Relive the Original “True Grit” Movie in Ouray, Colo.
--Box Canyon Lodge offers “True Grit” package to retrace ‘The Duke’s’ footsteps--
The DVD release of the remake of the western “True Grit” is just around the corner. In honor of the original John Wayne version, which was filmed in and around Ouray (a.k.a. “Switzerland of America”), Box Canyon Lodge invites visitors to book the True Grit Package and channel their inner “Duke.” The package spotlights movie scenes, as well as local hot spots popularized by John Wayne.
The True Grit package includes: two nights lodging for two at Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs in Ouray; dinner at Outlaw Restaurant; and your choice of a 4x4 Jeep Wrangler rental or a morning guided Jeep tour. A detailed map of set locations, complete with specific GPS coordinates, pictures, routes and a suggested itinerary are also included. The package is available from late-May through October 1 and costs $565 for two people, excluding taxes and gratuities. (email@example.com or 800-327-5080).
Box Canyon Lodge: The well-appointed rooms at Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs are equipped with DVD players for watching the motel’s copy of “True Grit.” Also, be sure to check out the natural hot springs tubs terraced on the mountainside.
Outlaw Restaurant: Dinner for two is included at the Outlaw Restaurant, where John Wayne liked to eat during filming. He became particularly friendly with the bartender named Addie, to whom he gave his hat. It is proudly displayed still today.
Jeep Tour: Provided by outfitter Switzerland of America, visitors may choose a guided or self-guided Jeep tour. GPS coordinates and directions to movie locations on Last Dollar Road and Owl Creek Pass are provided.
While in the area, visitors may want to consider stopping by True Grit Cafe in neighboring Ridgway. Sitting in “The Grit,” you can look out over the town park and see where the hanging scene was filmed. Right behind the park is the old Train Depot depicted in the movie. If you tilt your head just right and look at the mountains you can see the famous Chimney Peak that is shown prominently in the big shoot out scene in the movie.
About Box Canyon Lodge (www.boxcanyonouray.com)
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in beautiful Ouray, Colo., nicknamed “Switzerland of America.” Box Canyon Lodge, a hot springs motel boasting four, all natural hot springs tubs, offers a peaceful location, clean, comfortable and nicely decorated rooms, meticulously-maintained grounds and warm, personal service.