Cultural Experiences


The Cortez Cultural Center is the only place in Colorado that hosts Native American Dances on a regular basis. Visit tribal cultural centers and museums in another way. The Ute Mountain Tribal Park was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of “80 World Destinations for Travel in the 21st Century.” Only 9 places in the United States have received this special designation. There are several other tribes in the area that share the landscape of the Ancestral Puebloan People, including the Southern Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation.

Before You Go

  • Consider all tribal lands and Pueblos as private homes and private property
  • Always call ahead to confirm event dates and access to tribal lands
  • Some Pueblos prohibit photography and any artist image replication, or require a permit to photograph
  • Even with a permit, always ask permission before taking a photograph of a tribal member
  • Tribal dances are religious ceremonies, not public performances
  • It is a privilege to witness a ceremony
  • Silence is mandatory during all dances and ceremonies
  • Do not bring cell phones to ceremonies


Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum
Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
Cortez Cultural Center
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Four Corners Monument
Hovenweep National Monument
Lowry Pueblo
McPhee Lake
Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo
Ute Mountain Tribal Park

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