Ute Indian Museum


This museum stands on the homestead site of Ouray, chief of the Uncompahgre Ute tribe, and his wife, Chipeta, whose grave lies on the grounds. Exhibits include an authentic wickiup (a Ute summer or temporary dwelling made of sticks), the shirt Chief Ouray wore when he traveled to Washington, DC, and several items that belonged to Chipeta, including a dress, beaded buckskin leggings, and children's moccasins. Stop by Chipeta's grave, near which are several outdoor tipis used for storytelling and educational purposes. A walking and bike trail runs behind the museum, and a bridge leads to the Uncompahgre River. Picnic tables allow visitors to enjoy an al fresco lunch while admiring the grounds. A visitors information center is also on site. The Ute Indian Museum is open year-round. Hours vary by season.


17253 Chipeta Drive
Montrose, CO 81401


38.45853400, -107.88530000
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(970) 249-3098

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