Ute Mountain Casino Hotel Has Something For Everyone
Whether you enjoy history, legendary adventures, or just stunning natural beauty, it’s all close to the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. And after a full day of exploring, come back and enjoy our delicious dining options or take a dip in our indoor pool — or have a coffee and try your luck at a life-changing jackpot. We have something for everyone!
Mesa Verde National Park
On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to “preserve the works of man,” the first national park of its kind. Today, the continued conservation of both cultural and natural resources is the focus of the park’s research and resource management staff.
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, is a World Heritage Site and offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. The park protects nearly 5,000 known archaeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Click here for information on visiting Mesa Verde National Park.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Come experience a trip back into time and witness a special Native American interpretation of the culturally diverse homelands of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Spend time in our incomparable Ute Mountain Tribal Park with one of their knowledgeable Native American Ute tour guides.
Guides interpret Ute Indian History, Ute pictographs, geological land formations and Ancestral Pueblo petroglyphs, artifacts and dwellings. Click here for information on the Ute Mountain Tribal Park.
Canyons of the Ancients
The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum displays the culture and history of the Ancestral Pueblo people, and the methods that modern archaeologists use to reveal the past. The museum preserves artifacts and records from excavations in the Four Corners area, one of the richest archaeological regions in the United States, and is also the headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Our goal is to increase public awareness of archaeology and cultural resources in the Four Corners.
The museum is 7,000 feet (2,150 m) above sea level at the foot of the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado, and about 17 miles by road from Mesa Verde National Park. The grounds overlook McPhee Reservoir and the Montezuma Valley. Click here to learn more.
Cortez Cultural Center
Housed in a 1909 historic building, the Cortez Cultural Center contains a wealth of information on archaeology and Native American culture. The Center’s Museum displays interpretive exhibits on the Basketmaker and Pueblo periods of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Also featured are displays from the Ute Mountain Ute, Pueblo, and Navajo tribes. Monthly art exhibits feature local and regional artists. A mural on the back of the building depicts a traditional pueblo and serves as a backdrop for Native American Dances which are held Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The outdoor plaza also features a Hogan, a traditional home of the Navajo people that visitors can enter and explore. The Center also owns Hawkins Preserve, a 122-acre natural and cultural preserve within the city of Cortez and open to the public year-round. Several trails throughout this natural desert setting give visitors the opportunity to see many diverse plant and animal species. Click here to learn more.
Four Corners Area
The Four Corners area is named for the only location in the United States where four states meet, consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, northwestern corner of New Mexico, northeastern corner of Arizona and southeastern corner of Utah.
Most of the Four Corners region is part of the semi-autonomous First Nations aboriginal peoples, which consist of the Ute, Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes. The Four Corners Monument is located off US Highway 160, six miles from Teec Nos Pos, AZ.
Monument Valley is located on the Arizona-Utah state line, near the Four Corners area and has been the setting for more Western movies than any other site in the United States. The Valley features crimson mesas and surreal sandstone towers that reach heights of 1,000 feet and is one of the most photographed places on earth. Visitors may pay an access fee and drive the 2-3 hour trip through the park on a 17-mile dirt road. Parts of Monument Valley are accessible only by guided jeep tours, such as Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa.
The Wildcat Trail is the only hiking trail inside the Tribal Park that visitors can hike unescorted Horseback rides are also available from various establishments both inside the park and in the general Monument Valley area, and rates vary widely depending on the length of the ride. Additionally, hot air balloon flights are available May 1 through October 31. Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a narrow gauge heritage railroad that operates 45 miles of 3-feet track between Durango and Silverton, in Colorado. The railway is a federally designated National Historic Landmark and was originally built in the early 1880s by the Denver and Rio Grande Railway.
It carried supplies and people from various locations as well as silver and gold ore from mines in the San Juan Mountains. The round-trip excursion from Durango to Silverton is 3 1/2 hours each way with a 2 hour layover in Silverton, giving guests time to grab lunch on their own and check out the historic downtown and shops of Silverton. Visit Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad website to learn more.
Telluride and Durango Mountain Resorts / Purgatory Ski Areas
Telluride Ski Resort is a world-class Colorado ski resort and summer vacation destination remotely located off SR 145 in the San Juan Mountains. The resort offers some of the most incredible skiing and riding on the planet. Telluride offers a free gondola and is the main source of transportation – no traffic or long lift lines, and no driving once you’ve arrived.
Purgatory Resort is a ski resort located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, 25 miles north of the town of Durango. Established in 1965, Purgatory offers 99 trails, including 5 terrain parks, over 1,500 skiable acres,88 trails and 12 lifts, including one six-person and one high speed quad lift. Average annual snowfall is 260 inches per year. The elevation at the summit is 10,822 feet with a vertical drop of 2,029 feet.