Originally Posted by craporadon
Is Ridgeway good for beginners? Is it fun and worth it? Is it good for pro's?
The park in Ridgway has two drops. The first is a rather flat and wide hole. Nothing too great at low flows. The second is a nicer pour over hole with good surf in spots and the makings of a green tongue sort of center-ish. Of course, this is only at low to medium-low flow about 2 1/2 weeks ago. The drops are about 40 yards apart with easy shore access and good, slow pools below each.
As for beginners/pro's, I'd say it's an all around nice spot though small. Great for beginners who want to learn to get into a hole, flip in a hole, and swim or roll then repeat. Those who are used to, say the Glenwood wave or park in Salida, may find the Ridgway park less entertaining.
However, just up stream is a nice, but short, stretch of the Uncompahgre just below Ouray that's solid III+/IV- at these flows. Depending on how "beginner" you're talking, the Ouray town run up to the drop at the water diversion is a good, short run. How's that for a short reply?