The grounds of the Ute Indian Museum. A tipi is visible in the background, along with several trees and flagpoles. In the foreground are smaller plants, as well as a metallic statue of a mother bear and cub.

Core Exhibition

Ute Indian Museum Grounds

The Ute Indian Museum hosts expansive grounds which include a variety of different features. Pathways, shaded lawns, outdoor seating, and more, are all accompanied by educational and informational outdoor exhibitions.

The largest feature is the Ute Ethnobotany Garden, a haven for plants native to the Western Slope and used by Colorado's oldest residents. The garden includes only plants native to the region, and includes panels detailing how these plants were used by the Ute in various ways- including not just as food and medicine, but also for creating textiles, dyes, or soap.

The Peace Pole at Ute Indian Museum is part of a larger international project. These poles are all over the world, and express the same sentiment in hundreds of languages: "May Peace Prevail on Earth." The pole at Ute Indian Museum features this message in both English and Núu-'apaghapi, the language of the Ute.

Also on the grounds is the final resting place and memorial to Chipeta, the wife of Ute Chief Ouray. The Ute Indian Museum was constructed on land adjacent to the home she lived in during the last years of her life.