Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort, Towaoc – Colorado
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Ute Mountain Casino-Towaoc, Colorado

Ute Mountain Casino is a medium sized casino in the Ute Mountain Ute indian reservation town known as Towaoc pronounced(Toy-ak), Colorado. Towaoc is about 16 miles south of Cortez, Colorado, in the heart of the Four Corners area.
Accomidations
Ute Mountain Casino has a 3 star hotel attached to the casino which offers a variety of rooms and suites for visitors from out of town. They also offer deals to “stay and play” on their website, utemountaincasino.com. Hotels are also available in the town of Cortez, Colorado, 16 miles north, if the casino isn’t your only entertainment goal in the area. The
Food and Drinks
Ute Mountain Casino offers an excellent restaurant called Kuchus, it offers menu items, buffet style dining and once a month an bargain priced seafood/prime rib buffet that draws visitors and locals from all around the Four Corners area. There is no alcohol service on the reservation or at the casino, but Cortez offers liqour stores and 8 bars that serve beer and spirits of all kinds. It is illegal to transport alcohol back on to the reservation, so be aware of local laws before taking alcohol to the casino.
Gaming Options
Ute Mountain Casino offers full service gaming options, including serveral table games, slots, bingo, keno and poker tables.
Slots machines make up the bulk of the casino floor and can be found in denominations starting from a penny and going up to $20 per credit played. The progressive slots are tied to other area casinos including casinos in the Denver area. This increases the total amount of payout for winning spins. Ute Mountain also offers poker slots and other slot style games.
Ute Mountain offers Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Poker, Roulette, and Craps. They offer mutiple tables with different minimum and maximum bets. The casino offers tutorials to new playes, allowing gamers to learn the game, rules, betting options and odds, before betting money. The casino will assist new players on any table games as availability permits.
Bingo tournaments are held monthly and is a featured game at Ute Mountain. They have a 400 seat parlor that is one of the best in the four corners area. All scheduled events can be found on their website.
Ute Mountain also offers sportsbook betting for Las Vegas style sports betting and has 8 tables for Texas Hold Em style poker play. They hold weekly and monthly tournaments to qualify for the World Series of Poker qualifier.
Entertainment Options
If gambling is not your main focus of fun, Ute Mountain Casino offers several events throughout the year. They have MMA style fighting, concerts featuring today’s best country and rock artists, and each year feature a PRCA Rodeo. There are also 3 other casinos in the area and are within a 2 hour drive from Ute Mountain.
The Four Corners Monument offers the chance to take your picture while having a body part in four states at one time. The surrounding area offers breathtaking landscapes, such as Chimney Rock, which illistrates the stark beauty of the desert. Mesa Verde is a must see in the area. This is a preserve that allows you to travel back in time and see the pueblos that the Pueblo Indians built into the side of the mountain.
If shopping is your choice of entertainment, Cortez, Colorado is 16 miles north of the casino and offers boutique style shopping that allows you to buy authentic Indian products. Durango is an hour away from Ute Mountain and offers high end fashion, food and some of the most excellent landscapes in the world. Farmington, New Mexico is an hour and half away from the casino and offers several shopping centers and a large mall. All these areas have an associated Indian reservation and history buffs can buy authentic Native American products and learn the history of each culture.
Ute Mountain is also in the heart of the Old West and museums and national monuments are available to study and contrast the history and culture of several groups of Native Americans, including the Navajo, Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute,Apache and Hopi indian tribes. Billy the Kid roamed these areas and you can travel the same paths as he did.
Fishing is also world class in this area. Three major rivers and the second largest reservoir in Colorado, McPhee Reservoir, are within an hour drive of the casino. Hiking, biking and sightseeing tours are also available in summer and can be arranged through the casino.
Summary
Ute Mountain Casino offers a wide variety of entertainment options depending on what a person wants to do and how long they will be staying in the area. It is definitely worth a travelers time to look at everything available to them both at the casino and in the general area. Planning your trip should include time for soghtseeing and shopping in the area and a trip to the area should include day trips to Durango, Colorado, Farmington, New Mexico and Cortez, Colorado. The area is rich in history and there is no shortage of casinos, shopping, fine food and beautiful scenery. Plan on staying for at least a week in order to fully take advantage of everything this casino and area have to offer. It truly is “Your Lucky Day” as the casino advertises, if you chhose to stay and play at Ute Mountain Casino.