How is the Ridgeway Park? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 07-30-2008   #1
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How is the Ridgeway Park?

Is Ridgeway good for beginners? Is it fun and worth it? Is it good for pro's?

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Old 07-30-2008   #2
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Originally Posted by craporadon View Post
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?
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it's a great place to learn how to window-shade and scuff up your new helmet. you can also scuff up the bow of your boat (and blacken your toes) trying to throw ends and loops.

no really, it's a good spot to get into current and practice eddy hopping and rolling in a hole as hojo said, nice and mellow with a number of bars close by to wash the grit out of your mouth at the end of the day.

hopefully the park will see another facelift working to make it a world class feature playable at all flows. there are a lot of local paddlers drooling at the thought of a quality park in ridgway.
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