Ute Mountain Ute

Raleigh Burleigh

The Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves celebrated 125 years of business over the weekend. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, the event was also recognition of a deeper history. For full audio of the Ute blessing and presentation, click here.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, has been advocating for wild land for most of her life. She was a member of the Bears Ears Intertribal Committee in 2013, working to protect that area. She travels around the country, sharing Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations. She will be speaking Sunday night at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia as part of the Inspired: Art at Work Symposium.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.