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OFFICIAL VISITOR’S GUIDE 2017

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Ridgway  is nestled in the picturesque Uncompahgre 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

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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.

City of Ridgway - Mayor’s Welcome........................ 4 Welcome to Ridgway..............................................5-6 Visitor’s Guidepost..................................................... 7 Calendar of Events..................................................... 9 Activities & Adventures.....................................11-23 Arts & Culture.....................................................24-27 History & Heritage..............................................27-29 Ouray County Adventures...................................... 31 Scenic Drives & Day Trips..........................33-35 Ouray County’s Rich Heritage....................36-39 Weddings & Celebrations................................ 41 A Treasure Trove of Family Fun...................... 42 Ski Without The Crowds.................................. 43 Ridgway City Map................................................... 46 Ouray City Map....................................................... 47 Regional Recreation Map...................................48-49 Plan Your Perfect Stay............................................. 53 Business Listings Places to Stay................................................55-57 Recreation & Guides ...................................57-58 Dining...........................................................59-60 Retail Shopping............................................61-62 Local Services...............................................63-67 RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 3


Welcome to Ridgway

A Welcome from The Mayor

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Welcome to Ridgway

Discover Ridgway’s Colorful Downtown A 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 Uncompahgre River. Ridgway, as a designated Creative Arts District, is also known for its vigorous arts community. The town boasts a new concert stage in Hartwell Park, which is home to the outdoor summer 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. A town’s main street says a lot about the community— bringing to life the heritage and authenticity of a town inspires creative energy and pride. Ridgway was awarded 2015 Colorado Main Street of the Year, particularly for the planning of its downtown revitalization and beautification efforts, which were underway in 2016 and slated to finish in 2017. Colorado Main Street is a program founded by the National Main Street Center,

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which is committed to historic preservation-based community revitalization. The Colorado program uses the national model to assist communities as they preserve and rejuvenate their downtown and commercial districts within the context of historic preservation. Colorado Main Street is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 coordinating programs and more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and stronger communities. Ridgway is one of the few towns in the State to be both a Certified Creative District and a Designated Main Street Community. Explore Ridgway’s downtown with its unique businesses, excellent restaurants, and fantastic views.

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Discover Ridgway’s Colorful Downtown Ridgway iPhone App

Check out the Ridgway iPhone app for quick and easy information about the spectacular Ridgway area.   (Search iTunes for Ridgway, CO.)  Explore Ridgway’s rich western history of railroading and ranching. Find the places where the original True Grit movie was filmed. From the poems that decorate Ridgway’s alleys to the sculptures in its parks, share in the celebration of art and beauty in this wonderful little town. Quickly and easily navigate through an interactive and informative app to find beautiful sights, parks, restaurants, hiking, biking, hot springs, and many other amenities in a snap.

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RAMP Up Ridgway!

RAMP Up Ridgway! is a partnership between the Town of Ridgway, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to improve the State Highway 62 corridor through town and revitalize the Downtown Historic Business District to the north. This $13.8M construction project began in the spring of 2016 and is anticipated to complete in mid-2017. Downtown improvements include: Asphalt Streets, Concrete Sidewalks, Colored Concrete Crosswalks, ADA Parking and Access, Decorative Lighting, Public Art, Custom Furnishings, Street Trees and Tree Grates, Shrub Areas and Planters, Storm Water Drainage Construction phases 1 and 2 in 2016 involved removing decommissioned tennis courts at Hartwell Park to create additional parking, major street work in the north portions of the Historic Business District, and major work along Highway 62.  In 2017, Construction phase 3 will finish Highway 62 and install downtown streetscape elements (landscaping, artwork, benches, etc.). Information on this project can be found at: www.codot.gov/projects/sh62rampupridgway


Visitor’s Guidepost

Basecamp Ridgway Valleys and open space with epic views of the Cimarron and San Juan ranges define Ridgway. Explore alluvial rivers, high mountain lakes and magnificent reservoirs, soothing natural hot springs, abundant trails and roaming wildlife. Ridgway is the ideal base camp for outdoor adventures; where spectacular outdoor activities await everyone! Biking and hiking can reach as far as the San Juan Mountains, the Mt. Sneffels and Cimarron Wilderness, the Uncompahgre

What to do?

• River Play – raft, kayak, tube, stand-up-paddleboard or just play in the river • Hot Air Ballooning – see the region from new heights • Fishing – quality river fishing and high mountain lakes abound • Lake Fun – swimming, stand-up-paddleboarding (SUP), windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and more • Biking – mountain or road biking is waiting for all experience levels • Hike or Backpack – from town trails to high terrain • Camp – stay at local Ridgway State Park, BLM and USFS sites • Scenic Drives – explore the San Juan Skyway • Play Golf –the San Juan Mountain Range is your backdrop

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National Forest, the surrounding BLM lands or just into Ridgway State Park. There are trails for all experience levels, ranging from easy shorter walks/rides to longer and more challenging terrain. Ridgway also boasts amazing proximity to six quality trout rivers and streams, as well as numerous lakes to get you fishing. If it’s outdoors, it’s here. Experience why Ridgway’s slogan is Think Outside!

• Hot Springs – soak after a day of fun • Skateboard – drop into a bowl with a mountain view • Look for Wildlife or Birds – resident elk herds, mountain lion prides and nesting eagles • Horseback Riding – high country range rides • Elk Hunting – great units abound • Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe – explore Top of the Pines and the Cimarron Mountains • Photography – north, south, east or west; pick a direction and find beauty • Ski and Snowboard – just a short drive to Telluride, Silverton or Durango • 4X4 Fun – Jeep, ATV & dirt bike in the Cimarrons and the Sneffels Range RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 7


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Calendar of Events

Endless Activites All Year Round Year-Round Events:

Art Bar’s Dance & Fitness Classes Fly-fishing & Sport Demonstrations Gallery Openings and Exhibitions Historic Tours & Museums Exhibitions Ignite! Events Live Music Living Room Lounge Concerts Open Bard Poetry Readings Ridgway Moonwalks SherbNerds Trivia Nights Sherb Sunday Cinema Screenings Sherb Talks Lecture Series True Grit Walking Tour Visual & Performing Arts Workshops

Spring

Wine & Whiskers Benefit for Second Chance Humane Society Love Your Valley Festival Ridgway Area Trails Festival

Summer

Friday Ridgway Farmers’ Market Townie Tuesdays Outdoor Movies Michael McCullough’s Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest Ridgway State Park Environmental Lecture Series Movie Nights at the State Park Huck Finn Fishing Days Trail Town 10-Miler San Juan Huts 200 Mountain Bike Race Ridgway Rendezvous Arts & Crafts Festival Ridgway RiverFest San Juan Chamber Music Festival Ouray County Fork Fest Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation Marathon & Half-Marathon Run/Walk

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Fall

Friday Ridgway Farmers’ Market Ouray County 4-H Fair & Rodeo Ouray County Railroad Days Sneffels Fiber Festival Ridgway Area Chamber Golf Scramble Fall Photography Workshops Halloween Parties

Winter

Santa Paws Fundraiser Nonprofit Holiday Bazaar Ridgway Noel Night Ouray County Chorus Holiday Concert Fly-tying Workshops New Year’s Eve Celebrations MountainFilm Festival San Juan Skijoring San Juan Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Race

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Activities & Adventures

Places Not to Miss Around Town • Rollans Park, an easy 0.2 mile stretch on either side of the Uncompahgre footbridge offers a refreshing river escape. • The Ridgway River Trail starts from Ridgway Town Park to end at the Ridgway State Park at CR24. This lovely trail is paved and about 2.5 miles one-way. It crosses the Uncompahgre River on a trestle bridge, offers several picnic areas along the way and a BLM riparian. • “Watchable Wildlife” area where you may observe the bald eagles nesting in the cottonwoods. At 1.2 miles is the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. • Fishing from Rollans Park to the Dennis Weaver Memorial on the Uncompahgre River is a quick way to get your fix within walking distance from town.

• Skateboarding right in town. Experience a skate park designed and created by national recognized Grindline Skateparks in collaboration with Ridgway High School students in 2006. The park is 5,000 square feet with a bowl section as well as an open area to practice jumps. Drop in with the beautiful San Juan Mountains in the background. • Hot Air Ballooning over the town offers expansive views of the region’s amazing landscape and mountain ranges. Personalized service, with no more than four passengers per balloon will get you in the air with San Juan Balloon. • Horseback Riding in the high country introduces a true Western experience. Ride one of the many horse-friendly trails that surround Ridgway and Ouray on your own horse or with one Ouray County’s experienced outfitters. Don’t miss out on the miles of riding opportunity.

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• Hot Springs are abundant in Ouray County, with five developed facilities for your soaking pleasure. The naturally landscaped pools at Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgway are just one mile south of downtown Ridgway and open to the public year-round. • Golfing in Ouray County’s 300+ days of sunshine make is ideal. The award-winning Divide Golf Club is located only four miles from Ridgway and features an 18-hole course with incredible views and 7,039 yards of challenging play. Complete with pro shop, restaurant and event services, the Divide meets all your golfing needs! • Stagecoach Hill (1.4 miles round-trip) starts from the Dennis Weaver Memorial. This easy hike will reward you with great Sneffels views.

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Activities & Adventures

Ridgway Area Trails Mountain and Road Biking: Find your Pace   Whether you are looking for an easy bike path or a more extreme off-road experience through the San Juan Mountains, you can access a wide variety of back roads and trails from Ridgway or enjoy a few spectacular rides on paved roads.

Classic Scenic Rides

Ridgway’s Uncompahgre River Trail begins downtown and travels gently towards Ridgway State Park’s Dallas Creek area. The paved trail runs primarily on the former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad corridor and features a restored railroad trestle just north of town. Back roads can offer a scenic ride of rolling ranchland that is a bit longer; follow CR 23, CR17 and Oak Street to Ouray (approximately 25 miles round trip on gravel road).

Road Biking Can Take You Further with a Breathtaking Ride

From Highway 62 in Ridgway to Placerville, this segment was once part of the Ride the Rockies route and remains one of the highlights of the annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado. The highway provides a small but adequate shoulder, peaks on Dallas Divide at 8,970 feet and rewards the strenuous climbs with tremendous views of the Sneffels range. 12 – Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-220-4959 • RidgwayColorado.com

RIDGWAY AREA TRAILS – UNCOMPAHGRE RIVER SINGLETRACK

The Ridgway Area Trails Group is the Sneffels Chapter of the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) and is responsible for creating a wonderful multi-use trail system with fantastic mountain bike terrain. From the RAT trails surrounding Ridgway and beyond, to high Alpine trails such as the Dallas Trail, there are over 40 miles of single track in what many refer to as some of the most beautiful and scenic trails in the country. Discover the RAT just north of town. The Dallas trail is one of our most challenging single track with breathtaking views (and climbs). This trail is not for the faint of heart as it includes a very technical descent into Ouray. This approximately 30-mile classic can be done as a shuttle or loop right from the center of Ridgway. For a shorter version of the ride, plan to travel from the Blue Lakes trailhead to Box Factory and back, on the West end of the Dallas trail. The San Jan Hut Systems, based in Ridgway, can help you plan your next mountain bike trip. The fully stocked huts, strategically located on dirt roads and single-track trails from the high alpine tundra of the San Juan Mountains to the canyon country of Utah, allow for exciting biking/touring multi-day adventures without the weight of supplies and gear. Bike Rentals in Ridgway offer a way to get you out on the trails this summer when you don’t want to bring your gear. If you need more help outfitting your biking adventure, refer to our local business listings starting on page 35.


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Ridgway State Park and Reservoir History

Located about six miles north of the town of Ridgway, the reservoir was controversially planned in a location that would have inundated the town site. It was eventually relocated north of town and spared the Ridgway community from inundation but forced the rerouting of U.S. Highway 550 to the east and the abandonment of the Ridgway Branch of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Construction of the Dam began in 1978 and was completed in 1987. The lake was first filled in 1990 as an aid to irrigation of the Uncompahgre Valley and flood control.

Amenities

• The 1,000-surface-acre body of water allows for boating, fishing, waterskiing, sailing, paddleboarding and windsurfing. • The Park offers popular campgrounds, a marina, picnic and playground areas, as well as nearly 14 miles of developed trails meandering through the park.

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Park Entrances

• Pa-Co-Chu-Puk, meaning “Cow Creek” for the Ute Indians, is located below the Ridgway Dam and also offers campsites, a large group event pavilion, pond and river trout fishing and access to several miles of hiking and biking trails. • The Dutch Charlie site was named after a pioneer who ran a boarding house near the present day-swim beach. It includes most of the major facilities and the Park’s Visitors Center. Swimmers can enjoy a beautiful beach located at the Dutch Charlie site and boats can find harbor in the marina. • The Dallas Creek site, closest to Ridgway, provides daytime activities and picnic sites. In addition, the confluence of the Uncompahgre River and Dallas Creek is a perfect place for viewing wildlife.

• Ridgway State Park offers year-round camping. During the high season (mid-May to mid-September), 258 campsites for RVs, trailers, campers and motor homes are available, as well as 25 walk-in tent sites for a more remote experience.  Three yurts at the Dutch Charlie area provide a fun alternative to RV and tent camping. • Daily Park Pass: $7; Camping fees: $29-$37; Yurt fees: $87 • For information, maps and reservations go to cpw.state.co.us RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 15


Activities & Adventures

DAN NOVAKOSKI – CRYSTAL LAKE CASTING

Hiking: Exploring the Region and Ranges

Hiking is not to be taken lightly here in Colorado. Be prepared before heading into the high country and get specific information about your hike, location of the trail head, difficulty level, length and elevation gain.   Many trails will lead you to high altitude destinations and it is helpful to get acclimated on easier hikes before venturing on more strenuous ones. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the high country so start early and be prepared for unpredictable weather. Stop by the Visitor’s Center or a local bookstore to pick up a good hiking book or a map.  The Ouray Trail Group has information and updates on the status of the trails, with some maps and pictures of various trails at ouraytrails.org. Wear sunscreen, drink lots of water and be prepared for sudden & extreme weather changes. Consider getting a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) card from the Department of Local Affairs. By purchasing a CORSAR card you are contributing to Colorado’s Search and Rescue fund, which reimburses teams for the costs they incur to provide help. (This is not an insurance card – search and rescue teams will always come to your aid.)

Our Favorite Local Hikes:

Stagecoach Hill (1.4 miles round-trip). Starts from the

Dennis Weaver Memorial. This easy hike will reward you with great Sneffels views.

Stealey Mountain (10,500 feet) - Distance: 12.3 RT miles

- Elevation Gain: 2,100ft. Rating: Moderate. Plan for a full day on this beautiful stretch the whole family can enjoy.  

Courthouse Mountain (12,150 feet) - Distance: 3.8 RT

miles – Elevation Gain: 1,850 feet. Rating: Difficult. Short and steep hike with some rock scrambling to get to the summit. Sweeping views of Chimney Peak.

Blue Lakes (11,000 feet to lower lake) – Distance 6.6 RT miles – Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet. Rating: Moderate. Beautiful hike leading up to 3 glacial lakes are the foot of Mount Sneffels.

West Fork Pass & Wetterhorn Basin (12,510 feet) –

Distance 6.3 miles to the Pass, 8.8 miles to the Basin (RT) – Elevation Gain: 1,940 feet. Rating: Difficult. A scenic trail up the West Fork river valley with grand views from the Pass & through the descent into Wetterhorn Basin.

Ridgway Area Trail (RAT) System – Multiuse trails with 239696

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a series of short trails and loops. North of Ridgway, just off CR 10. Additional trails located just North of Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.


Activities & Adventures

Fishing Colorado is home to miles of trout streams, so it should not be a surprise that many excellent fishing opportunities are located within a short distance from Ridgway. Whether you are a veteran or novice, a stay in charming Ridgway will allow you to experience great year-round fishing, as well as float fishing trips, walk and wade guided fly fishing trips and instructional clinics.

