Who was Chief Yarmony ?


There are numerous stories related to Yarmony in Grand County and in the Yampa Valley area of Colorado. However the following paragraph is all that was written specifically about him in the Grand County Historical Journal, Volume VII, Number 1. This journal was all about the indians and their tribes in the Middle Park Area.


"Yarmony, Yah-ma-nay, Yarmonite, perhaps Yamapi. A sub-chief of the Northern Utes who frequently brought his band into the Yampa valley and Middle Park, he was always portrayed as friendly to the whites. He was a handsome Indian with one eye that had been clouded from an injury. He was portrayed by Pritcghett as a good friend of the Crawfords and he would frequently camp near their cabin at present-day Steamboat Sorings. His little boy played with the Crawford children. McQueary called him one of the least troublesome of the Indians. He warned the Crawfords of impending trouble before the Meeker incident and advised them to leave the country for the time. Yarmony Peak in Grand County was named for this man."




Recent archaeological work near State Bridge has shown that prehistoric people occupied the area as far back as 8,000 years ago and that the Ute Indians inhabited and used this area as recently as the last 1000 years. Chief Yarmony is the most famous of the Ute Indians from this area and it is for him that Yarmony Mountain (behind the Lodge) was named. Legend has it that the Chief is buried atop his namesake mountain and if you look carefully while floating by Rancho Del Rio, you can see his silhouette laying in repose.




“Although we all know the tragic and often numbingly sad story of the settling of the West, some of the Indians were particularly friendly and instrumental in organizing peaceful co-existence with the new settlers. One in particular was Yarmonite, a sub-chief, who served as an ambassador to promote good will among the Indians and white settlers within the area between Steamboat Springs and McCoy. A mountain and park east of McCoy, a creek and ranch, a railroad siding near Gore Canyon, two of the early McCoy schools, and the Yarmony Post 195 of the American Legion were all named after Chief Yarmonite.”