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It’s May and Feeling a lot like Summer in the Ridgway/Ouray Valley

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The temperatures are rising and the amazing snow pack we received during this ski season is melting. This spring, the snow pack is at 158 percent of the average levels for this time of year, three times higher than last season. Snow pack is critical in Colorado, due to most of the state’s water, whether it is utilized for communities, businesses or farms, originating from the snow that falls each winter.

While the March 13 blizzard helped parts of the state, it’s been the relentless nature of subsequent storms that brought the snow pack numbers to unprecedented levels, according to Colorado water officials. The Upper Colorado River basins are seeing one of the best years ever, since officials began measuring snow pack.

Cascade Falls waking up – Markus Van Meter Photographer

Reservoirs are also expected to benefit from the deep snow with some systems such as Ridgway Reservoir and Blue Mesa, near Gunnison, are expected to regain normal storage levels. With the great amount of snow pack comes the awe-inspiring run-off to the Ouray County Rivers and waterfalls. May and June are amazing months to experience the rivers gorging and waterfalls waking up for the season.



River Rafting and Guided Fishing

RIGS Guided Fishing and Rafting 

Explore the best of the Western Slope of Colorado and the beauty of the San Juan Skyway, Cimarron River, Ouray Country’s High Creeks & Lakes and Black Canyon & Gunnison Gorge Wilderness with RIGS Adventure CO. RIGS is centrally located just down the street from Chipeta Resort and base camp for your family adventures with their access to incredible San Juan Mountains and the Cimarron Range!


Whether your fly fishing for trout in the Gunnison Gorge during “The Stone Fly Hatch,” Paddle Boarding on the serene Reservoir with the mountains in the background or discovering rafting through the eyes of a six-year-old, RIGS fishing guide service provides a great experience and love of the outdoors to make your trip a picture perfect memory. Family Activities abound near Ridgway, Colorado. Check out Chipeta’s Guided Fishing Excursion package.

Top Spring Recreation

The Ridgway, Colorado area is perfect for biking and hiking along the Uncompahgre Bikepath that’s almost at the doorstep of our Southwestern Colorado boutique lodge.

It’s a beginner ride to the park followed by a moderate return since that route is uphill and at altitude and follows the Uncompagre River.  We offer guests use of our cruiser bicycles on a complimentary basis for accessing trail systems that roll through Ridgway Town Park.

For a more competitive option, pedal at full force during Ridgway’s signature mountain biking Rat Race scheduled for June 8, 2019. The 26-mile single-track takes in switchback climbs and super-fast descents on a handcrafted, remarkably fun trail. Race details and registration can be round at

Rivers are rising and rafting season begins with options right in town on the Uncompahgre, nearby on the San Miguel, and Gunnison Rivers. Rigs Rafting and Fishing Guides right in Ridgway can arrange for a river adventure to suit your needs.

Spring Flings at Chipeta Resort
Spring into savings with Chipeta events and vacation packages at our Colorado Resort.

Take advantage of 40 % off on all rooms, two night stay, till Memorial Day weekend. While Ridgway, Colorado never seems crowded, you’ll find even fewer visitors right now. Spring flowers greet you as you indulge in seasonal biking, picnics, rafting and special events at the Sherbino Theater.

Spring Festivals in May

And then there are top Ridgway and Telluride fests like the Town of Ridgway’s Love Your Valley Festival on May 11 and Telluride Mountain Film Festival on Memorial Day Weekend.

Held in Hartwell Park from 1-6pm, the Love Your Valley Festival is a free event with food, music and microbrew samplings ($20 per person) from such regional favorites as Carver Brewery, Durango Brewing, SKA Brewing, Smugglers Brewpub, Colorado Boy Brewing, Suds Brothers Brewing and Palisade Brewing Co.  All proceeds help fund the free Ridgway Summer Concert Series that’s scheduled from 6pm to dark every Friday evening in July. Once again for 2019, A-Mac & The Height will provide live music at Love Your Valley.

Just up the road, the Telluride Mountain Film Festival is a documentary film festival showcasing nonfiction stories about environmental, cultural, climbing, political and social justice issues. This event goes beyond the film medium by bringing together world-class athletes, change makers and visionary artists for a multi-dimensional celebration of indomitable spirit. The event also includes with interactive talks, free community events, gallery walk, outdoor programming and presentations.

The Sherbino Theater also keeps the Ridgway, Colorado entertainment scene lively with music and fun special events. For more events and details, visit

Calendar Of Events
Late spring and summer hot events are rolling out now. Check out all the action with Southwest Ridgway’’s spring events and Telluride festivals and events.

Plan ahead and book for these events in June……our weekends are filling up fast!


3-7: Ridgway Railroad Museum Restoration Work Week

Ridgway Area Trails and COPMOBA present the 3rd Annual  RATRace 

Michael McCullough’s Annual Ridgway Amateur Sculpting Contest

20-23: Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Trail Town 10-Miler

12th Annual Ridgway RiverFest


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