Ridgway State Park, Ridgway
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Welcome to one of the most magnificent parks in America. Nestled a the base of the spectacular San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado, Ridgway Reservoir is a year-round outdoor recreation paradise. Stretching nearly five mile along the Uncompahgre Rive Valley, Ridgway is a mecca for boaters, anglers, and swimmers. The park offers three campgrounds, each with a unique atmosphere, charm and modern facilities for comfort and convenience. All the recreation sites have easy bicycle access. Natural surface trails pass through the pinyon/juniper forests and onto the mesas offering spectacular view of the surrounding mountain peaks.Put Ridgway State Park into our Ridgway trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ridgway.
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A great place to fish on the catch and release portion of the Uncompahgre River. This is a place that can be fished year round and expect to always catch something. A good size here would be 18" Brown... read more »
This is our second time at Ridgway state park and we'll be back again next year. Great separation between the campsites; excellent laundry facilities; wonderful hosts.
My husband and I have been living in our RV and traveling the country for 7 months. Ridgway State Park is hands down the most beautiful we have stayed at. Staff is friendly and helpful, facilities are... read more »
Great place if you prefer a resort more than camping. Large motor homes abound but has a separate area for walkin tent camping. Very clean restrooms and showers. Coin operated laundry. Pricey for a state park but very nice! Fishing ponds!
We went camping for the first time in several years this last weekend at the Elk Ridge campground in Ridgeway State Park. The sites are easily the best car camping sites I've seen, if they are a little small/close together. That being said, the sights, the surrounding area, the layout of each of the camping sites themselves are excellent. If you are in the area, make time for Ridgeway, you won't regret it!
Excuse the long rant but I am pretty appalled by the way this state park official handled this situation today..The park rangers are rude! I grew up going to this park wether it was for camping or to swim in the lake and never have I ever experienced a ranger so out to get the people who are there to enjoy their time. It's late in the year and the lake is pretty low which is to be expected...we ventured outside the ropes where the designated swim area is to enjoy floating in the water and get away from all the kids splashing in the water...now keep in mind the lake is very low at this point in time due to drainage...so at the deepest part of the swim area it still barely reached my chest...we were only about 20ft or so on the other side of the ropes in sturdy tubes that we have taken on the river...not those flimsy plastic pool floaties....also keep in mind that it was me, my mom, and boyfriend who are all adults, not drinking or under any sort of influence, and sitting in our floatation devices in the water. Not being disruptive just enjoying the sun and water. A couple of park rangers come up to us in their boat and proceed to read us the right act on how our floatation devices were not safe and asked if we had life jackets with us. We did not as A.the water was not that deep and B. There was not any boats in the area that we were in...she proceeded to harass us and read us all the state park "laws" we were breaking....now I don't know about anyone else but I am not a lawyer nor do I read state park rule/law books in my free time...so we unfortunately were unaware of the fact that our tubes needed to have more than one chamber to inflate and that we needed to have a life jacket readily available...I understand that safety is important but what happened next really floored me...the ranger proceeded to have us follow her to the beach area in her boat and she began to write us a citation "ticket" for not having a life jacket. Other bystanders stood by while this happened and 30 minutes later after the ranger had left and we received a ticket costing us 50$, other swimmers were shocked and agreed that a warning would have sufficed. We were not causing any trouble and honestly were unaware that a life jacket was required beyond a certain point. About an hour or so later another person came up on the beach after being out on her paddle board (without a life jacket) and a different park ranger approached her and politely asked her where her life jacket was...unfortunate she did not have one and the ranger proceeded to let her go with a warning...after this experience I will not be returning to this park or swim beach...it is unfortunate that you have employees that feel the need to harass people who are just there trying to enjoy their time with their family...
Ridgeway State Prk has always been a favorite, however the electric needs to be updated. With all the big rigs and running air all the time, we lost our electric three times in one week while there, this has to be hard on appliances and with what they charge they need to get this updated. Also the people who work there take up a lot of the sights, and the park is very hard to get into in the summer. The area is so beautiful,
I have five kids and a large tent and reserved a spot. although the spot says 6 max no one usually pushes it based on my family being 7. However this park ranger did. Shet told me I could stay the night on account of the rain but would have to talk it over with the camp host on whether I could stay the rest of my vacation. 4 days later a group of older kids / young adults moved in with three vans and not.less than 10 people per sight. They weren't even hassled.... ridiculous.... not somewhere I am in a hurry to get back to.
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