Chairman Heart Discusses Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Solar Projects

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe's Solar Projects

As climate change adversely impacts Southwest Colorado, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe plans to invest in utility-sized, renewable energy projects to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, reduce its carbon footprint, generate jobs, and develop new sources of tribal income. The Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribe has embarked on an ambitious, multi-year plan to build four solar projects to generate a total of 500 million megawatts of electricity to power homes and businesses in three states. According to the solar energy industry’s association, one megawatt can provide power to about 164 homes.  The ambitious goal to become a major solar energy provider was developed during the past 10 years, when the tribal government began a series of feasibility studies and renewable energy projects including wind-generated, solar, and hydroelectric power. 

With more than 250 days of sunshine a year, Ute lands were ideal for solar.  And in 2020, the tribe completed construction on its first solar project – a 2.2 million dollar solar farm located just to the west of Ute Mountain Casino. The farm generates one megawatt of energy. Enough to supply electricity to the casino and hotel, the tribe’s farm and ranch enterprises, and a hundred homes.

With that success under its belt, the tribe now hopes to find investors and utility partners to turn the sun into another income-generating enterprise to replace revenues lost from declining oil and natural gas production.  “We really have to look at where we’re heading into the future. Fossil fuels are not completely gone cause they really bring about 60 to 70% of the energy for our homes. Renewables is starting to be new. It’s been here a while, but it’s starting to come about now.  Hydro is another one. Nuclear is another one… And we just need to really work together to take care of mother nature, take care of mother earth. And that’s the perspective of native people is we need to take care of where we’re at, where our surroundings are, and really look toward the future.” said Chairman Heart.

Chairman Heart said the tribe now is working with a Public Service Company of New Mexico to build a solar farm south of the Colorado border on US Highway 160.  Two more projects are scheduled for Colorado, and a fourth for Southeast Utah to serve tribal members there.  The timeline is contingent on attracting investors.

30 Year Anniversary Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

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Ute Mountain Casino Celebrates 30 Years of Fun and Excitement

The first casino in the Four Corners’ region begins yearlong festivities

TOWAOC, Colo. (April 27, 2022) – Ute Mountain Casino is proud to kick-off its yearlong 30th anniversary celebration as “Still the One”, in the Four Corners’ region. As the area’s first Indian-owned casino throughout the area, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has provided gaming thrills with a full-scale casino, a new Sportsbook and the largest Bingo room in the area.  Paired with dining favorites, luxury accommodations, a mountainside RV Park and easy-access Travel Center, locals and adventurers alike have enjoyed all that Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has offered for three decades.

“Since 1992, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has been a destination for guests who want an experience like no other,” said Rick Scheer, General Manager of Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. “From our record setting payouts and the latest slot machines, gaming enthusiasts have been calling Ute Mountain home for decades. Since opening, we have continued to update our offerings and amenities to ensure that we provide a fresh experience for our guests, and we look forward to welcoming visitors for years to come.”

Ute Mountain will be celebrating its milestone anniversary with special branding as “Still the One”, in honor of its position as a premier destination for 30 years that will be seen and heard across the region.

As the year continues, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel will be opening a new snack bar in May, serve as partner for the annual Ute Mountain Rodeo Roundup in June, host a July 3rd celebration with a fireworks display and live entertainment and stage its signature Pow Wow in August.

For more information about Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and to learn about the latest events, call 1-800-258-8007 or visit utemountaincasino.com.

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel 30 Year Anniversary

About Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Beneath the expansive western sky in Colorado lies the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, the State’s first Tribal gaming facility and your Four Corners Connection! Nestled in the shadow of the legendary Sleeping Ute Mountain and just 20 minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Resort offers Southwestern hospitality, friendly faces, great food and lots of gaming excitement! The Hotel has 90 rooms including suites with an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art workout facility to enjoy. Live Table games from Blackjack to Roulette and all the latest and greatest Slots. There is also a large Bingo Hall and area favorite Kuchu’s restaurant on premises. Sleeping Ute RV Park and a full-service 24-hour Travel Center including fuel/diesel and a convenience store are located right next door. Groups welcome! Connect with us on Facebook and at:  utemountaincasino.com.