Blue Ribbon, High Country Gold Medal Waters

Ridgway is centrally-located within one hour of six major trout streams and rivers, which boast clean waters, feisty fish, and draw out the fisherman in everyone all year long. There are secluded alpine lakes and streams full of stocked and native trout for the fisherman who likes an adventure and easily accessible sport waters along the Uncompahgre River corridor. The reservoir and catch-and-release waters in Ridgway State Park offer fishing opportunities for the whole family, including free fishing for kids during Huck Finn days in the summer.

Walk and Wade the Uncompahgre River in Ridgway State Park

Southern Colorado’s tailwater fishery below Ridgway Reservoir, at the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk entrance of the State Park, offers anglers an unparalleled fishing experience year-round.  Extensive rehabilitation has resulted in prime habitat for Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout and catch and release Blue Ribbon Waters revealing deep runs and large pools.

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Enjoy a Fishing Day with The Family at The Ridgway Reservoir

This beautiful setting with a marina and numerous points of access make for a great fishing destination for the whole family. Stocked rainbow & native brown trout make up the game fish within the reservoir.

Remote Fishing Adventures

Brook and rainbow trout can also be found in some tributaries of the Uncompahgre River. Access to Dallas Creek, Canyon Creek or Upper Cow Creek is more limited, but the reward might very well be a bigger catch. Fishing in surrounding alpine lakes may be the preferred choice for those seeking solitude and grand vistas. A few-mile hike will lead you to magnificent lakes and make for great fishing stories. In the Cimarrons, the waters of Silver Jack Reservoir are more accessible but also offer quality fishing in a serene setting. A fishing license is required to fish from Colorado waterways. Information on licenses and special regulations may be found at cpw.state.co.us

Fall & Winter Fishing

Visiting Ridgway during 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. Set aside some time to play in our beautiful waters; our local guides are always ready to show you their favorite secret falls and fishing holes and always have the best tips on water levels and hatches. For guiding, gear and tips, visit our local experts at RIGS Fly Shop in Ridgway or refer to our local business listings starting on page 35. RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 17


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Summer River Adventures

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Summer’s sunny skies bring snowmelt into our rivers and open up many warm weather water adventures. Tranquil alpine lakes and meandering streams give way to fast-moving waters and rafters, kayakers and canoeists enjoy the thrill of the area’s rushing rivers.

Popular River Rafting Trips

River Rafting

Tubing

Spring snowmelt from high in the San Juan Mountains brings increased water flows to our local rivers and adventure opportunities for rafters and kayakers alike. Book a raft trip down the Uncompahgre, San Miguel or Gunnison Rivers and enjoy pristine wilderness, world-class fishing and stunning geology.

Whitewater Safety

Although rafting rivers is fun, it is also an activity that requires a high level of experience to safely maneuver a boat through any whitewater situation. So, before you go make sure your leader is properly versed and equipped for a variety of whitewater situations. When choosing a trip, make sure you aren’t getting in over your head.

• Uncompahgre River (Class I-III) • Gunnison River (Class I-IV) • San Miguel River (Class II-IV) • Animas River (Class II-V)

Spend a lazy day tubing down the mellow waters of the Uncompahgre near Ridgway State Park in the shadow of Mt. Sneffels. It is a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day! Equipment is available for rent in Ridgway.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Get a peaceful workout by enjoying the quiet waters of a mountain lake on a stand up paddleboard. Experience why this sport is quickly becoming the most popular watersport in Colorado! Equipment is available for rent in Ridgway. To book a river trip or rent gear, visit our local experts at RIGS Fly Shop in Ridgway or refer to our local business listings starting on page 35.

Whitewater Rankings

Rating the difficulty of a rapid is based on a numerical rating system called “Class,” with class I (flat-water), up to class VI (Niagara Falls). For families of first timers, Class I – III is the way to go.  For experienced boaters, class III – IV makes the most sense. Note: class V ratings are unadvised unless you are a trained professional and ready for combat swimming! Have fun & don’t forget to contact your local rafting outfitter to receive the most up to date information on conditions, access, gear and guided trips.   18 – Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-220-4959 • RidgwayColorado.com

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Activities & Adventures

Party on The River Banks Splash in the Water, Celebrate Uncompahgre!

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the fun, friendly and free Ridgway RiverFest “Celebrating our Watershed.” Come down to the riverside at Rollans Park in Ridgway on Saturday, June 24, to enjoy an array of activities for all ages as we pay homage to the Uncompahgre River and our local water sources. This popular outdoor festival brings together the community and visitors – from avid river-runners to casual river floaters, families, music lovers, sun worshippers and everyone who loves the festival atmosphere. The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership organizes the annual festival to support its work protecting and restoring the local watershed. The Ouray County nonprofit collaborates with many organizations, businesses and individuals to study and improve water quality around abandoned mines and help the community and local students understand water resources and issues. The 10th annual river festival promises to be the best yet with the usual favorites as well as some new and improved features. The highlight will be an expanded Junk of the Unc Race, with more participants than ever competing to get their homemade watercrafts down the rapids. Besides the other all-age river races, festival-goers will have more opportunities to get on and in the river in non-competitive activities through new collaborations with local river guides.

UNCOMPAHGRE WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP – DOWN RIVER RACE

Other highlights of the 2017 RiverFest include live music on stage, youth entertainment, a Ute cultural presentation, face painting, festival food, locally brewed beers and energetically crafted margaritas by “Glenda the Blenda” bicycle. Plus, a silent auction will offer more than 100 great deals on river gear and apparel, outdoor adventures, local store and restaurant certificates, and a variety of keepsakes and gifts DETAILS: Rollans Park is located at 257 Sherman St., Ridgway, Colorado, next to the Uncompahgre River. The regular parking lot is used as the main festival grounds, but parking is available offsite. Festival and parking signs will be set up along the roads on festival day.

10th Annual Ridgway RiverFest Saturday, June 24, 2017

A fun, free, all-day community festival!

Location: Rollans Park, Ridgway, CO Info: ridgwayriverfest.org • 970-325-3010 Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership • uncompahgrewatershed.org

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Wildlife Viewing Southwest Colorado is teeming with wildlife to view yearround. Most notable in the region are mountain lions, badgers, deer, elk, bear, coyotes, wild turkey, porcupines and bald eagles; all are indigenous to the area. Birding opportunities also abound throughout the year. • Over 140 species of migratory and resident birds have been identified in the area. • Bald eagles are a common sight in the late fall through mid-February, nesting in the cottonwoods along the Uncompahgre River from the town of Ridgway to the Dallas Creek entrance in the State Park. The best times to view roosting eagles are early morning or late in the day. Bring your binoculars and telephotos. Eagles won’t tolerate close approaches and they see five to eight times better than humans.

MARTA ALFRED – BALD EAGLE

• Elk and deer inhabit our wide-open valleys throughout the year. You can see majestic herds of both traversing their migrator paths each year. Watch out when driving any mountain roads. Deer in particular can suddenly appear in the road. Observe speed limits and keep your eyes out ahead to prevent accidents with animals.

CHRISTINE WILSON MCGRADY

• Mountain lions, though rarely seen, cover a vast terrain across the entire state. One of the state’s largest prides calls Ouray County home.

Marcus Garcia hard at work in the Ouray Ice Park

JOIN THE ADVENTURE

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Other Outdoor Opportunities Opportunities for amazing photos abound throughout Southwest Colorado. The four seasons provide vivid colors, snowcapped mountains, incredible sunrises, sunsets and plenty of wildlife to capture. The San Juan Mountains are the most photographed mountains in the state of Colorado and Owl Creek Pass provides remote access to amazing landscapes and wildlife

Hunting

As summer comes to an end and the temperatures cool down thousands of elk and deer come down to lower elevations and warmer temperatures. Ridgway is surrounded by the Uncompahgre National Forest which boasts many excellent hunting grounds and prime Elk Parcel Units 65 & 62. For more hunting information, please visit: cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGame.aspx.

DAN NOVAKOSKI – SAN JUAN WILDFLOWERS

Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe

Ridgway is surrounded by many opportunities to cross country ski and snowshoe. Top of the Pines is the closest option with seven kilometers of trails groomed for Nordic skating and classic flat-track skiing as well as open fields to snowshoe. Looking for a multi-day excursion? Try snowshoeing or skiing in the backcountry, spending your days exploring the snowy hills that surround Ridgway. Warm up in the evenings in a cozy hut from San Juan Huts surrounded by friends and family, soaking up the warmth and conversations about your adventures. To book a unique outdoor adventure, contact one of our local outfitters. Listings start on page 35.

Top of the Pines

Located at the foot of the Sneffels Range, close to Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride, this 175-acre wilderness jewel offers local communities and visitors a place to learn, recreate, and celebrate, while also providing a gathering place for everyone interested in exploring the beauty of the San Juans. This environmental education facility and outdoor recreation open space preserve is open to the public for day use and can be reserved for special events.

TOP OF THE PINES – CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

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Breakfast Lunch Coffee Bakery

High Country Dreams Are

Best When Wrapped In Warmth & Comfort

6:30am – 2:00pm

Locally owned and operated, we strive to be your first choice in high quality, prepared to order breakfast and lunch food. We also hope you enjoy some of our wonderful coffee drinks.

Recommended By: Sunset Magazine’s “Best of the West” & Colorado Connoisseur’s “Award of Excellence”

Order all of your specialty baked goods, from cakes and pies to cookies and scones from our in-house bakery! We will prepare sandwiches, salads and snacks to take with you on your hike, trail ride or jeep tour. 636 Main Street, Ouray, CO 81427 970-633-6021 www.RoastandToastOuray.com facebook.com/roastandtoastouray

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Friendly & Accommodating Staff | Spacious Suites Available our Natural Hot Springs Tubs Terraced On The Hillside

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Self-Guided 4x4 Touring

BRIAN K. FOSTER – SAN JUAN JEEPING

Jeep, ATV and Dirt Bike in the Cimarrons and the Sneffels Range

OHV Regulations

Below are a few of our favorite OHV Routes along Hwy 550 & Hwy 62

• Liability insurance is required for all unlicensed motor vehicles in Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties.

While Ridgway has made a name for itself with its excellent bike trails, its unpaved roads are also great access points for off-trail adventures with your 4x4, OHV or dirt bike. Access 4x4 fun, uncrowded fall color & photography trails, hunting access to the Uncompahgre National Forest, and weekend/fall visits from other western slope destinations.

• CR 12: Cow Creek to National Forest • CR 10: Owl Creek Pass to Katy’s Meadow (True Grit) to Cimarron Range • CR 5: to National Forest & Mt. Sneffels Wilderness • CR 7: to National Forest & Blue Lakes Trail • CR 9: through Double RL Ranch (Ralph Lauren) to Box Factory Park to National Forest • Hwy 62: to Double RL Ranch (Ralph Lauren) Overlook to Last Dollar Road to Telluride

• Colorado state law requires that all unlicensed motor vehicles, including those registered in other states, display a current Colorado OHV registration. Annual registration permits may be purchased at a number of locations including Ridgway State Park and online at www.parks.state.co.us.

• All operators in Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties must possess a valid drivers’ license. • Unlicensed motor vehicles cannot be driven within the city limits of Ouray, Ridgway, Lake City, Ophir or Telluride. All motor vehicles must comply with posted speed and Colorado state sound limits and other regulatory signs. RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 23


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Arts & Culture

Ridgway Arts Weehawken Creative Arts

For more than 12 years, Weehawken Creative Arts has transformed the lives of adults and children through their arts education, dance program and beloved community events.   Weehawken Creative Arts is a nonprofit organization based in Ridgway.  This unique organization offers arts and cultural classes to adults and children year-round in a variety of subjects, from traditional fine arts to subjects as broad as personal growth and development.   Weehawken Creative Arts’ small administrative team is based in Ridgway, but their programs are offered in the communities of Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton and Montrose.    In addition to classes and workshops, Weehawken hosts and organizes a multitude of special events and programs for the communities each year: The Annual Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival (August); three major full-scale ballet/dance productions featuring more than 250 area youth including The Nutcracker (Dec, April, May); The Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops (Dec); The Sneffels Fiber Arts Festival (Sept); Michael McCullough’s Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest (June); The Ridgway MoonWalks (with the Creative District) (quarterly); The Ouray County Fork Fest (late spring); and more.  The organization sees thousands of enrollments in their class offerings each year.   Further, Weehawken’s special events and performances entertain tens of thousands of visitors each year.

Ridgway Chautauqua at the Sherbino

The Sherbino building was built and opened more than 100 years ago by Louis B. Sherbino in September 1915. The building was designated a Colorado State Landmark in 1991 for its significant role in the social and cultural heritage of the Town of Ridgway. The building has been many things in its 100-year history: a performance venue, a roller skating rink, a teepee and yurt factory, a film house, an illegal gambling hall, a post office, a live music hall and more.  It went dark in 2011 and the Ridgway community rallied to save it.

BOX CANYON BLOG (MARK JOHNSON) – RIDGWAY’S COLORFUL DOWNTOWN

In January 2012, the community-based Ridgway Chautauqua Society (RCS) was formed and took up the challenge of restoring and operating this treasured historic theater. Since then, RCS has successfully positioned the Sherbino as a lively space where art, creativity and community thrive.  Their vision is to re-create the Sherbino as a leading venue on Colorado’s Western Slope celebrating community, the arts and the Chautauqua legacy.  Chautauqua is a community-based, cultural and social movement that started in the 1870’s and flourished in American culture through the mid- 1920s.  It presented dance, music, drama, lectures and other forms of “cultural enrichment” in local communities. Ridgway Chautauqua is on track toward that vision. Today, the Sherbino is a highly energized arts anchor in the heart of historic downtown, home to one of Colorado’s first Creative Districts.  If something creative is happening in Ridgway, it is likely taking place at “The Sherb.” The RCS/Sherbino has actively been developing programs since it opened in early 2012.  Starting primarily with the presentation of live music, the programming has broadened considerably. Regular programs include:  a monthly lecture series highlighting mostly regional presenters on a wide variety of topics, a monthly cinematic presentation, a monthly documentary film program, a regular poetry series that features a selected poet and then offers open poetry readings, a monthly concert series that features local and regional bands, a monthly “art bar” where users come into the space for two hours to create a masterpiece with a qualified instructor, a troubadour concert series that features touring national acts, a monthly trivia night where community members can engage with one another and have fun at the same time, a space for performing arts education in partnership with Weehawken Creative Arts, an outdoor film series in partnership with the Town of Ridgway, a quarterly Ignite! Series, a space for coordinated community art exhibitions, a travel-share series and a stage for touring and local theatrical productions.  In early 2016, Ridgway Chautauqua obtained complete ownership and clear title to the Sherbino and the organization has begun the process of a full-scope capital campaign for renovation and expansion of Ridgway’s beloved venue. For more information, visit www.sherbino.org or facebook.com/ sherbinotheater RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 25


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Ridgway’s Food & Beverage Scene Unique Local Fare

• Adobe Inn Cantina & Lodging • Cafe Ridgway a la Mode • Cimarron Books & Coffeehouse • Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery • Eatery 66 • Exotic Earth Coffee Roasters • Happy Trails Sandwich Shop • Kate’s Place • Land & Ocean Costa Rican Restaurant • Lotus Root at the Chipeta • Oriental Chinese Restaurant • Panny’s Pizza • Provisions Cafe & Catering • Steps Tavern • Taco Del Gnar • Thai Paradise • True Grit Café

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. See the complete listing of local eats on pages 41-42.

