Grand landscapes rise up to clear, sunny skies by day and star-filled wonder by night. Mountain springs, waterfalls, streams, and lakes connect an outdoor playground with almost limitless possibility. The Ridgway area has all the elements to create great adventures and amazing memories, from valley floor to high mesas. Outdoor activities include hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, rock and ice climbing, peak bagging, jeeping, hunting, backcountry Nordic and alpine skiing, and snowshoeing.
Our natural beauty is accessible at night as well. Being surrounded by public lands and wilderness, the Ridgway area has some of the best night-sky views in the world. In fact, Ridgway is an international Dark Sky Community, recognized for the visibility of celestial features. Be sure to make time for an evening outing or hot springs soak under the brilliant moon, stars, and silhouetted mountain peaks.
All year long, Ouray County is full of out-of-theordinary adventures for the whole family. From rocks that sparkle and aspen trees with eyes to wildlife and water in many forms, our landscapes have endless opportunities for discovery. The San Juan Mountains are the perfect destination for young people to explore and ignite their imaginations. Nonprofit organizations offer various outdoor activities for local students and visiting youth to learn and develop their athletic skills, scientific understanding, and leadership abilities.
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
The Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is a magical place of reflection and relaxation dedicated to the memory and vision of actor/ environmentalist Dennis Weaver.
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park is an 80-acre wildlife preserve along the Uncompahgre River, and home to eagles, blue heron, deer, foxes and more. Gifted to Ridgway by the Weaver family, the park’s assets include a bronze Eagle Monument with a 20-foot wingspan; an astronomically aligned medicine wheel made from stones; picnic areas; and paved and shaded paths as well as dirt trails with wide-open views.
Find more about this incredible Park here: https://dennisweaverpark.com/
Top of the Pines
Located at the foot of the spectacular Sneffels Wilderness Range, Top of the Pines (TOP) is a short 15-minute drive from the Town of Ridgway, south on CR 5. This public 175-acre beautiful outdoor wilderness recreational area at 8,600-foot elevation offers all season outdoor recreation. Rustic tent camping sites are reservable from May thru October. TOP also has facilities for environmental education and special events such as family and organization retreats, weddings, etc.
Recreational opportunities include seven kilometers of groomed XC skiing and snowshoeing trails in winter, that are great for skate or classic track skiing. In summer explore the easy to moderate hiking and mountain biking trails that meander their way through meadows and ponderosa forests with the Sneffels and Cimarron mountain ranges in the background. Also tucked in the ponderosas is TOP’s newest recreation addition, a 9-hole disc golf course with plans to expand to 18 holes.
TOP is a natural outdoor venue for the enrichment of students and citizens studying the environment, wildlife, photography, and most recently, dark night sky preservation and astronomy. Designated by the International Dark-Sky Association as an International Dark Sky Park in 2021, TOP is far removed from light pollution, so the star-filled night sky shimmers with infinite possibilities for star gazing, astrophotography, or just viewing the Milky Way as the early pioneers and Native Americans experienced it.
TOP is funded by donations and fees so users are asked to become a member or make a tax-deductible donation at https://www.topofthepines.org/donate.html or donation boxes at TOP.
Other local parks
Frontier Park with tennis courts, pickleball courts, skateboard park, athletic fields, gazebo, and picnic pavilion; Rollans Park on the Uncompahgre River with a forested hangout, restroom, and picnic tables; Ridgway Apiary and Ridgway Community Garden.