Ute Mountain Roundup

Ute Mountain Roundup 2022
Ute Mountain Roundup 2022

June 9 - 11, 2022

Ute Mountain Roundup

Montezuma County Fairgrounds

PRCA Rodeo & Special Events

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel is the proud Platinum sponsor of a wonderful annual tradition for the whole family – The Ute Mountain Roundup, June 9 – 11 in Cortez! Watch these amazing athletes in the rodeo arena starting every night at 7pm. Tickets sell out fast, get them today!

Ute Mountain Roundup 2022 Schedule
Thursday June 9th, 2022Rodeo Slack at 9:00 am
Rodeo Performance at 7:00 pm
Concert to follow till 11:00 pm/Midnight
Friday June 10th, 2022Golf Tournament at 8:00 am at the Conquistador Golf Course
Rodeo Performance at 7:00 pm
Concert to follow till 11:00 pm/Midnight
Saturday June 11th, 2022Rodeo Performance at 7:00 pm
Concert to follow till 11:00 pm/Midnight
PLUS

About Ute Mountain Casino

Ute Mountain Casino opened 30 years ago as the region’s first casino, and we’re STILL THE ONE for fun and excitement! Hit jackpots in our casino, wager in our sportsbook, and play the largest Bingo in the area! Plus, there’s amazing dining, luxury accommodations, a mountainside RV park, and an easy-access travel center. Food, fuel, fun — it’s all here!

LocationMontezuma County Fairgrounds
30100 US-160
Cortez, Colorado 81321

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Date & TimeJune 9 - 11, 2022
Rodeo starts at 7pm nightly

AdmissionPurchase Tickets Online

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Plan Your Visit

Where to Stay

From the relaxing comfort of a Queen room to the luxury of a King Suite, enjoy all-indoor access to the casino and near by attractions.

Where to Eat

Kuchu's Restaurant, located inside the Casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner! Need a quick bite? Visit our Snack Bar.

Where to Play

The casino floor is packed with over 700 slot machines, Vegas-style table games, a spacious bingo hall, and a brand new Sportsbook.

133rd Bear Dance

Bear Dance 2022 Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Bear Dance 2022 Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

June 3 - 6, 2022

133rd Bear Dance

Bear Dance Grounds, Towaoc, CO

133rd Bear Dance Schedule

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Bear Dance Starts – 10:30 am 

Handgame – Open Games

Powwow – 7pm

Saturday, June 4, 2022

BEAR DANCE – All Day

Parade – 10am

Bear Dance Walk
Registration: 8am – Front of Recreation Center
Walk Starts @ 8:30 am

Hand Game Tournament
Registration: 12pm – 2pm @ handgame tent next to bear dance grounds
Game Starts @ 2:30 pm sharp

Co-ed Softball Tournament: 8am

Pow Wow – All Day

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Bear Dance – All Day

Monday, June 6, 2022

Bear Dance – All Day Feast

Bear Dance Chiefs

Terry Knight Sr.

Farley Ketchum Sr.

Mark Wing

Austin Jacket

Terry Knight Jr.

LocationBear Dance Grounds
Towaoc, Colorado

Date & TimeJune 3 - 6, 2022
See Schedule for Times

Masks are not mandated but we strongly advise you for your safety and others please wear a mask. We ask that you follow all tribal covid guidelines. The tribe is not responsible nor liable in any way should you attain the covid. During these times of uncertainty due to covid events are subject to change.

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Where to Stay

From the relaxing comfort of a Queen room to the luxury of a King Suite, enjoy all-indoor access to the casino and near by attractions.

