Tribal Park History
Tribally-owned and operated for 44 years
Photographer: Sonya Cuthair
The Ute Mountain Tribal Council passed several tribal resolutions such as Adoption of an Ordinance for the “Protection of Places and objects of Sacred, Historical and Scientific Interest” on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation. We the Utes are proud to show you our land and the history of who we are all we ask is that you please respect our ways of life and culture believes.
With that said it is our duty as Native Americans to preserve and protect our historical land sites so please DO NOT REMOVE pottery shards or any historical elements while on tour(s).
Our Tribal Park is preserved with many original pictographs and petroglyphs that tells you stories of Ancient Times; Historical and pre-historical sites are preserved in their original state. The Ute Mountain Tribal Park was designated as a Historical District On May 2, 1972. The first tours were conducted under the directorship of the first Tribal Park Director, the late Arthur Cuthair.
Prior to 1972, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park area was occupied by various people the Ancestral Puebloans, Fremont’s, Utes, Pioneers, and Ranchers.These various groups of people, cliff dwellings, land formations make this park a very special Tribal Park to visit!
The Ute Mountain Utes are the Weeminuche band of Utes, one of the seven original Ute bands that inhabited the entire state of Colorado. The Ute Mountain Utes presently reside on their reservation in Southwestern Colorado. *Ancestral Pueblo, or Anasazi, were people of the Pueblo culture. These Pueblo people resided in the four corners' areas (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona) until about 1300 AD. The Puebloan tribes are presently living in the states of Arizona and New Mexico and are the descendants of the Ancestral Pueblo.
Season Begins: Mid April / Ends: Oct. 30th