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Sky Ute Casino Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ignacio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Pros: Appearance, Service/Staff, Food, Things to Do, Rooms/Bathrooms, Slots, Airport Shuttle
Cons: Limited Table Games, Location/Distance from Durango

So, I have to say, we ended up in this Casino by mistake. Our flight out of Durango was delayed due to issues with the flight crew and weather, so we were compensated a room for the night at the Sky Ute Lodge and Casino! And let me tell you, we were happy to get it! One tip, plan a trip when there’s a winter weather advisory, rooms are reduced to $49 a night (based on room availability)!

Overview:
The Sky Ute Casino, located 30 miles from Durango in Ignacio, was completed in constructed in 1993 and has had several expansions and remodels, with the latest finishing in 2008. The casino features 700 slot machines, 10 table games, 5 restaurants/cafés, 140 rooms, 6 luxury suites, bingo hall, 24 lane bowling alley, indoor pool, video arcade, banquet facilities, rental space, and even miniature golf!

Our Experience:
First off, the casino has a shuttle that runs to and from the Durango Airport, making this perfect for anyone in the area looking to fly out. They don’t seem to have a set schedule as they sent someone out to pick us up after we called to confirm our room was booked. The lady (sadly I didn’t catch the name) was very polite and helpful. The drive to the casino is very beautiful!

As we arrived at the casino, we were amazed at the exterior design. It’s a unique looking casino but very nice looking. We stepped in to hear the sounds of slots and game-play in the background. We were immediately greeted by the front desk staff. The check in process was very easy and they remained polite and helpful the entire time. They do charge your card for any damages that may happen while staying with them, but it does return after a few days.

The rooms are fairly spacious and they offer smoking or non-smoking. We got a room with a king. The room was simple, not a lot going on. You had a bed, two night stands, a desk, two cushion chairs, and a tv mounted on the wall. The bed was a standard hotel bed, slightly stiff and “boxy” but I was plenty comfortable coming from a pillow-top bed. The bathroom was also fairly good sized, with a standing show and separate bathtub, open counter sink and large mirror. I loved the water pressure from the shower and the open space in the bathroom!

There’s a pretty good mix of restaurants/cafés. The 5 include: Seven Rivers, Willows Café Bistro, Willows Baja Grille, Rolling Thunder Grill, and Shining Mountain Café. Seven Rivers is a upscale steakhouse with a very classy atmosphere. They had a saxophone player playing the night we went and set the tone for a romantic evening…although we didn’t eat at the Seven Rivers restaurant, we wished we had. Willows Café is just a simple coffee, pastry, and breakfast burrito place. Willows Baja Grille is a good place for breakfast and Southwest/Mexican food. We did eat at the Baja Grille for breakfast and enjoyed it! They also set up a breakfast buffet which was somewhat small, but also had your hot breakfast basics. We also had the Rolling Thunder Grill, which is located on the side of the slot area, with TVs to watch sports and games. The food is a wide range of items and mainly American-casual cuisine. We had some nachos for an appetizer and chicken fried steak. Both were delicious and the service was great! Lastly the Shining Mountain Café is your basic snack/fast food style food such as beverages, burgers, fries, but also includes some good southwest dishes as well, mainly for a quick stop and snack.

We also experienced the bowling alley which was fairly busy (Saturday Night) but no wait. We also played a few slots, but didn’t win any money. The casino does deals throughout the week, so be sure to check the day and what deal is going on. The gift shop is smaller than I would have liked. There is a lot more of the casino that we weren’t able to experience but if it was like everything else we tried, I’m sure it was great!

Overall, I highly recommend staying at the Ute Mountain Lodge and Casino! This place is amazing, although its distance away from Durango and other towns, it provides a great place to stay if just staying for the weekend or flying out the next day. The staff is very friendly, the restaurants are delicious, and a lot to do! The casino may be a little smaller for serious gamers, but with the wide range of slots and number of table games, you’re sure to find a seat at a game you enjoy. Thanks for the excellent stay Sky Ute!

