On Main Street in Ridgway
Ridgway is located at the point where the Uncompahgre River exits the San Juan Mountains. In the late 1800's, Ridgway was the northern terminus of the Rio Grande Southern, and the place where the connection was made to the Denver & Rio Grande Western spur that ran from Montrose to Ouray.
Over time, as folks discovered the ranching and farming possibilities here and mineral bodies in the mountains to the south and west, Ridgway morphed into a miner's supply town and cattle ranching hub. The skyline to the east and south is lined with 12,000' to 14,000' mountains. The Uncompahgre National Forest is on three sides of town. John Wayne came here to film True Grit in the 1970's. Since then, Ridgway has turned into yet another beautiful but peaceful and uncrowded tourist mecca on the northern edge of some of Colorado's most beautiful countryside.
Ridgway is at the junction of US Highway 550 and State Route 62 on the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway.
2 miles north of town is Ridgway State Park with a 1,000-acre reservoir on the Uncompahgre River. Hiking, fishing, boating, camping, and picnicking are popular activities at the park.
Ridgway's old fire station
Down a side street in Ridgway
On the highway through town
Ridgway's old Bank Building
It's hard to tell the old from the new...
This is new
The old Ridgway Sun building, the new Thai restaurant
Newer houses done in Victorian stylings
High School or Higher: 97.7%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 39.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 7.3%
2011 Cost of Living Index for Ridgway: 96.2
Estimated Median Household Income: $56,700
Estimated Median Home Value: $386,000
Median Resident Age: 35.1 Years
Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Professional Services, Educational Services, Arts & Entertainment, Real Estate Services, Social Services
Unemployed (March 2011): 10.1%
Population Demographics: 2010
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||709|
|65 & over||102|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||46|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||878|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||4|
|Two or more||17|
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Uncompahgre National Forest - San Juan Mountains
Ridgway State Park - State Trust Lands & Wildlife Areas
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