Think Outside

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

Welcome To 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!

  • One Ridgway participants make two or more “step-up” purchases each month. A step-up purchase is a purchase from a local business or professional that you have never been to, or increased patronage to a business that you frequent. The guidelines are not strict. The goal is for you to be connecting in new and increased ways with local businesses.

    Then, simply go to the One Ridgway Facebook page to post and share your step-up activity, ideally with an image or video. We also encourage you to write a formal online review for the business on sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp or Google reviews.

    The campaign will celebrate your activity when you reach two or more step-up purchases each month.

    Every month, two select participants (hopefully you!) receive prizes from our local businesses and all participants are publically recognized on our Facebook page and on our website.

    If you would prefer not to use Facebook, you can email us your step-up activity. Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Don’t want to Facebook post or email your activity?

    No problem. We encourage you to simply Think Community First and step-up your engagement with local businesses, however you can. This is the most important thing you can do to support.

    Not local?

    No problem. While the campaign is focused on local residents, we encourage everyone including visitors to participate, support and share your Ridgway experience. And thank you for visiting us!

    Are you a local business and want to participate?

    Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will follow up with all the ways you can participate, highlight your business and support the success of One Ridgway.

    Thank you for supporting our local businesses and participating in One Ridgway!

  • When you spend $100 at a local Ridgway business, approximately $68 is reinvested into our community.

    When you spend $100 at an out-of-county merchant, $0 are invested in our community.1

    How is my local purchase reinvested?

    Local purchases support local salaries (our friends' and neighbors’ salaries), which in turn supports our friends' and neighbors' local purchases.

    Local businesses support their own growth by making purchases from other local merchants. This includes professional services like accounting, construction and website design, and supplies like printing as well as local produce and meat for our restaurants.

    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, sewer, local roads, infrastructure, maintenance, police and emergency services, and our town parks. All of these services are dependent on local purchasing activity.

    Ridgway is fortunate to have a vibrant nonprofit community supporting many important causes. Local businesses are a primary donor to our local nonprofits; therefore, our local nonprofits’ success is dependent on our local businesses’ success.

    When you purchase elsewhere, none of these benefits and reinvestments are realized. So for your next purchase, we encourage you to think local.

    1 Approximate 68% reinvestment rate validated by several national studies, including 2008 Civic Economics Study, “Local Works!”

  • These community members are stepping up each month to support our local businesses and our community as a whole. We offer our tremendous gratitude for their support and engagement in One Ridgway!

One Ridgway

We encourage you to think community first.

These are the Community Champions that are stepping up every month to support our local businesses!

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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

How about yak meat for a meal? Little Ridgway is home to three yak farms! Not only do they sell their products directly to consumers, but they are served on local restaurant and school menus.

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