Tours of the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, located in the Mesa Verde/Mancos Canyon area, offer something few other tours do— a chance to really learn and experience the deep history of the place. It’s possible at Ute because all of the tours are conducted by a Ute guide.
Located next to the Mancos River, the Ute Mountain Tribal Park is 125,000 acres of canyons, rock art, and natural formations, all steeped in the history of the Ute and Ancestral Puebloan people. The Ute people are the one of the seven original Ute bands that inhabited Colorado, and the tour covers not just geological history, but petroglyphs, artifacts, and stories of the land and the people. There are half day and full day tours, with the full day being a more active and rugged tour featuring a 3-mile hike on unpaved trails to see preserved cliff dwellings.