by Dalton Carver
Joining other elements of Ridgway that have recently been upgraded, the visitor’s center at the entrance to town is also poised for renovation. Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Colorado Tourism Office, the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce plans to embark on a strategic plan that will update the visitor’s center at the corner of CO 62 and US 550 in the near future.
Announced in late January, the CTO grant will fully fund a strategic plan leading to an upgrade of the visitor’s center and Heritage Park, the 1.25 acre public space on which the tourism resource sits.
In the past, the space was shared by RACC and the Ridgway Railroad Museum, the latter being the main draw to the location. With the museum moving across CO 62 to the museum campus on North Railroad Street, RACC plans to create its own draw to the center and the park. After the departure of the Railroad Museum's cars, the only thing featured on the property is...