Take the 45-minute True Grit walking tour of downtown filming sites and learn all about the movie and its stars. Our weekly walking tours at 3 pm every Friday until Sept 1, 2023 are FREE.
Meet at the Hartwell Park gazebo 15 minutes before tour time.
A True Grit walking tour is scheduled at 11 am Monday, September 4. Arrive at the Hartwell Park gazebo 15 minutes early. FREE. The rodeo begins at noon.
(Schedule is subject to change)
TRUE GRIT WALKING TOURS
True Grit walking tours led by one of our premier tour guides will be on Saturday September 23 at 12 noon, 2 pm, starting at the Gazebo in Hartwell Park. FREE!
FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS TENT
The headquarters tent will be located between the Ouray County Ranch History Museum
and the Railroad Museum across from the fire station.
Open Saturday, September 23 noon - 3 pm.
The booth doubles as a lost and found location.
Ridgway Railroad Museum www.ridgwayrailroadmuseum.org
Experience Railroad Days. Go on a train yard tour.
During the weekend, the Railroad Museum will be operating and giving rides on:
•Motor 1 (Buick)
•Model T (1910 Ford)
•Galloping Goose 4 (Pierce Arrow/GMC)
•Caboose 091/0575 pulled by CW (Plymouth)
•Rider Gon 1020 pulled by CW.
Catch a ride on one of these historic train cars at the Ridgway Railroad Museum campus between 9 am and 5 pm Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sunday. On Railroad Street across from the fire station. FREE!
Ouray County Ranch History Museum www.ocrhm.org
See the True Grit jail wagon on the OCRHM grounds as well as Paramount’s extensive original test shots of True Grit- along with a special gallery showing for the weekend and other Western treasures inside the Ouray County Ranch History Museum. Hours:
Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 11 am to 4 pm. Sunday, September 24, 12 noon - 4 pm. Non-profit, all volunteer Museum has nominal admission charge to take care of building. ocrhm.org
Ridgway Visitor Center www.ridgwaycolorado.com
Stop by the Ridgway Visitors Center, located at 150 Racecourse Rd, just west of the stop light at the intersection of highways 550 and 62. The Visitors Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. Free.
John Wayne Grit Series Race www.johnwayne.org/pages/grit-series-general
Sign up for the John Wayne Grit Series race and join the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in the fight against cancer. The half marathon/5K is right here in Ridgway Saturday, September 23.
This special, casual old-time service will celebrate our Western heritage and God’s creation through toe-tapping songs, Scripture, and a Bible-based sermon. Your spirits will be lifted and you will leave with a smile on your face. At the United Church of the San Juans. 10 am to 11 am September 24. Free.
Mattie Ross/True Grit Homestead
Drive west past Dallas Divide. Turn south on the Last Dollar Road (watch for the brown sign) and continue 2.5 miles. The recently restored Mattie Ross/True Grit homestead is private property but grounds will be open only Sat, Sept 23, 8 am to 2 pm. Normally closed to public entry, you can see it from the road any time. Don’t miss the opportunity to see where John Wayne said “Come and see a fat old man sometime” and then jumped the fence. Free.
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