The Southern Ute Tribe, a descendant of two of the seven original Ute tribes that inhabited Colorado, is headquartered just north of Ignacio, but its reservation spans more than 680,000 acres. The modern Sky Ute Casino Resort, one of the tribe's economic mainstays, is very popular with visitors. The casino features gaming halls, hotel rooms and a conference center. 

Numerous quick, casual restaurants dot downtown Ignacio, and not surprisingly given its southern location, Mexican cuisine is one of the specialties. Recreational spots include Navajo State Park, which provides ample opportunity to enjoy water sports — jet skiing, house boating, fishing etc. — and the reservation's top trout-fishing hole, Lake Capote.

Travelers can also hop on Colorado's newest scenic byway, Tracks Across the Borders, in Ignacio. The route begins in Durango and passes through Ignacio on its way to Chama, New Mexico. 

For an itinerary of things to do in the area, read Spirit of the Southwest.

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