Ute Mountain Casino Hotel announces temporary closure to assist with prevention of COVID-19 spread to tribal community, guests, and team members

Pictured: The Ute Mountain Casino Hotel in Towaoc, Colorado.(Photo: Ute Mountain Casino Hotel)

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Hotel and casino closed December 7, tentatively set to re-open after the holidays; Travel Centers in Towaoc and White Mesa remain open for travelers, long haul truck drivers

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Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Due to the growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to assist with local tribal prevention efforts, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has temporarily closed operations of its hotel and casino services. However, ExxonMobil Ute Mountain Travel Centers in Towaoc and White Mesa, which are also operated under the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, will remain open, offering vital services for travelers and long-haul truck drivers along U.S. Highways 491 and 160.

Ute Mountain Casino Hotel Closure

At the recommendation of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal council, the gaming facility, located in Towaoc, Colorado, ceased operations of its casino, 90-room hotel and food and beverage outlets at midnight on Monday, December 7. All services and operations will remain closed through December and a decision with regard to reopening will be determined in January 2021.

Ute Mountain Casino currently employs more than 470. Employees will not be impacted by the temporary closure and all are due to return when the property reopens.

“We will closely monitor what is happening at a state, regional and national level with regards to COVID-19 and its impact on our region, community and the economy. And, while it has been a difficult decision, without question, it is what is necessary to ensure the safety of the tribal community, guests and our team members. Their safety, well-being and livelihood remain our top priority,” said General Manager, Rick Scheer. “We look forward to re-opening at full-capacity and will continue to support our employees and local community during this time.”

For more information about Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, please call 1-800-258-8007.

Travel Centers Remain Open

Practicing social-distancing and limiting guests to 10 at a time, the full-service ExxonMobil Travel Centers located in Towaoc and White Mesa will remain open, with limited hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Travel Centers serve as pitstops for travelers and are vital resources for long-haul truck drivers along U.S. Highways 491 and 160. The facilities offer on-site amenities such as showers, a laundry room, a trucker’s lounge, a convenience store, Wi-fi, regular and diesel fuel and the restaurant Charlie Biggs, which will serve to-go orders only. To show appreciation and offer a little comfort, the Travel Centers will offer complimentary coffee to all truck drivers during this time.

“As we’ve seen through this difficult time, our truck drivers are essential in helping us move forward,” said Ute Mountain Casino Hotel General Manager Rick Scheer. “They will be away from their families during the holidays and making sacrifices to ensure that our country has the necessary goods to function through this pandemic. Our Ute Mountain Travel Centers will remain open and continue to do what we can to ensure their comfort.”

For more information on the Travel Centers, visit https://www.utemountaincasino.com/travel-center/.

About Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Beneath the expansive western sky in Colorado lies the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, the State's first Tribal gaming facility and your Four Corners Connection! Nestled in the shadow of the legendary Sleeping Ute Mountain and just 20 minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Resort offers Southwestern hospitality, friendly faces, great food and lots of gaming excitement! The Hotel has 90 rooms including suites with an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art workout facility to enjoy. Live Table games from Blackjack to Roulette and all the latest and greatest Slots. There is also a large Bingo Hall and area favorite Kuchu's restaurant on premises. Sleeping Ute RV Park and a full-service 24-hour Travel Center including fuel/diesel and a convenience store are located right next door. Groups welcome! Connect with us on Facebook and at: www.utemountaincasino.com.

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