Located less than an hours’ scenic drive from Telluride, the Ridgway and Ouray Communities are diverse and offer a different experience.
Ridgway marks the northern entrance of the scenic San Juan Skyway, a crossroad for commerce, transportation, history and scenery. Located in the picturesque Uncompahgre Valley and surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks of the Cimarron and San Juan Mountains, Ridgway is the “Gateway to the San Juans” and recognized over 100 years ago when the Rio Grande Southern established Ridgway as a railhead center servicing the nearby mining towns of Ouray and Telluride. Relax on the beach at Ridgway State Park Reservoir, picnic under the shade of 100-year-old cottonwoods in Ridgway Town Park, (the location for the movies ”True Grit”, and “How the West Was Won”) take a hot-air balloon ride, or if you’re extremely fit, climb Mt. Sneffels, Ridgway’s 14,000-foot peak.
Nicknamed, the “Switzerland of America”, Ouray is less than 10 miles south of Ridgway. World famous for its natural hot spring pools, ice climbing park and start of the million dollar highway scenic drive through Silverton to Durango. Featuring old hotels, quaint restaurants and Victorian architecture, Ouray offers a nice change of pace from the all of the action in Telluride.
Whether you're looking for a 35-acre parcel, a contemporary log home, or a historic mining-era house, Ridgway and Ouray allow you to take advantage of lower-priced housing with no transfer tax, while enjoying the benefits of proximity to the Montrose Regional Airport and the Telluride resort amenities.