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Ridgway State Park, Ridgway

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Ridgway State Park is a state park located in Ouray County, Colorado. It is the westernmost state park in Colorado. The park is 21 miles southeast of Montrose, 14 miles northeast of Ouray, it is also 4 miles north of the town of Ridgway and 312 miles southwest of Denver. The current wildlife consists of deer, coyotes, rabbits, and elk. Due to the park's variety of animal life, the park is used as a hunting ground although hunting opportunities are extremely limited due to proximity to developed areas.
Three entrances to the park provide a range of options; Dallas Creek is a day-use only area, with facilities for picnicing, fishing in the summer, although it is not recommended. Dutch Charlie (the second entrance to the State Park) contains the camping facilities. Yurts and cabins are available for rent nightly. Two Yurts are wheelchair accessible. Tent sites with Full RV hook ups are available. Several tent sites are wheelchair accessible. Lake access includes a marina for long term stays, boats docks, and a swim beach for the kids. Nature and hiking trails dot the area around the lake featuring great views of the Cimmaron range of the San Juan Mountains. One trail leads you through all of the parks' areas and back. Several portions of the trails provide wheelchair access, including trails to fishing ponds. The third entrance is most visited for its fishing. Pa-co-chu-puk has an assortment of fishing areas, including two ponds connected to Ridgway reservoir. Brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout are commonly caught at Pa-co-chu-puk.
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  • Stunning place, surrounded by mountains. Prettier when there is more water. Great, well maintained facilities. If you like to camp, it’s a perfect spot.  more »
  • We enjoyed staying at this state park. There are beautiful views and the bathrooms were clean. Some strange rules, though. Such as you are no allowed to pick up any wood. And are not allowed to let an...  more »
  • Great park . . . Please help keep it that way
  • One of the nicest parks I've been to. Everything is very clean and well maintained. Coin operated laundry room and showers. Firewood and ice is available in the park. Miles of excellent trails for hiking or mountain biking. A great swimming beach, a playground for the kids, and an awesome slide to the beach. Elk ridge has good cell signal on AT&T and Verizon. Plenty of clean water available at shared spigots. The camping platforms are stellar, some are pea gravel elevated in a box, and some have a wooden platforms to keep you of the ground.
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