Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Montrose, Colorado Hosts Old West Heritage Events in August & September

Montrose, Colo., puts its western heritage on full display in August and September when the city plays host to a handful of events that celebrate the spirit of the American West.  This is one of the most spectacular times to visit Montrose, which is such s treasure chest of outdoor activities that it was recently named to Outdoor Life magazine’s annual list of the 200 best towns in America for outdoorsmen.

Visit the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for nature walks, hikes or fishing gold medal waters.  Curecanti National Recreation Area offers panoramic views, as well as three reservoirs, perfect for boating, fishing, hiking, camping or bird watching.  Gunnison National Conservation Area is located just northeast of Montrose and encompasses more than 62,000 acres of BLM-managed lands. Here, sightings of elk, bighorn sheep, deer, bald eagles and waterfowl are possible.    

Annual Chipeta Day – Aug. 28Chipeta Day honors the life of Chipeta, the wife of the leader of the Ute people, Chief Ouray.  A legend in her own right, Chipeta’s legacy is forever tied to the Uncompahgre Valley, where she and her husband fought to keep the Ute people.  The celebration includes cultural presentations, a sunrise blessing, a three-mile walk, and other ceremonies signifying peace and unity.  The Ute Indian Museum, which lies on the original 8.65-acre homestead owned by Chief Ouray and Chipeta, will also be open for visitors to enjoy perusing one of the most complete collections of the Ute people.

1st Annual Honor the Traditions – Sept. 4
This free event will be held at the Ute Indian Museum, a unique treasure and an historical Colorado landmark.  The purpose of the event is to bridge a better understanding of cultural heritage and awareness and to promote cultural diversity.  Activities include a plein-air art festival, Jemez Pueblo Indian dancers, an Indian market, a wine reception, free admission to the Ute Indian Museum, a silent auction, an evening buffalo feast and an outdoor Native American movie at dusk.

17th Annual Antique, Gun and Western Show – Sept. 17-18Take home a piece of the Old West at this show that focuses on everything western.  Show highlights include antique and modern collectible arms and accessories, authentic cowboy and Native American artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, western art and jewelry. 

1st Annual All Nations Indian Nations Powwow – Sept. 24-26This colorful celebration is likely to rival the fall foliage blooming in the region!  Gourd dancing, the Powwow Grand Entry, drum and dance contests and authentic Native American food are all in store.  Traditionally, powwow was a time for Native American leaders to negotiate with the U.S. government.  It was also a celebration of traditional song and dance and renewing of old friendships.  

About Montrose (
Montrose is a uniquely-authentic town that has carved out a place for itself in the landscape and culture of Colorado.  Montrose was recently named to Outdoor Life magazine’s annual list of the 200 best towns in America for outdoorsmen.  Seventy-three percent of the land surrounding the city is public land, making Montrose a Mecca for all kinds of outdoor activities, including: hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, road biking, and mountain biking.  A multi-faceted community, Montrose serves up layer upon layer of discoveries, each more unique than the last.  Whether visitors are looking for adventure, agritourism, history, culture, shopping, fine dining or anything in between, Montrose has a little something for everyone. 

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