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.



Tour details may change in accordance with public health guidelines. Please ask for more details while you are booking.

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 Carly at carly.jones@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 8 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:

  • Nuuche (Ute) Arts & CultureIn this tour, students will learn loom beading techniques used by Ute artisans to make their own beaded bracelet while learning about the rich history and culture of the Nuuche (Ute) people. This tour will look at the heritage of the Nuuche (Ute) people and celebrate their continuing legacy. The tour includes a scavenger hunt through the museum.
    2 hours, grade 4-Adult, $7 per student
  • Jr. Archaeologist: In this program, students will look at the traces left behind by the early Colorado people through the lens of an archaeologist. They will have the opportunity to get dirty looking for artifacts in their own dig 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 younger students to Native American history in an exciting and fun way. Our Look, Listen, Do tour includes an interactive story time, a mini tour of our museum site and an engaging game of Native American Sign Language BINGO (complete with prizes) perfect for early learners.
    1 hour, grades pre-K-2, $4 per student
  • Shavano Explorer: The Shavano Valley is one of the most picturesque and important rock art sites in western Colorado. Used between 1000 BCE and 1900 CE, the site was important to both the Archaic and Ute peoples. Discover some of the hidden meaning behind Nuuche (Ute) Rock Art and see how we preserve them for future generations. Tours are led by a trained Shavano Valley Petroglyph Docent and can be added to any field trip program. Participants must dress for the weather for the Shavano Valley tour. Bring water, 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 Carly Jones at (970) 249-3098 or email at carly.jones@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 contact Carly by phone at (970) 249-3098 or email at carly.jones@state.co.us.

Click here for information about touring Written on the Land at the History Colorado Center in Denver.