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History & Heritage

Steam Whistles & Steel Geese

JIM PETTENGILL – GALLOPING GOOSE

Ouray County’s Famous Historic Railroads

by Jim Pettengill The lure of silver brought thousands of miners to the San Juan Mountains, but the arrival of railroads in the late 1880s allowed the area to thrive. Mines could easily ship ore and bring in equipment and fresh food for their employees. Farmers and ranchers could get their crops and livestock to market faster, and people could make the trip to Denver in a day. Previously, the trip took a week in an uncomfortable stagecoach. The first railroad to reach Ouray County was the Ouray Branch of the Denver & Rio Grande. Like most of Colorado’s railroads of the time, the D&RG was narrow gauge – three feet between the rails – which was easier and cheaper to build through mountainous terrain than standard gauge. The first train from Montrose reached Ouray in December 1887. A Russian immigrant named Otto Mears, who became known as the “Pathfinder of the San Juans,” made his fortune building a network of wagon toll roads in Southwestern Colorado. He turned to railroads and built a short line from Silverton over Red Mountain Pass, reaching the Ironton Park area in 1889. His Silverton Railroad was known as the “Rainbow Route” and serviced the area’s rich silver, gold and lead mines. In 1890, Mears built his crowning achievement, the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. He founded the town of Ridgway to be the company’s headquarters and built west, then south through Placerville, Telluride, over Lizard Head Pass to Rico, Dolores and eventually to Durango. The RGS was 162 miles long, crossed more than 140 bridges and trestles and connected to the Ouray branch of the D&RG at Ridgway. The RGS became known as the “Silver San Juan” line and was a tourist favorite for its spectacular scenery. The RGS was completed in December 1891. It was wildly successful at first. Mears issued silver and gold complimentary passes and planned to extend the line to the west coast. However, the crash of silver prices in 1893 and subsequent closing of most of Colorado’s mines dramatically affected all of the state’s railroads, and the RGS slid into receivership. For the next 60 years, the line managed to survive despite heavy snowstorms, mudslides, rockslides and economic disasters. During the Great Depression the RGS depended on a mail delivery contract for steady cash flow. Delivering mail by steam

JIM PETTENGILL – RIDGWAY RAILROAD MUSEUM

train was expensive, so management decided to build automobilebased rail buses to carry mail, passengers and light freight. Seven of these makeshift vehicles, which became known as “Galloping Geese,” were built in the Ridgway shops. They were so successful that the railroad stayed in business another 20 years. Highways in the area were dramatically improved during World War II, and by the early 1950s competition from private trucks and automobiles spelled the end of narrow gauge operations in the area. The RGS closed at the end of 1951, and the tracks to Ouray were abandoned in 1953. The line between Ridgway and Montrose was converted to standard gauge, but it was also abandoned in 1976. Today, Ouray County’s railroad history has become world famous. Dozens of books have been written about its three narrow gauge lines, and thousands of rail fans from across the globe visit each year to explore the routes, learn about the Galloping Geese and to experience the Ridgway Railroad Museum. The museum’s exhibits include dioramas, hundreds of photographs, several RGS and D&RG railcars, and re-creations of RGS Motor No. 1 and Inspection JIM PETTENGILL – RIDGWAY RAILROAD MUSEUM Car Model T Ford No. 1. RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 29


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Ouray County

Come Visit Ouray County

NATURE’S FINEST IMAGES – SNEFFELS RANGE

Planning your Ouray County vacation is easy whether you’re driving or flying. Montrose Regional Airport, the closest local airport, also happens to be the largest in southwestern Colorado. The airports in Grand Junction, Telluride, Durango and Gunnison are also easily accessible. Out-of-state guests often fly into Denver International Airport and then drive to Ouray and take advantage of other Colorado attractions on the way here; the drive alone is worth it for the ever-changing scenery. In the wintertime, be sure to check local road reports and be prepared for inclement weather. Visit the Colorado Department of Transportation travel website for the most up-to-date travel reports at www.cotrip.org or call 511 or 1-877-315-7623.

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National car rental agencies and local shuttle services have offices at all of the regional airports. Contact the airport for their listings. The local Tellurides and Western Slope Rides MILEAGE shuttle service offers local and regional transportation.

Albuquerque, NM: ..... 285 miles, 6 hours Denver, CO: ................. 350 miles, 6 hours Salt Lake City, UT: ...... 380 miles, 6 hours Phoenix, AZ: ............... 525 miles, 9.5 hours

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Driving Times & Distances

DENVER

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Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) 970-249-3203 Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) 970-278-8600 Durango La Plata County Airport (DRO)  970-247-8143 Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)  970-244-9100 Gunnison Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC) 970-641-2304

Ouray is home to many companies that rent vehicles for one day to a week or more. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, guided tours are available as well. For a list of off-road rentals and tour operators, please refer to the Recreation Grid in this guide.

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Scenic Drives & Day Trips from Ouray County The winding mountain roads and charming western towns surrounding Ouray County make for epic car and motorcycle tours. Ouray and Ridgway are the perfect places to stage a series of classic mini-road trips, with the local hot springs and friendly pubs to soothe away your road weariness at the end of the day. Below are a few of our favorite regional drives and destinations. Be sure to refer to the gatefold map for a regional road map.

Epic Drive: The Million Dollar Highway & San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway

A trip to Ouray County isn’t complete without a ride along the Million Dollar Highway, the section of Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton, which is on many top scenic drives lists.

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Ouray County

Extend this to cover the entire San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway, a 233-mile loop. This loop connects highways 550, 62, 145 and 160 and weaves you through Ouray, Ridgway, Telluride, Rico, Dolores, Cortez, Durango and Silverton. It’s a drive through some of the most spectacular aspen stands and views in Colorado and a trip back in time with unique  museums,  ghost towns, historic  hikes, jeeping  and  OHV trails  along the route. The drive is stunning in any season: spring offers hundreds of waterfalls along the route, summer brings fields of wildflowers, fall provides some of the most iconic golden-colored vistas in the state of Colorado, and winter gives you a high contrast trip with robin’s egg blue skies and endless white powder fields. OurayColorado.com • 1-800-228-1876 • 2017 • Ouray Official Visitor’s Guide – 33


Ouray County

DAVID HUDDLESTON – CRYSTAL LAKE, IRONTON

DESTINATIONS TO THE SOUTH:

HANK CHRISTENSEN

(One-way Trip: approximately 9-19 miles, 15-30 minutes) Red Mountain Town and Ironton are no longer towns, but ghosts of a mining boom town that died in the 1920s-40s. The last resident left in the 1960s and now visitors may enjoy visiting the remnants of this once-thriving mining district. The vistas and old buildings in this area are beautiful.

SILVERTON

CLASSIC VISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY

IRONTON PARK & RED MOUNTAIN MINING DISTRICT

(One-way Trip: approximately 70-80 miles, 2 hours) Founded in 1880 by the Denver & Rio Grand Railroad, Durango’s retail core is a historic Victorian downtown surrounded by endless outdoor adventure opportunities. Durango is home to Fort Lewis College, the Purgatory Resort and the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which offers one-way and round-trip options on a historic steam train between Durango and Silverton from the spring to the fall and into the valley north of Durango in the winter.

DESTINATIONS TO THE NORTH:

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

JEFF JESSING PHOTOGRAPHY

DURANGO

(One-way Trip: approximately 5-35 miles, 45-60 minutes) Before starting out from Ouray, be sure you have plenty of film in your camera for this incredible 24-mile drive; there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. This stretch was originally a toll-road built in the 1880’s by Otto Mears. The tollgate was located just beyond the Bear Creek Falls pullout three miles south of Ouray. Silverton is “a gritty little mining town with Victorian pretensions” and features authentic western shops, restaurants, a historic train depot, and one of the best extreme ski areas in the country. Founded in 1875, the town is currently home to around 500 residents. (One-way Trip: approximately 105-125 miles, 3 hours) Ancient Native Americans built and lived in these cliff dwellings in the 1200s to 1600s. This park is one of the most beautiful around. Hike, bike, or drive around these unique ruins. The park protects 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. The ruins at Mesa Verde National Park are worth the drive. We recommend arriving as early in the day as possible to avoid the afternoon heat and then spending at least three to four hours at the park.

MONTROSE & BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK

(One-way Trip: approximately 3-13 miles+, 5-20 minutes) Ridgway State Park is a year-round recreational paradise that stretches nearly five miles into the Uncompahgre River Valley. Plan on spending the day there - hiking or biking the 15 miles of developed trails, gold medal trout fishing, taking advantage of the boat rentals at the full-service marina, camping, swimming, boating, waterskiing and lots more.

KANE SCHEIDEGGER

MARK JOHNSON

RIDGWAY STATE PARK

(One-way Trip: approximately 17-27 miles+, 1 hour) Considered one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.A., this pass travels through unique mountains, historic sites, and great opportunities for wildlife viewing and fishing. This route, laced with strands of aspen, is especially beautiful in the fall. 15 miles north of Ouray, turn east onto County Road 10. This adventurous day trip will take you into the heart of the magnificent Cimarron Mountains. The peaks of Chimney Rock and Courthouse Mountain will watch over you as you drive along this route which once was a cattle drive trail.

RIGS FLY SHOP – GUNNISON GORGE

DESTINATIONS TO THE SOUTHWEST: TELLURIDE

(One-way Trip: approximately 35-45 miles, 45-60 minutes) A National Historic District, Telluride is charming and serves up a world-class ski resort, free summer gondola, festivals galore and some of the best dining in the West. Mountain Village is worth a stop for golf and spa treatments. Hiking and biking trails are abundant. On your drive to Telluride, just west of Ridgway on Hwy 62, you will pass the magnificent Sneffels Range on the south side of the highway.

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RICO, DOLORES, & CORTEZ

ACROTERION

TELLURIDE TOURISM BOARD

OCRA

CIMARRON MOUNTAINS & OWL CREEK PASS

(One-way Trip: approximately 45-55 miles, 1 hour) The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is one of the newest National Parks in the U.S. The entrance to this spectacular national park is only eight miles east of the All-American City of Montrose off Hwy 50. Over millions of years, the Gunnison River carved the canyon, which is one-mile-deep and 1,150 feet across at its narrowest. This is a great half-day adventure. Exhibits at the Visitor’s Center explain the history, flora, fauna and geology of the park. Enjoy the park by driving the scenic rim road, or by hiking into the canyon to fish, raft or climb. A variety of short trails lead to overlooks on the canyon rim.

(One-way Trip: approximately 70-115 miles. 2-3 hours) Founded in the mining and ranching heyday of Colorado, these towns have unique characters. McPhee Reservoir, the Dolores and San Juan rivers and other waterways attract wildlife viewers and water sports enthusiasts alike.


Ouray County

Scenic & Historic Destinations Along Colorado’s Western Slope and Four Corners Region

RIDGWAY

DESTINATIONS TO THE NORTHWEST:

(One-way Trip: approximately 55-65 miles, 1-2 hours) Follow the San Juan Skyway through Ridgway and into Norwood, then head north. This terrain is incredibly varied and transitions from the mountains to the arid canyons to the north. Stop to see the Hanging Flume, have lunch in Gateway and continue north from Whitewater to enjoy Grand Junction and the Colorado National Monument.

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(One-way Trip: approximately 90-100 miles, 2-3 hours) The monument is an incredible preserve of semiarid terrain full of sculpted rocks and monoliths. It offers camping and picnic areas, hiking trails and an incredibly scenic drive into nearby Grand Junction. It is also a great place to bike. Rim Rock Drive offers 23 miles of breathtaking views. The road climbs from the Grand Valley of the Colorado River to the park’s high country, then winds along the plateau rim. You can park at several roadside overlooks along the way and enjoy panoramas of the park’s great rock sculptures, canyons and distant valleys and mountains. OurayColorado.com • 1-800-228-1876 • 2017 • Ouray Official Visitor’s Guide – 35


Ouray County

Celebrate Ouray County’s Rich Heritage Ouray County offers something for every history buff, from easy access to ghost towns, to scenic ranches and world-class museums. Prior to the mining era of the 1860s-1950s, Ouray was Ute Indian Country. As mining grew, so did the ranching and railroad industries that supported it. Today, Ouray County celebrates its unique Western heritage with museums dedicated to mining, railroading, ranching and the Utes, as well as private collections and a beautiful historic fairground that hosts the annual Labor Day Ouray County Fair & Rodeo.

Ouray County Historical Society

The Ouray County Historical Society was founded in 1971, and since 1976 the Ouray County Museum has been located in the Ouray Miners Hospital, which was built in 1887 by Francis Carney. The museum has three stories and 27 rooms with each room dedicated to a specific aspect of Ouray County history and one room dedicated to rotating exhibits. The Smithsonian Institution has called it the “Best little museum in the west” and Arthur Frommer’s Idiots Guide to the Rockies says, “If you visit one small museum in the west, make it the Ouray County Museum.” 36 – Ouray Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-228-1876 • OurayColorado.com

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Ouray Alchemist Pharmaceutical Museum

With over 40 years of passionate collecting, owners and pharmacists Curtis and Nancy Haggar have crafted a collection that spans over 2,000 years of pharmaceutical history. Their collection is housed in a newly-built mixed-use building on Main Street. Once inside, you are surrounded by an outstanding recreation of a frontier pharmacy, complete with period fixtures, over-the-counter remedies, art objects and the oldest prescription in Colorado. The owners personally lead tours of the collection and bring the stories surrounding the artifacts to life.

Ridgway Railroad Museum, Ridgway

The Ridgway Railroad Museum, founded in 1999, is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in Ouray County. The museum has six narrow gauge cars on exhibit with interpretive displays in several of the cars.  The cars include a caboose, stock car, box car, drop-bottom gondola, business car and a water service car.  In addition, the museum has an exact replica of the 1931 Rio Grande Southern (RGS) Motor Car No. 1 as well as the recently restored RGS Goose No. 4. The museum


RIDGWAY RAILROAD MUSEUM

also has an extensive indoor display including an 8’ x 4’ diorama of the RGS Ridgway Yard.

Ouray County Ranch History Museum, Ridgway

The Ouray County Ranch History museum features the ranching history that was the lifeblood of northern Ouray County. The Museum’s collection originated with a gift of a local ranching history archive from Ralph and Ricky Lauren, which grew quickly with enthusiastic local donations. Parts of the collection can be viewed in the historic railroad station house in Ridgway. Here, visitors can enjoy rotating exhibitions devoted to the Uncompahgre River Valley’s CLASSIC VISIONS PHOTOGRAPHY rich ranching history.

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum

The  Durango  &  Silverton  Narrow  Gauge Railroad winds through spectacular & breath-taking canyons in the remote wilderness of the two-million acre San Juan National Forest for an unforgettable year-round adventure. Travel by a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive on the same tracks miners, cowboys and settlers of the Old West took over a century ago. Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879, which arrived in  Durango  on August 5, 1881. Construction on the line to  Silverton  began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to  Silverton  were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. The line was constructed to haul silver & gold ore from the San Juan Mountains, but passengers soon realized it was the view that was truly precious. This historic train has been in continuous operation for 130 years, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.

Heritage Activities in Ouray County

• Explore a Ghost Town • Go Mineral Hunting • Hike a Historic Mining Trail • Listen to Cowboy Poetry • Pan for Gold • Ride a Horse • Ride a Historic Train • Search out Haunted History • Take a 4x4 Tour Along a Mine Road

• Take the Historic Walking Tour of Ouray • Take the True Grit Walking Tour • Tour a Historic Mine • Visit an Arts & Crafts Festival • Visit a Blacksmith Shop • Visit a Farmer’s Market • Visit a Ranch History Museum • Watch a Rodeo OurayColorado.com • 1-800-228-1876 • 2017 • Ouray Official Visitor’s Guide – 37


Where Comfort Food Meets True West

Ouray County

“TRUE GRIT” FILM STILL – JOHN WAYNE & GLENN CAMPBELL

The True Grit Walking Tour

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Join the “True Grit” walking tour and get the scoop on those magical two months in 1968 when Ridgway was transformed into Fort Smith, Arkansas for the filming of True Grit. John Wayne won his only Oscar for his depiction of the crusty, one-eyed Marshall Rooster Cogburn in this blockbuster movie. Did you know Elvis Presley was considered to perform the movie’s hit soundtrack and the role of Texas Ranger La Boeuf instead of Glen Campbell? Or that Mia Farrow and Sally Field turned down the role of Mattie before Kim Darby was signed? That the Ridgway “True Grit” grossed $31 million and the 2010 version cost $38 million to make? Visit the downtown filming sites while your guide shares these and other interesting facts and anecdotes. The tour departs from the Visitor’s Center every Friday 11 a.m. from May to October.  Attendees should arrive by 10:45 a.m.   Reservations (call 970-626 5181) are required in May and October and recommended for the summer months. Cost $10; children 11 and under are free. Groups of six or more may schedule a tour anytime throughout the year. The True Grit walking tour makes a fun holiday activity and is just the ticket for family reunions, ladies outings or weekends, wedding parties and other get-togethers. Or use it to get company out of the house when you need some peace and quiet. Ridgway’s seven “True Grit” commemorative plaques each contain a map of sites for those who prefer a self-guided tour. The first two plaques are in Hartwell Park, but the tour may be started at any plaque location. Ridgway’s movie heritage also includes “Tribute to a Bad Man” (1956), “How the West Was Won” (1962) and “The Sons of Katie Elder.”


