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Welcome to Ridgway, Colorado ~ gateway to the San Juan Mountains and an undiscovered gem of southwestern Colorado.

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  • Arts & Entertainment
  • History & Heritage
  • Health & Wellness
  • Culinary Experiences
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  • From deep canyon pools to high country lakes and magnificent reservoirs, roaming wildlife, abundant trails and intense beauty, Ridgway offers all ages and ability levels a chance to participate in some of Colorado’s finest outdoor adventures. Experience our world-class fishing and water sports on the Uncompaghre River and Ridgway Reservoir. Take a soothing soak in our natural hot springs. You can hike, bike, ski, snowshoe, or ride through hundreds of miles of trails, and camp in clean BLM, National Forest and Wilderness areas. In town we have a river park, paved trails, a pump track, a skate park, and a climbing wall. Find your outdoor adventure...

  • Ridgway, as a designated Creative Arts District, is known for its vigorous arts community. The town boasts a new concert stage in Hartwell Park, which is home to the summer outdoor Concert Series. In addition, the newly restored Sherbino Theater offers music, movies and much more. Several studios, galleries, and sculptures are here to discover. Dozens of one of a kind, family-owned shops and several award-winning restaurants plus a local brewery make this an exciting place to settle in and spend some time. Explore Ridgway's arts and entertainment scene...

  • Ouray County offers something for every history buff, from easy access to ghost towns to scenic ranches and world-class museums. Prior to the mining era of the 1860s-1950s, Ouray was Ute Indian Country. As mining grew, so did the ranching and railroad industries that supported it. Today, Ouray County celebrates its unique Western heritage with museums dedicated to mining, railroading, ranching and the Utes, as well as private collections and a beautiful historic fairgrounds that hosts the annual Labor Day Ouray County Fair & Rodeo. Immerse yourself in Ridgway's rich culture and history...

  • Ridgway is a hub for wellness professionals and services. Whether you seek relaxation and rejuvenation from massages, hot springs and other health resort amenities, or you are looking for an expert chiropractor, nutritionist or other wholistic medicine practitioner, our little town delivers. Plus, you have your pick of yoga and fitness classes from pilates to spin, as well as personal trainers in many sports disciplines. You can find scheduled activities weekly as well as retreats and special trainings and workshops throughout the year. Find your whole health in Ridgway...

  • Ridgway residents thrive on fabulous food, which makes our town a great place for visitors to experience local food culture. From fancy French cuisine to freshly made Mexican dishes, our restaurants offer unique menus and diverse options for diverse pallettes. Keeping up with the farm-to-table trend, many of our markets, restaurants and special events source locally produced meats, dairy products, vegetables, fruits and herbs. We benefit from the plentiful fields and orchards around Colorado's Western Slope. Enjoy a genuine food experience...

Welcome To Ridgway, Colorado

Whether you’re looking for adventure and excitement or the serenity of pristine alpine beauty, once you get to Ridgway you’ll want to stay awhile! Our small town hospitality is a blend of the spirit of the Old West, healthy lifestyles and laid-back, friendly folks.

  • Ridgway, Colorado is a welcoming, community-minded rural town situated in a beautiful mountain valley. We support learning, creativity and culture. We share a deep connection to the outdoors. We are committed to being economically sustainable and ecologically responsible.

    A quiet western town with charismatic energy – Ridgway is a way of life. The town was founded in 1890, as the headquarters of the world famous Rio Grande Southern narrow gauge railroad serving the area’s rich silver and gold mines, ranches and farms. Today the railroad is gone, but its memories remain at the acclaimed Ridgway Railroad Museum. The ranches still dot the valley, preserving open space so special to the area. There is also an amazing wildlife presence throughout the region. Most famous are the bald eagles, which nest in the cottonwoods along the Uncompaghre River.


    Welcome to Ridgway, Colorado. We hope you enjoy your visit to this gem of a mountain town. ~ Ridgway Chamber of Commerce

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  • Planes, trains and automobiles – whichever way you decide to get here, Ridgway, Colorado is waiting with arms wide open to welcome you to our festivals, farmers markets, hiking and biking trails, museums, shopping district, rivers and streams, and more. You don't have to do it all (at least not on your first visit), but it's here when you're ready... read more about planning your trip to Ridgway


    Get The Official Guide To Ridgway, Colorado

    Find out why Ridgway is the perfect town where you can enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events. This 68-page, full-color guide gives you all the details you need to know to create the vacation of your dreams or plan your move to the home you always wanted. From the event calendar and maps to the business and lodging listings, this handy guide is your bible for your stay here in Ridgway.

  • The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community growth and development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. Over the past several months, the Chamber has been revitalized with several new and improved programs and member benefits including the launch of this highly interactive, content-rich website. 

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Learn about what's new and happening in Ridgway, Colorado – where thinking outside is a way of life.


