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Ute Indian Museum

17253 Chipeta Rd., Montrose, CO 81403
(970) 249-3098
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Ranked #4 of 18 Attractions in Montrose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Reading, Pennsylvania
17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We added a stop here on our Colorado trip and are very glad we did. This is a small museum but very well done. Well done film, very interesting artifacts and one can learn about Chief Ouray and his efforts to maintain peaceful relations between white settlers and the Ute tribe. The museum is self guiding but the gift shop... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I live near here now but never get tired of taking friends & relatives to this museum. I always see something I didn't see before. The history is fascinating. Chipeta, Chief Ouray's wife, is buried on the grounds. Always fun to look into the tents as well. C.J. Brafford who is the director of the museum, has done an amazing... More 

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a small but well put together museum. We learned so much about the history and tradtions of the Ute people in particular Chief Ouray. The museum houses a good collection of Ute artifacts including tools, clothing and documents. We found the entire experience educational and made our understanding and enjoyment of the area much better. Definately worth a... More 

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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263 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The museum itself is not very big, but it is very nicely set up. There are many American Indian artifacts and photos on display. Outside. there are teepees and an Indian garden. The Chief of the Ute tribe is also buried on the grounds. There is also a boardwalk that goes down to the river. Nice place to visit if... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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111 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We loved the three-screen documentary about the bear dance, which is such an important tradition for the Ute. It was one of the best we have seen. Be sure to spend the time for it. The artifacts in the museum are interesting as are the tidbits of wisdom written on the walls. Outside is a small park that contains the... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The museum had a free day but we were very happy to donate more than the usual charge. We learned quite a lot about the Ute people despite only being there for a couple of hours. The film about the Bear Dance was well produced and informative. The native garden across the road was also worth seeing although in late... More 

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Learned a lot about the Ute culture. Nice people run the place. Ask for discounts. We got $$ off for senior, military, AAA.

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I wouldn't hesitate to advise people to stop by thie museum. The staff are great, the exhibits are very interesting and the setting with the tipis outside is really nice too. Try it.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This museum was very well done. The exhibits were great, the collection of items was very good. This is well worth the time.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great value. You get 50% off if you are a AAA member. Great quality of items on display and interesting and informative. Friendly staff.

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