Ridgway State Park RV & Campground Guide

Colorado

Ridgway State Park

is Colorado at its most picturesque—brilliant blue skies and rugged, snowcapped peaks are reflected in the calm waters of Ridgway Reservoir, creating a scene that’s straight out of a nature magazine. See the view in its full glory as you kayak or paddleboard across the lake, or immerse yourself in the wilderness with a trip down the park’s hiking and biking trails. It might seem unlikely, but the park is even more spectacular during the winter snows, and cross-country skiers come to glide through silent, glistening forests. Any time of year is a good time to check out this southwestern Colorado park, which sits 17 miles south of Montrose and 14 miles north of Ouray.

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Weather
Spring 25-65 F
Summer 45-80 F
Fall 15-60 F
Winter 5-40 F
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Nearby Cities
Montrose, CO
Ouray, CO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Ridgway State Park

Soak up the beauty of Ridgway State Park and enjoy a comfortable night’s rest by coming in an RV. Your motorhome offers shelter from the weather, which can change quickly at any time of year. Pick up an RV rental from a nearby town and enjoy a short drive to maximize your vacation time.

Ridgway State Park Campgrounds

The best way to experience the park is from your site in the Ridgway State Park Campgrounds. These campsites sit a short walk from the waterfront and the hiking trails, so you’re always close to the next activity. Be sure to head to the lake to watch sunset and sunrise over the water. Each area offers hot showers, a laundry room, bathrooms, and vending machines for snacks. Kids also love the nearby playground. For the best views, book a site at Dakota Terraces; Elk Ridge offers electric hookups for RVs. If you’re after full hookups, look to Pa-Co-Chu-Puk. The best sites are 200-280, which sits near the Uncompahgre River. If you’re visiting in the winter, the electric sites in the A loop are open to RVs. Electric sites start at $32 per night in the summer, and sites with full hookups are $36. In the winter, electric sites are $26.

Ouray KOA Holiday

Sleep among the mountains at Ouray KOA Holiday, a campground that boasts some of the best views in the area. Rocky peaks rise high on all sides, surrounding you with Colorado’s majestic wilderness. With full hookups, Wi-Fi service, a hot tub sauna, and snack bar, the KOA has plenty of perks to make your trip more comfortable. Choose from both back-in and pull-through RV sites, each located near the park’s hiking trails and restaurant. Other amenities in the campground include a gift shop, playground, and a variety of guided tours. Nightly prices vary based on the size of the site, time of year, and the number of people. Expect to pay at least $64 per night.

Big Cimarron Campground

If you’re looking for a quiet, secluded wilderness camping experience, Big Cimarron Campground is a great option. This lightly trafficked spot offers just 10 campsites, many of which sit next to the Big Cimarron River. Fall asleep to the sound of the water, and wake up to the silence of the forest. You won’t find hookups here, but there are vault toilets on-site. This campground is a first-come, first-served spot and is best visited after the snow melts in the summer. Be sure to stock up on food and supplies as there are no stores close by. Sites are $12 per night.

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Ridgway State Park

Inside Ridgway State Park

Get the full Ridgway State Park experience on the park’s 14-mile trail network, which is open to hiking and biking. If you’re interested in birds, bring your binoculars and keep an eye out for the 140+ species that live in the area. When the weather is warm, head straight for the water for fishing and boating. The boat launch is open every day, making the lake a popular spot for kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing. During the winter, explore the trails by snowshoe or cross-country ski. The visitor center loans out a range of supplies to visitors, including life jackets, snowshoes, and fishing poles.

Outside Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park is located in a beautiful section of southwestern Colorado, and some of the state’s most lightly visited outdoor areas sit close by. Whether you’re dreaming of alpine hikes or whitewater rafting, this region has it all. For necessities, you’ll find a variety of small towns within driving distance.

Restaurants

Kate's Place

Just 8 miles south of the park, Kate’s Place is the perfect spot for breakfast and lunch. The classic menu includes omelets, waffles, sandwiches, and salads.

Type: American

Location: 615 Clinton St, Ridgway, CO 81432

Eatery 66

Also close to the park, Eatery 66 transforms locally sourced ingredients into artisan-style sandwiches, burgers, and bowls.

Type: American

Location: 520 Sherman St, Ridgway, CO 81432

Bon Ton Restaurant

Serving hearty pasta dishes, pizzas, and Italian favorites, Bon Ton is a great place to fill up after a day in the mountains. The gorgeous wooden dining room has an upscale-rustic vibe. 

Type: Italian

Location: 426 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427

Brickhouse 737

This contemporary spot works with local suppliers to deliver fresh, delicious ingredients. The menu is varied, offering everything from steak and elk Bolognese to miso-glazed eggplant.

Type: American

Location: 737 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427

Outlaw Restaurant

Enjoy the fun Wild West decor while you eat at this Ouray hot spot, which specializes in steak and seafood. It’s also open for breakfast. Fill up on classic dishes before a day of fun.

Type: Steak, seafood

Location: 610 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427

Shopping

Ray’s Jerky

Pick up the house-made jerky at this friendly store, which sells a variety of meats and flavors. It’s also a great place to find condiments and sauces.

Location: 630 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427

River Landing Shopping Center

Located about 19 miles north of the park, this spot is a convenient place to buy groceries and other supplies for your camping trip.

Location: 3480 Wolverine Dr, Montrose, CO 81401

Timber Creek

Set in Ridgway, about 15 minutes south of the park, Timber Creek offers locally made souvenirs and other gifts.

Location: 117 S Lena St, Ridgway, CO 81432

The Vault Vintage and Consignment

This well-maintained store is packed with vintage and antique treasures. It’s well worth a trip on a hot or cold day.

Location: 525 Clinton St, Ridgway, CO 81432

RIGS Fly Shop

If you’re planning on fly-fishing during your stay at Ridgway State Park, stop by this shop to grab all of the supplies you need. Be sure to ask the staff for tips and great local fishing locations.

Location: 1075 Sherman St, UNIT 101, Ridgway, CO 81432

Sightseeing

Whitewater Rafting the Uncompahgre River

Head to one of the outfitters in Ridgway, Montrose, or Ouray and book a rafting trip. The area located near Ridgway is perfect for beginners; it offers gorgeous views of the mountains and local wildlife.

Curecanti National Recreation Area

If you’re looking for more water activities, head to the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which lies about 66 miles east near Gunnison. Home to a selection of massive reservoirs, it’s a popular spot for boating, fishing, and hiking. The ranger-led boat tour through the Black Canyon is a fantastic way to see the scenery.

Lou Creek Trail

Hike through the aspens and enjoy gorgeous views of the San Juan Mountains from this trail. The trailhead lies about 30 minutes from the park, just east of Ridgeway.

Ouray

Set among the mountains about 14 miles south of Ridgway State Park, this picturesque town is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Wander around the downtown area, take in the awe-inspiring views, and enjoy an afternoon snack at one of the local restaurants.

Location: Ouray, CO

Wiesbaden Hot Springs

At the end of your vacation, enjoy a leisurely soak at these historic hot springs. Multiple soaking pools accommodate a range of people. Be sure to check out the vapor cave and the Lorelei, a private pool with a soothing waterfall.

Location: 81432, 625 5th St, Ouray, CO 81427

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How to Get to
Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park is located off Highway 550, making it easy to reach from the north or south. If you’re coming in from the southwest, you can reach Highway 550 via Highway 62 from Placerville.

Entering Ridgway State Park

The park is open 24 hours a day.

Per vehicle : $9

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