Northern Utes

November 13, 2023

Learn about Ute history for National American Indian Heritage Month

Learn about Ute history and their connection to Breckenridge as part of National American Indian Heritage Month.

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April 08, 2022

The Mountain Utes

For thousands of years, the nomadic Northern Utes and their ancestors traveled through what is today’s Breckenridge in search of food. They followed bison between summer grazing land on the Blue River and winter quarters at lower elevation (Lower Blue). The passes used by Utes became early wagon roads and present day highway routes. The Utes burned the valley floor each year to encourage the growth of grasses that bison preferred. This tradition changed the vegetative landscape, encouraging the growth of species like the lodgepole pine, whose cones open up after being exposed to heat.

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October 08, 2021

Celebrating the Indigenous People of Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge History honors all history and celebrates the first human inhabitants of the area, the Utes.

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