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16000 Hwy 140, Hesperus, Colorado
(970) 385-4537   |

Now in its 24th year, Blue Lake Ranch’s Ridgewood Event Center, just minutes from Durango, is known as one of the most beautiful private settings in the Four Corners area. With two distinct sites for a ceremony… on the banks of the La Plata River or on one of the manicured lawns surrounding the Center and looking up into the mountains and flower gardens, the possibilities are many for an event of 40 to 200 guests. The Ridgewood Event Center building is crafted from locally hewn pine with high beamed ceilings and surrounded by a large wraparound portal and towering Cottonwood trees.

Not only does the Ridgewood Event Center offer a superb facility and natural setting, we provide all the equipment needed for a wedding and reception such as wooden chairs, tables, high end china and silverware, glassware, linen tablecloths and napkins, and even a large high peak tent. Renting the Ridgewood is an opportunity to have your own private party in an unsurpassed setting where you get to choose your caterer, food and beverage selections, creating many choices and affordability.

Our professional staff will assist you with your event plan and then do all the set up and clean up on the wedding day, leaving you and your guests to savor every moment of the day worry free. The Ridgewood is an ideal venue for destination weddings or weddings requiring lodging for out of town guests. Blue Lake Ranch is just one mile away and can accommodate 45 to 65 guests in award winning cabins and casitas on a 200 acre estate with a private lake and hiking trails. With or without the lodging, we’ll provide you a magical experience in a magnificent private setting.

"Ridgewood Event Center was the perfect spot to get married! Their professionalism, event planning expertise, and undeniably beautiful location are a winning combination. Joan was amazing! She cared so much about our vision for our wedding and made the day run so smoothly. Her ideas for the decorations were perfect and she did an amazing job with the flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements, etc.). She even packed to-go boxes of dessert and snacks so that we could enjoy the goodies after the night ended." -Kaylee & Grant 

"We absolutely loved Ridgewood.  This venue was perfect for us, beautiful scenery, serene and out in the country.  Joan was our day-of coordinator and she was fantastic. She’s very creative and artistic and listens to what you want. She created our centerpieces, helped decorate the altar, set up the dessert table, and set the tent with ribbon chandelier. She was wonderful!"  -Kaitlin & Dean

Featured Weddings

Outdoor ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango CO

Woodland Whimsy with a Dash of Halloween Fun at Ridgewood

An industrial wonderland wedding combining the East Coast aesthetic of a Brooklyn loft with the natural whimsy of the West. The ambiance sang of a modern fairyland in Durango, Colorado.

A spring wedding at Ridgewood Event Center by Kara Cavalca

A Spring Wedding in Durango by Kara Cavalca Photo

Featured on the cover of the 2020 issue, this spring destination wedding in Durango was filled with personal touches. The outdoor ceremony was set against snow-capped mountains and spring flowers followed by a reception with lots of food, fun, and dancing.

Durango, Colorado wedding couple

A Fall Equinox Wedding at Ridgewood

An outdoor destination wedding with a laidback vibe and a little bit of rustic charm at Ridgewood Event Center in Durango, Colorado with photography by Illuminarts, florals by Adela Floral, and hair & makeup by Hair Fusion.

Kara Cavalca Photo _ Video, Durango, Colorado photographer

A Durango Wedding with Western Vibes & Country Music

With the La Plata Mountains as a backdrop, Katie & DJ planned a simple, laid-back, western-style wedding that showcased their love of the outdoors. Beautifully photographed by Kara Cavalaca at Ridgewood Events Center in Durango, Colorado.

Ceremony - Earthy & Simple Wedding at Ridgewood -

An Earthy & Simple Wedding Day

A natural & relaxed wedding day with an earthy vibe at Ridgewood Event Center. Photographed by illuminarts with food from Durangourmet and attire from Occasions Bridal.

Flowergirls at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango

A Dreamy Spring Wedding at Ridgewood

A destination wedding with organic, natural, and simple details at Ridgewood Event Center.

Falling in Love in the Mountains, Durango Colorado

“Falling” in Love in the Mountains

An autumn wedding with pumpkin decor and fall colors at Ridgewood Event Center.

Outdoor ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center via Durango Weddings Magazine

The Perfect Wedding Day in Every Way!

A simple, rustic, boho wedding at Ridgewood Event Center. A chilly outdoor ceremony on the lawn followed by a tent reception with Texas Tacos.

A Fun & Personalized Durango Wedding

An outdoor wedding celebration at Ridgewood Event Center filled with lush florals from April’s Garden and personalized touches honoring the groom, a firefighter.

A Romantic Garden Style Wedding in Durango

A timeless and romantic garden wedding subtly inspired by the Lord of the Rings and the parties held in the Shire. A church ceremony followed by a tent reception at Ridgewood Event Center in Durango, Colorado.

An Eclectic Mountain Wedding in Durango

An eclectic laid back mountain wedding in Durango, Colorado with Irish music and dancing under the cottonwoods at Ridgewood Event Center.

A Whimsical Dream Wedding at Ridgewood

A whimsical and romantic destination wedding in Durango, Colorado. The day was filled with creative details, amazing food from Durangourmet, and lots of dancing and laughter in the Ridgewood Events Center.

A Riverside Ceremony at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango, Colorado

A Riverside Ceremony at Ridgewood

An intimate Durango ceremony by the river at Ridgewood Event Center followed by a casual reception filled with rustic luxe florals from April’s Garden and amazing food from Durangourmet.

A Destination Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center by Shutterfreek in Durango, CO

A Destination Wedding at Ridgewood with Day of the Dead Art

A simple destination Durango wedding at Ridgewood Event Center with neutral colors, wood, greenery, and Day of the Dead art.

A Simple Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango, Colorado

A Simple & Fun Wedding at Ridgewood

A relaxed and fun Durango wedding with rustic details. An outdoor ceremony with mountain views followed by dinner under a tent and cake & dancing inside the event center.

A Fall Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango, Colorado

A Fall Wedding at Ridgewood Event Center

I was very nervous the day of our wedding because it was raining all morning. We really wanted to get married outdoors but it rained right up until we were about to start taking pictures. I don’t know what or how, but the clouds opened up and gave us an absolutely perfect fall day. We were able to hold our ceremony outside facing the stunning La Plata Mountains.

A Bohemian Festival Themed Wedding in Durango at Ridgewood Event Center

A Bohemian Festival Themed Wedding in Durango

A Durango Wedfest. A Bohemian Festival Themed Wedding in the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado.

A Pretty in Pink Wedding

A winter wedding filled with handmade pink details at Ridgewood Event Center in Durango, Colorado.

Casual & Fun at Ridgewood Event Center

A Casual & Fun Wedding in Durango

There were lots of heel clicks, Lion King songs, funky socks and laughter at this Durango wedding. Claire and Marcus are avid backpackers so they chose to incorporate their beloved Nalgene bottles and backpacks in their photos with adorable signs that said “Just Married”.

A simple, rustic wedding at Ridgewood Event Center, Durango CO

Handmade & Full of Love at Ridgewood

From the bride, Michelle: My wedding day was simple, rustic, beautiful, and full of love. I wanted to make everyone feel the simplicity of the location, not over do it with decorations, and really be able to appreciate the beauty of it. I also felt this was a way to really highlight our feelings for…

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