Fall 2017 Youth Volunteer Fair

Volunteer and community service are often requirements for scholarships, college entrance and other goals of students. In fact, National Honor Society members are required to volunteer 10 hours per semester. However, it can be difficult or confusing for youth to know which nonprofits need volunteers and how and when to volunteer.

Meanwhile, nonprofits have a regular need for volunteers at annual events and other activities, that can be challenging to fill in small communities. Nonprofit staff is not always prepared to offer a volunteer assignment when asked spontaneously by a young person. But, with planning and the right opportunity, nonprofits and youth volunteers can find ways to benefit each other with great experiences that help the whole community.

As a service to local students and nonprofits, the Ridgway Secondary School will host a youth volunteer fair from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the cafeteria at 1200 Green Street, Ridgway.

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Ridgway Ranks As A Top Foodie Destination

Ridgway Ranks As A Top Foodie Destination

Over the past few years Ridgway’s culinary scene has burgeoned with trendy restaurants and cafes taking over the downtown — and visitors are taking notice. 

According to a report produced by RewardExpert, a travel website that compiles data-driven reports about destinations and travel-related expenses, Ridgway ranked No. 4 out of 17 restaurants in the Mountain West category of the company’s 2017 Best American Foodie Towns list. The list included towns from Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. 

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  • Ute Indian Ridgway Colorado

    Local Secret

    The Ute Indians were well-acquainted with a fascinating weather phenomenon which the locals today refer to as, “The Colona Line”. If one is driving along Highway 550 (about 16 miles north of Ridgway at Colona ) and it begins snowing, one may likely see the snowfall form a near perfect line running across the highway – almost as if the ground had been masked off, allowing the snow to land on only one side – usually the south side. Is it just a coincidence that “The Colona Line” is approximately in the same location as the Ouray / Montrose County border?

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  • Ridgway Is Growing!

    Known once as 'the town that wouldn't die', Ridgway, Colorado has blossomed into a destination area in its own right, similar to neighboring Ouray and Telluride. What's driving the growth? Simple. Ridgway's quality of life is unmatched, offering everything from festivals and arts, to access to some of the region's best outdoor activities, all wrapped up in a quiet, approachable culture that you'd expect in a small town.

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  • One Ridgway

    One Ridgway

    One Ridgway is an initiative to encourage, reward and celebrate your local purchases. Every local purchase has a significant impact on our community! The town of Ridgway’s primary revenue source is sales tax. Therefore, your local purchases directly support all of the town services that we rely on as a community, including water and sewer, local roads, infrastructure and maintenance, police and emergency services, and our town parks. All of these services are dependent on local purchasing activity.

    More details on One Ridgway | Learn about the chamber
  • Dennis Weaver Ridgay Colorado

    Dennis Weaver: Actor & Local Hero

    Billy Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for his work in television, including roles on “Gunsmoke”, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama “McCloud” and in Steven Spielberg’s feature-length directorial debut, the cult TV movie “Duel” in 1971. Dennis Weaver, actor, humanitarian and pioneer environmentalist, was an inspiration to many of the townspeople of Ridgway, well known for his kindness and generosity. His late wife, Gerry, was also known for her generosity and support of many important causes in the community, as well as for her natural ability as an entertainer. His sons, Rusty and Rick, still live in the area. Learn more about Dennis Weaver and his contributions to Ridgway, Colorado.

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Weddings For A Lifetime

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Weddings For A Lifetime

Ridgway Colorado is an idyllic setting for your special moment. Learn more about Ridgway Colorado as a destination for weddings.

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Ridgway is nestled in the picturesque Uncompaghre Valley and surrounded by the majestic snow capped peaks of the Cimarrons and San Juans, some of the most photographed mountains in the world. The town is located at the northern entrance of the San Juan Scenic and Historic Byway, one of America’s most spectacular highways. With nearly 300 glorious days of sunshine, it is the perfect town to enjoy and explore a broad spectrum of outdoor activities and year-round cultural events.

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Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is open from May 1 through October 1.

150 Racecourse Road
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
- 970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce.
Managed by Peak Media Company LLC

Visitors Center and Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is organized to achieve the objectives of promoting business and community growth and development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area.

150 Racecourse Road
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181
raccadmin@ridgwaycolorado.com

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce. Managed by Peak Media Company LLC

Welcome to Ridgway


Extra Info

Ridgway was the birthplace and headquarters of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad and is now the home of the Ridgway Railroad Museum. Railroading remains the #1 hobby in America.

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  • Elevation: 6.985'
  • Population: 932 (2013)
  • Sunshine: 300 days / year
  • Summer Temps: 82º / 55º F
  • Winter Temps: 45º / 6º F


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See you in Ridgway

Adventure, night life and all around easy living await you in Ridgway Colorado, gateway to the San Juan Mountains.