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Ridgway is a small town called "the Gateway to the San Juan Mountains," located near Ouray and Telluride at the junction of Highways 550 and 62 in southwest Colorado. It is approximately 25 minutes off Highway 50. Situated along the San Juan Skyway, one of the most famous scenic byways in the country, Ridgway offers spectacular views in every direction. The birthplace and headquarters of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, Ridgway is now home to the Ridgway Railroad Museum. The Orvis Hot Springs is located one mile south of Ridgway on Highway 50, and is a sacred hot springs of the Ute Indians that today offers several pools, one that is "swimsuit optional." The Ridgway Farmers' Market has gained statewide recognition (open Sundays 8:00 am - Noon, May through October,) and the Ridgway State Park and Reservoir offers swimming, boating and camping. Ridgway's convenient location puts you in the heart of several fascinating attractions, including the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The San Juan Skyway is a 236-mile scenic loop, surrounded by 14,000 foot mountain peaks that takes you to the 19th century mining towns of Ouray, Silverton, Telluride and Rico, and the agricultural communities of Dolores, Cortez, Mancos and Durango. The section of highway from Ouray to Silverton is called "The Million Dollar Highway." Other attractions that are an easy day trip from Ridgway include Unaweep Canyon/Tabeguache Plateau, Trail of the Ancients - Mesa Verde, Black Canyon, and Owl Creek Pass.

Surrounding areas: Ouray, Colorado (10.2 mi), Telluride, Colorado (15.3 mi), Mountain Village, Colorado (16.1 mi), Montrose, Colorado (23.3 mi), Silverton, Colorado (24.1 mi), Lake City, Colorado (25.7 mi), Norwood, Colorado (28.9 mi)

Ridgway Vacation Rentals

Ridgway Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Lodge373 Palomino TrailRidgeway, CO (970) 626-5444
Ouray Comfort Inn191 5TH AveOuray, CO10.3 mi.(970) 325-7203
Ouray Hotel303 6TH AveOuray, CO10.3 mi.(970) 325-0500
ST Elmo Hotel Inc426 Main StOuray, CO10.3 mi.(970) 325-4951
Inn At Lost CreekTelluride, CO15.1 mi.(970) 728-5678
New Sheridan Hotel231 W Colorado AveTelluride, CO15.1 mi.(970) 728-4351
The Peaks At Telluride136 Country CLB DrTelluride, CO15.1 mi.(970) 728-3165
Wyndham Lodge At The Peaks457 MTN VLG BlvdTelluride, CO15.1 mi.(970) 369-5000
Camel's Garden Hotel250 West San Juan AveTelluride, CO15.2 mi.(970) 728-9300
Ice House Lodge310 South Fir StTelluride, CO15.2 mi.(970) 728-6300
Telluride Mountainside Inn333 S Davis StTelluride, CO15.2 mi.(888) 728-1950
Victorian Inn401 W PacificTelluride, CO15.2 mi.(970) 728-6601
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1391 S Townsend AveMontrose, CO22.5 mi.(970) 240-1800
Quality Inn And Suites2751 Commercial WayMontrose, CO23.3 mi.(970) 249-1011
Montrose Comfort Inn2100 E Main StMontrose, CO23.7 mi.(970) 240-8000
Best Western Red Arrow1702 E Main StMontrose, CO23.8 mi.(800) 468-9323
Montrose Days Inn1655 E Main StMontrose, CO23.8 mi.(970) 249-3411
Montrose Super 8 Motel Inc1705 E MainMontrose, CO23.8 mi.(970) 249-9294
The Wyman Hotel & Inn1371 Greene StSilverton, CO24.1 mi.(800) 609-7845
Hampton Inn Montrose1980 N TownsendMontrose, CO24.9 mi.(970) 252-3300
Rocky Top Lodge1450 N Hwy 149Lake City, CO25.8 mi.(970) 944-2780
Norwood Inn1415 GrandNorwood, CO28.9 mi.(970) 327-4982
Bed & Breakfast
Bear Creek Bed And Breakfast221 E Colorado AveTelluride, CO15.1 mi.(970) 728-6681

Ridgway Weather & Climate

Southwest Colorado has a four-season alpine climate. This region is on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide at 7,200 feet above sea level. The combination of high desert plateau and Rocky Mountains to the north and east create an unusually mild climate. Temperatures here are much cooler in the summer than most of the surrounding southwestern United States. The area is also blessed with 300 days of sunshine per year. The climate of Colorado, in general, is difficult to describe because it varies so widely from place to place. The climate of any particular place in this region is profoundly affected by differences in elevation, and to a lesser degree, by the orientation of mountain ranges and valleys and wind direction. Wide variations occur within short distances.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 5°F 0.96 in. -
February 42°F 11°F 0.73 in. -
March 48°F 19°F 1.60 in. -
April 56°F 26°F 1.35 in. -
May 66°F 33°F 1.70 in. -
June 77°F 39°F 0.97 in. -
July 81°F 45°F 2.04 in. -
August 79°F 44°F 2.04 in. -
September 73°F 36°F 1.63 in. -
October 61°F 26°F 1.46 in. -
November 47°F 17°F 1.27 in. -
December 38°F 7°F 0.80 in. -

Ridgway Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Montrose Regional airport (MTJ) located about 25 miles northwest of Ridgway in Montrose, Colorado, the Gunnison Crested Butte Regional airport (GUC) located approximately 52 miles northeast of Ridgway in Gunnison, Colorado, the Durango La Plata County airport (DRO) located roughly 69 miles south of Ridgway in Durango, Colorado, and finally Stevens Field (2V1) located around 71 miles southeast of Ridgway in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Ridgway Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun JunctionGrand JunctionCO76.0 mi.
Water Parks
Butch Cassidy King World Water ParkMoabUT101.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Fairway Pines Golf CourseRidgwayCO 
Black Canyon Golf ClubMontroseCO22.7 mi.
Links at Cobble CreekMontroseCO22.7 mi.
Ski Areas
TellurideTellurideCO15.1 mi.
PurgatoryDurangoCO61.0 mi.
Crested ButteCrested ButteCO64.9 mi.
Powderhorn ResortMesaCO72.9 mi.
AspenAspenCO88.0 mi.
Aspen HighlandsAspenCO88.0 mi.
SnowmassAspenCO88.0 mi.
TiehackAspenCO88.0 mi.
Sunlight Mountain ResortGlenwood SpringsCO99.4 mi.
Ski CooperLeadvilleCO109.7 mi.
State Parks
Chipeta State ParkCO19.9 mi. 

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