Whether you call it hiking, trekking, walkabout, or rambling, putting your feet into motion and heading into the hills is a wonderful way to experience the Ridgway area. 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.
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. Whichever route you decide to follow, each is sure to provide postcardperfect backdrops and awe-inspiring views.
From day trips to overnight backpacking, many choices are available. Many of the lower elevation trails are accessible on foot yearround. Warmer, turdy footwear and layering of clothes is the key to enjoying uncrowded trails from October to April.
For a totally unique experience, the San Juan Hut Systems has fully stocked huts, strategically located on dirt roads and singletrack trails from high alpine areas to canyon country
Enchanted Mesa Hiking Trail
Uncompahgre River Trail Road Biking
The family-friendly, ADA-accessible concrete trail runs primarily on the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. If you don’t want to go the full length of the route, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is about 1.7 miles from Ridgway and a great place to stop to enjoy the nature and wildlife before turning back.
Wetterhorn Basin Hiking Trail
Know Before You Go: Be sure to pick up the excellent Ouray Trail Group map from local bookstores and visitor centers for descriptions, distances, difficulty, and topographic information. Information on the status of many trails, with some maps and pictures, is also available at www.ouraytrails.org