True Grit West is in San Miguel County, approximately two miles south of State Highway 62, which connects to State Highway 145 for a 30-minute drive southeast to the ski resort destination of Telluride. The location is ideal for scenic byway travel with the ranch’s northern boundary just below the high mountain pass of Dallas Divide and its eastern boundary running along the winding Last Dollar Road. About 1.5 miles of Willow Creek flows through the property, situated on Hastings Mesa, a massive plateau in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains, beneath the stunning view of Mt. Sneffels.
Telluride, the nearby county seat, has a population of about 3,000 in addition to hosting a fluctuating number of tourists during the winter and summer seasons due to its world-class ski resort and famous music festivals. The Telluride Regional Airport is less than a 30-minute drive from the ranch while the neighboring town of Montrose offers the Montrose Regional Airport and Black Jet Center within an hour’s drive. The small town of Ridgway is conveniently less than 12 miles north for quick access to goods and groceries.
Not only does True Grit West Ranch neighbor the legendary ski-community of Telluride, but it is surrounded by quintessential “Old West” ranching communities that are rooted in agricultural life and values. San Miguel County is known not only for its thriving economy, but also for robust outdoor activities that celebrate its wide-open mesas and stunning mountains with skiing, hiking, fishing, and more.
Just 30 minutes south of True Grit West is the destination town of Telluride, home to a population of around 3,000. It is renowned for its status as a winter playground with world-class ski resorts that include all kinds of winter sports from snowshoeing and winter fly fishing to sledding and ice skating. Sitting within an immense box canyon, the distinguished western town is only 8 blocks wide and 12 blocks long, surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks on each side. In 1964, the town was given the rare designation of a National Historic Landmark District by the United States Secretary of the Interior, preserving its traditional Victorian architecture and rich history. Its singular laid-back mountain charm is enriched with top-notch dining and lodging with Telluride Mountain Resort as well as unbeatable arts and culture programming. The spring and summer lineups attract some of the world’s best musicians, aficionados and filmmakers with events such as the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Jazz Festival, Wine Festival, Film Festival and more that draw visitors all year round.
The small community of Ridgway is less than 12 miles north with a population of around 1,000. Known as the “Gateway to the San Juan Mountains,” the iconic town was used as the setting to shoot the 1969 classic film “True Grit.” The town stays vibrant with tourism, boasting the best in outdoor activities with everything from hiking and fishing to river rafting and hot air ballooning. Just up the road from True Grit West, it offers robust arts, cultural, dining and shopping scenes while maintaining its small town charm. The picturesque Ridgway Reservoir is at the heart of Ridgway State Park, a local destination for boating, camping, fishing, and more.
Last Dollar Road
Last Dollar Road runs along True Grit West’s eastern boundary, winding under the valley’s deep blue skies and jagged San Juan peaks. True Coloradans find their way to the remote country bypass for its bright yellow aspen trees in the fall and blankets of alpine wildflowers in the spring. The road’s twisting bends and expansive meadow views make it an adventure through some of the most iconic Colorado scenery in the state.
National Forests and Parks
True Grit West sits among the San Juan Mountains surrounded by the Uncompahgre National Forest, the San Juan National Forest, Gunnison National Forest and federally protected lands that feature Mt. Sneffels, Whipple Mountain, Mears Peak, Dallas Peak and more. The area’s natural playground teems with summer activities like hiking, rock climbing and camping and winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and ice skating. Mount Sneffels Wilderness Area sits just south of the ranch and offers classic Colorado landscapes with steep cliffs and jagged peaks as well as brilliant fall foliage and mountain lakes. Bridal Veil Falls, located just east of Telluride, is the tallest free-falling falls in Colorado at 365 feet. There are many more attractions within 45 minutes of the ranch, including Ridgway State Park and Reservoir, the Ouray Hot Springs, Black Canyon, Box Canyon Falls and Vestal Basin.
True Grit West Ranch enjoys true mountain seasons marked by Colorado’s low humidity and more than 240 days of sunshine a year. The summers are pleasant and sunny, peaking in July with averages in the 80’s. The cold season brings a winter wonderland, peaking in January with temperatures averaging in the low 20’s with some extremes. The average annual snowfall in San Miguel County is around 118 inches, while the area receives approximately 21 inches of annual precipitation. The center of True Grit West sits at 9,000 feet, sloping up by about 100 feet to the north and south edges of the property.