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Ute Mountain Tribal Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Towaoc
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Owner description: The cliff dwellings at the Ute Mt. Tribal Park are a true find. See Ute wall paintings and petroglyphs as they were, and take your time: this secluded site gets far less visitors than Mesa Verde.
Logan, Utah
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth the money!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Let the guide drive you up the canyon, then listen to his excellent explanations of Indian beliefs and views. The tour includes hiking and hands-on experience with the cliff dwellings. So much better than just looking from behind a fence. We held pottery shards, stood in the dwellings and imagined life hundreds of years ago. Our guide, Rick, was awesome and very passionate about everything. Great experience!

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Kris M
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Thomaston, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great tour at Ute Mountain Tribal Park!”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

My daughter and I went on the half day tour. We were too early in the spring to get the full day. The back roads were still muddy. We had a young guide ,Caleb, who was excellent! He often referred to elders who knew more about one thing or another, but any lack of knowledge was made up for by his energy and obvious love and connection to the area. We saw lots of petroglyphs and ruins. Caleb took the time to tell stories and was always asking if we had questions. It was obvious that both he and the tribe want to run tours that will educate and entertain. We spent a good full morning, learned a lot about the place and the people and had a great time! I whole heartedly recommend this tour!

Visited March 2013
6 Thank Peter K
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Cortez, Colorado
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127 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Wilderness... you must get permission from tribe to travel here.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is land that is better off without people... if you do visit... leave only foot prints and take only pictures.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank mikethebunny
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167 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“A very special experience”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

The point of seeing ancient ruins is to get a feel for what their life was like. At Mesa Verde you see something visually closer to what their lodgings looked like because of all the restoration work. Ute Mountain is something very different. We took the whole day tour. The morning was O.K.; we saw some rather blah sites but got to know our guide who spoke about the history his heart. In the afternoon, however, we drove to Lion's Canyon, walked the same high cliff path the Anasazi walked, and saw four cliff dwellings that have not been restored in any way. You can walk up and touch them; probably not good from an archeological standpoint, but good for those that do it. Hearing the native guide talk (even if scientists would question his accuracy), seeing it all with a small group, no crowds, no noise, no lines, no tour buses, just got us so much closer to those ancient people than anything as Mesa Verde. A very special day.

Visited October 2012
7 Thank jjo
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Boulder, Colorado
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An attraction that should be on the Cortez, Co list”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We actually made our entire trip down to that part of Colorado because of a AAA magazine article from 2009 that discussed Indian led tours of the tribal park in the Ute reservation. Half day tours are offered that emphasize seeing petroglyphs as well as a few ruins. Because this area is not open to the public, pottery shards are everywhere. Longer full day tours that require some significant hiking visit several cliff dwellings and special tours to other ruins can be arranged. The web site did not suggest making reservations for the standard tours but one should. If it were not for some other people having made reservations the day we went -- after the height of the season -- we might not have been able to do the tour. It is a nice, low key experience with an interesting opportunity to talk with the Ute Indian guide. The Ute pottery factory is on the route to/from the tour starting point, providing an opportunity to buy directly from the producers. The starting point for the tours is in a former gas station a few miles beyond the casino. The phone number to arrange tours can be found on the web site. They do not accept credit cards -- cash only -- and the fees for the tours are substantial. Generally tours start at 9AM and one is supposed to be there by 8:30. No water is available on the tour -- one is supposed to bring food and water along. Currently these tours are not appearing on the list of Cortez attractions, a mistake.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Cognitive_Scientist
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