The Tribal Park is operated as a primitive area in order to protect its
cultural and environmental resources. Emphasis is placed on experiencing the
natural setting. Tours are ONLY permitted with a Ute Indian guide. The tours include Ute history
of the Ancestral Puebloan cultures and rock
art, surface sites and cliff dwellings. A full day tour can be pre-arranged,
and visits four magnificent cliff dwellings, requiring a
three-mile walk on unpaved trails and scaling ladders. In order to protect
the fragile resources, self-guided tours are not permitted.
Tours begin at Tribal Park headquarters located approximately 20
miles south of Cortez on Highway 666. Round-trip drive from the Visitor
Center, on gravel and dirt roads, is 80 miles for the full-day trip, and 40
miles for the half-day trip. No food or water is available in the park.
Tours are offered April through October and reservations are required. For
up-to-date information on the park and tours, visit their
Recommended visitation time is one day.
Do not cheat yourself by taking the
1/2 day tour — the full day tour is the only way to visit these beautifully
preserved and sacred cliff dwellings. And remember: DO NOT take any
pot chards. They hold Spirits, and to remove them from sacred ground —
well, you never know what ill fate might befall you.