Study maps Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park with drones

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Study maps Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park with drones

Photogrammetry creates virtual reality of ancient ruins at Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park
Visitors to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park in 2013 approach Eagles Nest, an Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling.
A pointed shadow moves across ancient petroglyphs depicting the gods of sun, death and water. This is one of several calendars at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park that mark the winter solstice.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park guide Rick Hayes interprets a creation story that dates to the Pueblo I period. The petroglyph also served as a winter solstice marker, Hayes said.
Archaeologist James Potter takes questions after a recent lecture in Cortez about a preservation project on the Ute Mountain Tribal Park.
Tribal Park tours offered

The Ute Mountain Tribal Park offers half-day and all-day tours of Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, Ute historical sites and geology.
Visitors must have a guide to enter Ute Mountain Tribal land. Special tours are offered in August.
On Aug. 11, the Turning Red Tail Hawk Tour visits the Morris Three and She House Cliff Dwellings.
On Aug. 18, the Porcupine House Cliff Dwelling and Atlatl Point Tour is planned.
Tours are $48 per person and are limited to 30 people.
For more information, visit www.utemountaintribalpark.info or call 970-565-9653.

Study maps Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park with drones

Visitors to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park in 2013 approach Eagles Nest, an Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling.
A pointed shadow moves across ancient petroglyphs depicting the gods of sun, death and water. This is one of several calendars at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park that mark the winter solstice.
Ute Mountain Tribal Park guide Rick Hayes interprets a creation story that dates to the Pueblo I period. The petroglyph also served as a winter solstice marker, Hayes said.
Archaeologist James Potter takes questions after a recent lecture in Cortez about a preservation project on the Ute Mountain Tribal Park.
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