Imagine walking through sacred
Indian land among ruins a thousand years old. Just you,
your Indian guide, and your few friends. Cliff dwellings intact, and
hundreds of pieces of painted pot chards scattered at your feet.
Petrified corn cobs still on the ground at the collapsed storage bin.
Your Ute guide tells you of the legends of long ago — history and culture on
the verge of being forgotten by young Indians worried about downloading rap
to an MP3 and the speed of their connection. But the stories are not
yet forgotten, and such a place is Ute Tribal Park in Colorado. Part of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park has been set aside to preserve
remnants of the Ancestral Puebloan and Ute cultures. The Park
encompasses approximately 125,000 acres around a 25 mile stretch of the
Mancos River, north of the Four Corners area. Within the park are hundreds of surface sites and cliff
dwellings, Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs, and historic Ute wall paintings
The Tribal Park is operated as a primitive area in order to protect its
cultural and environmental resources, and tours are ONLY permitted with a
Ute Indian guide.