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Ridgway Information

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.

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.


Waterfall Portraits Alex Pullen -0592A 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.


Rafting-Durango-Area-Tourism_2Ridgway, as a designated Creative Arts District, is also known for it’s 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 and a distillery make this an exciting place to settle in and spend some time.


Ridgway Restaurant Recommendations

Adobe Inn – Mexican Food – $$ – 251 Liddell Drive, Ridgway – 970-626-5939

Cimarron Books and Coffee House – Coffee, Baked Goods – $ – 380 W Sherman, Ridgway – 970-626-5858

Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery – Craft Beer, Brew Pub Fare – $$ – 602 Clinton Street, Ridgway – 970-626-5333

Kate’s Place – Breakfast, Lunch – $$ – 615 W Clinton, Ridgway – 970-626-9800

Provisions Cafe and Catering – European Style Cafe, Breakfast, Lunch Dinner – $$$ – 616 Clinton, Ridgway – 970-626-9861

Taco Del Gnar – Unique Tacos, Margaritas – $$ – 630 Sherman, Ridgway – 970-626-9715

True Grit Cafe – Burgers, Sandwiches, “Cowboy Cuisine” – $$ – 123 N Lena, Ridgway – 970-626-5739

Professional Services

better real estate services – 970-325-7280

Summer and Winter Activities

sjmg-logoSan Juan Mountain Guides – San Juan Mountain Guides (SJMG) is the premier provider of Ouray Ice ClimbingPrivate Ice GuidingOuray Rock ClimbingSan Juan Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche CoursesAlpine Climbing, and Wilderness Backpacking in Colorado. –  800.642.5389 –  info@mtnguide.net
Additionally, the Ridgway Chamber of Commerce is a fanatic sources for the multitude of recreational diversity offered in the area that are almost too numerous to mention here.

Ridgway Mountain Biking Trails – Ridgway has some amazing trail networks particularly the RAT trails linked here.

Ridgway State Resevoir – This incredibly scenic reservoir offers excellent fishing, water sports of many varieties, trails, camping and picnic areas.  It should not be missed!  There’s a paved trail from downtown Ridgway right to the reservoir.

Silverton Mountain Ski Area – Silverton offers the highest terrain accessible by lift service in North America.  This backcountry and helicopter skiing experience is world-class and has been lauded in magazines and other media from all over the globe.

Telluride Ski Resort – Truly one of the world’s premier recreational ski resorts, and it’s a mere 30 minute drive from Ridgway.

Grocery Stores

Duckett’s A. G. Market – 621 Main Avenue, Ouray – 970-325-4397

Ridgway Mountain Market– 490 Sherman Street, Ridgway, CO  81432 – 970-626-5811


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