Ouray County

Hollywood Loves Ouray County Ouray County is a favorite among film buffs, especially those that love westerns. Our iconic mountains and charming historic small towns have been the backdrop for a number of classic films over the years. Many westerns were filmed in Ouray County including the original production of “True Grit” starring John Wayne. During filming, the nearby town of Ridgway was turned

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into a railroad town in the 1880s and Ouray’s own historic courthouse was featured for the courtroom scene in the film. Visit the meadows on nearby Owl Creek Pass and the wide vistas along the Dallas Divide to feel like you’re right in the middle of one of these classic movie scenes.

See if You Can Recognize Ouray County and its Iconic Scenery in These Films from The Area

• One Thousand Miles Through the Rockies 1912; Ouray; silent film, documentary • Across the Wide Missouri 1951; Durango, La Plata Canyon, Ouray County, Molas Lake, Haviland Dam, Little Boyce Lake; Clark Gable • The Naked Spur 1953; Durango, San Juan Mountains; James Stewart, Janet Leigh • Tribute to a Bad Man 1956; Ridgway; James Cagney • How the West Was Won 1962; Ridgway, Montrose, Silverton, Durango; Henry Fonda • True Grit 1969; Ridgway, Ouray, Montrose, Owl Creek Pass, Gunnison; John Wayne • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969; Durango, Silverton, Telluride; Robert Redford & Paul Newman • Over the Top 1987; Ouray; Sylvester Stallone • Dennis Weaver’s Earthship 1990; Ridgway; Dennis Weaver • Carving the White 1993; Telluride • Ice Climb 1993; Telluride

• The Sunchaser 1996; Ouray; Woody Harrelson • Alferd Packer: The Musical (aka Cannibal! The Musical) 1993; Ouray, Lake City, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park; Stan Brakhage • Scrapple 1998; Gateway, Telluride, Ophir, Placerville • Durango Kids 1999; Ouray, Durango; • Permian Flow 2004; San Juan Mountains; documentary • Jeep King of the Mountain 2007; Telluride • Aspen Gold: The Locations of True Grit 2007; Ouray, Ridgway; Documentary included in the 2007 Paramount Special Collector’s Edition of True Grit • The Drama Kids 2008; Ouray • Darling Companion 2012; Telluride; Kevin Klein, Diane Keaton • Flow State (aka Warren Miller’s Flow State) 2012; San Juan Mountains • Long-Distance Runners: A Cross-Cultural Love Story 2014; Telluride • The Hateful Eight 2015; Telluride • Written Images 2016; Telluride 

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Memorable Weddings, Celebrations & Inspiring Gatherings REAL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHS - IRONTON PARK

Wouldn’t it be amazing to start your new life together in a place like Ouray County? With its endless mountain vistas, unique downtowns and western Victorian charm, Ouray County is the ideal location for your wedding any time of year. Summers are pleasant and warm; crisp air and sunshine is typical for the fall, and winters are spectacular with clear blue skies and glistening snow. Ouray County is also home to historic local churches and grand buildings that are available for special events. You can arrange all the details right in town and your guests will be thrilled to experience a real mountain vacation. If you are planning a gathering of friends and family or want to head to the high country for team building, then Ouray

County is the place to be. For professional retreats, our offerings certainly beat your standard conference room. After all, nothing inspires clear-mindedness and team building like our scenery, clean air and unique adventures. Ouray County loves hosting events, and we’ll make sure yours feels special. With over 800 beds between our hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental homes and condominiums and a variety of event professionals in both Ouray and Ridgway, accommodations and details are a breeze. Ouray County has venues for groups as small as 10 to over 500. For special event service providers, please refer to our local business listings starting on page 35.

Large Event Facilities Ouray County 4H Event Center

In the heart of Ouray County, with panoramic views of the San Juan and Cimarron Mountain ranges, the 4H Event Center offers 5,200 square feet of indoor event space and adjoining patios that will exceed all of your expectations. As your needs determine, the Event Center may include: tables, chairs, full service bar, dishware, glassware, flatware, linens and staff for your wedding, meeting, conference, banquet, dinner or special event. Complete services available for groups up to 320 persons. For more information or to schedule your event, call or go online. (970) 626-3304 or ouraycountyco.gov

Ouray Community Center

Ouray’s community and conference center adjacent to the historic City Hall is available for public use. Able to host groups from five to 500, the Community Center offers two meeting rooms: the San Juan Room and Massard Auditorium. It is a great venue for weddings, meetings, reunions, conferences and special events. A full commercial kitchen, elevator, A/V equipment and event rentals are also available. The Community Center offers beautiful views into the Amphitheater and is open year-round. For more information, please call (970) 325-7065.

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Bring this completed copy to either the Ouray or Ridgway Visitor’s Centers for a prize! • What rare bird summers in Ouray? • What was the model for the bell in front of City Hall? • How old is the Ouray Hot Springs Pool? • Who was Ouray’s namesake? • Where can you find an old railroad depot? • What wildflower sounds like it should be an art supply? • What adventure takes you up frozen waterfalls? • What is the Amphitheater? • Which local historic family once owned the Hope Diamond? • What special vehicle does Ouray give away each year? • Where can you soak in a redwood tub? • Which local historic building transforms into a haunted house once a year? • What is the name of Ouray’s highest peak?

• Which old building in Ouray leans uphill? • What is Ouray’s nickname? • Where are the Grammy’s made? • Which agricultural historic site used to be a schoolhouse? • Where can you find a troll in Ouray? • What city in Texas gave the famous fall vista in Ridgway its name? • How high is Box Cañon Falls? • Where can you celebrate the full moon with culture every month? • What famous western was filmed in Ouray County? • Where can you find a goose that gallops? • Where can you find goldfish year round? • Where can you ride on a RAT?

A Treasure Trove of Family Fun Children love to explore the world around them; they simply love being outside and being entertained by the natural world. From rocks that sparkle, aspen trees with eyes, ghost towns to explore, and where all temperatures of water can be found, Ouray County is full of out-of-the-ordinary adventures for kids. Ouray and Ridgway are wonderful, safe communities that welcome kids and their need for adventure. Whether it is winter or summer, Ouray County is a great place to have a family vacation without breaking the bank. Your kids will be busy with activities around the city and in the surrounding mountains, lakes and parks. They will love riding the old mining roads on a tour, in a Jeep or 4x4 vehicle. Their imaginations will bloom with stories about the western movies or the 42 – Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-220-4959 • RidgwayColorado.com

ghost towns they explored, especially when paired with a visit to a kid-friendly museum. Their heartbeats will accelerate as they climb a wall of rock or ice, or descend into a canyon via a waterfall.  Hiking or horseback riding to the high peaks will give them a bird’s eye view of the surrounding mountains. Enjoy free concerts and movies in local parks during the summer season. Give each child a disposable camera and let them be your family photojournalist for the weekend, you may be surprised what their eyes pick up. Stop by or contact the Ouray or Ridgway Visitor’s Centers for great seasonal activity suggestions and free local events that your family can attend, or plan your own itinerary with help from one of our local outfitters (local information starts on page 35).

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Ouray County

Ski Without The Crowds

PEAK MOUNTAIN GUIDES – BACKCOUNTRY SKIING

Enjoy the small-town hospitality of Ouray and Ridgway and access world-class skiing at the nearby resorts and ski areas in Telluride, Silverton and Durango. For a milder ride, Ouray’s own Lee’s Ski Hill offers a free towrope and some fun turns right in town. In the winter months, nothing compares to the solitude of a cross-country ski under a full moon along miles of groomed and ungroomed Nordic trails in Ironton Park, just south of Ouray. Top of the Pines, set on a high mesa meadow near Ridgway, also

Other Winter Adventures in Ouray County • Fat Tire Biking • Fishing • Ghost Town Tours • Horseback Riding • Hot Air Balloon Rides • Hot Springs Soaking • Ice Climbing • Ice Skating • Kiteboarding • Mountaineering • Scenic Snowcat Tours • Skijoring • Sledding & Tubing • Snowmobiling • Snowshoeing • Wildlife Viewing • Winter Festivals • Zip Line Adventures

offers miles of trails groomed for skate skiing. To really get away from it all, pack up your backpack and set out on an overnight hut or yurt trip. From mountain rustic to European chic, our regional huts can be reserved for your ski party. Few locations in the world can match the challenging and untracked backcountry terrain of the San Juan Mountains. Before you venture into the backcountry on your own, familiarize yourself with avalanche safety; better yet, go out with one of our professional guides. Local listings for outfitters start on page 35.

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Plan Your Perfect Stay in Ouray County NATURE’S FINEST IMAGES – CIMARRON MOUNTAINS

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a destination that is passionate about creating great experiences for its guests and a healthy environment for its citizens. In Ouray County, you will find just that among our local businesses. Ouray and Ridgway are filled with passionate small business owners who make this area thrive and maintain its unique hometown feel. We encourage you to use the following pages and business listings as your travel planner, knowing that you will be treated like family everywhere you go. If you need a specific recommendation, contact the Ouray Chamber Resort Association or the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, our local hubs for all things Ouray County – from packages to wildflower and weather information. Contact the Ouray Visitor’s Center at (800) 228-1876 or 1230 Main Street in Ouray (across from the Ouray Hot Springs Pool) or at OurayColorado.com Contact the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 220-4959 or 150 Racecourse Road in Ridgway (at the Ridgway Railroad Museum) or at RidgwayColorado.com

Enjoy planning your stay and we can’t wait to see you in Ouray County! OurayColorado.com • 1-800-228-1876 • 2017 • Ouray Official Visitor’s Guide – 53


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Ouray County

BetterRealEstateServices.com Your Real Estate Resource

Wonderful in all seasons!

(970) 325-7280

OurayVacationRentals.net Vacation Rental Specialists

Monica Moran

505 Main Street, Ouray Corner Office, Beaumont Hotel Linda Tyler

Tony Litschewski

Craig Kotzen

Denise Britt

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OPEN YEAR ROUND!

Our RV Park... Your Adventure!

• 7 ½ acres on the Uncompahgre River

Home · Body · Curiosities 645 Main Street. Ouray, CO | 970.325.0645 Home of the Custom Cut...Where it’s Always Choice. 621 Main St. • Ouray • 970-325-4397

• 1/3 mile North of the Ouray Hot Springs Pool • Large spacious RV sites on the river • Big Rig and ATV friendly • 80’ Pull thru sites • New 2 story Deluxe Cabins on the river with amazing views • Cozy riverfront camping cabins • Excellent Wifi and Satellite reception

Ouray Cafe Located on the grounds of Ouray RV Park and Cabins Full-Service Grocery

Your Local Source for Three Generations and Counting. Mon-Sat 8am-8pm • Sunday 12pm-6pm 54 – Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-220-4959 • RidgwayColorado.com

Open Memorial Day weekend through mid September Serving Breakfast 7 days/week 7a-11a

1700 Main Street • Ouray, CO 81427 • (970) 325-4523 Ourayrvpark.com • ourayrvpark@gmail.com


Bed & Breakfasts

No. of Units

Rate/Range

Hot Tub/Pool

Internet

A Secret Garden

970-596-3730

101 6th Avenue, Ouray secretgardenouray.com

5

$120-249

Pet Friendly

Black Bear Manor B&B

970-325-4219

118 Sixth Avenue, Ouray blackbearmanor.com

9

$99-299

Bridal Veil B&B

970-325-4117

1715 Main Street, Ouray bridalveilbandb.com

2

$125-199

China Clipper Inn

970-325-0565

525 Second Street, Ouray chinaclipperinn.com

13

$129-259

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Hotels, Motels, Lodges & Resorts

No. of Units

Rates Ranges

Pet Hot Tub Friendly Hot Spgs or Pool Internet

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Antlers Motel

970-325-4589

407 Main Street, Ouray antlersouray.com

17

$55-135

A New View Vacation Rentals

970-325-4888 970-708-2263

645 Main Street, Ouray anewviewvacation@gmail.com

4

$98-225

Beaumont Hotel and Spa

970-325-7000 888-447-3255

505 Main Street, Ouray beaumonthotel.com

12

$129-309

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

970-325-4981 800-327-5080

45 Third Avenue, Ouray boxcanyonouray.com

39

$95-300

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa

970-626-3737 800-633-5868

304 S Lena St., Ridgway chipeta.com

27

$145-329

Historic Western Hotel

970-325-4645 888-624-8403

210 Seventh Avenue, Ouray historicwesternhotel.com

14

$40-105

Hotel Ouray

970-325-0500

303 Sixth Avenue, Ouray hotelouray.com

14

$99-239

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Hot Springs Inn

970-325-7277 800-706-7790

1400 Main Street, Ouray hotspringsinn.com

42

$73-230

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Main Street Inn and Miners Cabin

970-316-1178

334 Main Street, Ouray ouraymainstreetinn.com

4

$79-169

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Matterhorn Inn Ouray

970-325-4938

201 Sixth Avenue, Ouray matterhorninnouray.com

25

$60-150

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Ouray Chalet Inn

970-325-4331 800-924-2538

510 Main Street, Ouray ouraychaletinn.com

32

$60-150

Ouray Comfort Inn

970-325-7203

191 Fifth Avenue, Ouray ouraycomfortinn.net

33

$69-194

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Ouray Inn & Yacht Club

970-325-4445

120 W. 6th Avenue, Ouray ourayinn.com

19

$79-179

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Ouray Riverside Inn and Cabins

970-325-4061 800-432-4170

1804 Main Street, Ouray ourayriversideinn.com

30

$66-245

Ouray Victorian Inn

970-325-7222 800-846-8729

50 Third Avenue, Ouray victorianinnouray.com

38

$89-250

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Ridgway-Ouray Lodge and Suites

970-626-5444 800-368-5444

373 Palomino Trail, Ridgway RidgwayLodgeAndSuites.com

52

$88-122

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Rivers Edge Lodge, Resort & Motel

970-325-4621 866-739-4987

110 Seventh Avenue, Ouray riversedgeouray.com

20

$59-250

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San Juan Chalet

970-318-1144

115 6th Avenue, Ouray sanjuanchalet.com

3

$75-189

St Elmo Hotel

970-325-4951 866-243-1502

426 Main Street, Ouray stelmohotel.com

9

$119-199

Timber Ridge Lodge

970-325-4856

1550 Main Street, Ouray timberridgeouray.com

20

$49-179

Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs

970-325-4427 800-207-2700

125 Third Avenue, Ouray twinpeakslodging.com

56

$98-350

Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings

970-325-4347

625 Fifth Street, Ouray wiesbadenhotsprings.com

21

$132-189

Rochester Hotel & Leland House

970-385-1920 800-664-1920

726 E. Second Avenue, Durango rochesterhotel.com

27

$139-449

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Cabins, Condos & Vacation Rentals

No. of Units

Rate/Range

Ago Gallery Loft

970-325-0270

445 Main Street, Ouray agogallery.com

1

$195-275

Alpenglow Resort Rentals

970-325-4664 866-739-4817

215 Fifth Avenue, Ouray alpenglowouray.com

8

$99-400

Alpine Hideaway

970-729-2268 512-626-3674

232 Main Street, Ouray alpinehideawayouray.com

4+

$119-169

Brown Cabin

970-729-2268

282 Red Stone Road, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/lodging/ cabins/60-brown-cabin

1

$175

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort & Spa

970-626-3737

304 S Lena St., Ridgway chipeta.com

27

$145-329

Lane’s Cabin

909-477-3273 970-596-0877

927 County Road 17, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/lodging/ cabins/166-lane-s-cabin

1

Lane’s Victorian House

909-477-3273 970-596-0877

311 4th Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/lodging/ cabins/167-lane-s-victorian-house

Ouray Real Estate Corp

970-325-4663

Ouray Alchemist Penthouse Suite

Pet Friendly Hot Tub/Pool

Internet

Lndry Fasc

Call

2

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635 Main Street, Ouray rentalsinouray.com

