Being the Gateway to the San Juan Moutains, Ridgway offers the most amazing and diverse outdoor activities, which makes the lifestyle here so fun and exhilerating. Offroading the hundreds of miles of Jeep roads over some of the highest and hair-raising peaks is a huge favorite activity, with several companies in nearby Ouray or Telluride that will rent Jeeps or give guided tours. Other great summer and fall activities include hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing, golfing, mountain climbing, horseback riding, river rafting, kayaking, hunting, soaking in the hot springs, camping, bird and wildlife watchng, photographng the spectacular scenery, hot air ballooning, and boating on several nearby lakes. The fun and choices for outdoor activity continues into winter, with alpine skiing in nearby Telluride, Durango, Monarch, and Powderhorn on the Grand Mesa, ice fishing at the Blue Mesa Reservoir, cross country skiing or snow shoeing around the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Telluride, Ironton, and countless other groomed trails and off-piste, ice skating, ice hockey and even broom hockey, watchng and taking photos of the bald eagles, and even better in winter--soaking in the hot springs or siding up to a table near a roaring fire in one of our many local brew pubs or fine eateries. Okay, so that's not really an outdoor activity, but it's also part of what makes living in and around Ridgway. I love living here!