Where to Eat

Kuchu's Restaurant, located inside the Casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner! Need a quick bite? Visit our Snack Bar.

Where to Play

The casino floor is packed with over 700 slot machines, Vegas-style table games, a spacious bingo hall, and a brand new Sportsbook.

Job Fair

Job Fair Ute Mountain Casino Hotel - June 2022

Don’t miss our Job Fair on Wednesday, June 22nd from 10am – 4 pm at our hotel lobby (2nd floor). Find all of the details and see what positions are available.

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Fireworks Show Four Corners

Fireworks Show Four Corners Ute Mountain Casino Colorado
Fireworks Show Four Corners Ute Mountain Casino Colorado

Sunday, July 3rd, 2022

Fireworks Show Four Corners

Live Music, Fireworks and Fun!

Still the Place to Celebrate

FREE Event at Ute Mountain Casino

Bring all your family and friends to enjoy this FREE event under the Colorado sky at Ute Mountain Casino Hotel! Enjoy the best fireworks show in Four Corners!

July 3rd Schedule
4 pm: Dennis Yazzie and The Night Breeze BandEnjoy timeless country tunes with this popular local Tribal band
7:30pm: The Troubadour Experience: George Strait Tribute BandSing along and tap your feet to your all-time George Strait favorites!
Dusk: Spectacular Fireworks display under the stars!Watch the night sky come alive!
PLUS

Make plans now to celebrate the 4th of July weekend with us and experience the spectacular fireworks show in Four Corners! 

It’s all FREE at Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. Don’t miss it!

About Ute Mountain Casino

Ute Mountain Casino opened 30 years ago as the region’s first casino, and we’re STILL THE ONE for fun and excitement! Hit jackpots in our casino, wager in our sportsbook, and play the largest Bingo in the area! Plus, there’s amazing dining, luxury accommodations, a mountainside RV park, and an easy-access travel center. Food, fuel, fun — it’s all here!

LocationUte Mountain Casino Hotel
3 Weeminuche Drive
Towaoc, Colorado 81334

Get Directions

Date & TimeSunday, July 3rd, 2022
Events start at 4pm
Fireworks at Dusk

AdmissionFREE Entry
FREE Parking

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Plan Your Visit

Where to Stay

From the relaxing comfort of a Queen room to the luxury of a King Suite, enjoy all-indoor access to the casino and near by attractions.

Where to Eat

Kuchu's Restaurant, located inside the Casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner! Need a quick bite? Visit our Snack Bar.

Where to Play

The casino floor is packed with over 700 slot machines, Vegas-style table games, a spacious bingo hall, and a brand new Sportsbook.

POW WOW 2022

Pow Wow 2022 Ute Mountain Casino Hotel
Pow Wow 2022 Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

August 19 - 20, 2022

POW WOW 2022

$41,600 Dance & Drum

Pow Wow 2022 DETAILS

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel POW WOW 2022 features:

MC – Hal Eagle Tail
(Let’s Rock this joint!)
Tsuu’ina Nation – Canada

Arena Director – Farley Ketchum
Ute Mountain Ute – Towaoc

Drum Judge – Jason Butler
Northern Ute – Fort Hall, ID

Reggie Lopez – Pow Wow Chairman

Pow Wow 2022 Schedule

Friday, August 19

7:00 am  – Blessing of the Grounds and Flag Raising

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Gourd Dance

4:00 pm – Indian Market Opens with Vendors for Food, Arts & Crafts
Registration Opens

7:00 pm – Grand Entry

7:15 pm – Pow Wow 2022 starts, Drum and Dance

11:45 pm – Pow Wow Concludes for the Evening

Saturday, August 20

10:00 am – Indian Market Opens with Vendors for Food, Arts & Crafts

10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Gourd Dance

1:00 pm – Grand Entry

1:15 pm – Pow Wow 2022 starts, Drum and Dance

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Gourd Dance

7:00 pm – Final Grand Entry

7:15 pm – Pow Wow 2022 starts, Drum and Dance

11:00 pm – Pow Wow Concludes

HandGame Tournament

Handgame Tournament Ute Mountain Casino Pow Wow 2022

August 20th, 2022

$10,000

Registration 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The tournament starts at 12:30 pm

5 – Man Team – True double-elimination tournament

Indian Village at Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe & Casino is not responsible for theft, accidents or loss, No Firearms, Drugs or Alcohol Allowed.

