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Wildlife Viewing

Whether you're an avid wildlife enthusiast or just looking to catch a glimpse of the area's fascinating wildlife, Ridgway has plenty to offer.
  • Published: Apr 1, 2023
  • By: Chamber Staff
  • Edited: Apr 13, 2023
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Ridgway, Colorado is a prime location for wildlife viewing, with its proximity to the San Juan Mountains and its abundant natural areas. Most notable of the indigenous wildlife in and around Ridgway are mountain lions, badgers, deer, elk, moose, bears, coyotes, lynx, wild turkeys, porcupines, and bald eagles. Birding opportunities also abound, with more than 140 species of migratory and resident birds in the area.

Here are some of the best spots for wildlife viewing in Ridgway:

Ridgway State Park: The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, black bears, coyotes, and bald eagles. Hike along the park's trails or rent a boat to explore the reservoir, and keep an eye out for these amazing creatures.

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge: Located just a short drive from Ridgway, the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. The refuge is home to a wide variety of animals, including migratory birds, mule deer, and pronghorn antelope. Visitors can explore the refuge on foot or by car and experience the area's stunning scenery and unique wildlife.

Uncompahgre Plateau: This vast plateau offers a variety of habitats, from scrubland to alpine meadows, making it an ideal location for wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and elk, among other species.

Dallas Divide: This scenic location outside of Ridgway offers stunning views of the San Juan Mountains and is a popular spot for wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for mule deer, elk, and even black bears.

Ridgway Wildlife Viewing Area: Located just north of town, the Ridgway Wildlife Viewing Area offers a great opportunity to see a variety of bird species, including sandhill cranes, bald eagles, and golden eagles. The area is also home to small mammals like marmots and chipmunks.

Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or just looking for a unique outdoor experience, Ridgway offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Colorado. So pack your binoculars and camera, head to these top spots, and get ready to see some of the area's amazing wildlife up close and personal.


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