True Grit Walking Tours

The Ridgway Western Heritage Society offers a one-hour True Grit Movie Walking Tour, which departs every Friday at 3 p.m. (May through October) from the gazebo at Hartwell Park in the center of Ridgway next to Highway 62/Sherman Street. For reservations, call 970.626.5181. The fee is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.
Image of John Wayne during True Grit filming
Image of the Bank Building from True Grit Guided Tour.

Reservations are recommended and attendees are asked to arrive at 2:45 p.m. Throughout the year, tours can be scheduled for parties of six or more at a time of their choosing by calling 970.626.5181 or emailing. 

Download the True Grit Tour brochure with a map to help you explore Ridgway and Ouray sites on your own. Please email if you would like a print copy mailed to you free of charge.

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.

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The Ridgway Visitor Center, located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62), The current visitor center hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

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