Ignacio, Co. is a ranching community in the southwest corner of Colorado, in a long valley bordered by the La Plata Mountains. Today Ignacio supplies the adjacent Southern Ute Indian Reservation and ranches scattered throughout this remote area. The community's mix of ethnicities - Southern Utes, Hispanics and Anglos - makes it a fascinating and decidedly unique part of Colorado.
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, one of the tribe's economic mainstays, is very popular with visitors.
Recreational spots include Navajo Lake, which provides ample opportunity to enjoy water sports - jet skiing, house boating, etc. - and the reservation's top trout-fishing hole, Lake Capote.
Region: Southwest Regional Information
County: La Plata
Proximity to other towns: Located 262 miles from Pueblo, 8.2 miles from Bayfield, 19.7 miles from Durango
Elevation: 6445 feet
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