Towaoc, Co., while being the most southwestern town in Colorado, is also the headquarters of the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation. The neighboring Southern Ute tribe and the Ute Mountain Utes are the only American Indian tribes remaining in Colorado. While the tribe partakes in a modern lifestyle, they also remain rooted in tradition, keeping alive important ancient customs and beliefs. Traditionally, the Ute tribe is known for its intricate works of beadwork. Today, they also have a thriving pottery enterprise, and their work is available to visitors at local trading posts and through their own pottery outlet.
Area attractions include the Ute Tribal Park, which features both Ancestral Puebloan and Ute rock art and dwellings. From the visitor center and museum south of Towaoc, native guides lead guests on an interpretive journey through Ute and Ancestral Puebloan history, visiting pictographs, geological formations, petroglyphs, and ancient dwellings. Half- and full-day tours are available in addition to special tours to remote areas of the park. The Ute Tribal Park was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of 80 destinations in their article, Around the World Travel Suggestions for the 21st Century.
Region: Southwest Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 330 miles from Pueblo, 14.2 miles from Cortez, 24.4 miles from Dolores, 31.4 miles from Mancos
Elevation: 5843 feet
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