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“great spot to unwind”
Review of Ridgway State Park

Ridgway State Park
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Ridgway
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Park that has a little bit of everything, from camping and boating to hiking and fishing.
Reviewed 5 September 2010

We went mid-week late summer. On the second night had the entire E loop tent area to ourselves although every site post had a reservation for upcoming Holiday weekend. Every single site was reserved. The highway noise is muted up "on the hill" (E loop) and is nothing compared to living next to a City Market where the delivery trucks idle every morning. Maybe D loop is quieter as it faces west whereas the 550 sound comes from the east. The RV sites at the bottom near the park entrance would be right up near 550.
Altogether this was a fantastic camping experience. The incredible San Juan range is in view - Mt Sneffels range to be exact - and it is soul-stirring. Good place to sit and sketch. Pine trees scent the air. The clean air would appeal to Heidi and Grandfather. Stars fill up the night sky. The Milky Way is a ribbon of milk across the sky. I am used to seeing maybe the Moon and Venus in Denver so this night sky at Ridgway is a treat for the eyes. The Big Dipper seemed so close one could reach up and grab a couple of the stars. But this would be a crime. Camp host sells bundles of wood for campfires. These campfires made for a special time each evening. The fire smoke smells good; it crackles; it sends up fire sprites; and it tells its own story as each piece of wood burns away.
The Pooch and me went for a loop walk every morning in the fresh air. From these walks it looks like an RV pull up site might be more private than the tent area, having more room between sites. At the tent sites one has to leave the car in a parking area and wheel barrow the gear in. At the RV drive-ups one leaves the car at the tent.
Every site has a raised bed of fine gravel that is level so here is where the tent gets pitched. On the morning out we drove about ten minutes into Ridgway and had a fabulous brunch at Kates Place which is AAA-rated. It reminded me of Adams in Manitou Springs, meaning fresh and delicious food in a very nice environment at a decent price, to boot. Ouray is just up the 550 from Ridgway with two outdoor hot springs area (ala Glenwood Springs), and Telluride (To Hell You Ride) is an easy half hour from Ridgway, not hellish at all. Telluride was having a Film Festival and the town was packed. No recession in that place. The joint was jumping.

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Reviewed 22 June 2009

not much privacy outside the yurt the fist night the propane heater didn't work but for some reason it worked wean we got back from swimming at the hot springs in uoray the next day and it gets cold at night the second night was enjoyable if i stay in a yurt again it probably wont be here in a yurt all in all it wasn't bad

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Reviewed 5 August 2006

I will admit that when I saw the first campground near the resovoir I was a bit worried as we like the woods. I could not have been more thrilled when we climbed the steep hill to our campsite in the Elk Ridge Campground. There are four loops and the outer loops have incredible views. We had a site that overlooked the lower campground and the mountain range beyond. This is one of the cleanest, most well kept campgrounds we have ever stayed at. The campground host program works well here. They are all very friendly and welcoming. The cleaning crew takes great pride in keeping the restrooms immaculate. The water is cool but swimable. We did many day trips from the campground and found it to be a perfect home base.

12  Thank sbyl
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Reviewed 27 November 2005

We were very excited about our trip to stay in a Yurt at Ridgeway but it turned out to be an extreme disappointment. The park has beautiful views but it is right off the highway. The Yurts are not secluded at all. The highway noise was amplified. So much so, that it was the first time I woke up camping with a headache. This park seems to be built for RV and boater convenience. All the sites are paved, etc. It isn't the Colorado we know. It's situated near a resevoir so we should have known. If you're a boater, it could be great; otherwise, stay away. It is not meant for tent campers.

6  Thank pitt1980
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Reviewed 13 March 2004

My family stayed here last 2 summers ago, 2002, and just loved this place. They have a separate area for tent people like us, so you don't get overwhelmed by the RV's. Mountains and water together can't be beat. The lake and the views of the San Juans are gorgeous. My morning jog down one of the trails would be interrupted by families of elk grazing. Call ahead to the marina to reserve a pontoon boat for a cruise on the reservoir. The shower facilities are well maintained. The only downside was all the elk poop at the beach. We will definitely be back

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