The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the first annual Ridgway Chamber Open! This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 9th at the Divide Ranch & Club.
When you think of festival food, what comes to mind? If grease and oil as well as over-salted and sugary foods popped into your head, you obviously haven’t been eating at the summer festivals and concerts in Ridgway, which feature fresh, healthy eats as well as hearty meals.
Probably the most popular and frequent local festival vendor is Melry’s Lunchbox, with delicious food served by Melissa and Ryan Bailey. They were hired for the Love Your Valley Festival in May, RAT (Ridgway Area Trails) Fest! In June, and Ridgway Summer Concert Series in July, all in Hartwell Park. They were also serving at the Ridgway RiverFest in Rollans Park this past June and the June before, plus they opened up a restaurant on Sherman Street this past spring.
Ride the Rockies makes a stop in Ridgway as part of the 2017 route, and will be welcomed with local art, wonderful cuisine, and live music from The Sextones.
A person driving a Toyota Prius through Ridgway wouldn’t garner a second glance nowadays — but when a Hollywood cowboy famous for riding his horse through the streets of New York City brought one of these full-hybrid electric vehicles to town shortly after they were released stateside in 2000, people took notice. Actor Dennis Weaver first purchased property in the town of Ridgway in 1988, wanting to escape the hustle-bustle of L.A. and find a place to grow his own food. He made the move permanent in 1990, and two years later, Weaver was living in the most luxurious Earthship house that New Mexico architect Michael Reynolds could construct, an ode to Weaver’s values of environmental sustainability.
Ridgway has quietly been developing one of the region’s hottest food scenes. This little town of 900 residents now offers a wide range of excellent dining options that includes, gourmet European cuisine, authentic ceviche, farm fresh creations, expertly made sushi, artisan pizza and ice cream, traditional Asian cuisines, “gnarly” tacos, unique bar and grills, specialty breakfast and sandwich spots, local micro-brews and more. Multiple award winning chefs and food innovators are helping to make Ridgway one of the Western Slope’s up-and-coming foodie destinations. Many of our restaurants are sourcing local meats and vegetables and creating a burgeoning farm-to-table scene. While you are exploring Ouray County’s great outdoors, we invite you to refuel at our many delicious destinations.
The Ridgway Area Trails Group (RAT) is the Sneffels Chapter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association and is responsible for creating a multi-use trail system with diverse mountain bike terrain. Every year, RAT continues to expand these trails from lower elevations surrounding Ridgway to high alpine trails such as the Dallas Trail. More than 40 miles of single track offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. There is a trail for every experience level. Think Outside!
Visiting Ridgway in the fall and winter gives you access to great fishing with less pressure, leading to a more productive day. If you have never tried fishing during your winter vacation, we encourage you to give it a try. There's nothing quite like having the whole river to yourself on a crisp, cloudless winter day. The Uncompahgre River in the Pacochupuk section of the Ridgway State Park is one of the many great places to fish.