6

$150-300

970-325-4003 970-325-4172

533 Main Street, Ouray vrbo.com/330308

1

$185-255

Ouray County Properties and Vacation Rentals

970-729-2268

Ouray ouraycolorado.com/lodging/ cabins/513-ouray-county-propertiesvacation-rentals

12

$99-245

Ouray KOA Cabins

970-325-4736

225 County Road 23, Ouray koa.com/campgrounds/ouray

24

$80-170

Ouray Mountain Vacations

970-596-7784

Ouray myourayvacation.com

13

$89-549

Ouray Premier Vacation Rentals

970-749-4820

725 Main Street, Ouray ouraypremiervacationrentals.com

5

$225-500

Ouray River Park Townhomes

970-325-7280

Park Road, Ouray ouraytownhomes.com

6

$180-260

Ouray Riverside Inn & Cabins

970-325-4061 800-432-4170

1804 Main Street, Ouray ourayriversideinn.com

11

$50-199

Ouray RV Park & Cabins

970-325-4523

1700 Main Street, Ouray ourayrvpark.com

7

$70-199

Ouray Vacation Rentals

970-325-7280

505 Main Street, Ouray ourayvacationrentals.net

50+

$140-425

Rest Inn Ouray Cabin

720-334-7729

Near Black Lake on Elkhorn, Ouray vrbo.com/566693

1

$475

Ridgway State Park Yurts

800-678-2267

28555 Hwy 550, Ridgway cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ridgway

3

$87

Simba Suites

970-318-6546

732 Main Street, Ouray vrbo.com/71626 vrbo.com/91395

2

$175-255

Whispering Pines Home

970-318-9025

Whispering Pines Neighborhood, Ouray vrbo.com/390326

1

$175-325

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Camping, Campgrounds & RV Parks

No. of Sites

Rates Ranges

Elec Hook Up Water Shower

Flush Sewer Toilets Tents Trash Hook Up

4J+1+1 RV Park

970-325-4418

790 Oak Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/lodging/ campgrounds/9-4j-1-1-rv-park

55

$24-38

Amphitheater Campground

877-444-6777

HWY 550 South, Ouray recreation.gov

35

$20

Camp Bird Road, Ouray bit.ly/angelcreek

8

$10

100+

$35-60

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Angel Creek Campground

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Vaults

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Vaults

Ouray KOA and Cabins

970-325-4736

225 County Road 23, Ouray koa.com/campgrounds/ouray

Ouray RV Park and Cabins

970-325-4523

1700 Main Street, Ouray ourayrvpark.com

65

$25-55

Ridgway State Park

800-678-2267

28555 HWY 550, Ridgway cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/ridgway

283

$29-37

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Camp Bird Road, Ouray bit.ly/thistledown

9

$10

Vaults

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20725 Hwy 550, Ridgway weberrvpark.com

40

$20-40

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Thistledown Campground Weber RV Park and Campground

Action Adventures Trail Rides

970-400-7275

Recreation, Guides & Outfitters 970-325-3006

County Road 14A, Ouray ride.actionadventures.net

Quality horseback rides in Ouray’s beautiful backcountry. Beginner to advanced. Trips range from 1 hour to multiday wilderness pack trips.

Alpine Scenic Tours

970-318-6513

405 Main Street, Ouray alpinescenicjeeptours.com

Ouray’s most comfortable and advanced “jeep” tour. Alpine’s Scenic Tours uses only highly modified 4x4 vehicles to provide the ultimate scenic experience. Our trucks have deluxe bucket seats equipped with individual seat heaters. Enjoy a roomy and smooth ride on trails others fear to tread. Read our reviews on Trip Advisor! Ride further and see more with Alpine.

Bach’lers Stable

970-318-0444

County Road 14, Ouray bachlersstable.com

Choose your horseback adventure! With our package options we know you will have a fabulous ride whether this is your first horseback experience or your 101st! Our horses are friendly and accommodating for any riding level from beginning to experienced and handicapped. Opt for the ultimate horseback adventure with a 2 or 3-day pack trip along the Dallas Trail and San Juan Hut System. We also offer pack trips for hunters!

Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tours

970-325-0220

95 Gold Mt. Trail, Ouray bachelorsyracusemine.com

After gearing up, your guide will reveal the mine’s history and explain how the miners worked as you venture into the mine. Become enriched with the terms, techniques, and tales of the mine as its rich heritage is unearthed.

Canyon Creek Jeep Rentals

970-325-4833

827 Main Street, Ouray canyoncreekjeep.com

Rent our new Wrangler Rubicons,Sports, or Unlimiteds specially modified for mountain driving but with all the comforts of your own car. Put the top down if you wish and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of God’s creation.

Canyoning Colorado

970-318-6492

Ouray canyoningcolorado.com

Canyoning Colorado offers canyoning/canyoneering tours in Ouray, as well as comprehensive instructional courses. No experience is necessary; we have trips suitable for beginners and for those wishing to progress to advanced levels. We are a professional canyoning operator meeting international safety standards. Canyoning Colorado is the perfect full day or half day getaway with trips departing daily!

Chicks Climbing & Skiing

970-325-3858

P.O. Box 773, Ouray chickswithpicks.net

Chicks Climbing and Skiing offers women’s only rock climbing, Ice climbing and back country skiing clinics in Ouray and around the world. Beginner to advanced instruction is offered at every clinic.

City of Ouray Box Cañon Waterfall & Park

970-325-7080

County Road 361, Ouray cityofouray.com/boxcanonfalls

Box Cañon Falls is the culmination of Canyon Creek narrowing and spilling thousands of gallons of water per minute. The water plummets into a narrow quartzite canyon with amazing power and force.

City of Ouray - Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center

970-325-7073

1220 Main Street, Ouray ourayhotsprings.com

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool was extensively renovated in the winter of 2016-17. The new facility has multiple pools for soaking, lap swimming, and aquatic recreation with temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 104 degrees. As always, the water in the pools are crystal clear and free of the sulfur smell common in other hot springs.

Colorado West Jeep Tours & Rentals

970-325-4014

701 Main Street, Ouray coloradowestjeeps.com

Ride with the Best….”Colorado West” celebrating 33 years in business. Let our experienced and knowledgeable guides show you the beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Private tours also available. You may also enjoy the beauty of the San Juans on your own. Rent one of our 2017 Jeeps or Polaris RZR side-by-side two and four seaters. We are the oldest “family” owned tour company in Ouray and the only tour company on Main Street. The famous “Cowboy Cookout” is available for groups of 20 or more.

Divide Ranch & Club

970-626-5284

151 Divide Ranch Circle, Ridgway, divideranchandclub.com

The mature, award-winning golf course that’s the centerpiece for Divide Ranch & Club offers 7,039 yards of challenging play. It also offers some of the most extraordinary views imaginable. Divide Ranch & Club is also the perfect venue for your special event. If you’re looking to hold a wedding, party, corporate retreat, or just about any special event, please contact us for more information. Choose from our standard catering menus or design your own. You’ll enjoy our luxurious clubhouse with indoor and outdoor facilities, plus a bar and grill, with some of the best views in all of Colorado.

High Country 4x4 Inc. KOA Campground

970-325-4736

225 County Road 23, Ouray koa.com/campgrounds/ouray

See the mountains for yourself in one of our new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Sport models, 2 and 4 door options. Discounts on rentals of 3 days or more.

Orvis Hot Springs

970-626-5324

1585 County Road 3, Ridgway orvishotsprings.com

A natural Hot Springs nestled at the foot of the San Juan Mountains near the historic town of Ridgway, Colorado. We are clothing optional in the outdoor soaking areas. Open year round.

Ouray Canyon Festival

970-325-4117

P.O. Box 1057, Ouray ouraycanyonfestival.net

This festival held every year includes canyon trips, gear vendor displays, movies, workshops, presentations, demos, social meet and greet activities, raffles, and other events made possible by our sponsors and those who register and pay their registration fee.

Ouray Ice Park

970-325-4288

County Road 361, Ouray ourayicepark.com

The Ouray Ice Park is a human made ice climbing venue operated in a spectacular natural gorge within walking distance of the City of Ouray, Colorado. It is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs.

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Ouray Jeep Club

Recreation, Guides & Outfitters 307-214-3580

Cheyenne, Wyoming facebook.com/ourayjeepclub

My wife and I have been coming to Ouray every August for two weeks over the last 6 years and have fallen in love with Ouray. We have met many locals and individuals from around the world that share our passion for “Jeepin” so we created the Ouray Jeep Club. The club is not a profit making entity and there are no dues or membership costs. We just wanted to set up a group to stay in touch throughout the year, share pictures of our vehicles and our “Jeepin” around the San Juans. Can’t wait to see you on the trail!

Ouray Mountain Adventures

970-325-4427

125 Third Avenue, Ouray ouraymountainadventures.com

Explore the San Juan Mountains. Step back into history. See wild flowers, waterfalls, ghost towns, historic mining areas and wildlife (at their discretion). Discover the natural beauty of the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Ouray Riverside Jeeps

970-325-4061

1804 N. Main Street, Ouray ourayjeep.com

Current model year Rubicons, upgraded suspension, oversized off-road tires and calculated ground clearance provide the perfect equipment to explore the amazing San Juan trails. Add to that, extensive trail talks and friendly customer service and you have planned for an experience of a lifetime. Check out our Jeep-N-Sleep discounts!

Ouray Trail Group

970-325-4205

P.O. Box 50, Ouray ouraytrails.org

The Trail Group was founded in 1986 for the purpose of promoting safe and enjoyable hiking in the San Juan Mountains while preserving their beauty and natural resources. In addition to restoring and maintaining historic mining trails the OTG works cooperatively with others to preserve the fascinating but fragile remnants of the 19th Century Mining Era throughout the region. The “Hiking Trails of Ouray County” map is available in many locations.

Peak Mountain Guides, LLC

970-325-7342

280 7th Avenue, Ouray peakmountainguides.com

The only year-round guide service in Ouray with an entire staff of instructors and guides who are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). We offer rock climbing, ice climbing, canyoning, peak climbs, backcountry skiing, and avalanche courses throughout the San Juan Mountains, in the Ouray Ice Park, and beyond. Join us for your best day in the mountains!

RIGS Adventure CO Fly Shop, Fly Fishing Guide Service, Whitewater Rafting

970-626-4460

565 Sherman, Ste. 2, Ridgway fishrigs.com raftrigs.com

RIGS Adventure CO (10 minutes from Ouray!) features the finest Fly Shop, Fly Fishing Guide Service, Family Whitewater Rafting/Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, River Tubing, Photo Tours, Boating and Fishing Rentals. Experience the adventure and history of the region with your professional LOCAL outfitter! Outfitting Ouray since 2001. Book online 24/7

San Juan Balloon

970-626-5495

Ridgway sanjuanballoon.com

Come fly with us…and experience the gentle adventure of hot air ballooning over the spectacular Ridgway Valley, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green mesas, and rugged rocky plateaus. Daily, hour long flights include our traditional Champagne celebration and light brunch. Reservations are required.

San Juan Mountain Guides, LLC

800-642-5389

725 Main Street, Ouray mtnguide.net

San Juan Mountain Guides is the official concessionaire of the Ouray Ice Park, Private Ice Guiding, Ouray Rock Climbing, San Juan Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Courses, Alpine Climbing, and Wilderness Backpacking in Colorado.

San Juan Scenic Jeep Tours

970-325-0089

206 & 210 7th Avenue, Ouray sanjuanjeeptours.com

World’s oldest jeep tour company. “We drive… you look.” ™ Ouray’s original and only jeep tour company for 40 years… featured in National Geographic twice, CBS, C.W. McCall’s “Blackbear Road,” Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, et al. Jeep tours, jeep rentals, large groups, weddings, photography, all Ouray, Telluride, Silverton, Lake City routes + exclusive private “highway to heaven” Silverton caldera mountain top tour!

Switzerland of America Scenic Tours & Jeep Rentals

970-325-4484

226 7th Avenue, Ouray soajeep.com

Since 1962, Ouray’s hometown tradition for exciting Jeep adventures! Experience snow-capped mountain summits, colorful wildflowers, sparkling waterfalls, ghost towns and wildlife from your seat in a guided 4x4 tour, or rent a new Jeep Wrangler and explore the mountains to find your own hidden treasure.  Family reunions, group retreats, mountaintop weddings, custom tours and unmatched customer service are our specialties!

Top of the Pines

970-626-5273

County Road 5, Ridgway topofthepines.org

Top of the Pine’s (TOP) mission is to provide a majestic and natural setting that offers individuals, families, public and private groups or organizations a regional educational facility with rustic outdoor recreational opportunities, while preserving the land for open space and wildlife habitat. We also offer groomed cross country ski trails!

Western Slope Rides

970-626-5121

Ridgway gowsr.com

Western Slope Rides provides friendly, safe and quality regional transportation to the Western Slope and beyond. We provide rides and shuttles for airports, hotels, concerts, special events and more. Call now to book your ride!

AAM’s Mild to Wild Rafting, Jeep & Mesa Verde Tours

970-247-4789 800-567-6745

50 Animas View Drive, Durango mild2wildrafting.com

Experience Colorado whitewater, adventure & history on a guided raft, kayak, Jeep or Mesa Verde Tour. Raft the San Miguel River just 30 minutes away, or the Lower Animas River in Durango. Explore the Durango train with us just one way and or package it with a raft or jeep tour. Learn more on a guided tour of Mesa Verde National Park. Mild to Wild is the SW’s adventure & whitewater experts for 20+ years. Live your adventure with Mild to Wild today!

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

970-247-2733

479 Main Avenue, Durango durangotrain.com

Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Ice Pirates/Rock Pirates Backcountry Adventures

970-247-3706

957 Greene Street, Silverton silvertonrockpirates.com dgoicepirates.com

Rock Pirates offers ATV rentals so you can explore the “Alpine Loop” in the amazing San Juan Mountains. In the winter Ice Pirates offer snowmobile tours in the best terrain in Colorado including the famous Molas-Pass.

Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

970-387-5444

721 CR 4A, Silverton minetour.com

Experience mining in action! Ride the mine train underground for live mining demonstrations. Ticket price includes your own mining at the sluce boxes outside. $18.95 adults, $9.95 children 5-12, FREE under 5, $16.95 seniors (60+). Call for times.

San Juan Backcountry/ Silverton-Molas Pass

970-387-5565 800-494-8687

1119 Greene Street, Silverton sanjuanbackcountry.com

We offer the best in snowmobiles, tours and great adventures. Free use of helmet and winter gear! We are a family-owned business that caters to our customers. Seasonal specials and lunch tours. In the winter, visit us at the Silverton Ski Resort at Kendall Mountain for ski, board, sled and ice skate rentals.

Toads Guide Shop

970-249-0408

309 E. Main Street, Montrose toadsguideshop.com

Looking for a Western Colorado fly fishing, rafting, or kayaking adventure? Our professional guides bring you the very best outdoor experience imaginable! Book your trip today.

BRIAN K. FOSTER

58 – Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide • 2017 • 1-800-220-4959 • RidgwayColorado.com


Dining Out

Food Type

Breakfast, Veggie Bar/ Live Year Lunch, Dinner Gluten Free Patio Brewery Music Wifi Round

Artisan Bakery

970-325-4677

460 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/ artisan-bakery

American, Pastries, Coffee

Breakfast Lunch

Backstreet Bistro

970-325-0550

219 Seventh Avenue, Ouray facebook.com/ backstreet-bistro273620476007898

Full Breakfast, Coffee, Sandwiches & Smoothies

Breakfast Lunch

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Bissen at Ouray Main Street Inn

970-316-1178

334 Main Street, Ouray ouraymainstreetinn.com

European Tapas

Dinner

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Bon Ton Restaurant

970-325-4419

426 Main Street, Ouray bontonrestaurant.com

Pastas, Seafood, Italian, Steak

Dinner

Brickhouse 737

970-325-7236

737 Main Street, Ouray brickhouse737.com

Contemporary American, Farm-Fresh, Local

Dinner

Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant

970-325-4544

515 Main Street, Ouray buentiemporestaurant.com

Mexican

Lunch Dinner

Café Ridgway a la Mode

970-626-9752

380 Sherman Street, Ridgway caferidgway.com

Ice Cream, Shakes, Malts, Cakes, Italian Sodas & more

Lunch Dinner

Camp-Bell’s Cajun Cuisine

970-318-1207

734 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/campboog/

Cajun

Lunch

Cimarron Books & Coffee House

970-626-5858

380 W. Sherman Street, Ridgway cimarronroasters.com

Specialty Coffee & Teas, Pastry’s, Breakfast Burritos

Colorado Boy Brewing Co.

