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Ute Indian Tribe Use Policy

Ute Tribal Lands

Desolation Canyon has been recognized as a National Landmark.  This designation is based on the uniqueness and rich history that the canyon tells.  The Ute Indian Tribe would like you to experience nature’s beauty but would like you to remember that you are a visitor to their lands.  The Ute people hold cultural resources in highest regard. Natural resources found in this canyon are instruments that our ancestors and traditional practitioners use to accomplish ceremonies.  We expect you will respect all features and aesthetics of the area so that future generations can also share first-hand, nature’s order and magnificence.

The east side (river left) of the river, above Coal Creek is Ute Tribal Land. Hiking and camping on Ute lands is allowed with a permit from the Ute Tribe. If you do not have the tribal permit, you must not stop, camp, or hike on the east bank of the river.

You must hold a valid, BLM Desolation Canyon Permit prior to obtaining the Ute Tribal Permit.  Ute Tribal permits may be purchased online.