Room Tip: If the rooms were like ours, you should be in good shape choosing any room!
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We have been coming to this casino resort for 10 yrs. We just had our dream anniversary last Friday night at Sky Ute. Thanks to Heidi, Natalie, Irma for the most wonderful time. Steak House was exceptional, food was divine. Customer service is completely wonderful,better than any other place we have ever been. The servers, machine techs, housekeeping staff,
work very hard to make your stay the best ever. Thank you so much and I will be back soon. Your #1 Devoted Fan, KERRY LYNN BROOKS

Room Tip: Suites are very wonderful.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kerry B
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Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Frontier airlines horrible nonsensical service landed us a 2 day delay, we contacted Sky Ute that offered us a discounted rate for our horrible experience. The hotel staff especially Amber and Christina were outstanding. I would definitely recommend Sky Ute to anyone in the Durango or SW Colorado area.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Pr1cetag
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

There were several people coming and going in the halls in the early hours of the morning and we had to get up early the next day. Rooms are large and clean. Bed is nice, but very small pillows. The bathroom is huge with separate shower and bath tub. Shower head can not be moved very far right or left (1/2 inch) but the water pressure is strong. All the bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion were only 60% full. Breakfast buffet average.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MonTues
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We chose this hotel because it was about 10 miles from Durango Airport and also because it was a casino. The hotel has been open for about 5 years. The staff at the hotel were very nice. The rooms were clean, modern and quiet. There's a mexican restaurant, cafe, steak house and a place to pick up quick snacks (like pastries....) inside the casino/hotel. The casino is small, but it's easy to find people unlike those huge casino's in Vegas. There is a gas station about a mile from the casino. We tried bingo, but it was kind of expensive at $53 if you include the electronic machine. Be sure to sign up for the "Bear Card" to get a few discounts at their hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Kellysan
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Sky Ute Casino & Resort was a real surprise and very affordable . The room was large and very "up town". The whole hotel was very clean and like new! Being close to Durango it was very convenient for shopping and the countryside on the way to the hotel was a beautiful drive. We wish we had stayed longer. The restaurant food there was very good. The very large indoor swimming pool and large hot tub were very relaxing after a long days drive. The bed we had was very comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel and casino!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank OLEBIGWAVE
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Nice clean property. Great restaurant, upscale rooms, bowling alley, and medium (by resort standards) event venue. Only 20 miles outside of Durango, it out-classes anything in Durango for upscale decor and recent construction. The Seven Rivers Restaurant is the best I've experienced anywhere around Durango. The casino area is typical, but better ventilated than most of the reservation casinos. Unlike New Mexico casinos, you can actually enjoy an adult beverage in the casino. Some management decisions leave me shaking my head, but the individuals seem to earnestly try to deliver a great experience. There is also an RV area that I didn't know about until we stayed there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank MLoMaglio
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Additional Information about Sky Ute Casino Resort

Address: 14324 Highway 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137
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Location: United States > Colorado > Ignacio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ignacio
Price Range: $107 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sky Ute Casino Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Southern Ute Indian Tribe welcomes you to the Sky Ute Casino Resort! Please take time to visit the 45,000 square foot gaming floor including Slots, Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Bingo, stay in one of our elegantly appointed luxury hotel rooms or suites, choose from one of our six unique and beautifully appointed restaurants to dine in, take the whole family to bowl at the Rolling Thunder Lanes, and immerse yourself in the culture of the Southern Ute people.The Sky Ute Casino Resort provides a retreat from the daily hustle and bustle. Rooms and suites are finely appointed with the highest quality in furnishings, linens, and more. Whether you are looking out at the majestic San Juan Mountains or have a view of the stunning atrium below, all rooms offer an exquisite view. Guests are provided access to all the unique dining establishments, a luxury day spa and salon, the swimming pool and sun deck, along with all the other amenities that the Sky Ute Casino Resort has to offer. The friendly front desk staff will garuntee that your stay will leave you with the desire to come back again and again. ... more   less 
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