Nation | Tribe: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
3 Weeminuche Drive
Towaoc, CO 81334
The Ute Mountain Casino opened in September 1992 as the first Indian casino in Colorado. It is located near Towaoc, about 10 miles south of Cortez on Highways 491/160.
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November 26, 2020
The Ute Mountain Casino gave more than 1,500 turkey dinners to tribal members this week in a parking lot drive-thru set up for the special event.
The casino's Kuchu Restaurant prepared the meals consisting of "slow-roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, apricot-glazed ham, sweet candied yams, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and pumpkin pie."
"We knew it was important to continue our traditional Thanksgiving dinner celebration, so we carefully planned out this alternative. We're giving back to the community, and also keeping with our pandemic precautions by avoiding a large gathering."
Ute Mountain Chairman Manuel Heart
Today the members of White Mesa reservation in Utah are invited guests to a similar Thanksgiving drive-thru event that will provide turkey and side dishes to prepare servings at home.
August 27, 2020
Ute Mountain Casino Hotel reopened August 20th after shutting down March 18 for the COVID-19 pandemic. During the five-month closure, none of the employees were laid off, the property underwent a deep and thorough cleaning, and new health safety measures were developed to protect guests and employees.
General Manager Rick Scheer explained the safety measures:
"A lot of the guidance is coming out of the CDC. We've been communicating with a lot of our peers throughout the country. We've adopted a lot of what we felt were very good practices."
The casino plus the hotel, restaurant and gift shop are all open again. Each have limitations to ensure health safety.
New operating hours are 8 AM till midnight daily.
No smoking is allowed inside.
Guest capacity in the casino and the hotel is reduced to 30%.
All guests and employees must wear face masks.
Building entrances are limited and everyone entering must pass a temperature check.
Many slot machines are turned off to maintain safe distancing between players.
Table game seating is limited to three players.
January 20, 2020
Tribal leaders of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe are planning to add sports betting to the Ute Mountain Casino located in Towaoc, Colorado in the southwest corner of the state.
Plans are underway now to design and build a special area dedicated to sports betting. The target date for opening the new venue is May 1, 2020. Tribal leaders are seeking to partner with a sportsbook operator with the hardware and software needed for the casino. The partner will require approval by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
Colorado became the 19th state to authorize sports betting when voters approved a sports-wagering ballot measure in last November's election.
There has been no announcement regarding similar plans for a sports book from Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado.
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