The captivating beauty of Ridgway, Ouray and surrounding areas has attracted a number of production companies making movies, documentaries and commercials. More than 100 films have been made in Southwestern Colorado. Take the Walking Tour.
Classics filmed in the San Juans include True Grit (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Night Passage (1957), and Ticket to Tomahawk (1950). In addition, another John Wayne classic, The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) was based on the lives of George and Charley Marlow, who lived in who lived in the Ridgway area for many years and served as deputy sheriffs and town marshals.