LocationUte Mountain Casino Hotel
3 Weeminuche Drive
Towaoc, Colorado 81334

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Date & TimeAugust 19 - 20, 2022

AdmissionFREE Entry

Contact InfoFor more information, please contact:
Reggie Lopez
Pow Wow Chairman

HandGame Tournament

Date & TimeAugust 20th, 2022
Registration 9 am - 11 am
Tournament Start at 12:30 pm

LocationIndian Village at Ute Mountain Casino

Contact InfoFor more information, please contact:
Arlene Onco

POW WOW REGISTRATION

Dancer Registration Pow Wow 2022

Drum Contest Registration Pow Wow 2022

Plan Your Visit

Where to Stay

From the relaxing comfort of a Queen room to the luxury of a King Suite, enjoy all-indoor access to the casino and near by attractions.

Where to Eat

Kuchu's Restaurant, located inside the Casino serves breakfast, lunch and dinner! Need a quick bite? Visit our Snack Bar.

Where to Play

The casino floor is packed with over 700 slot machines, Vegas-style table games, a spacious bingo hall, and a brand new Sportsbook.

Sports Betting Colorado at Ute Mountain Casino

Sports Betting Guide 101 - Ute Mountain Sportsbook Place Bet

Calling all sports betting fans in Colorado: it’s time to win big! Ute Mountain Casino has a new way to make this season more exciting than ever!

Introduction to Sports Betting in Colorado

In case you haven’t heard, sports gambling is now legal in the state, so making a wager on your favorite sport isn’t a fantasy anymore. You now have the opportunity to bet on your choice of team or player. Enjoy the roar of the crowd when you place your bet from the comfort of the Ute Mountain Sportsbook, conveniently located inside the casino, and watch the action on the field unfold.

If you’re new to sports betting, you can learn all that you need to know with our Sports Betting Guide. We offer a variety of wagering options, including straight bets, parlay, teaser bets, futures bets, Round Robin bets, proposition bets, and In-Play bets. So don’t sit on the sidelines this season. Join us today and win big!

Place Your Bet Here in Colorado!

Hey Colorado, are you ready to take your sports betting experience to the next level?

Then try unwinding at the brand-new spacious Ute Mountain Sportsbook, built with the comfort of everyone in mind, from the novice to experienced sports bettor. Conveniently located inside the casino, we have everything you need so that you don’t miss a minute of the action. Watch every play on our state-of-the-art television screens or make your wager as you relax in one of our luxurious chairs. Do you need some help filling out your betting slip? Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you out with any questions about sports betting you might have so you can focus on the game. With all these features, you can’t lose.

On Which Sports Can I Bet?

  • Football (NFL)
  • Baseball (MLB)
  • College Football
  • Basketball (NBA)
  • Boxing
  • Fighting (UFC)
  • Soccer
  • Golf (PGA)
  • Hockey (NHL)
  • Auto Racing (NASCAR)
  • Tennis

Sports Betting Guide

Are you ready to make a wager on the game at Ute Mountain Casino? Before you do, here are some items that will help guide you through everything you need to know about sports betting in Colorado.

  • If you’re new to sports betting, please read our Sports Betting Guide to help you get started and win big.
  • Don’t know what a parlay or a straight bet is? It’s ok. Please take a look at our glossary of commonly used sports betting terms here.
  • Before you place your bet, please familiarize yourself with the house rules of the Ute Mountain Sportsbook.