Ridgway is a town of only 980 people with one traffic light. At 7000 feet elevation, it is beautifully nestled in a pristine valley in front of the spectacular San Juan Mountains to its south; dominated by our local fourteener, Mount Sneffels. Directly east lie the rugged Cimarron Mountains. Ten miles south, is Ouray (the Switzerland of America) and the iconic Red Mountain Pass.
The town has become a gateway to Montrose, Telluride and Ouray and evokes a strong creative spirit. In 2017 the Ridgway Streetscape project was completed and this has added a new dimension to its vibrant and social environment. There are numerous good eating establishments in Ridgway and the town has become a magnet for creative arts.
Without a doubt, Ridgway is a growing, progressive community which is now attracting a wonderful cross- section of outdoor-oriented enthusiasts and young, talented people who seek a lifestyle that is rewarding and wholesome, economically sustainable and ecologically responsible.
In September, 2017, four eighth-grade students at Ridgway Schools, Autumn Sagal, Indigo Krois, Eleni Wallin and Maizy Gordon, began the Carry On! Ridgway Reuses campaign, dedicated to raising public awareness about the dangers of plastics to water, wildlife and the environment in general.
As a result the town of Ridgway has become a single-use, plastic-free town as of June 1, 2019.
Armed with much research on the plastics problem, the girls circulated petitions for a Ridgway bag ban and visited local businesses. Their campaign included several presentations to Ridgway Town Council and a screening of the film Bag It at the Sherbino Theater. They wrote letters to editors and partnered with a local bank to sell reusable cotton Carry On! Bags. The industrious foursome also sewed reusable produce bags and sold them, along with reusable copper straws, at the Ridgway Farmer’s Market.
The small town of Ridgway, Colorado has now been recognized as a leader in the move to create a cleaner environment.
Mid October is a wonderful time to be in Ridgway. The summer tourists are gone so it is not too crowded. The days can still be warm, but nights are filled with the crisp clean air of approaching winter. (Average high about 62 with nighttime lows in the high 20s). The first pristine snows can usually be seen higher up in the mountains to the east and south and Fall colors in the valleys are still on display with many photographers gathering to capture amazing images.