Both of Colorado’s American Indian gaming areas are found near the history-rich Four Corners region of southwest Colorado.
Table games, slots and other offerings court Lady Luck, while nearby attractions such as Mesa Verde National Park, Chimney Rock Archaeological Area and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument beckon gamers on a break.
Owned and operated by the Southern Ute tribe, the Sky Ute Casino has 45,000 square feet of slots, table games and bingo. But there’s more to this casino than just bright lights and winning hands, the Sky Ute Casino plays host to big-name acts and entertainment, including boxing and the growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
It’s easy to make an extended stay here; the Sky Ute Casino Resort has a hotel on site, as well as six dining options. Having a good time at the casino is guaranteed, regardless of your luck. While in the area, a visit to the surrounding sights is highly recommended.
Consider a visit to Chimney Rock National Monument, where to this day, scientists are still trying to unravel the Ancestral Puebloan mysteries. The recently opened Southern Ute Cultural Center center brings to life the oral records, cultural artifacts and rock art of the Southern Ute tribe. The center also houses a library and archive of scholarly works by those who have studied this tribe, as well as many others. The center's architecturally magnificent building, which centers around a glass atrium in the shape of a Ute tepee.
The Ute Mountain Utes offer a complete gaming experience at the Ute Mountain Casino in Towaoc, Colorado. Located along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway, the casino is well-placed for both gamers and history enthusiasts looking for fun. The perennial favorites of blackjack, bingo, Kino, poker and slots are ample, as are a number of events and acts held year-round. The on-grounds hotel, pottery factory, RV sites and the full-service Kuchu’s Restaurant make the Ute Mountain Casino a vacation destination unto itself.
For adventure, consider a visit to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, located nearby. Here, you can tour the ancestral lands of the Ute Mountain Utes of the Weeminuche band. The area is accessed by tour guide only; inquire at the casino for tour times.
The Trail of the Ancients Scenic and Historic Byway also laces itself through the area and past the front door of the casino. This 114-mile route travels striking landscape of sagebrush and rolling hills along the Colorado Plateau. The byway leads travelers to a number of historic sites, including the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park, the Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and the Anasazi Heritage Center, an information center and museum located just outside of Dolores.
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