970-626-5333

602 Clinton St., Ridgway coloradoboy.com

Creekside Café’ at the Ouray KOA

970-325-4736

225 County Road 23, Ouray koa.com/campgrounds/ouray

Eatery 66

970-626-5901

566 Sherman Street, Ridgway eatery66.com

Goldbelt Bar & Grill

970-325-7323

800 Main Street, Ouray goldbeltbarandgrill.com

Happy Trails Sandwich Shop

970-626-9752

K. J. Wood Distillers

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Breakfast Lunch

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Artisan Pizza and Salads

Weekend Lunch Dinner

Homestyle Breakfast, Texas BBQ

Breakfast Dinner

Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Burgers, Smoothies

Lunch Dinner

Homemade Burgers and Desserts. GF Pizza

Lunch Dinner

250 Palomino Trail # J, Ridgway happytrailssandwiches.com

Biscuits & Gravy, Sandwiches, Pancakes Soups & Salads

Breakfast Dinner

970-325-7295 303-517-7697

929 Main Street, Ouray kjwooddistillers.com

Appetizers and Cocktails

Dinner

Kate’s Place

970-626-9800

615 West Clinton, Ridgway katesplaceridgway.com

American/ Organic

Breakfast Lunch

Land & Ocean Costa Rican Restaurant

970-626-3663

185 Sherman Street #101, Ridgway facebook.com/ costaricanrestaurant

Costa Rican, Fresh Juices, Ceviche

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Lotus Root

970-626-6853

304 S. Lena, Ridgway lotusrootkitchen.com

Asian Fusion

Dinner

Maggie’s Kitchen

970-325-0259

703 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/pages/ maggies-kitchen/

American, Burgers

Lunch Dinner

Mine Shaft Restaurant & Tiki Bar

970-325-4427

125 3rd Avenue, Ouray twinpeakslodging.com

Pizza, Hamburgers, Broasted Chicken, Wings

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Dining Out

Food Type Miner’s Café at the Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour

970-325-0220

95 Gold Mt. Trail, Ouray bachelorsyracusemine.com

Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee

970-325-7285

Oriental Chinese Restaurant

Breakfast, Veggie Bar/ Live Year Lunch, Dinner Gluten Free Patio Brewery Music Wifi Round

Homestyle Breakfast, Farm Fresh

Breakfast, Lunch (seasonal)

524 Main Street, Ouray mouseschocolates.com

Handmade Chocolates, Coffee, Espresso Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast

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970-626-4486

565 Sherman Street, Ridgway ridgwaycolorado.com/ dining/

Chinese, Thai

Lunch Dinner

O’Brien’s Pub

970-325-4386

726 Main Street, Ouray obrienspubouray.com

Irish-American

Lunch Dinner

Ouray Brewery

970-325-7388

607 Main Street, Ouray ouraybrewery.com

American

Lunch Dinner

Ouray Café at Ouray RV Park & Cabins

970-325-4523

1700 Main Street, Ouray ourayrvpark.com

American

Breakfast Dinner (seasonal)

Ouray Candy Company

970-325-4077

480 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/ouraycandy-company

Candy, Chocolate

Lunch

Ourayle House Brewery

970-903-1824

703 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/ ourayle-house-brewerymr-grumpy-pants

Micro-Brewery

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Outlaw Restaurant

970-325-4366

610 Main Street, Ouray outlawrestaurant.com

American Steaks & Seafood

Dinner

Panny’s Pizza

970-626-2122

250 Palomino Trail, Ridgway www.facebook.com/ pages/pannys-pizza

Pizza, Salads, Wings, Ice Cream

Lunch Dinner

Provisions Café & Catering

970-626-9861

616 Clinton Street, Ridgway provisionschef.com

European Cuisine

Lunch Dinner

Roast and Toast Café

970-633-6021

636 Main Street, Ouray roastandtoastouray.com

Specialty Coffee, American Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soups & Salads

Breakfast Lunch

Steps Tavern

970-626-5894

630 Sherman Street # 802 (Lower Level), Ridgway facebook.com/stepstavern

Craft Beer, Specialty Wines, Craft Cocktails & Martini’s

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Taco Del Gnar

970-626-9715

630 Sherman Street, Ridgway gnarlytacos.com

Progressive Tacos, Margarita

Lunch Dinner

Thai Chili

970-325-4100

740 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/ 100013143636793

Thai

Lunch Dinner

Thai Paradise

970-626-2742

146 N. Cora, Ridgway www.facebook.com/ thai-paradise

Fresh Thai

Lunch Dinner

The Adobe Inn

970-626-9715

251 Liddell, Ridgway adobeinnridgway.com

Mexican

Dinner

Timberline Deli

970-325-4958

803 Main Street, Ouray ourayridgwaydining.com/ dir/timberline-deli

Coffee, Donuts, Burgers, Desserts, Ice Cream, Sandwiches

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

True Grit Café

970-626-5739

123 North Lena, Ridgway truegritcafe.com

American, Burgers, Salads, Homemade Comfort Food

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Regional Retail Therapy

Aspens/Colorado Eclectic

970-729-2388

260 7th Avenue, Ouray

Find unique greeting cards & gifts for all occasions! We have home & Christmas decor, antiques, art, and jewelry for the ladies, as well as, fun man-cave additions for the guys.

Bloom

970-325-0645

645 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/bloomouray

A MUST visit shop. Mountain, bohemian, & rustic style. Clothing, market bags, barware, furniture, decor, gifts, cards & wrap, & many more treasures found nowhere else in Ouray! Our creative, friendly staff can wrap & ship for convenience. Like us on Facebook & keep up with photos, new arrivals & events.

Blue Pear

970-325-0645

645 Main Street, Ouray bluepear.net

New Location!! A delightful assortment for the home, body, & soul. Body care, candles, essential oils, linens, custom jewelry, & unique gifts from around the world to excite your senses. Located next to Bloom. We’ll wrap & ship. Join us on Facebook for updated gallery photos & info.

Buckskin Booksellers

970-325-4044

505 Main Street, Ste 110, Ouray buckskinbooksellers.com

New and old books, maps, collectibles, antiques, ephemera, Colorado minerals, gifts and more. All types of books, specializing in Colorado and the West.

Columbine Gifts and Jewelry

970-325-4222

614 Main Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/directory/ shopping-retail

Colorado-made products, Willowtree, Indian jewelry, Blackhills Gold jewelry and other jewelry.

Duckett’s Market

970-325-4397

621 Main Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/directory/ shopping-retail

A true family-owned and operated grocery store. We still do things the old way. Come try the best meat, cut fresh right on the premises. You’ll be surprised at what we have to offer!

Gator Emporium

970-325-4557

608 Main Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/directory/ shopping-retail

Fun and eclectic imports, Native American artifacts, pelts, skulls, rocks and minerals, tie-dye, incense, instruments, wooden toys, and beading supplies. We make jewelry, and you can too!

Gumpshun Junction

970-325-4024

640 Main Street, Ouray GumpshunJunction.com

Locally made custom Colorado Jewelry, unique opal jewelry. Largest dealer of “Katina Marie” shirts, tunics and jackets made in the U.S.A. Waffle weave pullovers and jackets.

Heart & Sleeve Boutique

800-474-1956

525 Clinton, Ridgway facebook.com/karli.whiteman

Heart and Sleeve Boutique is a unique shop in Ridgway, Colorado offering trendy and unique clothing, home decor and gifts from the heart.

High Country Leathers and Lifestyles

970-325-4239

518 Main Street, Ouray highcountryleathers.com

Ouray’s Haberdasher of fine quality attire, distinctive vestments, and toggery crafted in the style of the latest infatuation. Covering the community head to toe since 1987.

Ivory’s Trading Co. and Gallery

970-325-0123

735 Main Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/directory/ shopping-retail

Handcrafted jewelry by Native American Silversmiths, bronzes, paintings, hand-woven Navajo rugs, Indian pottery, baskets and much more.

Khristopher’s Culinaire

970-325-7311

545 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/khristophersculinaire

The KC is an independent family-owned and operated kitchen store. In addition to our kitchenware we have a wonderful selection of Colorado-made products, Fiery Foods and Home Brewing Supplies. Gift Certificates. Gift Registries. WE SHIP.

Mountain Fever Shirts and Gifts

970-325-4408

644 Main Street, Ouray mountainfevershirts.com

Wide selection of T-shirts and caps for jeeps, ATVs, dirt bikes and 4x4 off-road. Colorado and USA-made gifts including aspen vases, crystal, knives, jewelry, artwork and more.

Mouse’s Chocolates and Coffee

970-325-7285

520 Main Street, Ouray mouseschocolates.com

Most days, you’ll find us making chocolate, eating chocolate, making coffee drinks, or simply drinking coffee when you stop by. Coffee beans, chocolates, espresso drinks, and all sorts of goodies await you.

North Moon Gallery

970-325-4885

722 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/northmoongallery

Our new location is fabulous and fun, our jewelers are simply the best! From local to international the creative spirit rocks at North Moon.

O’Toys

970-729-2388

242 7th Avenue, Ouray otoysouray.com

Come play and experience hands-on fun for newborns to 99! Find the latest specialty toys & games from today or the nostalgic ones from yesterday, along with a vast selection of puzzles, plush, and other unique items from our outdoor, science, and art sections.

Ouray Alchemist

970-325-4003

533 Main Street, Ouray ourayalchemist.com

Our gift store features art, antiques, local jewelry and glass figurines, cards, unique collectibles, minerals and mining artifacts, coins and currency, oxygen and high altitude supplies, non-prescription and homeopathic items plus advice from a friendly pharmacist.

Ouray Glassworks and Pottery

970-325-0275

619 Main Street, Ouray ourayglassworks.com

Watch Sam demonstrate the ancient art of glassblowing and enjoy Di’s pottery made in Ouray. Made in Ouray artwork.

Ouray Liquors

970-325-0784

611 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/ourayliquors

Offering the region’s most exciting selection of craft, import, and domestic brews with an extensive wine inventory and thorough spirits section. Tobacco products, mixers, and ice available as well.

Ouray Mountain Sports

970-325-4284

732 Main Street, Ouray ouraysports.com

Ouray’s local outfitter for all your outdoor summer & winter adventures. Camping, climbing, hiking and canyoneering gear. Clothing, footwear, guidebooks and maps. Experienced and knowledgeable staff.

Powder Room

970-325-0500

303 Main Street, Hotel Ouray Lobby ouraypowderroom.com

Made in Ouray! Natural soaps, salves, balms, scrubs, lotions, salts, bath bombs, and more. Offering gift baskets of all sizes.  We Ship

Rockin P Ranch

970-325-0434

512 Main Street, Ouray rockinpranch.com

Clothing, boots and accessories by DD Ranch and Patty Lewis. Western furniture and home accents with free design service. Fabulous gifts and jewelry. Mostly Texas and U.S. made.

Second Chance Humane Society Thrift Shop

970-626-3233

309 Sherman Street (HWY 62), Ridgway adoptmountainpets.org

Second Chance Humane Society Thrift Shop is the regions only second hand store AND it benefits the region’s only animal shelter.  Our Thrift Shop, which offers a vast array of quality items, clothing, sporting equipment, housewares, furniture and more, generates 65% of the organizations operating revenue.  All donations and sales directly benefit our animal welfare programs and services.  The Thrift Shop offers the region a great recycling resource through the re-sale of donated items that are clean and in good condition - including large items such as furniture, vehicles, RVs, boats, etc.  We are your one stop feel good shop! Open Mon- Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm.

Skol Studio and Design

970-325-7290

812 Main Street, Ouray skolstudio.com

Skol Gallery displays fine art by local and regional artists. Custom metal work is available by Jeff Skoloda. Come and enjoy our outdoor sculpure garden!

Wildflower Boutique & Colorado Made

970-325-4089

735 Main Street, Ouray ouraywildflower.com

Offering a unique, mountain-boutique experience, Wildflower is the local’s “go-to” shop for consciously made products, quality clothing, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Visit our expanded “Made in Colorado” room featuring an eclectic mix of artesian products from Ouray and beyond. Follow us on Facebook and at www.ouraywildflower.com

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Regional Retail Therapy

Willowcreek Floral & Gifts

970-626 5216

145 N. Cora Street, Ridgway willowcreekfloral.net

We make dreams come true….. Turn an ordinary wedding into the extraordinary. We carry everything you could need for creating all of the special touches. We are a full service florist and also carry home décor and gifts. Serving Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride and surrounding areas. Open year round.

Garrett Estates Cellars

970-901-5919

53716 Falcon Road, Olathe garrettestatescellars.com

We make honest wine on our family vineyard in Olathe, Co. Our town is known for corn — we are making it about grapes.

Route 550 Gifts

970-387-5504

1206 Greene Street, Silverton route550.com

To commemorate your “drive of a lifetime,” on the Million Dollar Highway, stop by our shop in Silverton and pick up a unique souvenir originally designed by the storeowner, Gina Maria Rosato.

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Local Services ARTS & CULTURE C.W. McCall’s San Juan Odyssey

720-220-6783

Main Street Ouray facebook.com/sanjuanodyssey

The original 40-minute multi-screen audio visual presentation produced and narrated by recording artist CW McCall of Ouray. Panoramic 35mm film photography of the San Juan high country. Showing on select dates in July, August and September in Ouray.

Ouray County Arts Association

970-325-4234

PO Box 167, Ouray ourayarts.org

The Ouray County Arts Association consists of a group of volunteers dedicated to providing art shows for the appreciation of the local populace and visitors to the county. The organization was initiated in 1960 as the brainchild of Joyce Jorgenson, former owner and Editor of the Ouray County Plaindealer. Joyce, being an artist herself, thought there should be a local show for local artists. Others agreed. The Artists’ Alpine Holiday began that year, and the rest is history.

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild

970-626-2970

PO Box 14, Ouray ocpag.org

OCPAG in its 32 year history has brought the finest quality performing arts events to Ouray County – from chamber music to folk music and jazz, dance, opera, mime, juggling and a whole variety of events. Check out our website, www.ocpag.org to see what might be offered.

Ouray County Rodeo Association, Inc.

970-275-6051

PO Box 711, Ridgway ouraycountyrodeo.com

Ouray County Rodeo Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the area’s rich ranching heritage by providing scholarships and other education and equestrian focused financial support to area children.

Ouray Elks Lodge BPOE #492

970-325-4510

421 Main Street, Ouray ourayelks.org

The Lodge was founded in 1899. Primary programs are youth activities, including scholarships, in-home visits from Santa on Christmas Eve, sports and educational programs; veteran support, including an annual fundraiser for the Grand Junction VA hospital; and other community activities, such as fundraisers for people needing help with medical expenses. Contact the lodge for more information.

Ridgway Chautauqua at the Sherbino

970-318-0892

604 Clinton Street, Ridgway sherbino.org

Ridgway Chautauqua, at the 101-year-old Sherbino Theater, is the community’s premier venue for arts, culture, creativity, and lifelong learning. The core values of RCS are rooted in our deep commitment to the Chautauqua principles of lifelong learning including the sharing of art, craft and music while promoting intellectual and civic engagement. Offering over 175 programs each year for a multitude of interests and ages; undoubtedly, there’s surely almost always “something happening at the Sherb!”

Weehawken Creative Arts

970-318-0150

1075 Sherman Street Suite 201, Ridgway weehawkenarts.org

Weehawken Creative Arts provides high-quality arts education within our community year round. Weehawken also produces three spectacular youth dance performances each year for the public and coordinates and hosts several beloved community events each year including: Ouray Fork Fest, the Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest, The Ridgway Rendezvous Arts and Crafts Festival, Sneffels Fiber Festival and The Family Gingerbread House Workshops.

