miners, but also the highest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.

Know Before You Go
Be sure to familiarize yourself with trail etiquette and safety guidelines. Use the 7 Leave No Trace Principles to have a fun, safe day as well as preserve the nature for future hikers.

Dirt trails, gravel roads and paved paths provide walking, hiking and running opportunities for all ages and experience levels, ranging from easy and short to longer and more challenging terrain. Plus, many of our trailheads are within easy walking distance of our downtowns. Whichever route you decide to follow, each is sure to provide postcard-perfect backdrops and awe-inspiring views. 

From day trips to overnight backpacking there are many choices. Many of the lower elevation trails are accessible on foot year-round. Warmer, sturdy footwear and layering of clothes is the key to enjoying uncrowded trails from October to April.

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