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True Grit Walking Tours

The Ridgway Western Heritage Society offers a one-hour True Grit Movie Walking Tour at 3 p.m. every Friday during the season (Memorial Day through Labor Day).
Image of John Wayne during True Grit filming
Image of the Bank Building from True Grit Guided Tour.

Meet at 2:45 pm at the gazebo at Hartwell Park, which borders Highway 62/Sherman Street. The $10 fee is paid in cash on site. Children under 12 are free. Groups of four or more may email Eve Becker-Doyle to arrange a tour at any time during the year.

To explore more film locations on your own, you can head on out on a day trip to find some of the famous movie sites as well as the state’s most photographed mountain scenery. Ten miles west of Ridgway on Last Dollar Road are the remains of the ranch of matriarch Mattie Ross (performed by Kim Darby in the movie), where John Wayne jumped his horse over the fence at the end of the film. And to the East, towards Owl Creek Pass, sits the aspen-lined valley of Katie’s Meadow (also known as Deb's Meadow) – one of the most memorable scenes from True Grit. Fifteen minutes up Highway 550 in Ouray, you can visit Ouray County Courthouse where the film's interior court scenes were filmed.