Near Phippsburg in Rio Blanco County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
People of the Shining Mountains
They called themselves the Nuche, a Ute word that means “the people.” For generations they lived in “the shining mountains” of Colorado, southern Wyoming, northern New Mexico, and western Utah.
The Ute comprised seven distinct bands that intermarried, traded, and gathered regularly for hunts and ceremonies.
They obtained horses from the Spanish in the late 1600s and quickly became skilled horsemen. This allowed the Ute to expand their territory and maintain a stronghold in the Rocky Mountains for nearly 200 years.
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Native Americans.
Location. 40° 12.061′ N, 107° 9.589′ W. Marker is near Phippsburg, Colorado, in Rio Blanco County. Marker is on Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway (County Road 8) 7 miles east of County Road 19, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located at the Dunckley Pass Overlook in Routt National Forest.Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Phippsburg CO 80469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Footsteps in Time (here, next to this marker); Forest Foresight (approx. 9.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Ute Tribal Paths. History Colorado entry:
Before the arrival of the horse, the Ute people lived in small bands. Though they were unique bands with different names that had different hunting grounds, they were all Ute and shared a language and culture. The Ute bands traveled over a large area. They were one of the West’s largest tribes by the amount of territory they covered. The Ute were one of the first American Indian groups to acquire horses and become expert riders. Horses changed Ute life in many ways. (Submitted on January 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.