The highway between the Wasatch Front and eastern Utah passes through a variety of landscapes, from chiseled canyons and lush forests to wide-open flatlands geologically fascinating places. Fort Duchesne stands in the heart of this journey, which is itself in the heart of the Northern Ute Tribe's protected Tribal Lands in the Uinta Basin. To the north, the lofty peaks of the High Uintas create a looming shadow on the horizon. The land remains sparsely populated, there are plenty of reasons to stopover in Fort Duchesne.
The Ute Tribal Enterprise, plus the Northern Ute Tribe itself, have several different tribally owned and operated businesses and organizations that are part of a stop in Fort Duchesne: Ute Crossing Trading Post, Ute Indians Veterans Memorial Park, Bottle Hollow Marina and Ute Lanes. The tribe also manages a large bison heard that is available to the public to see when it is moved into a holding facility. [Will local bison meat be available in markets that the public can buy?]
The Ute Crossing Trading Post buys from local Native American artists and am happy to reach out to them to generate stories. Just earlier this year several of our community members were highlighted in Utah Public Radio's StoryCorps. Listen here and here.
Many different ecological and geological environments surround Fort Duchesne, so there are various outdoor adventures available in the Basin; hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, snow trekking, camping and river rafting. Nearby Bottle Hollow Marina offers boating, swimming, camping and and fishing. The reservoir is also the site of the popular Back to School Luau.
The Ute Tribal Enterprise hosts a huge Fourth of July party and Thanksgiving Powwow, as well as a large Bear Dance — a traditional social dance — that the whole community is invited to participate in during the early spring.
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