Just 15 miles north of Ouray, the Ridgway State Park is the pawfect place to discover the natural beauty of southwestern Colorado. Featuring furrific campgrounds, extensive trails, and woofderful mountain scenery, this 3,200-acre site is a dream destination for canines and humans who love spending time outdoors!
Does Fido enjoy taking long walks and climbing over things? If so, hit the park's trails, which are open all year round and weave through a variety of terrains and ecosystems. Routes range from moderate to difficult, with some trails being universally accessible and located close to facilities. You'll find over 14 miles of trails in the park, including three self-guided, educational paths that allow visitors to learn more about the wildlife, vegetation, and geology of the area. If you visit in the colder months, you can go snowshoeing with your pup on any of the trails. Regardless of season, always keep them on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them.
Other activities that you and your doggo can do together are geocaching, picnicking, paddle boarding, boating, photography, and wildlife viewing. Some of the wildlife that can be spotted in the park include mule deer, rabbits, chipmunks, minks, marmots, and skunks. If you're a bird enthusiast, keep your eyes peeled for Canada geese, goldeneyes, sandhill cranes, and American avocets at the reservoir. Note that while Ridgway welcomes four-legged visitors, Fido is not permitted to set paw in the swim beach area.
With so many activities to enjoy, it would be impossible to squeeze everything in just one day. Furtunately, dog-friendly yurts and campsites are available, so you and your furry pal can stay for a few days and take your time in trying as many things as you can. Ridgway State Park is a puptastic spot, and it's best experienced with your best friend by your side!