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A Great Destination for Special Occasions

Top of the Pines – Real Life Photographs

With endless mountain vistas, southwestern flair, and Victorian charm, the Ridgway area is the ideal location for your wedding any time of year. Summers are pleasant and warm, crisp air and sunshine is typical for autumn and spring, and winters are spectacular with clear blue skies and glistening snow. Historic local churches and grand buildings are also available for special events. You can arrange all the details right in town, and your guests will be thrilled to experience a real mountain vacation.

If you are planning a gathering of friends and family or want to head to the high country for team building, then the Ridgway area is the place to be. For professional retreats, our offerings certainly beat your standard conference room. After all, nothing inspires clear-mindedness and collaboration like our scenery, clean air, and unique adventures.

Inspiring High-Country Venues

Your Ridgway hosts will make sure your event feels special. Our venues can accommodate groups as small as 10 and larger than 300. Ouray County is full of inspiring event venues, both public and private.

Top of the Pines, at the foot of the Sneffels Range, is a 175-acre wilderness jewel offering a gathering hall where you can celebrate surrounded by peaks. Other inspirational locations with spectacular scenic backdrops can be found at Ridgway State Park, Grand Mesa Uncompahgre National Forest, and BLM lands.

With panoramic views of the San Juan and Cimarron Mountain ranges, the Ouray County 4-H Event Center offers 5,200 square feet of indoor event space and adjoining patios for groups of up to 320 people. The center can provide tables, chairs, a full-service bar, dishware, glassware, flatware, linens, and staff for your wedding, meeting, conference, banquet, dinner or other special event.

The Town of Ridgway rents space at Frontier Park Pavilion, Hartwell Park stage, Community Center At Town Hall, and Space to Create Community Room. The historic Sherbino Theater and the inspiring circular “Kiva” Conference Center at the Chipeta Solar Springs Resort offer authentic and elegant event spaces. Additionally, the Chipeta offers a summer event tent from May to September. Other unique lodging options with special event spaces include Double G Ranch and Ouray KOA.

“My favorite part of living in Ridgway is the diversity of the landscape: living in the high desert nestled under the beauty of the San Juan Mountains.”
Amie Minnick, Provisions at the barbershop owner

Insider Tip

Check the map directory to find shops and galleries with unique gifts and custom jewelry makers to make your wedding rings.

How to Enjoy Ridgway Like a Local

Residents and businesses take great pride in our community and surrounding open spaces. We invite visitors to consider ways to minimize impacts and maximize local benefits. Traveling responsibly means educating yourself on outdoor recreation best practices, local ethics and community expectations.
  • Know Before You Go
    Be prepared and be informed about your destination.
  • Stick to the Trails
    Protect our natural land￾scapes by staying on the trails and roads.
  • Trash the Trash
    If you pack it in, pack it out.
  • Leave It as You Find It
    Camp in designated areas only.
  • Be Careful with Fire
    Follow seasonal restrictions, and keep campfires small and manageable.
  • Keep Wildlife Wild
    Leash your dogs, pack out waste, and don’t feed wildlife.
  • Share Our Parks & Trails
    Try out the lesser-known paths and sites, and minimize noise.

Be Prepared for Adventure

The San Juan Mountains are a rugged, steep mountain range rising to just over 14,000 feet. These beautiful public lands offer adventures year round. If you are interested in exploring the San Juans, be prepared for challenging terrain that sometimes requires technical expertise and knowledge of the area.

Come prepared by doing research online to find maps, rules and helpful guidance from public agencies and user-generated websites. Utilize local expertise when you get into town by stopping in at our local gear stores. We highly recommend working with our local guide services that employ experts who can help you achieve your goals for world-class recreation. You can also take a course in: backcountry skiing, avalanche safety, rock climbing, ice climbing, and other valuable outdoor skills.