Courtesy Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Visitors hike up this latter to get the best view of the cliff dwellings in the Ute Mountain Tribal Park

One of the World’s Top Destinations: a Primitive Adventure in Colorado’s Ute Nation

Heather Steinberger

Half-day tours are priced at $29, and full-day tours cost $48 per person — that price is cut in half if the group comprises 20 or more people. There’s no maximum number allowed on a tour, Dance said, provided the large group can provide its own transportation to the trailhead. Regardless of group size, tour and transportation reservations are strongly recommended.

For those who have done a full-day tour and are looking for something more adventurous, the tribal park offers special tours to remote sections of the park. The tours require a minimum of four people at $60 apiece, and they involve 5.6 miles of hiking and climbing on original ancestral Puebloan trails.

The Ute Mountain Tribal Park will remain open through the summer and early fall, closing its doors when winter weather descends on southwestern Colorado. Dance said this typically happens in October, although the park will stay open into November if conditions allow.

If you’re interested in having a 100-percent outdoor experience while visiting the area, camping is available within tribal park boundaries. The primitive campground is in a wooded area along the Mancos River. While it doesn’t have electricity or running water, it does provide picnic areas, designated fire pits, rustic cabins and outhouses. Visitors also can find hotel accommodations at the Ute Mountain Casino, Hotel & Resort in Towaoc, Colorado, or at one of the many lodging options in nearby Cortez.

To learn more about the tribal park and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, visit or For more travel information about the region, visit



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