Winter Adventures Beyond the Ski Slopes in Ridgway and Ouray

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Get away from the ski-slope crowds and discover a true Colorado winter. Ridgway and Ouray, located just 11 miles apart, are nestled in the Northern San Juan Mountains and offer a wide array of winter activities — from hot springs to ice climbing to backcountry endeavors.

Itinerary Tip
Backcountry Safety

Get out in front of backcountry danger this winter, and keep safety top of mind! Seek education and training prior to heading out, or utilize a professional guide or a seasoned mentor to explore Colorado's backcountry. Find more ways to get informed and stay safe in Colorado.

 

Sustainability Activity
How to Give Back to These Special Places

Donate to Ouray Ice Park. It's run by a nonprofit organization that organizes the annual Ouray Ice Festival every January and maintains the City of Ouray's world-class ice-climbing resource.

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Activity
Try a Half-Day of Ice Climbing

Head to the Ouray Ice Park with San Juan Mountain Guides. Ice-climbing courses and seminars with local experts are available for reservation.

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Lunch
Ouray Brewing

The Ouray Brewery is open daily. Our brewery has three levels with fine food and outstanding craft brews offered on each floor. Level one houses…

Activity
Ouray Alchemist
Take a guided tour back in time to experience pharmacy in the Wild West. Over 40 years of collecting has produced this outstanding recreation of a…
Dinner
Thai Chili Ouray
Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.
Activity
The Wright Opera House

Built in the 1880's the Opera House, with its decorative iron front style and cast iron piers, brought arts and culture to Ouray. Shows varied…

Lodging
AlpLily Inn

AlpLily Inn is a bed and breakfast located in Ouray's historic dstrict. We offer two newly renovated rooms and a gourmet breakfast. Right on main…

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Breakfast
Artisan Bakery

Come enjoy breakfast, lunch, or just a pastry and coffee, in a cozy little restaurant on main street, Ouray CO. Located at the south side of town,…

Activity
Winter Playtime

Make memories with a cross-country ski or snowshoe adventure at Ironton Park Nordic Trails.

Lunch
Colorado Boy Southwest
Artisan pizza, craft beer, craft margaritas and cocktails, and Southwestern cuisine.
Activity
Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

Nearly one million gallons of clear hot springs water, without the sulfur smell common in many hot springs. There are 3 pools ranging from 80 to…

Dinner
Taco Del Gnar Ridgway
An “elevated fast food restaurant” with the mantra that a tortilla is solely a vessel to sail fresh thought-provoking cuisine with amazing flavors to…
Activity
The Sherbino

The Sherbino is owned and operated by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society.  Our venue has connected minds, hearts, and community for over a century…

Lodging
Ridgway Lodge & Star Saloon

Quintessential mountain lodge located in the heart of Ridgway, Colorado at the base of the San Juans. Enjoy the onsite restaurant, the Star Saloon…

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Breakfast
Ridgway Yoga Shala
Whether it’s your first time or you have an established practice, we’d love to see you in class.
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Cross-country Ski at Top of the Pines

Enjoy stunning views of the iconic Sneffels Range while exploring this outdoor paradise.

Insider's Tip
Grab Lunch To-Go

Head over to Ridgway Mountain Market for an excellent assortment of mealtime treats.

Dinner
Full Tilt Saloon
Our guests will enjoy dining in a first-class and intimate atmosphere with an in-house Smoker, 10 TVs for all of your sports action, and an amazing…
Activity
Ridgway Creative District

Home to the filming of John Wayne's "True Grit," the GRAMMY Awards, a Certified Creative District and part of the Colorado Creative Corridor,…

Lodging
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa - Where relaxation meets adventure. Enjoy the solitude and beautiful San Juan Gateway views from your…