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Near Phippsburg in Rio Blanco County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

People of the Shining Mountains

 
 
People of the Shining Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2016
1. People of the Shining Mountains Marker
Inscription.  
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: AnimalsNative 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.
Marker detail: Ute Camp, circa mid-1800s image. Click for full size.
H.S. Poley, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution
2. Marker detail: Ute Camp, circa mid-1800s
Imagine a Ute Camp in the White River Valley in the mid-1800s. Hide-covered lodges (tepees) filled the meadow with clusters of activity. Women cooked over open fires and gathered water from a nearby stream, as men returned on horseback from a day's hunt.
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.) 
 
People of the Shining Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2016
3. People of the Shining Mountains Marker
(rightmost of 2 markers at this location)
Dunckley Pass Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 25, 2016
4. Dunckley Pass Overlook
(turn here to access marker)
 
 
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.
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