Parks

Ouray Ice Park

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The Ouray Ice Climbing Park is a one of a kind gorge and is recognized throughout the United States as a top ice-climbing destination. Its easy access also makes it available to spectators. A popular ice climbing festival is held in mid-January with speakers, demonstrations and competitions.

970-325-4288 or 970-325-7222

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Ridgway Town Park

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Pleasant scenic olde time Town Park with picnic tables in the shade of tall Cottonwood trees. Within walking distance of the park there are restaurants, a grocery store, bakery, coffee shop/bookstore, retail shops and galleries. There is also a playground, tennis courts, winter ice skating rink and a multi-use-trail. This trail starts by the tennis courts and heads north along the river to the Ridgway State Park (3 miles). The Ridgway Town Park hosts several summer weekend events, most notably an Arts and Crafts Fair in mid-August.

Skateboard Park in Ridgway

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The Chipeta Sun Lodge and Spa is directly across the street from the Ridgway Skate Park. If you are coming with a skateboarder have them bring their board along as it is just a few seconds away from our hotel.

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Arches National Park Moab

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Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history.The extraordinary features of the park, including balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures.

435-719-2313     

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths of the Black Canyon. Park entrance on south rim is about 12 miles east of Montrose (37 miles from Ridgway). The South Rim Drive is 7 miles long with 12 overlooks, access to 2 short hikes (1 1/2 to 2 miles each) and a visitor center.

970-641-2337      

Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado and Green rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While the districts share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration and learning.

435-719-2313     

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Colorado National Monument

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Preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Bold, big, and brilliantly colored, the Monument includes thirty-two square miles of canyons, plateaus, and massive towers of naturally sculpted rock. Rim Rock Drive is an awesome road bike ride or a great scenic drive with numerous pullouts and some hiking options. Web site has a great map. Just under a 2-hour drive to the entrance – west of Grand Junction Colorado.

970-858-3617      

Mesa Verde National Park World Cultural Heritage Site

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These cliff dwellings and other works of early people are the most notable and best preserved in the United States. The entrance to the Park is approximately a 2 1/2 hr. drive from Ridgway and it takes another 1/2 hr. to reach the cliff dwellings, but because of the great significance of Mesa Verde you may decide it is worth the trip – it is a very scenic drive. Perhaps the best time to visit is during the spring and fall when the summer crowds are not present.

Tours – highly recommended Call: 970-529-4475

Ridgway State Park

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Located between Ridgway and Montrose. The newest Colorado State Park – offering excellent recreation and activities facilities around the 1,000 acre lake. Active adventures includes:  fishing, large swim beach with picnic areas and playground, good hiking or biking trails, boat ramp and dock for skiing, wake boarding, and water sports. The southern entrance is only 2 miles north of Ridgway and can be accessed by the Uncompahgre Riverway Trail beginning in Ridgway’s Town Park – great for family bike ride or River raft down the Uncompagre from town.

Vehicle pass $6.00

970-626-5822

Uncompahgre National Forest

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Encompasses the north San Juan Mountains and provides recreation of all types around Ouray, Ridgway and Telluride Colorado. It includes 3 wilderness areas, several peaks over 14.000 ft. and is very accessible by numerous hiking trails and backcountry roads that were once the routes to many mine sites of the late 1800’s. Rivers and streams are also abundant and provide excellent fishing and kayaking.

Call 970-874-6600 for more info.

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