Sky Ute Casino Resort: Your Gateway to Adventure in Southern Colorado

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The thrill of gaming meets the cultural heritage of the Southern Ute Indians at the Sky Ute Casino Resort, your home base for exciting activities in Southern Colorado. Test your luck on the action-packed casino floor, find nirvana on the lazy river and feast at three exceptional restaurants. Need a space for your next big work conference? Your colleagues will thank you for choosing Sky Ute’s Event Center. Beyond the resort, you’ll find some of the region’s most intriguing historical sites paired with picture-worthy vistas, such as ancient Pueblan ruins and the Mesa Verde National Park.  

Whether staying for the week or just the weekend, awaken your adventure at the Sky Ute Casino Resort!

Getting There

Sky Ute Casino Resort feels like another world, but it couldn’t be easier to reach. Located on the Southern Ute Reservation in Ignacio, the resort is just 18 miles from historic downtown Durango and nine miles from the Durango-La Plata County airport. You’ll find quick service from major hubs like Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, and LAX. Take an Uber, Lyft, or shuttle service to Sky Ute. Or rent a car, and you’ll be ready to play in no time. 

Gaming & Entertainment

Tons of games and recreation options make Sky Ute a popular destination in the Four Corners area. Your visit is not only a memorable escape, but it also supports the Southern Ute Indian Tribe that owns and operates the resort. Between gaming for adults and kid-friendly attractions, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy! 

On the casino floor, you’ll find over 600 of the latest slot machines to play. Or try your hand at table games like Blackjack, Roulette, and Three-Card Poker. New to the game? Friendly table staff will guide you through the rules and have you playing like a pro in no time. 

Perk up your play even more when you join the Ace’s Club! Earn points as you play slots and Blackjack for benefits like discounts on dining and drinks, complimentary stays, and VIP event access. Membership is free!

If sports are your specialty, place a bet with Sky Ute Sportsbook with the best odds in Colorado. You can bet both in-person and through the Sportsbook app. Watch the game on the state-of-the-art video wall at 49 Lounge while you sip a cold draft beer or cocktail. 

While the gambling is 21+, there’s plenty to do for the rest of the family. Visit Rolling Thunder Lanes, a 24-lane bowling alley for league play or fun events like glow-in-the-dark bowling. Right next door, the Sky Ute Arcade offers claw games with toys and sports memorabilia, racing games, Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and much more. You can even plan a kid-friendly birthday celebration in the onsite party room.

Relax at the indoor pool. Photo Courtesy of Sky Ute Casino Resort.

Outside, play a round of mini golf on the landscaped 18-hole course with views of the La Plata Mountains. Then, head to the indoor pool to play water games, float on the lazy river, relax in the jacuzzi, or soak up the sun on the sundeck. 

Accommodations

At Sky Ute Casino Resort, 140 guest rooms offer both comfort and a unique cultural experience. Rooms feature traditional Ute textile patterns and art, and a calming color palette reflects the rugged high desert landscape and surrounding San Juan Mountains outside.

For more space, eight luxury suites include handsome sitting rooms and luxurious bathrooms. Each suite is named after an influential member of the Southern Ute Tribe, like Leonard Burch—a long-time Tribe leader who ushered in an era of prosperity for the Ute people.

Taking an RV trip? Sky Ute offers 24 RV sites (three with ADA access), each with water and waste hookups, plus access to the pool, fitness center, and showers. Set up your rig and treat yourself to all the amenities.   

Dining

End your day—or start your night—with bold and bright flavors at one of three premium restaurants. Treat yourself to an indulgent dinner at Seven Rivers Steaks, Seafood, Spirits, an authentic casino steakhouse with prime cuts and seafood delicacies. Add lobster tail or Alaskan king crab legs to your New York strip or “Chairman’s Cut” T-Bone for the best surf and turf. 

Seven Rivers Steaks, Seafood and Spirits. Photo Credit: Sky Ute Casino Resort.

For a laid-back bite, head to Rolling Thunder Grill just off the main casino floor. This Southwest-style pub is a welcoming break from the bustle with hearty burgers, spicy buffalo wings, and shareables like Fiesta Nachos topped with all the fixings. 

Head to Willows Café Bistro for a hearty breakfast or lunch to start your day strong. Sip a hot latte and fill up on local favorites—the Spam & Eggs and Southwestern Benedict, topped with pork carnitas, pinto beans, and house-made green chili, are particularly popular.

Events & Meeting Spaces

Sky Ute Casino Resort is the premier Four Corners destination for your next big event. The 12,000-square-foot Event Center and three smaller banquet rooms create flexibility for keynote speakers, panel discussions, and breakout rooms. With state-of-the-art AV technology, you can share presentations or even live-stream your event with digital attendees. 

With space for up to 800 for a sit-down dinner, the Event Center can also host even the largest weddings. Two smaller rooms can also be combined to create a 1,500-square-foot space for more intimate affairs. 

No matter the event, your guests will love the mix of gaming, relaxing by the pool, and exploring the stunning sights just outside the resort doors. 

Adventures in Southern Colorado 

Less than a mile from the casino, the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum is a stunning repository of the rich culture of the Ute people. Spot a life-size replica of a buffalo hide tipi, intricate Ute baskets, camp scenes, and more. And shop for jewelry and crafts by modern-day Ute artisans. 

You’ll also be just a short drive from some of the area’s best sites. Take a journey on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a recreational train service with scenic routes on 19th-century steam trains. Cross the stunning Animus River Gorge on the Silverton Train with a two-hour stop in the mining town of Silverton—elevation 9,318 feet! Or take the Cascade Canyon Express for an excursion deep into the mountains with views overlooking stunning valleys, glacial streams, and waterfalls. 

Cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo Credit: Patrick Jennings.

Explore the cliff homes of the ancient Pueblo people carved right into the rock face at Mesa Verde National Park. You can hike through pinyon-juniper forests to reach stunning overlooks or take a guided Cliff Dwelling Tour to descend stone staircases, climb massive ladders, and crawl through tunnels to reach these ancestral homes. 

Climb a half-mile to the top of Chimney Rock National Monument for dramatic 360-degree views across Colorado and New Mexico. You’ll find the remnants of a multi-family dwelling left by the ancient Pueblans and the two iconic sandstone spires that give the site its name. 

At Aztec Ruins National Monument, follow the trails to discover the advanced architecture of a 12th-century Pueblo “Great House,” where sturdy stone walls and some original wood roofing survive. Learn about ancient building methods and enter the restored Great Kiva, a round subterranean room used for spiritual ceremonies.

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