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Museum Events - 2020

  • 5th Annual Historical Ranch History Tour - Dallas Divide - Postponed
  • Ridgway Old WestFest - Cancelled
  • Christmas Wreath Sales - Orders in by November 13, 2020
  • Noel Night - Cancelled

September 25-27, 2020

Regional Leather Artisans Gallery Show in Museum Blacksmith Demonstration, Mule Packing Demonstration, Leatherworking Demonstrations from Accomplished Regional Craftsmen - Showcased at Ranch History Museum and Museum Acreage (North of OCRHM)


OCTOBER 11-13, 2019

Ridgway Old West Fest

50 Years of the True Grit

Join us for the Old West Fest to celebrate John Wayne and the 50th Anniversary of the True Grit movie. Our town will be filled with lots of special events. Join our Chuck Wagon Dinner with activities for the kids or sign up for an audio tour to the movie set locations with us. Come to the museum to learn how to pack mules for the high country and visit with Bob DeJulio, specialty painter hired by Paramount for the True Grit movie buildings.

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OCTOBER 12, 2019

Chuckwagon Dinner

  • Chuck Wagon dinner with music: Get your tickets soon for this event!  The Ouray County Ranch History Museum will be hosting this wonderful chuck wagon dinner as a Fundraising private event at the Cimarron Ridge Ranch. Roping lessons,  horse  rides, and music by Heather & Douglas  are included. Tickets $60 for adults; $25 for children (participation limited  to 75).  Visit the museum, call  970-316-1085, or purchase your tickets through museum website at using PayPal.  Saturday 5:00-7:30 pm.


OCTOBER 12, 2019
How to Pack a Mule:  Local Tom Heffernan and the US Forest Service will demonstrate how to pack a mule for mountain hikes. Rides available. 11:00 am-2:00 pm Saturday at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum Property, 321 Sherman St. FREE.


OCTOBER 11, 2019​
Visit with Bob DeJulio, Paramount’s specialty painter for the True Grit movie: Come and chat with Bob DeJulio and hear first-hand stories about painting sets for and working with the cast and crew of  the 1968 movie True Grit (released in 1969). 3:00-4:30 pm Friday at the Ouray County Ranch History Museum, 321 Sherman St. Suggested $5 admission donation.


OCTOBER 11-13, 2019

Old West Fest

  • OC Ranch History Museum’s collection of original photographs taken during the True Grit filming: Gallery showing of never-before-seen black & white and color images of locations, locals, and actor test scenes during True Grit production. These images plus the True Grit: A 50 Year Tribute book and locally made gift items and cards may be purchased in the museum’s gift shop. The original True Grit jail wagon makes a fine photo op and is also located on the museum grounds.  Suggested entry donation to museum of $5. 10:00-4:30 pm Friday, 10:00-4:00 pm Saturday, 11:00-3:00 pm Sunday,  OC Ranch History Museum, 321 Sherman St.

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