Joseph Frazier
Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort Ute Mountain Casino Hotel & Resort
Towaoc, Colorado
"Joseph Frazier"
We stayed at the RV Park by the Casino. The Cortez and surrounding area is a beautiful place and a fun area to explore, we were within driving distance of Mesa Verde, Hovenweep pueblo ruins, Canyonlands, and Arches National Park, oh and check out McElmo canyon, now that was a scenic drive. The city of Cortez just 10-15 minutes away was a small city with some good microbrews to visit and some nice parks and in general nice people. The Park was well kept, and staffed by friendly people in the office, great cable tv, and the price was reasonable. They welcomed older RV's, and kids, and our dog so we were grateful for that. Most of the people in the Ute area seemed nice, but some of them definitely did not, in fact I took my dog for a walk not even a mile away from the RV Park and a guy pulled over to tell me that I needed to get back to the RV Park because the people there liked to get drunk and they'd probably shoot us white people if they saw us there. Needless to say, I didn't go for walks there much after that so that was unfortunate. The park is on the Ute Indian reservation so alcohol is completely prohibited so no sitting outside to enjoy a campfire and sip on a cold brew, so that was a bit of a downer. Other people in the park seemed nice. The security in the park is intense, which I suppose is a good thing in a way, but the security has a vehicle that looks like a police car and they stop behind every RV campsite for a few minutes like 5 or 6 times a day, so it was a little uncomfortable but just because we always felt "watched". I like to play craps on occasion and the Casino was pretty fun to visit since they actually had tables to play rather than just the electronic games. The restaurant in the Ute casino was great, good food and very reasonable. They had a nice facility and decent laundry, the showers each required a key that you had to pickup and return only during business hours so it was teenie-tiny shower time for me in my RV since it was a little too inconvenient. They had a indoor pool there that looked great but we didn't use it. There's an easy access gas station right near by and the prices were decent so it was easy to get fuel before we headed out. It was a well designed park and all the camp spots were nice, flat enough, and grass was fairly abundant. We stayed for a month here, which we usually try to do, and in general we enjoyed our stay here but by the time the month was up we were ready to get outta dodge and move on to a park where we could take walks without being worried about intruding. We'd stay again, but probably not for a full month since we really did not feel welcome by the local Native Americans there.