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Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, which means “Cow Creek” in the Ute language, is located below the Ridgway Dam. In the winter, this area offers walk-in only campsites, pond and river trout fishing, and access to hiking and biking trails.
  • Published: Apr 3, 2023
  • By: Chamber Staff
  • Edited: Apr 13, 2023
RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Fishing
Photo credit: RIGS Fly Shop & Guide Service
Cimarron High Country Fishing

Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, with miles of hiking and biking trails, fishing in the Uncompahgre River, and breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, and bighorn sheep, making it a great spot for wildlife viewing and photography.

One of the highlights of Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is the stunning Ridgway Reservoir, a large and picturesque lake that provides opportunities for boating, kayaking, and fishing. The lake is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, making it a great spot for picnicking or simply enjoying the view.

For those who want to explore the area on foot, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk offers a variety of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging hikes. The trails wind through the lush forests and meadows of the area, offering stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains.

Pa-Co-Chu-Puk is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of Ridgway, Colorado. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply looking for a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the view, Pa-Co-Chu-Puk has something for everyone.

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 Ridgway Visitor Center, located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62), The visitor center is closed as of October 1st and will reopen Memorial Day weekend.

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