about Southwest Colorado

Located amidst the rugged beauty and scenic landscapes of the diverse Four Corners region, Sky Ute Casino Resort is the perfect hub from which to explore the endless recreational options that are available! The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, Purgatory Resort, Chimney Rock Archeological Heritage Site, and Navajo Lake are all in close proximity, and the opportunities for skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, and white water rafting abound.


Elevation – 6,512 feet above sea level
Climate  – Transition zone between desert and semi-arid
Summer – Daytime temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s
Summer – Night time lows in the 40’s
Population – Approximately 55,589 in La Plata County (2017)


Durango, Colorado – 22 miles
Denver, Colorado – 370 miles
Grand Junction, Colorado – 189 miles
Albuquerque, New Mexico – 224 miles
Santa Fe, New Mexico – 206 miles
Salt Lake City, Utah – 433 miles
Phoenix, Arizona – 481 miles

Recreational Activities

The Four Corners region of the United States is an international tourism destination where people come to ride the world-famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, ski the slopes of Durango Mountain Resort, explore archeological wonders of the world at Mesa Verde National Park, learn about the culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, river raft through white water rapids, fish gold medal rivers and streams, hike 14,000-foot peaks, enjoy some of the best big game hunting in the country, discover secrets of long-forgotten ghost towns, and much more.

Sky Ute Casino Resort is located only 20 miles from Navajo Lake. Navajo Lake is New Mexico’s second-largest lake — more than 15,000-acre ft. capacity — and offers the full gamut of water sports and services. The Gold-Medal San Juan River area below the dam at Navajo Lake is world-renowned for excellent trout fishing and includes wheelchair-accessible fishing facilities on the river. Spend the day fishing at the Lake and experience some of the best gold medal waters in the country.

The Animas, Pine, Florida, San Juan, and the Piedra Rivers all offer easy access to residents and visitors. The million-acre plus San Juan National Forest is just steps away providing a wide variety of outdoor adventures. Durango is known throughout the world as a mountain bike mecca and several national and international champions feel fortunate to call the Four Corners their home.

No matter what your recreational interests may include, the Four Corners has something to appeal to every personality. Visit Sky Ute Casino Resort, use our home as your home base, and explore the Four Corners. See why so many people come back year after year!

For area information, please visit these helpful tourism office websites:

Durango Area Tourism Office

Mesa Verde Country

Farmington Convention & Visitors Bureau