Wright Opera House

970-325-4399

472 Main Street, Ouray thewrightoperahouse.org

Recognizing the potential to preserve and restore arts and culture in Ouray County by purchasing the historic Wright Opera House, a group of volunteers came together in 2007 and formed the non-profit organization ‘Friends of the Wright Opera House’. The vision that followed was nothing short of promoting artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for all by providing a centralized venue for performing arts organizations and by restoring the facility for another century of use.

UpstART

970-325-3501

PO Box 1285, Ouray upstartmoves.org

UpstART seeks to Awaken, Enliven & Entertain audiences in Ouray County and beyond, by presenting professional quality theater and education through a rural/urban collaboration of artists. We will be bringing you the regional premiere of Jack Canfora’s Off-Broadway hit Jericho in spring 2017, plus our NO HOLDS BARD productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice in summer 2017.

Alpine Bank

970-325-4200 970-626-4100

917 Main Street, Ouray 119 Liddell Drive, Ridgway alpinebank.com

At Alpine Bank, we have been committed to building strong and enduring relationships with our customers. We provide local, friendly, professional service on a one-on-one basis for all of your banking needs. Alpine Bank has a long tradition of service and takes pride in satisfying customer needs. We’ve been serving our communities for over 42 years with 38 locations in Colorado.

Citizens State Bank

970-325-4478 970-626-5462

600 Main Street, Ouray 145 Sherman Street, Ridgway csbouray.com

Serving Western Colorado as your Hometown Bank since 1913.

Calvary Community Church

970-325-4049

680 Second Street, Ouray cavgo.org

Calvary Community Church is located at 680 2nd street. We have service on Sunday Evening 6:30 pm from May through September and 7:00 pm October through April. We offer a variety of ministries to women, men and children. We are affiliated with the Assemblies of God.

Ouray Christian Fellowship

970-325-4253

336 Fourth Ave, Ouray ouraychristianfellowship.org

Ouray Christian Fellowship Church is located in the heart of the spectacular San Juan Mountains. We are committed to the life-changing message of the Bible and seek to glorify God in all we do. We work to reach out to those in the community as Jesus calls us to do. An Evangelical Free Church of America. Summer Sunday school-8am, Worship9:30am, winter Sunday school 9am, coffee fellowship 10am, worship 10:30 am.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

970-325-4655

335 Fifth Avenue, Ouray sanjuanepiscopal.com

Sunday Morning Coffee and Conversation beginning at 9:45 A.M., join us as we prepare our minds to participate more fully in the Liturgy of the Word. Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 A.M., Sunday School and Child Care available. Wednesday Morning Prayer Service ~ 10:00 A.M. Please join us, all are welcome!

United Church of the San Juans

970-626-5803

295 North Lena, Ridgway ucsjridgway.org

The United Church of the San Juans (UCSJ) nestled in the beautiful Ouray County town of Ridgway, Colorado. We are a unique church, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. We offer something for everyone. Whether you are searching for a church home or just “passing through” and looking for a place to worship on Sunday morning, know that you are welcome here!

301 North Spruce Street, Telluride sanjuanepiscopal.com

Join us for service Sunday evenings, 6:30 P.M.  Rob Rose, Lay Pastoral Leader, timbercreeklodge@aol.com  We meet and hold service at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Please join us, all are welcome!

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CITY & COUNTY CONTACTS City of Ouray City Administration

970-325-7211

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray cityofouray.com

Welcome to Ouray City Government! The City of Ouray was officially incorporated on October 2, 1876; only two months after Colorado became a state. According to papers filed with the United States Land Office there were over 400 inhabitants of Ouray in 1877. The first meeting of the Ouray Board of Trustees was held on October 4th, 1876. Today, the Ouray City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7 PM upstairs in the Ouray Community Center (located at 320 6th Avenue).

Ouray County Courthouse

970-325-7320

541 Fourth Avenue, Ouray ouraycountyco.gov

Ouray County lies in southwest Colorado and encompasses a diverse landscape, including the headwaters of the Uncompahgre River in the high country of the San Juan Mountains, the broad mesas of the Uncompahgre Plateau region, and the valley of the Uncompahgre River. The county covers 542 square miles and has a population of around 4,530. Two municipalities lie within the county, the City of Ouray and the Town of Ridgway.

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Local Services Ouray County EMS

970-325-7275

541 Fourth Street, Ouray ouraycountyco.gov

We Are Ready! Whether you are enjoying the world-famous hot springs or climbing the vertical ice in the Ouray ice park, Ouray County Emergency Medical Services (OCEMS) is ready to assist in an emergency.

Ouray County Sheriff

970-325-7272

541 Fourth Street, Ouray ouraycountyco.gov

The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing the citizens of Ouray County with effective and efficient law enforcement. We will apply the laws of the State of Colorado, and the constitution, justly and consistently while treating every individual with dignity, courtesy, and respect.

Ouray Library District

970-325-4616

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray ouray.colibraries.org

The Ouray Public Library houses a special collection of Ouray and Ouray County books, including nonfiction, fiction, and biographies. Books on activities in Ouray County and the San Juan Mountains, including ice climbing, hiking, avalanche safety, and travel guides also available. Four public access computers are available to library patrons and visitors, as well as wireless access. This public access is open (unsecured) and free to all visitors and patrons.

47 County Road 361, Ouray ouraymountainrescue.com

The Ouray Mountain Rescue Team was founded in 1974 to serve the technical rescue and emergency medical service needs of Ouray County and the surrounding mountain communities of southwestern Colorado. Our team is made up entirely of volunteers and all of our financial support comes from donations and grants from the community, and merchandise sales. We are available 24/7 for call-outs that range from high and low angle rescues, swift water emergencies, searches, and mutual aid to neighboring counties. Our services are free – we do not charge to search for, or rescue, anyone.

Ouray Mountain Rescue Team

Ouray Police Department

970-325-7068

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray cityofouray.com

The Police Department is charged with enforcing federal, state and local laws. Information regarding City Municipal Court can also be obtained from the police. Call for more information.

Ouray School District R-1

970-325-4616

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray ouray.k12.co.us

Developing minds to match our Mountains!

Ouray Visitor’s Center

970-325-4746

1230 Main Street, Ouray ouraycolorado.com

Our goal is to help you discover your next great adventure and experience all that Ouray has to offer. Stop in and say hello, we can’t wait to meet you.

Ouray Volunteer Fire Department

970-325-7069

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray cityofouray.com

The Ouray Volunteer Fire Department (OVFD) provides fire protection and suppression throughout the community, as well as mutual aid for surrounding districts. The OFD is equipped to provide fire protection and suppression in numerous different situations including residential and commercial structures, forest fires, and vehicle fires.

Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce

970-626-5181

150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway ridgwaycolorado.com

Visit the Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum open daily May 1 - Nov. 1. - corner of Hwys 550 and 62. NEW Walking Tours of the True Grit movie locations. Visitors Guide on our web site. Check us out on Facebook.

Ridgway Fire Department

970-626-5311

421 N. Railroad Street ridgwayfire.com

The Ridgway Volunteer Fire Department has been protecting the people and property of Ridgway and the surrounding area for over 100 years.   We are a team of up to 30 volunteers who commit themselves to being ready to help others. All members are trained in Structural and Wildland Firefighting, with some members also trained in specialties such as Arson Investigation, Has-Mat Awareness, Emergency Medical, or Vehicle Extrication.

Ridgway Marshalls Office

970-626-5196

201 N. Railroad Street, Ridgway

The Ridgway Marshalls Office is a full-service, community minded and oriented law enforcement agency. Our Department will tackle anything that comes our way. We maintain a high standard of service and visibility in our community.

Ridgway Public Library

970-626-5252

300 W. Charles Street facebook.com/ ridgwaypubliclibrary

The Ridgway Public Library is a free and vital community resource providing opportunities to explore, discover, learn, grow, and dream.

Ridgway School District R-2

970-626-4320

1115 West Clinton Street, Ouray ridgway.k12.co.us

Surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks in Colorado, Ridgway Schools aims to inspire students to climb to their potential. Our K-12 programs consistently produce students who exceed in both the classroom and in life.

Ridgway Town Hall

970-626-5308

201 N. Railroad Street town.ridgway.co.us

The Town of Ridgway is dedicated to the well-being and sustainability of our community and the enhancement of our small-town character by continuously providing efficient, quality services and exercising sound stewardship of our resources.

A Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast & Catering

970-596-3730

101 Sixth Avenue, Ouray secretgardenouray.com

Secret Garden—Award winning Ouray, Colorado lodging, Wedding, and Special Event Destination! We have it all! Five comfy-cozy bed and breakfast rooms, gourmet breakfasts prepared by Ouray County’s Best Caterer and a superb Ouray wedding venue complete with wedding planning services. All guest room rates include a full gourmet breakfast and Happy Hour served 5-7 daily.

Beaumont Hotel & Spa

970-325-7000

505 Main Street, Ouray beaumonthotel.com

Event planning at Elegant~Lovely~Timeless~Classic Indoor & Outdoor Events Venue starting at $1250! Courtyard & Historic Grand Ballroom & Lounge. Seasonal flexibility - Your event will be perfect – no matter what the weather conditions. ‘#1 Hotel in the West’ & ‘Top 500 Places in the World’ Gold List. Guestrooms sleep up to 30. Conference Room & Spa.

Historic Western Hotel Restaurant & Salon

970-325-4645

210 Seventh Avenue, Ouray historicwesternhotel.com

Welcome to an authentic old west hotel and saloon that has proudly served visitors to the Rocky Mountain West since the late 1800’s. For banquets, weddings, reunions, conferences, gunfights or film productions reserve the Monte Alta Room or rent the entire Hotel and Saloon for your private exclusive special event. Rose will cater your event with amazing food for any event.

Ouray Community Center & Conference Center

970-325-7065

320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray cityofouray.com

The Ouray Conference & Community Center is a perfect place for meetings, reunions, receptions, retreats, and conferences. Ouray has hosted conferences and/or events for groups from five to 500 people. There are two meeting rooms available. The San Juan Room, with its warm wood floors and many windows, is located above historic City Hall which was built in the late 1800’s. The San Juan Room is a favorite choice for intimate meetings and receptions for 20 to 150 people. The Massard Auditorium, which is the larger room in the Ouray Community Center, can accommodate over 300 people. This room is a good choice for larger receptions, presentations, and dinners. Guests will appreciate the views of Hayden Mountain, Mount Abrams, and the other surrounding peaks. There is an elevator available for easy access to the upstairs. Call now to reserve your space for the perfect wedding or event.

Ouray County 4H Event Center

970-626-3304

22739 Hwy 550, Ridgway ouraycountyeventvenues.com

The Crown Jewel of Ouray County! Situated against a spectacular mountain backdrop, the Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center offer multiple venues for your special event, whether indoor or out, formal or casual, large or small, recreation or business, and all things in between. We can provide you with the perfect place for your event.

Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs

970-325-4427

125 3rd Avenue, Ouray twinpeakslodging.com

We are the largest accommodating hotel property in Ouray. We have catered to events of more than 700 people. We always look forward to working with large groups and taking on new challenges. Several groups choose our grounds to host their functions. Also, every year we host weddings, family reunions, and tours of all kinds.

GROUPS, EVENT PLANNING, WEDDINGS AND CATERING

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Local Services

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Beaumont Hotel & Spa

970-325-7000

505 Main Street, Ouray beaumonthotel.com

In the beautiful spa, you can see the mountaintops from the treatment tables… Escape the real world & indulge in ours. Here you will find impeccable service, unrivaled expertise & an atmosphere of incredible elegance & tranquility. Luxuriate in our organic, natural spa products. You will love them so much; you will want to take them home.

Chipeta Solar Springs Spa

970-626-3737

304 S. Lena Street, Ridgway chipeta.com

The Spa at Chipeta Solar Springs Resort provides a serene space to relax and rejuvenate. Full service treatments feature the purest ingredients and products available. Massage, facials, body treatments are offered by experienced and intuitive therapists. The Spa offers a cedar Sauna and Steam room, Yoga, and Fitness Center. 626-5007

Elevate Day Spa

970-325-7233

222 5th Avenue, Ouray elevatedayspa.com

Elevate Day Spa is located at 222 5th Ave. in Ouray, CO. We are open year round and specialize in Result Based Facials, Massage Therapy and Waxing. Other services include: Body Treatments, Ortho Bionomy, Natural Nails, Makeup, Oxygen Therapy and weekly Yoga & Pilates classes. Book online at www.elevatedayspa.com or give us a call at 970-325-7233.

Ouray Hot Springs Pool & Fitness Center 970-325-7073

1220 Main Street, Ouray ourayhotsprings.com

The Ouray Hot Springs Pool was extensively renovated in the winter of 2016-17. The new facility has multiple pools for soaking, lap swimming, and aquatic recreation with temperatures ranging from 80 degrees to 104 degrees. As always, the water in the pools is crystal clear and free of the sulfur smell common in other hot springs.

River Peak Dental Dr. Chris Poe, DDS

970-512-8700

257 Sherman Street, Ste. C, Ridgway riverpeakdental.com

River Peak Dental is a comprehensive dental practice in Ouray County serving all the mountain communities. Located in beautiful Ridgway, Colorado, we proudly provide complete dental services to our patients in a modern and clean environment. Our entire dental team strives to provide excellence in all our dental services, and we are committed to delivering dentistry that is comfortable and that meets your personal needs. We offer IV Sedation, same-day crowns, implants, root canals, wisdom teeth, Invisalign, 3-D imaging, digital x-rays, whitening, and more. All of your dental needs under one roof!

Salon Envy

970-325-7324

736 Main Street, Ouray envyouray.com

Our services include manicures, pedicures, all hair services, make up, waxing and ear piercing. We have a great selection of hair products as well. We also accommodate weddings. Open Tuesday- Saturday year round.

Salon Monti

970 325-4705

824 Main Street, Ouray facebook.com/salon-monti

Salon Monti is considered a full service upscale salon. Our stylists are dedicated to consistently providing customer satisfaction by rendering excellent service, quality products and furnishing an enjoyable atmosphere at an acceptable price/value relationship. Our mission is to offer services and products that enhance our client’s physical appearance and mental relaxation.

The Cutting Edge Hair Salon

970-325-0757

310 8th Avenue, Ouray ouraycolorado.com/directory/ professional-services/hairsalons

Enjoy Ouray in a nice relaxing environment. Services include Men, Women and Children cuts and styles, colors, highlights, lowlights, perms and facial waxing. Open Tuesday- Saturday year round.

Wholeness: Massage & Bodywork

303-726-2807

640 Sherman Street, Suite J, Ridgway ridgwaywholenessmassage.com

Longing to feel your own sense of well-being? Come discover how healing touch can support you in allowing yourself to listen deeply, relax & find relief.... remember how it is to feel whole and connected to yourself . Integrating various modalities - including Deep Tissue, Swedish & Hakomi Bodywork into your session, I bring 17 + years of experience to offer you the chance to sink in, unwind & let go....

Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa and Lodgings

970-325-4347

625 Fifth Street, Ouray wiesbadenhotsprings.com

The Wiesbaden offers a full range of spa treatments which promote relaxation, relieve stress, help remove toxins, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Open year round.

Ouray Alchemist Pharmacy Museum

970-325-4003

533 Main Street, Ouray ourayalchemist.com

The museum entrance is from Aspen Drug c. 1888 Aspen, CO.  As you step through the door, experience what a pharmacy was like in Western Colorado in the 1800’s.  Learn about the overall history and evolution of pharmacy, medicine and dentistry as professions as well as how they are intertwined with the concepts of alchemy.  All tours are guided.  Your tour can be comprehensive or suited for your time frame.  Usually given at 10am and 1pm on most days, it is best to call ahead for price, times and availability.  A must-see when in Ouray!  This is one of Trip Advisor’s outstanding and top-rated unique local attractions.

