Coined the “Gateway to the San Juans,” Ridgway is a growing one stoplight town 45 minutes from Telluride with natural hot springs and terrific access to the outdoors.
- Ridgway rests at the base of the San Juans and is near several lakes and rivers.
- The Orvis Hot Springs are right outside of town and have several indoor and outdoor soaking pools.
- Telluride is only 45 minutes from Ridgway.
Resting at the foot of the towering San Juans, Ridgway doesn’t look like much—there’s only one stoplight and one business drag—but the town’s terrific location has begun to attract more residents and tourists. Great fishing and hiking are minutes away in summer, and the ski areas in Telluride and Silverton aren’t too far during snow season.
Throw in natural hot springs and stunning scenery in every direction and it’s surprising more people don’t live here already.
Ridgway, Colorado, is 25 miles south of Montrose and 38 miles from Telluride in southwest Colorado.
Ridgeway isn’t big, but there are a couple grocery stores and several restaurants to choose from. There are also several hotels geared toward the summer crowds and camping sites with RV hookup.
There is great trout fishing in the many lakes and rivers near Ridgway. The Uncompahgre River flows through town and before entering Ridgway State Park and Reservoir to the north. The Dolores River and San Miguel are only short drives away as well.
The Orvis Hot Springs draw visitors from across the region looking to soak away their troubles in the natural springs. Clothing is optional here, and there are cabins and camp sites for rent.
To reach Telluride from Ridgway, CO, head west out of town on Highway 62. After 20 miles you’ll see a left turn onto Highway 145 to Telluride.