We visited the nearby town of Montrose, Colorado today. Montrose is the closest large town to Ridgway with all our shopping needs. We started out with great Mexican food at the Fiesta Guadalajara Restaurant before exploring the town. There is a lot to see and do in Montrose, we will definitely be back for more.
We spent most of visit today at the Ute Indian Museum. The Ute people migrated from the mountains in the summer to river valleys in the winter, the Utes used the abundant plants and animals of the Uncompahgre River valley for food, clothing, and shelter. The Ute Indian Museum sits in the heart of traditional Ute territory on the original 8.65-acre homestead owned by Chief Ouray and his wife, Chipeta.
Built in 1956 and expanded in 1998, the museum offers one of the most complete collections of the Ute people. The grounds include the Chief Ouray Memorial Park, Chipeta's crypt, and a native plants garden. Recently renovated and expanded, the museum now includes the Montrose Visitor Information Center, gallery space, classrooms, and a museum store that features Ute pottery, silver jewelry, beadwork, artwork and American Indian books.
We enjoyed the museum and watched a short video about the history of the Utes before exploring the outside memorial and grounds. It is absolutely beautiful with tipis, picnic areas and a walking path with a boardwalk to the Uncompahgre River. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Another great day in Colorado, check back later for more.