UIM Natural World Camp

Field Trips at the Ute Indian Museum

Through our engaging and interactive educational programs, students of all ages can come away with a meaningful experience that connects them to the history and living culture of the Ute people.



Ute Indian Museum offers four different school tours, each of which features multiple hands-on activities, and can be tailored to the specific needs of your students. Students benefit from interactive experiences to learn about the living culture of the Ute people and their history in Colorado.

All of our school programs align with Colorado Academic Standards. Please ask for a list of standards addressed by our school tours by emailing Kellie Carroll at kellie.carroll@state.co.us. We also provide follow-up activities to continue your learning experience beyond the museum.

Price varies depending on the selected tour. One adult chaperone receives free admission per 10 students on all our tours. Additional adults are $3 each. Title I schools qualify for admissions and transportation discounts, including the History Colorado Bus fund. Learn more about the bus fund here.

Enjoy any or all of these tours:

  • Museum Tour: A guided museum tour or scavenger hunt through the museum sharing the heritage of the Nuuche (Ute) people and their continuing legacy. 
    1 hour, grade K-Adult, $3 per student
  • Nuuche (Ute) Arts & Culture: Students will make a colorful beaded bracelet using a beading loom and learn what materials were used by the Nuchuu (Ute) people before glass beads. The program includes a scavenger hunt through the museum that explores the history and culture of the Nuuche (Ute) people.
    2 hours, grade 4-12, $7 per student
  • Jr. Archaeologist - Site Exploration: In this program, students will look at the “history written on the land” through the voices of the Nuchuu (Ute) people of Colorado and the interpretation of archaeologists. They will have the opportunity to analyze a mock archaeological site and learn the importance of heritage conservation. The tour includes a scavenger hunt through the museum.
    90 minutes, grades 2-6, $5 per student
  • Look, Listen, Do: This tour is designed to introduce students to Native American history in an exciting and fun way. The program includes a tour of our museum site and an engaging game of Native American Animal Sign Language BINGO (complete with prizes).
    1 hour, grades pre-K-6, $4 per student
  • Shavano Explorer: The Shavano Valley is one of the most picturesque and important rock art sites in western Colorado. The site was significant to both Archaic and Ute peoples. Discover possible meanings behind the rock art and learn how we preserve the site for future generations. A museum tour can be added for an additional $3. Participants must dress for the weather of Shavano Valley. Bring water, a sun hat, sunscreen, and extra layers. Sturdy shoes or boots are necessary for the rough trail and steep slopes.
    2 hours, grade 3-Adult, $7 per student

Book your tour online here!

If you have any questions, please call Kellie Carroll at (970) 249-3098 or email at at kellie.carroll@state.co.us.


Are you interested in your group spending a Night at the Museum?

Join us at the Ute Indian Museum for a night of fun and learning. Students will have the opportunity to try some of our favorite programs, see a film, and explore the museum after ark. Choose to sleep in Camp Colorado or in one of our tipis. Create a lasting memory for your students!

This program is for 3rd grade through 6th grade students. All overnights are 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. $35 per student and additional adult. One free teacher or chaperone per 10 students. Limited spots are available.

For more information about an overnight sleepover and to sign up, please call Kellie Carroll at (970) 249-3098 or email at at kellie.carroll@state.co.us.