The mission of OCRHM shall be to procure, preserve and exhibit items and artifacts related to educating the public about the ranch heritage of Ouray County, Colorado and our surrounding area.

Our Ranching HerItage
Ouray County was developed in 1877 with the Town of Ridgway in 1891. The mining boom brought settlers to this area as ranchers soon followed, working the land and helping support the mines with cattle & agricultural needs.

President Abraham Lincoln signed into law on May 20, 1862, the Homestead Act which encouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. In exchange, homesteaders paid a small filing fee and were required to complete five years of continuous residence before receiving ownership of the land. After six months of residency, homesteaders also had the option of purchasing the land from the government for $1.25 per acre. The Homestead Act led to the distribution of 80 million acres of public land by 1900. 

Our area still produces cattle and livestock for the nations beef industry.

The Ouray County Ranch History Museum was started at the request of local ranch families to preserve their family's legacy in this county. Stop by to see what ranch life was like starting from the 1870's and learn about the ranching that is still going on in our area today. 

Hours 2020
Memorial Day through October 14
Open Mondays, Wednesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays
10 AM - 4 PM
11 AM - 3 PM
CLOSED Tuesdays and Thursdays



Adults - $5

Seniors - $4

Students (7-17) - $3

Children (6 & Under) - FRee

Active Military - FREE

Members - FREE

Current Events - 2020




Plans are starting to formulate for the new building design and development of the expanding Ranch History Campus. Plans include a new barn structure, Corrals, Orchards and outdoor exhibits. Be part of history and add your family name to the Bricks for our new museum to be located on the parcel of land north along the Uncompahgre River. Be part of history by donating to this project!

Call 970-316-1085 for details.

Click above for details.

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