Ouray & Ridgway Colorado were home to the first “True Grit”

A list of things to do in Ouray Colorado is not complete without finding a few movie locations.  Many westerns were filmed in and around Ouray County including the original production of “True Grit” staring John Wayne, Kim Darby and Glen Campbell.   John Wayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Rooster Cogburn, the crotchety marshall helping Matti Ross track down her father’s killer. 

A great YouTube video showcases the locations from Ouray and Ridgway, then and now style.

Other movies filmed in the area include:

1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk – With Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun, Marilyn Monroe

1951 Across the Wide Missouri– Clark Gable

1956 Tribute to a Bad Man– James Cagney
1962 How the West Was Won– Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne et al.
1964 Unsinkable Molly Brown– Debbie Reynolds
1965 Sons of Katie Elder– John Wayne and Dean Martin (based on a real Ridgway family)
1968 True Grit– John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid– Paul Newman
1978 Avalanche– Rock Hudson and Mia Farrow (final scene shows a clip of Farrow hanging off the Camp Bird Mine Bridge

1987 – Over the Top, Sylvester Stallone. Opening has 18-wheeler driving through mountains. Red Mountain.

Alferd Packer: The Musical (1996) 
…aka Cannibal! The Musical (1996)
Durango Kids (1999) 
Sunchaser, The (1996)


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