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Ridgway State Park, Ridgway
(4.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • Great place to picnic and paddle board with kids and friends! DOW officers could tone down the tickets as we are all there to be safe and have fun. It was almost harassing to get questioned in every l...  more »
  • The campground below the lake is very clean and well. Maintained. I used the laundry and it was inexpensive and worked well. The bathrooms and showers are very clean. The campsites have full hookups m...  more »
  • The staff inside the Visitor's Center were extremely helpful. One was a park ranger and the other was a volunteer. We didn't really go through the Park, as we were on our way to the San Juan Scenic Hi...  more »
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  • Reserved site 64 Loop C at the Dakota Terraces area but the view was of the highway, scrub brush, and a lake that was about 40 feet low. It was sad. We moved up the mountain to Loop D of the Elk Ridge area to site 91. It was way better. A little higher up the mountain with nice trees and a decent view of the lake.
  • One of our favorite Colorado state parks. Beautiful lake for boating or paddling. Areas for fishing. Great trails for hiking or mountain biking. You can ride a trail from the park all the way to Ridgway. Nice campground.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Everyone on staff was friendly and helpful. The facilities were exceptional and extremely clean. The views were spectacular and the swimming area well maintained The water was very cold so if you get warm head there. Coming back