Please note: The Ute Indian Museum is temporarily closed for a major expansion and renovation project. It is scheduled to fully reopen in the summer of 2017.
The Ute Indian Museum is one of the nation’s most complete collections of the Utes, featuring exhibits and dioramas that let visitors experience the history, culture and daily life of the early inhabitants of the Uncompahgre Valley.
Located on the original 8.65-acre homestead site of Chief Ouray (the leader of the Ute people) and his wife, Chipeta, the museum complex includes the Chief Ouray Memorial Park, Chipeta’s crypt, a native plants garden, shady picnic areas, walking paths, teepees, and a memorial to the Spanish conquistadors who traveled through the area in 1776.
After exploring history, enjoy shopping for Indian jewelry and other unique and authentic souvenirs at the museum’s gift shop. The museum also has a well-equipped visitor information center to help you plan your Montrose itinerary.
Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
Take a very special excursion to one of the most outstanding prehistoric art sites in the world. Docent-led tours to the site can be arranged at the Ute Indian Museum. Tour availability is limited and advance coordination with the museum is highly recommended.