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Original "True Grit" Filmed in Southwest Colorado In and Near Ouray

  
  
  

Last Dollar Road Provides a Stunning Backdrop for Photographers Year Round and Springtime is no Exception.  

The Original "True Grit" starring John Wayne was filmed on several locations in Ouray County including the town of Ridgway, in the Ouray County Courthouse, and up on Owl Creek Pass.  However, the Ross Ranch was actually just outside of Ouray County on Last Dollar Road.

In Ridgway head west on Colorado Highway 62 up and over the Dallas Divide and then turn left on Last Dollar Road (marked with a brown Forest Service Sign) about 2 miles west of the summit.  The initial stretches of road (4-5 miles) are easily accessible by a passenger car.

The Ross Ranch is private property, so, it is best to obey the signs, but, it is right alongside the road so pictures are easy.  This building has fallen into further disrepair but, from this angle, it is still recognizable.  The purple lupine flower in early June on Last Dollar Road.

ross ranch last dollar road

These buildings are right there too.

last dollar road ross ranch true grit

 

Just beyond the Ross Ranch, amazing scenic vistas of ranchland as far as the eye can see and the amazing yellow flowers are dandelions.  

wide open fields last dollar road

 

Part of Last Dollar Road is a wonderfully scenic drive with a  passenger car for the first few miles and easily past the Ross Ranch.  If you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you can continue to Telluride on this road, but, if you are in a passenger vehicle, there will be some spots that are not passable.  Last Dollar Road is a fairly easy road for a 4WD enthusiast, however, if the road is wet, it can be trechourous.  

last dollar scenic drive

If you are lucky, you may even enjoy some wildlife viewing as Elk and Deer are prevalent in the area.

two elk last dollar road

 

We offer more information on True Grit locations in Ouray Colorado, just let us know how to help you.  If you stay with us, we have created a self guided tour of many locations that we will share. 

There are several locations in and around Ouray County that are sure to spark recognition and a sense of the Old West. Not much has changed in these little towns since the days the movie was filed, and it is easy to slip into the past.

Let us arrange a special advwenture centered around exploring the silm site of this classic film! We will take care of all of the details, so all you need to do is show up ready to begin your adventure. Check in at the Box Canyon, then head out to pick up your rental jeep. Enjoy a nice long soak in our mineral hot spring tubs, then settle in for the night to enjoy your True Grit dvd. In the morning, head on out with the coordinates and information for a day exploring, then back to Ouray for dinner at the Outlaw Restaurant. Know as The Pick in 1969, this little saloon was a favorite of the entire cast. Pictures and memorabilia decorate every wall, and if you ask nicely and are very gentle, they may let you hold Juhn Waynes hat!

We can't wait to help you with a fantastic adventure!
See you soon!

 

Comments

I think that jeep is perfect for tour. Because the jeep can ride by the up and down road. if you visit a forest zoo than jeep is the perfect.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 AM by mcloughlin jeep dealership
I recently stayed in Ouray Co at the Ouray Inn and drove to the Ross Ranch on Last Dollar Rd and it was a site to behold, since I am a very big fan of John Wayne and especially True Grit. I also visited Deb Meadows and everywhere else on the pamphlet I received and I had a wonderful meal at the True Grit Cafe and the Outlaw Restaurant and Bar.
Posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:03 AM by Jessica Camara
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