County Roads 17/23 Gravel Grinding

Ouray County Roads 23 and 17 between Ridgway and Ouray provide a scenic ride (12 miles one way) through rolling ranchland.

  • Distance: 24 miles roundtrip
  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
  • Elevation: 6,800 to 7,600 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

The route starts at Ridgway’s Athletic Fields and ends at Ouray’s Fellin Park. When starting in Ridgway, the dirt and gravel route is more challenging, with a gradual steady climb, and from Ouray, includes more coasting on gentle downhills. If you leave a car at one of the route, or arrange for a ride, you can just do a 12-mile, one-way ride.


Biking on County Road 23
Photo by Hilary Lewkowitz

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), will reopen from Memorial Day weekend through the end of September. Hours of operation are Thursday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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