Ouray County Historical Society & Museum

970-325-4576

420 Sixth Avenue, Ouray ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org

The mission of the Ouray County Historical Society (OCHS) is dedicated to preserve, protect, procure, exhibit and interpret whatever relates to the natural, social and cultural history of Ouray County and the adjoining San Juan Mountain region of Colorado. The Museum is housed in the original St. Joseph’s Miners’ Hospital that was built in 1886 and finished in 1887. There are three floors containing 40 exhibits in twenty-nine rooms. The Museum features mining, ranching and railroading, the three main means of employment in Ouray’s early history. It houses many artifacts dating back to Ouray’s earliest days which began in 1875. Plan to visit this fascinating museum. Staff and volunteers are always on hand to answer your questions and assist you with research and sales.

Ouray County Ranch History Museum

970-318-1190

321 Sherman Street, Ridgway ocrhm.org

The Ouray County Ranch History Museum showcases the rich ranching history & ranching heritage of Ouray County and surrounding areas through historical exhibits, hands-on, educational displays and offers memorable ranch & farm-oriented events throughout the year. Please visit our website: ocrhm.org or our Facebook page: Ouray County Ranch History Museum. Created in 2006, the non-profit museum has additional ranching tools and machinery showcased both in the museum and throughout the county. Our active board is made up of ranching family members from our area. For further information, please call us. OCRHM PO Box 190 Ridgway, CO 81432 Looking forward to making your acquaintance!

Ridgway Railroad Museum

970-626-4373

150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org

The Ridgway Railroad Museum is a non-profit, member supported organization whose mission it is to explain and interpret the role and significance of railroads in the history of this region by use of exhibits, a reference library, educational programs, publications and sharing information with historical and modeling groups. Open June through September.

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

970-247-2733

479 Main Avenue, Durango durangotrain.com

This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado’s mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

MUSEUMS

We provide optimal health for dogs and cats through nutrition. Our recipes balance traditional Chinese food therapy and modern holistic nutrition. Whole foods chosen for an individual animal’s constitution and health concerns, can function as medicine. We offer single protein treats and balanced diets, sourced locally, to enhance health and happiness. 618 Clinton St. , Ridgway, CO 81432 970.708.3927 • elementpet.com Hours: Monday-Friday 9-5 RidgwayColorado.com • 1-800-220-4959 • 2017 • Ridgway Official Visitor’s Guide – 65


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NON PROFITS 4 Corners Film Office

720-295-6570

295 A Girard Street, Durango 4cornersfilmoffice.org

The mission of the Four Corners Film Office is to increase jobs and income from film, television and digital media production in the Four Corners region. We do that by serving as a liaison, facilitator and information hub. Production is complex—especially on location. By using our free services and local expertise for locations and production resources in Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners region, you can speed up the process, reduce costs and avoid surprises.

KURA Radio 98.9 FM

970-325-7289

Ouray School, Ouray ourayradio.com

KURA-LP began in January 2001 when a high school student, a teacher and a consultant combined to apply for an LPFM license. Exactly one year later KURA (Ouray School District R1) was issued a construction permit. After over twelve years of continuous service to the communities of Ouray and Ridgway, Colorado- we are “radio just around the corner.” Housed in Ouray School and manned by a staff of high school students, we are small, but mighty. Covering almost the entire county, KURA strives to please the locals and tourists too!

Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation

970-325-0967

PO Box 1883, Ouray mtsneffels.org

The Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation was established in 1992 to help enrich and broaden the educational and cultural experiences of the youth in Ouray County. The Sneffels Foundation does this through contributing money to projects initiated by school and community leaders for which there is no regular funding available.

Region 10 League for Economic Assistance & Planning

970-249-2436

300 North Cascade Avenue, Suite 1, Montrose region10.net

Established in 1972, Region 10 is a 501C3 non-profit organization offering public programs in support of eighteen local communities and six counties in western Colorado. Region 10 League for Economic Assistance and Planning provides programs and services that meet the needs of the people in the region, are cost-effective, reduce the burden of local governments, leverage available resources, and support our charitable status.

Second Chance Humane Society

970-626-2273

177 County Road 10, Ridgway adoptmountainpets.org

Second Chance Humane Society has been working with the Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose County communities and beyond since 1994 to address the needs of homeless pets of this region. We save lives through our shelter programs while developing effective education and prevention programs. Come by and see our Humane Society Second Chance store in Ridgway.

Voyager Youth Program

970-626-4279

112 Village Square, Suite 230, Ridgway voyageryouthprogram.org

Voyager Youth Program seeks to inspire Ouray County’s youth to achieve healthy lives through our prevention education programs and enrichment activities with a purpose. We work in partnership with local schools and the larger community to create an environment in which youth will thrive.

Black Hills Energy

888-563-0012

2183 East Main, Montrose blackhillsenergy.com

Black Hills Energy is a growth-oriented energy company with a vision to be the energy partner of choice and a drive to improve life with energy.  Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, the company serves over 1.2 million electric and natural gas utility customers in nearly 800 communities in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  In Colorado, Black Hills Energy’s gas utility serves approximately 167,000 natural gas customers in 104 communities across the state. 

Blackthorn Custom Builders, LLC

970-626-2626

P.O. Box 257, Ouray blackthorncustombuilders.com

Blackthorn Custom Builders takes custom construction to new heights. Whether remodeling or new construction, we can make your dreams a reality. No matter what size the project, the goal is the same, quality construction in the most economical way possible. We will brainstorm with you through the planning and design phase and watch over every detail, from start to finish.

Brown Mountain Broadcasting

970-325-2158

331 Sixth Avenue #3, Ouray mountainchill.com

Mountain Chill, current, curated, and consistently great chilled music from the world’s top cutting edge labels, accessible to all and supported almost entirely by small-business and regional sponsors - tune in to find out who. Isn’t it time to raise your frequency to 95.5 MHz? Join our worldwide listening community online. We stream almost 1 million listener hours annually.

Central Distributing

970-243-0024

245 South Avenue, Grand Junction centraldistributing.ws

Cleaning and supplies, procedures and equipment to help you maintain a clean and healthy building. Delivering Western Colorado environmentally responsible choices since 1948*

Certified Folder

970-209-8132

17083 6725 Road, Montrose certifiedfolder.com

Certified Folder Display Service, Inc. is North America’s largest professional travel brochure distribution and display service. With over 22,000 visitor information display racks on location throughout Western and Central United States and Western Canada. Our display racks supply the traveling public with helpful information on things to see and do both locally and regionally.

Flower Motor Company

970-249-9664

2580 North Townsend Avenue, Montrose flowermotor.com

Flower Motor Company serving Montrose, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Telluride, Mountain Village, Ouray, Ridgway, and Durango has been family owned since 1907. In addition to being the oldest Subaru Dealer in the state, we also have the entire lineup of New Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram products. We are the only medium duty dealer on the entire western slope of Colorado and are Business Link certified. We are big enough to handle all of your buying needs, yet small enough to give you the individual attention you deserve. We believe in customer-first service.

Gretadesign/ Graphic Design

303-733-0300

P.O. Box 1233, Ouray gretadesign.com

Award Winning Graphic Design Studio is Now Open in Ouray! Do you need a new logo, slick magazine ad, brochure, menu, newsletters, outside billboard, retail sign, branding rehab or corporate design work for your business in CO or outside of CO? If so please call me. I have over 15 years of professional experience eliminating client’s headaches by completing any size job big or small on time and on budget. Please visit my website to view samples of my work. www.gretadesign.com

Hockersmith Law, P.C.

970-325-4414

917 Main Street (2nd floor at Alpine Bank), Ouray mdhlawpc.com

Hockersmith Law, P.C. is a general practice law firm. Senior partner, Michael Hockersmith, Attorney at Law, has provided legal services to Ouray County and the Western Slope since 1984, focusing on real estate, commercial representation, zoning and general civil litigation.

Joe Skalsky Photography

970-325-7325

P.O. Box 1383, Ouray jskalsky.zenfolio.com

My passion for photography led me to attend Brooks Institute of Photography. Brooks helped me obtain the tools to understand photography and express myself through my photos. I live in Ouray, Colorado with my wife and daughter, our two cats and two dogs.

Kane Scheidegger Photography

970-901-4880

565 Sherman Street, Unit 1C, Ridgway kane.gallery

Kane Scheidegger offers larger than life photographs from around the world with a focus on the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. Kane captures those special moments in nature that take your breath away, whether it is a beautiful sunrise over an alpine lake or a deep powder day skiing in the majestic San Juan Mountains. The ever changing seasons constantly offer new photographic opportunities. Kane’s work can be found in Ridgway and Telluride, CO at the Gold Mountain Gallery - www.goldmountaingallery.com. Kane offers custom options as well as fine art printing services.

Lorimer Network Research Network, Inc.

970-325-7961

518 Main Street, Ouray lornet.com

Lorimer Network Research, Inc. is an Information Technology Engineering Consulting Company based in Ouray County Colorado and founded in 1994. We provide Certified Engineers for your Service Call, Sales Support, Web Hosting and Design, Software Development. We warranty our work, fixed or installed to design specifications with 24x7 support.

MBC Grand Radio

970-497-9677

1360 East Sherwood Drive, Grand Junction mbcgrandbroadcasting.com

MBC Grand Broadcasting serves the entire Western Slope of Colorado with it’s 8 radio stations. We strive to solve problems with well thought out solutions resulting in influencing the market place and growing your business. MBC Grand provides all of your marketing needs and can compliment radio campaigns with the some of the newest technology as well. MBC Grand Broadcasting, providing clients the opportunity to speak to our 8 unique audiences.

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Natures Finest Images

303-973-5184

1230 Main Street, Ouray naturesfinestimages.com

Matted and framed fine art photos as well as greeting cards available at the Ouray Visitor’s Center. Nature’s Finest Images is the fine art photography of Tony Litschewski. Tony’s work has been published in numerous magazines, books, calendars, postcards, websites, and other publications locally, nationally, and internationally. His photographs can be found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Real Life Photographs

970-275-5637

P.O. Box 1071, Ridgway reallifephotographs.com

An art focused wedding and portrait photographer that specializes in capturing the “real moments in life”. The love, joy and true essence of the people in those special moments.

J.David Reed, P.C.

970-249-3806

1047 South 1st Street, Montrose jdreedlaw.com

We are a general practice, regional law firm serving Southwest Colorado.

San Miguel Power

970-626-5549

P.O. Box 1150, Ridgway smpa.com

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member-owned, locally-controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway, Colorado. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing our members safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service.

Spare Design

970 325-4123

P.O. Box 751, Ouray sparedesign.net

With our firm belief in the importance of well thought-out design solutions, we work with our clients to communicate their messages, define their identities and build their brands with direct, strategic and effective communication. We work collaboratively and are often considered by our clients to be an extension of their marketing and communications team. Whether developing a new brand or designing a website, we deliver compelling solutions that are supported by solid research and strategy to help your brand fulfill its potential.

Tri -County Health Network

970-708-7096

P.O. Box 4222, Telluride tchnetwork.org

Tri-County Healthcare Network provides programming and support to affordable, accessible and available healthcare for Ouray, Montrose and San Miguel County residents. Community-based services include: healthcare transportation services; chronic disease outreach & self-empowerment classes; insurance enrollment assistance; hearthealthy community screenings; and school-based preventative oral healthcare services, regardless of ability to pay.

Welcome Western Colorado

970-901-6761

2122 E. Main, Montrose welcomewesterncolorado.com

Welcome Western Colorado is a community welcoming service focused on helping newcomers discover all that Western Colorado has to offer. Our FREE service to newcomers is here to introduce the many businesses and recreation available. To receive a welcome packet or become a business partner, visit www.welcomewesterncolorado. com or call 970-901-6761, Terri Leben

West Elk Web Media

970-274-2658

Montrose westelkwebmedia.com

West Elk Web Media is an integral part of the Western Slope of Colorado, serving the North Fork and Uncompahgre Valleys, supporting small business exposure through website development and social media coaching. Flexibility is crucial for business websites as well a personal blog, or photo blog with WordPress providing the answers. Finally client or user management is vital in the era of limited budgets for small businesses; West Elk Web Media brings options to the table for the business owner

Western Slope Business Solutions/ Heather Smith CPA

970-274-1139

P.O. Box 472, Ouray westernslopebusinesssolutions.com

I have the solutions for you and your business. From general bookkeeping, accounting, or office needs to executive level services, I am here to help you achieve your dreams and get you back to doing the business you love!

Wholeness: Massage & Bodywork Melissa Countryman

303-726-2807

640 Sherman Street, Suite J, Ridgway ridgwaywholenessmassage.com

Longing to feel your own sense of well-being? Come discover how healing touch can support you in allowing yourself to listen deeply, relax & find relief.... remember how it is to feel whole and connected to yourself . Integrating various modalities - including Deep Tissue, Swedish & Hakomi Bodywork into your session, I bring 17 + years of experience to offer you the chance to sink in, unwind & let go....

Better Real Estate Services

970-325-7280 970-318-6577

505 Main Street, Ouray Suite #100, Ouray, betterrealestateservices.com

Better Real Estate Services, your “All Things Real Estate Resource.” Based in Ouray, Colorado, providing knowledgeable information about homes, condos, land, and commercial real estate for buyers and sellers in Ouray County and the surrounding area, including Montrose and Telluride. Also home to Ouray Vacation Rentals and Ouray Property Management to serve all of your real estate and rental needs.

Ouray Real Estate Corp

970-325-4663

635 Main Street, Ouray ourayrealproperty.com

Ouray County is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lindsey and Co. Real Estate, Inc. has been providing real estate services in Ouray since 1971. We are local experts in real estate sales and rentals in Ouray County. We also offer our services in Montrose and Silverton, Colorado. Our longevity in Ouray speaks for our friendliness and honesty. We promise to help you find your Colorado home in the mountains of Ouray, and if you have a home or land to sell, we will do our best to get a fair price and sell your home in a timely manner.

Ouray Brokers

970-325-0300

505 Main Street Ouray ouraybrokers.com

Please drop by the office for Our Free Property Guide to Ouray County. Our agents have over 50 years of combined experience in sales, management and development of properties. We are the “go to” for all Buyers and Sellers in Ouray County. Anything from residential first home buyers to commercial property sales. We have the KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND HONESTY, to cover all your Real Estate needs. We are located in the Beaumont Hotel next to the Book Store.

Ponderosa Real Estate

970 626 5236

640 Sherman St., #B, Ridgway ponderosare.com

Ponderosa Real Estate has been serving Ouray County residents and property owners for over 25 years!  Buyers and sellers alike know us and trust us to lead them through the real estate transaction with honesty and integrity while keeping their best interests in mind.  We cover the spectrum of real estate services from property management, listings, buyers, commercial, vacant land, farm and ranch and more.  We are involved in our community and really love living and working in Ouray County.  We would welcome the opportunity to help you with any real estate questions or needs you might have.  Contact us today.

RE/MAX Cimarron Realty

970-626-5400

112 Village Square West, Ridgway cimarronrealty.com

RE/MAX Cimarron is located at the only “stoplight” in the county at Hwy 550 & Hwy 62. We handle some of the most beautiful & breathtaking real estate in our 3 county regional markets - serving Ridgway, Ouray, Telluride, & Montrose. Let us show you a whole new perspective on living. RE/MAX Cimarron’s experienced professional sales force can be your “one stop information center”.

RiverSage, LLC

970-275-8866

810 B Tabernash, Ridgway riversagellc.com

Spectacular RiverSage Ridgway real estate subdivision in beautiful Ouray County, Colorado. Four Lots left! Two– acre, view home sites at the foot of the San Juan Mountains. Near Telluride. Surrounded by 130 acres of open green space along the Uncompahgre River Corridor. Entrance at the “Dennis Weaver Memorial Park” with winding hiking & biking trails. Access to the walk & bike path between the Town of Ridgway and the Ridgway State Park.

United Country Sneffels RealtyLocal Experts with International Exposure’

970-626-3555 970-318-2860

150 Liddell Street, Ridgway sneffelsrealty.com

Our seven dedicated agents, backed by the national franchise power of United Country Realty, serve all areas of real estate listings and sales-including residential, commercial, ranches, vacant land and commercial from Ridgway and Ouray to Placerville, Telluride, Montrose, Norwood and Silverton. Stop in to our office, located one block west of the River in ‘Downtown Ridgway’, where you can visit with one our agents, eat some chocolate and enjoy a cup of coffee! Todd Schroedel, Owner-Broker. “I am Your Guide to the Summit”

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