History & Heritage

Weathered by snowy winters and sunny summers, but preserved by local storytellers and curators, a collection of cultural and economic artifacts and sites awaits your exploration around Ridgway, Colorado.

Regional Museums

From our well-known Railroad Museum to the growing Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Ridgway has a lot of history packed into our little town. Within short drives to neighboring towns, you can also learn about mining, the Utes and other local history. 

Celebrate the history and the living culture of Colorado's longest continuous residents at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado. The museum features one of the most extensive collections of Ute ethnographic objects in existence and works by contemporary Ute artists, and was expanded and reopens June 10, 2017. Also in Montrose, just about 40 minutes from Ridgway, the Museum of the Mountain West has a collection of frontier buildings and guided tours to learn about the pioneering history of the early settlers in Colorado.

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Ridgway Railroad Museum

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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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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

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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

The Grammy Awards, presented to music industry superstars each year, are made in Ridgway by local artist and musician John Billings and his crew at Billings Artworks gallery and foundry.

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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.