Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

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Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

Photogrammetry builds 3D models of cliff dwellings, rock art panels
Visitors to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park approach Eagles Nest, an ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling. A photogrammetry project will create highly detailed images of ruins in the 125,000-acre park, which will help with preservation efforts and eventually build virtual reality models.
Tribal park tours

The Ute Mountain Tribal Park offers half-day and all-day tours of ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, Ute historical sites and geology.
Visitors must have a guide to enter Ute Mountain tribal land. Special tours are offered in August.
On Aug. 11, the Turning Red Tail Hawk Tour visits the Morris Three and She House cliff dwellings. On Aug. 18, the Porcupine House cliff dwelling and Atlatl Point Tour is planned.Tours are $48 per person and are limited to 30 people.
For more information, visit www.utemountaintribalpark.info or call (970) 565-9653.

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

Visitors to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park approach Eagles Nest, an ancestral Puebloan cliff dwelling. A photogrammetry project will create highly detailed images of ruins in the 125,000-acre park, which will help with preservation efforts and eventually build virtual reality models.

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

A pointed shadow moves across ancient petroglyphs depicting gods of the sun, death and water. This is one of several calendars at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park that mark the winter solstice.

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park guide Rick Hayes interprets a creation story that dates to the Pueblo I period. The petroglyph also served as a winter solstice marker, Hayes said.

Drones help create detailed maps of ruins in Ute Mountain Ute park

Archaeologist James Potter takes questions after a recent lecture in Cortez about a preservation project in the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park.
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