Ridgway: Our Town

Early in our site search, the founders of Alpenglow Cohousing determined that our neighborhood absolutely must locate within the town of Ridgway.  

What is so special about this one-stoplight western town that began as a frontier railroad junction?  First, it's the people.  No one who moves here remains a stranger for long in this welcoming and inclusive community.  Newcomers are soon bellying up to the bar with locals at the corner brewery and exchanging lengthy greetings at the post office.  

With a population of just over 900, our mountain valley is surrounded by family-owned ranches.  Our "valley" sits at an elevation of just under 7,000 feet.  Ridgway increasingly attracts nature lovers, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, active retirees, and young families who came to raise their children in what is probably one of the safest and healthiest environments in the country.

 Art galleries, a historic community theater, public library, churches, great eateries and shops are within walking distance of Alpenglow Cohousing.  In 2013, the State of Colorado declared Ridgway a certified Creative Arts District (see below).  Our summer Concerts-in-the Park series brings in top-rated bands from throughout the country.

Outdoorsy? We have hiking, biking and skiing trails galore; we have a great skate park, world-class fishing and kayaking on the Uncompaghre river, a huge state park with lakes to boat in and a large campground with views to the mountain ranges. Whatever outdoor activity you’re looking for in a community, we probably have to it!

Ridgway is a remote workers dream come true.  We may be a mountain town, but we have access to speedy internet and a top notch coworking opportunity.  Learn more about  Proximity Space.


Ridgway is a central hub in two special travel routes: the Hot Springs Loop and the Creative Corridor. There is even a video on this Creative Corridor and Ridgway is one of its 5 creative communities!

Our County

Known as the Switzerland of America, Ouray County is home to the San Juan Mountains, which offer world-class hiking, jeeping, mountain biking and back-country skiing in the alpine high country.   Photographers and artists flock to the San Juans to capture their rugged beauty -- slopes blanketed with wildflowers in the summer and golden aspen in the fall.  Wildlife lovers enjoy the company of deer, elk,  bobcats and the occasional bear.

During the winter, you can find groomed cross-country ski and snow-shoe trails a few miles from Ridgway.  After a hike or ski, you might enjoy a soak in several natural hot springs, open to the public year-round.   Ridgway Reservoir in Ridgway State Park is a favorite spot for fishing, boating, kayaking and paddle-boarding.  And looking north from the valley,  you would never guess that an award-winning 18-hole golf course sits atop the mesa.

The area's mining and railroading history is preserved in excellent museums and in stabilized mining structures along hiking and jeeping trails. A beautifully restored historic theater in the city of Ouray is the venue for internationally known classical musicians, lectures and plays.