Ridgway, Colorado is rightly dubbed the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains. It sits at the foothills of these snow-capped peaks amid a stunning landscape of deep canyons, rolling pastures, natural lakes, and man-made reservoirs. Naturally, the area offers a plethora of outdoor and recreational activities for all seasons, from skiing to shoe shoeing, climbing to paddling, wildlife watching to hot air ballooning, and even backpacking in wilderness areas to soaking in rejuvenating hot springs.
The town itself also offers anything a visitor could need, including accommodations, souvenir shopping, convenience stores, farmers markets, and dining options. Exploring the highlights and hidden sights of Ouray County couldn’t be easier when you book an RV in Ridgway.
Getting to this former railroad town is easy too. Ridgway is located on US-550, just under 90 miles south of Grand Junction, 40 miles north of the stunningly scenic Telluride, and connected to the neighboring towns of Portland and Dallas. The state capital of Denver is approximately 300 miles northwest.
The Great Outdoors
Just a few miles north of town is Ridgway State Park. If you rent an RV in Ridgway during the winter season then this is an excellent place to begin your vacation. It offers over three miles of cross-country skiing as well as year-round bird watching, and a swimming beach. Meanwhile, from December to March, the Ouray Ice Park is one of the best locations to practice your ice climbing skills. The park hosts tougher climbs like Bird Brain Boulevard and Ames Ice Hose or scaling Bridal Veil Falls. The San Juan Mountains offer world-class climbing and each winter the county hosts the Ouray Ice Festival.
The San Juan Mountains make up the southern section of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The area encompasses Uncompahgre Peak and the source of the Rio Grande as well as several waterfalls, lakes, rivers, volcanic peaks, historic towns, lush valleys, and the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gorge Railway. The San Juan Skyway is a breathtaking road which runs for over 200 miles connecting the former mining centers at Ouray, Telluride, and Silverton. When it comes to recreational activities, the San Juan Mountains have it all, including ice lakes, ATV routes, thick forests, and designated wilderness areas. If you're prepared for a real adventure in your Ridgway motorhome rental, then continue your road trip to the Rio Grande National Forest, Gunnison National Forest, Uncompahgre National Forest, or Pike and San Isabel National Forests.
Of course, you can’t miss the opportunity to take your Ridgway RV rental to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. First, gaze in wonder at the Gunnison River which, over a period of two million years, has carved its way through some of the oldest rock in North America. Then, get active with extreme sports in the park. The vertical rockface provides excellent climbing opportunities for skilled climbers while the Inner Canyon is ideal for those looking for strenuous hikes and wilderness camping. Keep an eye out for native bears though. The Gunnison River also offers challenging waters for experienced kayakers. For visitors looking for something a bit gentler, there are both hiking trails and scenic drives which lead to the river and around the north and south rim of the canyon.
If you’re traveling with the whole family then Ouray KOA may be a good choice to stay with the camper rental near Ridgway. The campground is open from May to October and located alongside the Uncompahgre River and is at an elevation of 7,250 feet. Guests can enjoy 50-amp hookups and Wi-Fi, as well as the option of dining at the on-site café or bar or joining organized camp activities.
Another RV campground located between Ridgway and Ironton is Ouray Park & Cabins which is pet-friendly and open all year round. It offers extra-wide or extra-long, premium or standard riverfront sites. Guests may even catch views of Bridal Veil Falls and Sky Rocket Falls from many of the RV sites. If you prefer to stay closer to town then Weber RV Park may be another decent option near Ridgeway. Here guests have access to bathrooms, showers, laundry, full hookups, and plenty of mountain views.
Explore the City
Outdoor activities aren’t the only reason to pick up a travel trailer rental in Ridgway. The town also has many interesting sights to see. Community theater is an integral part of life in Ridgway and there are regular performances at the Sherbino Theater and the Wright Opera House. During July, Ridgway hosts summer concerts each Thursday evening. Throughout the year a variety of events take place, including Ouray County Fair, the Ridgway First Friday Festival in downtown Ridgway, and Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival, as well as marathon running events.
You can park your RV rental in Ridgway and visit the Ridgway Railroad Museum, the Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Orvis Hot Springs, and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, or practice your golfing skills at the 18-hole golf course in town. For shopping, visitors can head to the Ridgway Farmers Market on Fridays between May and October. Aside from fresh local produce, the market offers the chance to purchase handmade crafts. Ridgway also has a number of outdoors gear retailers, clothing and gift boutiques, and second-hand thrift-shops.
There’s no need to go hungry either because Ridgway is known for its piping hot and international food scene. You can find anything from Chinese to pizza, fine dining to rustic cafes, and even a couple of local breweries.
Whether you're looking for an adventure filled vacation or a tranquil experience in the heart of the Old West, you’re guaranteed a vacation you’ll never forget when you rent an RV in Ridgway, Colorado.