Back to top

Winter Adventures Beyond the Ski Slopes in Ridgway and Ouray

Winter Adventures Beyond the Ski Slopes in Ridgway and Ouray
3 days

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.

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.

Day 1

Try a Half-Day of Ice Climbing

Website

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

Ouray Brewing

Website

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 our kitchen and intimate pub. Level two offers... Read More

Activity

Ouray Alchemist

Website

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 frontier pharmacy, including the oldest... Read More
Dinner

Thai Chili Ouray

Website

Our Thai restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. Read More
Activity

The Wright Opera House

Website

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 from theater productions to organ duets. Visitors... Read More

Lodging

Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs

Website

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Ouray's most popular lodging, offers extremely clean, attractively decorated rooms; from standard rooms with queen, king or two queen beds to a beautifully... Read More
Day 2
Breakfast

Camp-Bell's Cajun Cuisine

Website

Cajun favorites like blackened shrimp and eggs, mesquite-smoked bacon cheeseburger, curry barbecue pork wings and more. Read More

Winter Playtime

Website

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

Colorado Boy Southwest

Website

Artisan pizza, craft beer, craft margaritas and cocktails, and Southwestern cuisine. Read More
Activity

Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool

Website

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 105 degree, plus lap lanes and a Wibit obstacle... Read More

Dinner

Taco Del Gnar Ridgway

Website

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 your mouth. Read More
Activity

The Sherbino

Website

The Sherbino is owned and operated by the Ridgway Chautauqua Society.  The 104-year old Sherbino venue has connected minds, hearts, and community for over a century. Today the Sherbino is a... Read More

Lodging

Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites

Website

Quite possibly the best two-diamond property in Colorado. The four seasons offer a variety of activities for our guests. The lodge is well situated at the intersection of highways 550 "the San... Read More

Day 3
Breakfast

Ridgway Yoga Shala

Website

Whether it’s your first time or you have an established practice, we’d love to see you in class. Read More

Insider's Tip

Grab Lunch To-Go:

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

Activity

Cross-country Ski at Top of the Pines

Website

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

Full Tilt Saloon

Website

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 upper/lower patio for the amazing Colorado weather. Read More
Activity

Ridgway Creative District

Website

Home to the filming of John Wayne's "True Grit," the GRAMMY Awards, and one of Colorado's first Certified Creative Districts and part of the Colorado Creative Corridor, Ridgway's glorious... Read More

Lodging

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Website

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa - Where relaxation meets adventure. Enjoy the solitude and beautiful San Juan Gateway views from your classically designed adobe suite. Then venture out and... Read More