Flyfishing is a favorite activity in western Colorado. Some of the world’s most famous trout streams are within a couple hours’ drive from the Ridgway home. Just south of the property and over Dallas Divide is the San Miguel River, which offers excellent flyfishing and quite a bit of public access between Placerville and Norwood. The Gunnison River through the Black Canyon, about 40 miles to the north, is world-class Gold Medal water with excellent opportunities for big browns and rainbows. Farther to the north are the Crystal, Roaring Fork, and Frying Pan rivers—world-renowned trout streams known for producing feisty large rainbows and browns. There are numerous smaller streams that offer excellent fishing for pan-sized trout.
The Ridgway Retreat has access to some incredible Colorado fishing. Ridgway Reservoir, only 10 miles away, has some excellent boat and shore fishing for trout and smallmouth bass, and it is a popular boating and waterskiing destination as well. Blue Mesa Reservoir, a large impoundment with excellent fish populations, is about 65 miles to the northeast. Blue Mesa has populations of lake trout, kokanee salmon, German brown trout, rainbows, and a few brookies. Some of the fish grow to very large size.
Colorado’s most famous winter sport is skiing and the slopes of Telluride are not much more than 45 minutes away from the Ridgway home and don’t disappoint. Telluride is known for its gorgeous mountain views, challenging terrain, excellent snowpack, and charming mining town at the end of a box canyon. Aspen and Crested Butte are each about 2.5 hours from the property, and Purgatory, just north of Durango, is about 2.5 hours to the south.
A favorite activity in southwest Colorado, with literally hundreds of trails to occupy the serious enthusiast. Some of the most famous mountain passes in Colorado are almost within eyesight of the property, as they climb through the Cimarron mountain range to the east of the property. Black Bear Pass, Cinnamon Pass, Engineer Pass, Corkscrew Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, Imogene Pass—these are just a few of the famous routes within a few miles of the Ridgway Retreat, some of them climbing up to over 13,000 feet in the Colorado high country. The “toy barn” on the property was specifically built to house motorized toys such as ATV’s, Jeeps, and snowmobiles.
Colorado is known for its terrific elk and mule deer hunting, and the Ridgway Retreat is in the middle of some of the best hunting in the state. Positioned on the southeast rim of the Uncompahgre Plateau, this property is in Colorado Game Management Unit 62, which is known as a great hunting area. Elk tags are “over the counter”, which means a hunter can buy a license up to the night before the hunt for second and third elk season. Mule deer hunting in this region can be excellent.
There are many thousands of acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Uncompahgre National Forest lands open to hunters within a 30-mile radius of the property.
Snowmobiling is a favorite activity in southwest Colorado, with many miles of groomed trails and backcountry powder available to the sledding enthusiast. The Uncompahgre Plateau has excellent winter access and a wide variety of trails. Terrain is generally gentle, and family fun is the name of the game. The Grand Mesa to the north, a little more than an hour distant, offers simply outstanding snowmobiling on over 500 square miles of the Grand Mesa National Forest.
It’s easily possible to make a 100-mile loop on a winter afternoon without backtracking. There are many good snowmobile routes within 10-15 miles of the Ridgway Retreat and lots of recreation opportunity.
When the snowpack melts, the placid rivers become raging torrents, making for all kinds of whitewater fun. Local rivers such as the San Miguel, Crystal, Gunnison, Roaring Fork, Colorado, and Arkansas are famous for providing big challenges and big thrills. Kayakers and whitewater rafters plan their yearly schedules on shooting these rivers.
Just six miles south of the R&R Retreat is the Sneffels Wilderness, with trails into the high country and destinations such as Blue Lake. The lakes are located in an alpine glacial basin high above timberline. Access is by foot and horseback only. This is only one of the hundreds of trails and camping destinations near the R&R Retreat. The Uncompahgre Plateau has thousands of acres of backcountry terrain to explore, as does the Cimarron Range across the valley to the east. The Grand Mesa north of the Retreat has over 300 lakes and hundreds of camping spots, many of which are accessible by 4×4 or ATV.
Ridgway is known as a happening little town in the summer, with its own free summer concert series and a well-known rodeo. Ridgway hosts free concerts every Thursday in July. The 2018 lineup includes several up-and-coming national acts. The Ouray County Fair & Rodeo is held every Labor Day weekend and features bull and bronc riding, team roping, and barrel racing.
Ouray County was blessed with geothermal activity that produced several hot springs in the beautiful mountain valley. There are five developed hot springs in Ouray and Ridgway. These include the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, the vapor caves of the Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings, the pools at the Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs and at the naturally landscaped pools at Orvis Hot Springs in
Ridgway. Guests at the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs can also enjoy private hot springs during their hotel stay. Closest to Ridgway are the Orvis Hot Springs, where guests can relax au naturel in several different clothing-optional pools. The hot springs in the area do not have the sulfur smell that many hot springs have, and they’re known for the lithium boost that relaxes and invigorates tired muscles.
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